Holland on Sea, Sea front
Holland-on-Sea is a seaside town in eastern Essex. Located south of the little village of Great Holland and directly north of Clacton-on-Sea, it has bus links to Walton-on-the-Naze and Clacton-on-Sea. It is a short coastal walk down the coastline to Clacton.
There is a public library, four churches, St Bartholomew’s Church (Church of England), All Souls Catholic Church, Holland Methodist and a Baptist church. The village has several independent shops, a village hall, a primary school, one main hotel (The Kings Cliff Hotel), plus a number of guest houses and pubs. It has several beaches with facilities for bathing and boating. There are two Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Holland Haven Marshes], part of which is Holland Haven Country Park, and Holland-on-Sea Cliff.
Holland-on-Sea was known as Little Holland, a small village until the early 20th century.
During the Second World War Holland-on-Sea was fortified against German attack. There is a Martello tower in nearby Clacton, which was also used during the Second World War. There is a Second World War pill box in Holland Haven Country Park. After the Second World War Holland-on-Sea went back to being a holiday town.
Holland-on-Sea is the home of the Gunfleet Sailing Club, based near the junction of Marine Parade and Hazelmere Road. The Gunfleet Sailing Club was named after the Gunfleet Sands, a sand bank situated approximately 7 miles from the coast of Walton on the Naze stretching towards Clacton, the site of the abandoned Gunfleet Lighthouse and Gunfleet Sands Offshore Wind Farm.
Also located along Holland Haven is The Gunfleet Boating Club. This club caters for small Boat Fisherman, Skiers, Jet Ski users and Kayak/Canoe users. The club boasts full launch facilities, Showers, Bar and social area. The club has been established for over 30 years as a members only club run by an elected committee. Members who benefit from the club not only come from the immediate area but far afield as London and throughout East Anglia. Holland Haven has excellent beaches which were upgraded between 2014 and 2015.
Holland-on-Sea has a football club called Holland F.C. and also is home to a cricket pitch used by the Clacton Cricket Club, however Holland-on-Sea itself does not have a team.
The singer Sade lived in the town with her family between the ages of 11 and 18.