What to Do
In addition to the other activities that are outlined in the other catagories on this page, there are also many more things to do on Mersea:
The Foot Ferry runs from East Mersea Point on a scheduled service during peak months and runs trips between East Mersea, Brightlingsea and St Osyth. Both seaside towns have plenty to offer visitors with a great view back over the water to Mersea. The ferry welcomes children, dogs and cycles. Outside of peak times, the ferry runs a service bookable by phone. Timetables and information leaflets are available lacally.
The locally owned boat Lady Grace runs a regular boat trip around the harbour from the Causeway Jetty on Coast Road. For a small cost, you can take a 20 minute boat ride around to see the local sights from the water.
While at the coast road area, why not visit the Lifeboat Station. The local volunteers for the RNLI are based at the lifeboat station on the West end of Coast Road and the station is open to visitors during peak times. You can see the lifeboat and learn about how the crew operate in emergency situations.
If you're feeling energetic, why not join is with Mersea 5 Star Boot camps. Taking place several times a week, these sessions are sure to get your heart racing and leave you feeling fit and toned.
Mersea Barns is a new addition to Mersea. Opened in March 2019, on the site of the old Pick-your-Own, Mersea Barns is a café restaurant and shop offering high quality, freshly prepared breakfasts, lunches, teas, coffees and cakes. You can also got take aways and snacks. Ther...leave your comment
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...leave your comment
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...leave your comment
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...leave your comment
There is an internationally renown hotel a shot distance from Mersea Island which offers superb golfing facilities. Two contrasting golf courses to play A short-game practice area for chipping, pitching and bunker practice Three practice putting greens Floodlit covered 8 bay driving range Tro...leave your comment
The Company Shed is a family run seafood restaurant located in West Mersea, Colchester, they have gained a reputation among locals and tourists alike as being the best restaurant to visit for dishes such as crab, lobster, fish, mussels, tiger prawns and more. Their extensive eat-in or take-away seaf...1 comment - leave your comment
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...leave your comment
Essex Outdoors provides high quality outdoor learning opportunities, from activity days and Forest Schools through to residential experiences and adventurous expeditions With four centres in Essex offering a wide range of activities and with great transport links to London and the Eastern region, w...leave your comment
The Mersea Centre is owned and run by the Mersea Island Community Association (MICA) for the benefit of Mersea residents and visitors. There are regular events such as bands, jumble sales, dances, film nights, excercise classes and more. The MICA also offers a gym, a hall for hire and fully li...leave your comment
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...leave your comment
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...leave your comment
Freshly caught fish from your local fishermen. Better value for money. Whole fish or filleted. We only sell fresh fish caught locally, by local fishermen in waters around Mersea, often our fish is so fresh, we don’t know what we are going to have until a couple of hours before we open! We ar...leave your comment
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....leave your comment
Mersea Island lies between the estuaries of the Blackwater and Colne rivers, about nine miles south of Colchester. The present Mersea Island Vineyard was established in 1985. Today there are about ten acres, five grape varieties, producing some twenty thousand bottles each year. Legend has it that...leave your comment
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...leave your comment
We frequently get lots of questions about the tide from visitors to Mersea Island. In reality the tide only covers the Strood, which is the only road onto the island, usually twice a day for only one week during the month. Once the tide covers the Strood, the island really does once again become an ...leave your comment
If you’re after a great idea to entertain the kids (or adults!) on a budget, crabbing is a great idea! The causeway at West Mersea hard is the idea place to crab with specific areas marked to do this. Please take care to observe these rules if you go, as it is a working causeway fo...leave your comment
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...leave your comment