Situated on the banks of the River Crouch in the Maldon District is Burnham-on-Crouch. There is evidence of human activity in the area as far back as the Bronze Age and the village is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086.

Burnham Week
Founded in 1893, Burnham Week, which is held each year on the last bank holiday weekend in August, sees seven days of thrilling sailing events, water sport fun and entertainment in the town’s pubs, shops and restaurants. Thousands flock to soak up the atmosphere and the event is rounded off each year with spectacular fireworks display over The Quay.

Burnham Carnival
While many other towns have found their carnivals have petered out over the years, Burnham’s carnival remains bigger and better than ever. The fourday extravaganza is held towards the end of September and includes funfair rides, stalls, music, High Street events and a huge nighttime illuminated procession. It’s a big deal, not just to Burnham but to the thousands of visitors who come to join the fun.

The coastal walks
Burnham is a coastal haven and there’s nothing better than enjoying a refreshing stroll with your loved one. The marina and quay are wonderful places to explore. You can soak up the town’s long heritage of fishing and sailing through the historic and characterful architecture; merchant houses, fisherman’s cottages and two Royal Yacht Clubs. Nature-lovers can enjoy spotting waders, gulls, ducks and even egrets.

The Rio Cinema
Burnham-on-Crouch is unique in the sense that it’s one of the few small towns left in the country that has its own cinema. The Rio is a gorgeous example of a ‘village cinema’ and it’s been showing movies since 1931. Not only do the owners do their utmost to keep ticket prices as cheap as possible, the two-screen venue is always showing the latest releases. Find the cinema at 154 Station Road. theriocinema

The historic Clock
Tower Burnham is known for its eye-catching landmark, the Clock Tower. The red brick octagonal tower with black brick quoins and diapering, was built in 1877 by public subscription. It was erected in memory of Laban Sweeting, a local oyster merchant and noted philanthropist. As well as its architectural beauty, it’s a good place to run to in a downpour or to meet a friend or a loved one.