Brightlingsea Harbour ferries on the town jetty ready to take you across to Point Clear and East Mersea

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Ferry trips across to East Mersea and Point Clear.   Booking required via telephone 01206 302200


Close to the mouth of the Colne Estuary where it meets the Blackwater and Thames Estuaries you will find Brightlingsea, an historic cinque port rich in heritage. 


As well as the cultural aspect Brightlingsea is an exciting, fun place to explore no matter what your age is, whether it be an afternoon crabbing, a day at our very own Lido, a ramble along the beach taking in the stunning views or simply a nice lunch in one of our many delightful eateries. Our Harbour ferry provides not only a means of crossing the creek but opens up opportunities to explore the local area and attractions.
Use of the ferry greatly reduces road miles – typically a round trip by road between Brightlingsea and St Osyth is 20 miles but takes just 3 minutes on the ferry. The round trip by road to East Mersea is 40 miles, but only takes approximately 9 minutes by ferry.

The safety of our passengers is of absolute importance to us. Passengers will need to book onto the ferry in advance by calling the office on 01206 302200 or in person and will be allocated a seat. If you wish to join the ferry at Point clear or East Mersea you must book, that can even be done whilst queuing (socially distanced) at the pick-up point. The cox will wear PPE, gloves and face covering when within 1 metre of anyone’s face. Passengers should have face coverings available. The modified ferry has protective partitions between groups of passengers which will only be used in bubbles, therefore can travel 6 independents or up to 12 in bubble combinations. On entering the ferry passengers will have their hands sprayed with an antibac fluid then be directed to their allocated seats, first on one side then on the other, passengers will alight be using the same managed process. The scenery and the experience won’t change though. We would ask that passengers’ queue responsibly, at Brightlingsea they should wait by the Bus shelter to be taken down the jetty to the Ferry.

East Mersea & Beyond
Explore Cudmore Grove Country Park by foot or why not take your bike and admire the coastline. Take the opportunity to not only explore East Mersea but the rest of the island itself. Cudmore Grove Country Park has an excellent coastal themed play area which will keep the younger visitors entertained for hours, or maybe take a walk along the numerous zig zagging paths across the park. Alternatively, if you would like to go further afield why not enjoy the various pubs, café and eateries such as afternoon tea and locally brewed beer at Mersea Island vineyard or indulge in the locally caught oysters at Seafood at Dawn, seafood restaurant.

Pub Lunch River Cruise to Wivenhoe 
A lovely day out for couples/families/groups etc.
Enjoy the stunning panoramic scenery along the River Colne to the picturesque riverside village of Wivenhoe.
The trip from Brightlingsea to Wivenhoe takes 45mins then 2 hours in Wivenhoe including lunch then return on ferry to Brightlingsea.
With its narrow streets and quaint buildings, Wivenhoe makes a great day out. It has been home to many famous people including Joan Hickson who played Miss Marple. Numerous artists and journalists have and do live here, giving the town its flamboyant, artistic atmosphere. Right on the banks of the river Colne, the towns history centres on fishing, ship building and smuggling.
Included in the price is a delicious main meal at the renowned Black Buoy Inn which is steeped in maritime history.
The pub is 300 years old and is Rural pub of the year five years running and in 2020 Colchester & North East Essex Camra Pub Of The Year. www.blackbuoy.co.uk

Ferry Charter
Chartering our ferry is another way to explore the River Colne or can be a treat to a loved one for a special occasion, so let us create the perfect trip for you, your family and friends. We can take your party to Wivenhoe, Rowhedge, Hythe Quay or just spend time enjoying the coastline and wildlife.


Harbour Tour
If you are short for time and you want to take a closer look at the yachts and power boats moored within our harbour why not take advantage and book a harbour tour. The ferry takes you around Cindery island which is a salt marsh and is home to many local birds and wildlife, you may even be lucky enough to spot our residential seal or If tides are right you could even pass one or our frequent commercial 90 metre cargo ships.






Brightlingsea Harbour accepts credit cards (no fee). Other amenities are available in Brightlingsea. The harbour office can pass on details.

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