Latest News from the Harbour

Possible Tidal Surge

Potential East Coast surge coinciding with spring tides, which may increase the coastal flood risk 24 – 27 November. Click here for more details

Harbour Commissioner Vacancy

Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners wish to make appointments to the Board on a voluntary basis for a four-year term commencing 1st January 2016. The Commissioners are looking for high quality individuals with an interest in public service. Knowledge of some of the following areas is desirable: water related activity, shipping, financial management, laws relating to England and commercial, safety and environmental issues.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate ability and a proven track record in their chosen profession or other activities. Residence within a reasonable distance of Brightlingsea and familiarity with local issues is desirable.

For an application form please contact the Harbour Master. Completed application forms must be returned by 30 November 2015

Laying Up Service

All welcome to attend the "Laying Up Service"

Sunday 15th Nov 2015 1830hrs

St James Church Brightlingsea.

This a thanksgiving service of songs and readings with Motley Crew and St James Singers.

Annual Meeting

Many thanks for all those supporting our annual public meeting. The Commissioners valued your questions and comments. A copy of the presentation given is at the following link.....Annual Meeting


Deputy Harbour Master

As part of a staff reorganisation a new role as Deputy Harbour Master has been identified. The details of the vacancy are at following link .... DHM Vacancy.

Annual Report

Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners have recently published their annual report and available in "Downloads"


Following discussion between Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners (BHC) and Hampstead Homes (London) Ltd  – in Liquidation (acting by its LPA Receivers)  the freehold owner of Waterside Marina, it has been agreed in principle to incorporate the dredging requirements of the marina within the larger dredging programme that BHC announced last month and suspend activity on the proposed bags impoundment scheme.  For full details see news page.


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.