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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.

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Latest News

  • USAR Update

    Date: 01 December 2017

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  • IFCA Essex Estuaries Bottom Trawling (Prohibited Areas) Byelaw 2016

    Date: 28 September 2017

    Essex Estuaries Bottom Trawling (Prohibited Areas) Byelaw 2016 has now come into effect.

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  • Autumn Water Taxi

    Date: 05 September 2017

    Our autumn water taxi service times are now in place.

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