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Day Trips

If you are spending your holiday on Mersea Island, there are lots of great places just a short drive from the island for your family to enjoys a great day trip. 

Why not visit Colchester Zoo for a full day of animal magic!? Colchester town centre is just 20 minutes drive from Mersea Island and is a great place for shopping and dining.  Also in the town centre are many of Colchester's museums including Colchester Castle, Hollytrees Museum and the Natural History Museum. 

Other local towns include Maldon, Braintree and Ipswich with their many beautiful surrounding villages.  Dedham, just North of Colchester on the Essex/Suffolk Border is in the heart of Constable Country and has lots of lovely shops and eateries.  While you are there, you caould rent a boat and try your hand at rowing to the historical Flatford Mill. 

The Essex seaside towns of Brightlingsea and St Osyth are great places to visit and a daytrip to these towns via the foot ferry from East Mersea is a great day out for th family. 

For views of Mersea Island from the water, why not take a trip on the Lady Grace, departing regularly from the Causeway on Coast Road. 

For many more day trip ideas, visit the blogs below!

World Famous Mersea Oysters

World Famous Mersea Oysters

Oysters have been cultivated in the creeks around Mersea Island since Roman times. It's said that the Romans loved osyters so much that they used to tow them in nets behind their boats all the way back to Rome. For the Romans, oysters were a food staple and a vital resource. Oyster shells had many...

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East Mersea to Brightlingsea Foot Ferry

East Mersea to Brightlingsea Foot Ferry

Did you know you can catch the foot ferry from Mersea Stone in Cudmore Grove Country Park to Brightlingsea Harbour across the River Colne? The custom built ferry boat has a ramp which can be lowered to allow for wheelchair users and cycle access as well as foot passengers using the service. By tak...

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The Little Beach Hut Company

The Little Beach Hut Company

The Little Beach Hut Company makes a trip to the beach a day to be remembered by providing you with your own pretty little hideaway by the sea, equipped with all you need to eat, drink and play at the beach so you can have a hassle free, fun day without lugging half your home with you. Based on Mer...

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Cudmore Grove Country Park

Cudmore Grove Country Park

At the eastern end of Mersea Island, at Cudmore Grove you’ll find a sandy beach, impressive views, grassland, meadows for relaxation and walks that will take you past interesting historical sites and an abundance of wildlife. The park is popular on hot summer days, with its sandy beach and co...

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How do I get to Mersea Island?

How do I get to Mersea Island?

We have had a few questions on how to get to Mersea Island, so we thought we would put some information together for you. Before setting off on your journey, ensure you check the tide times as this could affect your journey. Click here to check tide times. By Car From the A12 leave at junc...

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Mersea Island Museum

Mersea Island Museum

We are an independent museum established in 1976 and occupying purpose-built premises in the centre of West Mersea, just to the east of the Parish Church. The traditional local activities of fishing, oystering, wild fowling and boat building are represented. The reconstruction within the museum of a...

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Is my dog allowed on the beaches at Mersea Island?

Is my dog allowed on the beaches at Mersea Island?

We frequently are asked about the rules regarding dogs on Mersea beaches and we have a definitive answr for you right here! West Mersea Town Council say that Mersea beach works on a "Live and Let Live" basis and the beach is used by thousands of people for many leisure activities - sometimes t...

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Mersea Island Brewery

Mersea Island Brewery

Mersea Island Brewery produce a range of distinctive real ales from award winning Oyster stout to refreshing Island Gold and everything inbetween. *Information & photo about Mersea Island Brewery is from their website which you can visit here....

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Lady Grace Boat Trips

Lady Grace Boat Trips

Lady Grace Boat Trips runs the 20 minute trips 7 days a week all year round, times vary based on the time of year but you can always ring to check operating times for the day.  No need to book, just turn up at the end of the jetty and wait for the boat to return.  We have no sets time...

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West Mersea Town Regatta

West Mersea Town Regatta

The biggest event on the Mersea Island calendar is always the West Mersea Town Regatta! The date for the Regatta is of course is of course completely reliant on an afternoon tide to ensure enough water for the afternoon's events to take place.   The past few years have seen some miserable weat...

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Stuck by the tide?

Stuck by the tide?

It's amazing how often the topic of the high tide at the Strood comes up in conversation on Mersea.  Locals want to keep the Strood as it is, others want to see it raised and many holiday makers worry they will be stranded on or off the island for days on end!! Either way, the flooding of the s...

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A great day out... Walk around the Island

A great day out... Walk around the Island

When I speak to people on Mersea Island, the majority of them, even those who have lived here for years, have never challenged themselves to walking the circumference of the Island. For those who are physically fit and able to do so, it is a great day out and a great achievement!  I myself have...

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