Latest News from the Harbour


This month Jane Long has announced that she is stepping down as a Commissioner after serving for three years. The Commissioners are very grateful for her contribution during this time and thank her for them.

The recruitment of a replacement will start in October 2015.


Annual Meeting

The 2015  Annual Brightlingsea Harbour Meeting will take place in the Brightlingsea Sailing Club at 1900 on Thursday 22nd October. The Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners welcome all stakeholders (harbour users,  local businesses, local authorities, etc) to attend this open meeting where annual accounts, activity and performance will be presented.


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.

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.



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.