A MARVELLOUS museum of coastal curiosities is heading to the district for the first time this summer.

This entertainment roadshow will be showcasing the unique and rich history of Tendring resorts, taking place around Clacton, Frinton, Walton, Harwich, Dovercourt and Jaywick.

The Museum of Coastal Curiosities is a highly interactive experience that will be crammed full of fascinating facts, seaside memorabilia and historic artefacts.

The forgotten history of miniature zoos, killer whales and seaside entertainers will be brought to life with storytellers - and Uncle Tacko and his incredible flea circus will be there.

The tour starts on the first day of Clacton Airshow, on Thursday, August 23, meaning you can experience a historical day out as well as the beautiful aircraft displays, and all shows last from 10.30am until 4pm.

Tour dates where you can find The Grand Theatre of Lemmings and their museum of coastal curiosities will run at various locations in the district until September 16.

Once the touring with The Grand Theatre of Lemmings is finished, the Resorting to the Coast exhibition will be on display for one week at the Jaywick Martello Tower from September 5 to September 12.

Mick Skeels, Tendring Council Cabinet member for leisure and tourism, added: "This is an excellent addition to the line-up of fantastic events taking place in Tendring this summer, and promises to be great fun for all the family."

Now in its second year, Resorting to the Coast has engaged with local community groups and schools to bring the seaside heritage around the district to life.

The Lemmings’ team of artists and researchers have worked tirelessly exploring each town's history and tailored the tours with stories relating to each town they visit.

As well as professional performers, local volunteers have been trained in circus skills making this a real community event.

Sue Lissimore, Essex County Council cabinet member for culture and communities, said: "This is a new and different way of showcasing the great heritage of Tendring’s seaside resorts.

"It’s also a great chance for people from the different towns to learn about each other.

"I’m really excited for the public to see this pop-up museum. I’m hoping that children and adults alike all enjoy it."

Mandy Rose, artistic director of The Lemmings, added: "We are so excited to be delivering this incredible project for the second year of Resorting to the Coast.

"We’re thrilled to be able to engage a whole new generation with their fun and varied seaside history and we can’t wait for everyone to see what our pop-up museum has in store."