Brightlingsea is teeming with family-friendly, fun activities inspired by it’s rich seafaring history. From ‘crabbing’ to sailing, to walking the blue flag beach or splashing about in the seawater paddling pool, we’re sure you’ll find Brightlingsea to be an undiscovered gem on the beautiful river Colne estuary.
A variety of acclaimed tourist attractions lie on the doorstep of Brightlingsea. Proudly a part of the Essex Sunshine Coast, and a short drive from Constable Country and historic Colchester, Brightlingsea offers a peaceful and charming coastal base from which to explore all that North Essex has to offer.
As you step inside Colchester Zoo you are transported into a world full of magnificent animals waiting to be discovered. Learn about the animals as you see them up close and why not watch one of many daily displays.
From an overgrown wasteland with poor gravel soil and boggy hollows, it has been transformed into an informal garden harmonising with the surrounding countryside.
Clacton Pier offers a host of fantastic value family fun in Essex. Always a popular seaside destination for the weekend Clacton Pier boasts a variety of indoor and outdoor fun and activities.
Once an important boat building centre, it is now a classic small South East beach resort with a paddling pool backed by a pleasant sandy beach and colouful beach huts. Those after a quiet day can take a short stroll in the beautiful surrounding coun
This enchanting part of England was the birthplace of renowned artist John Constable and has become very popular with visitors.
Have fun with all the family at the only outdoor swimming pool in Tendring! We have sun loungers available for hire, a tuck shop on site, a pool plus a smaller pool for the toddlers. There are also showers, changing rooms and toilets available.
Colchester Castle Park is situated to the north east of Colchester Town Centre and is divided into the Upper Park and Lower Park by the Roman Wall that crosses through it east to west.
The 20 minute trip consists of a gentle relaxing trip around the Packing Shed Island where they used to pack the oysters back in the 1850's, you can still see the remains from the old oyster beds today.
Find out about wildlife habitats, biodiversity and climate change.
Up to 40,000 ducks, swans and geese visit each year. Excellent bird watching opportunities and fabulous views over the reservoir.
The exceptional quality of the theatre’s homegrown work made by the talented team of theatre-makers we’ve got working behind the scenes here in Colchester, marks the Mercury out as one of the leading producing theatres in the country.
Brightlingsea Museum is devoted to the town, its people and industries, from Roman times to the present day. A warm welcome awaits visitors of all ages, whether they have just a casual interest or are researching a project.
situated in Brightlingsea Creek close to the mouth of the Colne Estuary where it meets the Blackwater and Thames Estuaries.
Colchester Arts Centre promotes a wide range of contemporary performing arts.
Providing lessons that are of the highest quality, made possible by utilising only the top professional instructors and the highest quality equipment.
At the eastern end of Mersea Island, at Cudmore Grove you’ll find a sandy beach, impressive views, grassland, meadows for relaxation and walks that will take you past interesting historical sites and an abundance of wildlife.
Paint your own pottery studio, coffee and gift shop. You can come in anytime and choose from a wide selection of pottery pieces that you can paint in a variety of colours.
Space Kingdom is an indoor children’s play centre where your kids will walk in and say ‘wow’! We cater for all children wishing to have fun, aged 0-12 years.
Firstsite is a visual arts organisation based in Colchester, Essex. Our mission is to make contemporary art relevant to everyone.
Providing contemporary art and design in one of Colchester’s most distinctive buildings. The site also houses a tea room surrounded by a walled garden
Brightlingsea Free Music Festival is a 3 day music event based in the town of Brightlingsea, Essex.
This spacious marina incorporating seafront apartments, town houses, shops and a wine bar is perfectly situated between the Colne Yacht Club and Brightlingsea Sailing Club on Brightlingsea’s waterfront.