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Things To Do

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.

www.colchester-zoo.com/ 01206 331292

Colchester Zoo

Constantly developing and has won many awards CO3 0SL

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.

www.bethchatto.co.uk 01206 822 007

Beth Chatto Gardens

The Beth Chatto Gardens began in 1960. CO7 7DB

From an overgrown wasteland with poor gravel soil and boggy hollows, it has been transformed into an informal garden harmonising with the surrounding countryside.

www.clactonpier.co.uk 01255 421115

Clacton Pier

Fun Family days out by the seaside CO15 1QX

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.

www.constablecountry.co.uk

Constable Country

Constable Country is located on the Suffolk and Essex Border CO7 6DE

This enchanting part of England was the birthplace of renowned artist John Constable and has become very popular with visitors.

www.cimuseums.org.uk 01206 282939

Natural History Museum

A fascinating chance to get closer to nature CO1 1TJ

Find out about wildlife habitats, biodiversity and climate change. Discover more about open salt marshes, beaches and the creatures that lurk beneath your feet.

www.britishbeaches.info/brightlingsea-essex/#.VkmSWd_hAUQ

Brightlingsea Beach

a classic small South East beach resort CO7 0HH

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

http://www.tendringdc.gov.uk/leisure/leisure-centres-and-pools/brightlingsea-open-air-swimming-pool 01206 303067

Brightlingsea Open Air Swimming Pool

Open May - November CO7 0HH

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.

www.brightlingseascouts.co.uk

Brightlingsea Boating Lake

Open on select days from Easter to Summer CO7 0JX

Enjoy an afternoon 'messing around in boats'. The boating lake is run by the Brightlingsea Scout Group of volunteers.

www.colchestercastlepark.co.uk 01206 282939

Colchester Castle Park

Castle Park has something for everyone CO1 1TJ

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.

http://www.essexboattrips.co.uk 07791 859624

Lady Grace Boat Trips

Leisure Boat Trips CO5 8PA

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.

http://www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir 01206 738172

Abberton Reservoir Nature Reserve

A wetland site of international importance for wildfowl. CO2 0EU

Up to 40,000 ducks, swans and geese visit each year. Excellent bird watching opportunities and fabulous views over the reservoir.

www.mercurytheatre.co.uk 01206 573948

Mercury Theatre

Proud to be made in Colchester! CO1 1PT

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.

http://www.brightlingseamuseum.com/ 01206 303286

Brightlingsea Museum

CO7 0EA

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.

www.brightlingseaharbour.org 01206 302200

Brightlingsea Harbour

A small mixed leisure and commercial port CO7 0AP

situated in Brightlingsea Creek close to the mouth of the Colne Estuary where it meets the Blackwater and Thames Estuaries.

www.colchesterartscentre.com/ 01206 500900

Colchester Arts Centre

Performance Arts Venue CO1 1NF

Colchester Arts Centre promotes a wide range of contemporary performing arts.

http://www.visitparks.co.uk/places/cudmore-grove/#tab_overview 01206 383868

Cudmore Grove

Important Historical and Wildlife Area CO5 8UE

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.

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/

Firstsite

Contemporary visual arts in Colchester CO1 1JH

Firstsite is a visual arts organisation based in Colchester, Essex. Our mission is to make contemporary art relevant to everyone.

http://art.colchester.ac.uk/minories

The Minories

A professional contemporary art ga CO3 3LL

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

brightlingseafreefest.co.uk

Brightlingsea Music Festiva

The Festival takes place on the first Friday of August. CO7 0HG

Brightlingsea Free Music Festival is a 3 day music event based in the town of Brightlingsea, Essex.

www.brightlingseaboatshow.com

Brightlingsea Regatta

Brightlingsea Boat Show returns to Waterside Marina CO7 0GE

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.