Established in 1985, the Mersea Island Vineyard consists of around ten acres growing 5 grape varieties which produce some 20,000 bottles of wine each year. Mersea Island Vineyard offers a range of white wines from very dry to sweet desert wines. Visit the Mersea Island Vineyard website.
Immerse yourself in a real steam railway museum and get up close and personal to a wide collection of steam trains, diesel locomotives and vintage carriages. The atmospheric Victorian buildings, restored trains and working signal boxes tell a unique story of a time when the railway was the largest employer in the region. Visit the East Anglian Railway Museum website.
Visitors can enjoy walks on Essex Wildlife Trust’s Nature Reserve at Abberton Reservoir with stunning panoramic views across the Reservoir and surrounding villages as well as superb views of the water’s edge from three accessible bird hides. The reserve has a 900m accessible circular footpath guiding you through a number of habitats including grassland and scrub areas. Take a look at the Brambly Hedge Wooden Sculpture trail and the Middleditch wild play area ideal for younger visitors to explore the outdoors. Refreshments are available from the Skylark tearoom which is open daily between 9:30am – 4:30pm, and why not take […]
Layer Marney Tower is a Tudor palace, composed of buildings, gardens and parkland, dating from 1520 situated in Layer Marney, Colchester, Essex, England. The building was designated Grade I listed in 1952. Layer Marney Tower is England’s tallest Tudor Gatehouse built in the reign of Henry VIII by Henry, Lord Marney as a statement house within the Essex landscape with commanding views to the River Blackwater and beyond. The scale of the building shows its original owner was rich, powerful and a friend of the King. The ornate terracotta decorations are of Italian design, the extravagant use of glass, diaper […]
Why not take a trip on the Brightlingsea/Point Clear East Mersea foot ferry. This is a custom built ferry has a ramp allowing easy wheelchair and pushchair access as well as cyclists and foot passengers. Departs from East Mersea at 15 minute intervals past the hour between 10.15 and 16.15 (last crossing) calling at Point Clear. Ferry timetables are available from local shops, libraries and tourist information centres. Visit the Foot ferry website for more details.
Take a 20 minute harbour trip any day of the week! Available to hire for special trips and more. No need to book, just turn up at the end of the jetty and wait for the boat to return. We have no sets times, we just leave whenever anyone would like to go and there is no minimum number required either so we can leave with as little as one person on board. The 20 minute trip consists of a gentle relaxing trip around the Packing Shed Island where they used to pack the oysters back in the 1850’s, you […]
Home of the Mason Collection, one of the world’s foremost collections of covert operations weapons, clothing and equipment in Maldon. Experience a journey through British military history, beginning on the brutal medieval battlefields, then onto the Napoleonic and Crimean wars of the 19th Century then the First and Second World Wars of the 20th Century and finally today’s conflicts. Visit the Combined Military Services Museum website.
There is no better place than the Mersea Museum to find out about the rich history of Mersea and the surrounding area. Established in 1976 and occupying purpose-built premises that have been steadily expanded, the museum is in the centre of West Mersea. The traditional local activities of fishing, oystering, wild fowling and boat building feature highly but the exhibition in the main hall is updated each year and features a number if different displays. Computers in the Resource Centre can be used to access over 35,000 images, slideshows, articles, parish records, local census contents, audio files, video. Children are […]
Transformed from an overgrown wasteland started in 1960, to an immaculate garden with beautiful countryside. Now they are an inspiration to gardeners and garden lovers and now welcome visitors from all over the world. They are also a renowned nursery and stock over 2000 varieties of plants many propagated from plants in the gardens. Take one of the guided garden walks, free gardening talks or simply visit the tearoom or gift shop. Visit the Beth Chatto Gardens website.
Cudmore Grove on East Mersea offers a great location for a seaside visit. With pay and display parking adjacent to the extensive grassland area which leads down to the beach. Cudmore Grove is the ideal place to walk the dog, have a picnic or BBQ and even fly a kite! If you are interested in the local bird and wildlife, there is a small visitor centre with lots of information or you can visit the bird hide looking over a large water inlet, popular with waterfowl. There are often local talks that take place during the Summer so it’s worth keeping […]