THOUSANDS of people are expected to head to Clacton for the town’s second Sea and Beach Festival this weekend.

Tourism bosses are hoping the two-day festival will top last year's debut event.

A strong line-up of bands has now been announced for the main stage, kicking off at 11am on Saturday.

The Mod Cons rounding things off just after 7pm before a beach party takes over until 9pm.

The music starts again on Sunday at 10.45am with bands performing throughout the day.

Paul Manners from Britain’s Got Talent is back along with Funky Voices and the festival will close with Welsh band Falling Under, who won the Battle of the Bands competition to headline the festival last month.

Other bands on thes bill include Melody Steel Band, Leyline Pass, Bubba G, The Signs, Island City, Beth White and the Colourtones, Jude and the Evettes and Jewel and much, much more.

A special children’s area will feature Punch and Judy, Mad Science, a magic show and storytelling tent.

The entertainment continues in town with a rival Never Mind the Beach - Let's Party show in the square from 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

It is being staged by the town partnership and has music from Lexy Scott, Tuppence, Lisa Marie and Clacton Ukuleles, as well as displays by the Royal Panthers and Clacton Royalettes, games, stalls and competitions.

Back on the beach, crowds can watch moe than 100 kitesurfers compete for honours in the British championships and national and international windsurfers.

There is a stand up paddle boarding event being put on by the British SUP Association and races staged by Gunfleet and Clacton sailing clubs.

People can also take to the water on boat trips on board the Viking Saga and the James Stevens Number 14 lifeboat trips.

Tendring Council tourism boss Tanya Ferguson said: “All the plans are now in place and we are just keeping our fingers crossed for a decent two days' weather.

“It looks promising and I am sure everyone who comes along will have a great time.

“It really is a family event for all ages and we aim to bring back the best of Clacton for residents and visitors alike.”

The festival starts with a parade from Clacton Town Hall to the Lower Promenade, starting at 10.30am on Saturday.