Latest News from the Harbour


A Defibrillator is now available to Harbour Users....

As part of improving safety and facilities within the harbour, Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners have purchased a defibrillator for the use of harbour users and the local community. It is presently located inside the harbour office, but an outside option is being investigated so that it can be available outside of office hours. In the event of an emergency which necessitates the use of this essential lifesaving equipment please call for the support of the harbour staff, the majority of who are also first aid trained.

Harbour Users Survey 2015

The Commissioners value your views and whilst receiving much conversational and anecdotal feedback, want to establish a regular and more formal process. As such a survey has been produced. This survey is the first of several and we welcome your comments and insights and hope you can take the time to complete this survey and return to the Harbour Office by 30th September 2015. click here to download survey.



Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners, following several months of research and survey activity within the harbour, have decided to proceed with a programme that will increase the depth of available water in both the north and south channels of the harbour.  A bid has been made to partner with several European organisations, which if successful will provide support to a number of salt marsh regeneration projects that will provide long term environmental benefits.  In developing solutions and seeking approvals the Harbour Commissioners will consult with local stakeholders; this will take several months, but the aim is to complete some dredging before next season

2015 Events

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.