Let’s be honest, visiting a British seaside in the rain might sound wonderfully romantic and poetic! But unless you’re a particularly hearty person with an excellent umbrella, the reality is more likely just damp and miserable. But never fear – there is PLENTY to do in the areas surrounding Brightlingsea, and all within a short drive.
Here’s our suggested itinerary for a day in the rain!
Rainy Day Itinerary
- – Breakfast
- Enjoy a delicious cooked breakfast at The Courtyard Rooms!
- – Colchester Castle
- After a short 20 minute drive, enjoy a leisurely stroll around Colchester Castle – the largest Norman keep in Britain. This is one of England’s most popular attractions, and is teeming with fun, family-friendly activities. There is also the rather morbid Castle Prison, dating from the 1200s, where confessions from those accused of witchcraft were ‘extracted’! A ‘must do’ activity when in Colchester. Entry tickets cost £7.20 (adult), £4.75 (child/concession) or £20 for a family of four.
- – Batte-Lay Tea Room / The Minories
- Have a cup of something warm in this gorgeous Tudor property – just moments away from the Castle. The tea room is connected to a wonderful art space – The Minories. A part of Colchester School of Art, this gallery showcases a vibrant collection of contemporary art and is free to enter. FirstSite, the hub of Colchester’s contemporary art scene, is also within close distance and has regular scheduled activities, showcases and events.
- – Clacton Pier
- Once you’re all cultured out, take the 30 minute drive to the fun-filled Clacton Pier! The Pier is open all year round and has a vast array of indoor activities – bumper cars, aquarium, arcade, carnival rides, bowling, to name a few. The Pier is free to enter and you can purchase a token card for use on all the rides and activities.
- – Have a nap!
- You can come and go as you like at The Courtyard Rooms, and we’d definitely be ready for a nap by this point! Or perhaps a nice, warm shower. But at the very least, grab a coffee and have a well-earned sit down before dinner!
- – Victus Bistro
- Victus Bistro is just opposite The Courtyard Rooms and – as the name suggests – is a bistro style restaurant with an excellent grill and fish offering. They also do some wonderful cocktails! Victus is family friendly and very reasonably priced. You can read our review of Victus by clicking here.
- – For Adults Only: Number One Harbour Square
- Continuing a cocktail theme, Number One Harbour Square is a little slice of Essex glamour in Brightlingsea. Overlooking the Marina, it’s ideally situated for a fabulous night out with some beautiful views across the estuary.
- – For Families: Games Night!
- For a fun night in, we have a selection of board and card games at The Courtyard Rooms that you are welcome to play in your room or in the breakfast room. From old classics like Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit, to less known games like Labyrinth (a favourite of my 5 year old niece!). And help yourself to anything in the sideboard or fridge if you fancy a midnight nibble!
- – For Everyone: Mercury Theatre
- If you fancy just a little bit more culture before bed, the Mercury Theatre is located in Colchester and presents a broad range of classics and new writing.
- – Bedtime!
- There are no curfews at The Courtyard Rooms, so feel free to walk, drive (or stagger!) back at any time you like. We hope you’ll find your room warm and comfortable, and a hearty breakfast will await you in the morning!
We certainly hope you enjoy our itinerary – we certainly enjoyed testing it out!
You can find all the websites for the activities mentioned below:
Colchester Castle: http://www.colchestercastlepark.co.uk/
The Minories: http://art.colchester.ac.uk/about/the-minories/
Clacton Pier: http://www.clactonpier.co.uk/
Victus Bistro: http://www.victusbistros.co.uk/brightlingsea/
Number One Harbour Square: http://www.no1harboursquare.co.uk/
Mercury Theatre: http://www.mercurytheatre.co.uk/