Imperial House – Our Clacton Hub

A little bit of history

The modern-day Clacton-on-Sea was founded by Peter Bruff in 1871 as a seaside resort.

Originally the main means of access was by sea – Steamships operated by the Woolwich Steam Packet Company  docked from 1871 at  Clacton Pier  which opened the same year. The pier now offers an amusement arcade and many other forms of entertainment.

The Community and Voluntary Services building in Rosemary Road is called ‘Imperial House’. This centre co-ordinates many local support groups and activities in the Tendring area.

It was in 1876 that full licences were granted to the Osborne and Imperial Hotels in Rosemary Road. The Imperial was rebuilt in 1895 and for many years it was a favourite hotel for many families to stay in. In the 1970s and 1980s, Chuck  and Mary Walsh and their family worked hard to make it one of the most popular pubs in Clacton and many of our Society’s members have fond memories of times spent there! Staff at Butlins also enjoyed evenings out there.

This newspaper advert is from 1976


Please note that all our activities are subject to change, so the venue, date and time may be different to those shown. Please contact us to check details and to book your place in advance.

Bereavement & Friendship Café


Click Clack Craft

Community Allotment

Dabblers Art Club


Fun & Friendship Café

IT Clubs & Support

Kennedy Way Community Garden

My Weight Matters


Fun and Gentle exercise

Walking Groups

Support for Groups & Individuals

English as a Secondary Language

English as a second language

Sister Circle

Book a Venue

If you would like to book a room or venue please call 01255 425692 (Clacton, Jaywick Sands & Walton) or 01255 554115 (Dovercourt & Harwich) to find out availability.

Alternatively, please complete the form and a member of the booking team will respond during office hours.

Best time to call

12 + 14 =

Please click here to find out more about the venues and rooms we have available to hire.

SOS BUS - Clacton & Harwich

The SOS bus offers support to local residents who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, street drinking or just in need of local support services. As well as being able to assist directly, the SOS bus can also signpost people to the most appropriate service.

On board the bus are representatives from several support services, including Open Road, SUMMIT health advocate, social prescribers from CVST, and mental health support. 

The SOS bus will be outside the Park Pavilion in Harwich on Mondays and parked on Christmas Tree Island, Clacton town centre on Fridays.