Latest News from the Harbour


Christmas Opening Hours


Over the period 25th December to 2nd January the harbour office manning will be at a minimum level to meet our safety responsibilities within the harbour. There will be a deputy harbour master in attendance during the morning of each day.

Wishing you a very happy Christmas and best wishes for 2015.


New Chairman

Jim Addison is the our new Chairman. Appointed on 1st October ...Click here


Live Weather and Forecasts Page

Live weather from the harbour is now available from our new web page. Click here


Five men fined for jet ski speeding

Five men caught speeding on jet skis and speedboats along the River Colne have been fined hundreds of pounds.      read more........


Speed limits and safety guide

A new Speed Limit and Safety guide for the harbour and River Colne is available from the Harbour office and to download.


Get the latest weather from the harbour

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.