Latest News from the Harbour


Public Meeting

Following a request by some Brightlingsea residents the Town Council are holding a Public Meeting regarding the Town Hard on Monday 30th March 2015 at 7.30pm in The Parish Hall where questions can be put to the Town Council.

All are welcome to attend.



Our webcam now has its own link on the blue navigation bar above. If you can't see the link on your device Click here


Town Jetty Repairs

The Town jetty has been successfully repaired and is now back in use.  The Jetty, owned by the Town Council and managed by the Harbour Commissioners is now 10 years old, and further maintenance work will be progressed by the harbour staff over the next few months to ensure that this essential facility remains available.

Please contact the harbour office on 01206 302200 or VHF channel 68 for more information or assistance.


2015 Events

May 2-3 Annual Gig Festival
May 17 Blessing of the water
June 6 Wivenhoe Regatta
June 20 Rowhedge Regatta
June 15-20 Schools week
July 4-5 Brightlingsea Regatta
July 18 Old Gaffers Assoc Rally
August 2-8 Pyefleet week
August 13-16 Albacore Nationals
Sept 5 Colne Smack & Barge Race
Sept 26-27 RYA Zone Championship


Weather information page

Our updated weather page now has live local weather data, plus information on tide predictions and tide levels and links to weather forecast sites. Click here

Welcome to Brightlingsea Harbour


Brightlingsea Harbour is a small mixed leisure and commercial port with a rich heritage, situated in Brightlingsea Creek close to the mouth of the Colne Estuary where it meets the Blackwater and Thames Estuaries.


The Harbour is within a nature conservation area of international importance. The River Colne is navigable on the tide for 7 miles to Colchester in Essex and the River Blackwater is navigable for 11 miles to Maldon. Brightlingsea is a day sail from most ports on the Thames Estuary.


Brightlingsea Harbour is a Trust Port managed by Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners. The Harbour Master leads a dedicated team of permanent and seasonal staff who oversee the day to day activities within the Harbour.


The Harbour provides a total of about 500 berths and moorings and welcomes many visiting boats, which can number 100 on a busy weekend. Boats of up to 50 feet (15m) and 8 feet (2.5m) draft can be accommodated and a warm welcome awaits all. Facilities at Brightlingsea Harbour have steadily been upgraded over recent years and now includes the addition of a laundry facility for Harbour users and the sale of diesel fuel from a floating barge berth.


Use the links on the menu above to access further information about Brightlingsea Harbour, including details of the Foot and Cycle Ferry service from Brightlingsea, useful information for visitors and what you can find to do in the surrounding area.


If you cannot find the information you require, please contact us.