Latest News from the Harbour

Olivers' Wharf

Commercial traffic is expected to recommence operations from Oliver's Wharf in early July. Likely cargo to be handled is aggregate, wood chip and building materials. Advisory notes will be issued once exact details of movements are known, and all harbour users are asked not to impede their safe passage.


Hard Launching Fees.

Brightlingsea Town Council have recently agreed this year's charges for launching boats from the Hard. A much simpler structure of fees has been introduced and has been implemented as of 29 May 2015. Whilst the details will be published in our schedule of charges soonest, in sum the charge (which includes harbour dues) is £8 per day and £25 per year for all vessels except those with engines over 75HP or a PWC, for which the charge is £20 per day and £75 per year. Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners consider these charges to be a reasonable contribution to ensure safe operation and maintenance of this historical community asset.

Oysters - A tale of sex, boat-building and bivalve molluscs!

Oysters will be at the Pioneer Sailing Trust from Thursday 7th May until Saturday 9th May with a Gala night on the Friday where all tickets are £15 and a matinee performance and fun day on the Saturday with events at Harker’s Yard. See downloads page for more detail.


Report to Brightlingsea Town Council

The harbour's report to the Town Council can be viewed from our downloads page.


Chief Executive

The Chairman of Commissioners, Jim Addison, has announced that the Chief Executive, Martin Johnson, left the harbour staff yesterday by mutual agreement. The Commissioners are grateful for the contribution Martin has made to the harbour during the past two years and wish him well for the future.


Brightlingsea Town Regatta and Boat Show 2015


coming soon....



Colne Yacht Club facilities

Please note that commencing 23rd April for approximately 10 days there will be some disruption to the shower and toilet facilities within the Colne Yacht Club whilst a significant upgrade is undertaken. Our apologies for any inconvenience.


Ferry Started Good Friday - 3rd April

All of our vessels have been serviced, painted and recertified for carrying passengers. Community Reach, our first ferry, has had a major serviceback at the manufacturers factory and is looking in pristine condition. Our ferries run from 3rd April to 2nd November and do around 18,000 passenger trips each year. More info click here




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


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.