BrightlingseaCinquePort2Brightlingsea beach is well-known for its beach huts. It’s situated between Colchester and Clacton.

Brightlingsea is really a coastal town within the Tendring district of Essex, England, situated between Colchester and Clacton-on-Sea, situated at the mouth with the River Colne, on Brightlingsea Creek. It has an estimated population of 8500. Its conventional industries included fishery (having a renowned oyster fishery) and shipbuilding. Using the decline of these industries, the town is largely a dormitory town for Colchester,
Brightlingsea Churchalong with a popular retirement destination. Brightlingsea is a limb of Sandwich, one with the Cinque Ports. The town retains an active ceremonial connection using the Cinque Ports,  electing a Deputy from a guild of Freemen. In the centre of the town is Jacob’s Hall, reputedly the oldest timber-framed building in England, built during the fourteenth century. Also within the town centre is Victoria Location, where numerous local businesses are based. To the west, on the creek is Western Promenade. It has lines of beach huts, a skate park, swimming pool, boating lake, and paddling pool. It is a popular destination for tourists and Londoners. Bateman’s Tower, a nearby landmark by the sea, has recently been renovated by the Colne Yacht Club with help from a Lottery Fund grant.

Bateman’s Tower

Batemans Tower Brightlingsea

Bateman’s tower was built in 1883 by John Bateman as a folly for his daughter to recuperate from consumption. The tower is sited on Westmarsh point at the entrance to Brightlingsea Creek on the River Colne, and is frequently mistaken for a Martello Tower. Throughout The Second World War the original roof with the folly was removed to ensure that the tower might be used as an observation post by the Royal Observer Corps. In 2005, a restoration project funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund took location to restore the tower to its original condition, such as the fitting of a replica of the original roof, refurbishing the interior with the tower and also painting the outside. The tower is now utilized by many local sailing organizations to administer races. Throughout race days, the public can visit the tower, whose new roof makes it a popular gallery from which to watch races. Bateman’s Tower is leaning slightly.

Brightlingsea open air swimming pool

Brightlingsea open air swimming pool was built in 1933 and is among the couple of remaining lidos (open air swimming pools built primarily within the art-deco period) nonetheless in use within the UK. Brightlingsea Lido was originally a salt water pool, but is now a two-level, non-heated freshwater facility. The pool has recently been threatened with closure, but nearby opposition to this appears to have saved it. The pool comprises a 15m children’s pool along with a 50m primary swimming pool. To this day, the facility is well-liked with residents and visitors towards the town.

Pyefleet Week 2011

From:   ? July Until: ? August 

Days: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Venue: Brightlingea

Pyefleet Week is Brightlingsea Sailing Club’s week long sailing regatta that takes place each year during August and has grown to be one of the unmissable events of the East Coast.

The Beach

Brightlingsea BeachBrightlingsea is well known for its colourful beach huts and from across the water you can see Mersea Island. Brightlingsea has a small beach in a semicircular shape where the River Colne flows into the sea. It’s a non-commercial resort and in many methods is comparable to Mersea Island beach. Brightlingsea beach is appropriate for you in the event you do not want to go to a packed beach resort, and just want a quiet day out. There isn’t any entertainment on the beach, as it is a very little region, so you can go and appreciate a swim and sunbathe, whilst watching the boats out on the water.

The Mignonette and Cannibalism

In 1867 the yacht Mignonette was built by Aldhous Successors in Brightlingsea. The Marionette foundered on its way to Australia in 1884. In desperation, three with the 4 shipwrecked crew killed and ate the sickest member. The subsequent trial, R. v. Dudley and Stephens, established the common law principle that necessity isn’t a valid defence against a charge of murder.

Free Music Festival!

THIS YEAR’S DATES! Classical – Friday 5th Aug 2011 – 6.45 to 8.45pm – Hurst Green Roots & Blues – Saturday 6th Aug 2011 – 12.00 to 8.00pm – Hurst Green Jazz & Globe – Sunday – 7th Aug 2011 – 12.00pm to 6.00pm – Hurst Green This will be our 11th Year, and is promising to our best festival yet. Take a look at this year’s Brightlingsea line as much as see for yourself.


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