Things to do


Welcome to Mersea Island and the small seaside town of West Mersea.

The most easterly inhabited island in the UK, situated off the coast of Essex and 9 miles southeast of Colchester.
Cut off at high spring tide, there’s a distinct sense of adventure about a trip to Mersea Island.

There are an abundance of things to do on Mersea Island and with the island covering approximately 8 square miles, you will never be bored by the beautiful scenery that awaits you.

Lady Grace Boat Trips

Runs 7 days a week all year round. 20 minute trips available at the end of the crabbing jetty everyday. Longer trips available upon request, including bird watching and fishing trips available from November through till May. Longer summer trips include picnic sunset trips, tea and cakes morning boat trips, children's pirate and mermaid birthday boat trips and much more.

Coast Road, Mersea Island, CO5 8PA

http://www.essexboattrips.co.uk

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 cooling sea breeze. Winter brings wading birds and wildfowl, including flocks of brent geese.

The area is rich in historic features, including WWII pillboxes and gun emplacements, the remains of a 16th century blockhouse fort and a cliff that has produced 300,000-year-old fossils, such as monkey, bear and bison.

Bromans Lane, East mersea, Mersea Island, CO5 8UE

http://www.visitparks.co.uk/places/cudmore-grove

Mersea Island Museum

Mersea Island Museum is 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 typical weather-boarded fisherman's cottage provides an interior display centred on a Victorian coal-fired kitchen range, with adjoining facilities for washing clothes using old-fashioned manual equipment.

Computers in the Resource Centre can be used to access over 30,000 images, slideshows, articles, parish records, local census contents, audio files, video. Children are welcome, with puzzles and quizzes available.

High Street, Mersea Island, CO5 8QD

http://www.merseamuseum.org.uk

Mersea Island Vineyard

Mersea Island Vineyard is a family owned business committed to providing high class Guest Bedroom accommodation and weekly Holiday Lets, quality English Wines, our own Beers and informative Vineyard Tours & suppers.

Mersea Island Vineyard is also a unique Wedding Venue, with a large Reception Marquee.

Rewsalls Lane, East Mersea, CO5 8SX

http://vineyard.merseabrewery.co.uk