Brightlingsea Beach

Brightlingsea is a flat sandy beach backed by a promenade lined with colourful beach huts. Formerly an important fishing and shipbuilding area, Brightlingsea is now a haven for yachting. A popular resort with plenty of amenities including a lifeguard service. Other activities on offer in this charmingly nostalgic location include windsurfing, canoeing, jet-ski, swimming, and bathing as well as pleasure trips on sailing barges. There are several annual sailing events.

Brightlingsea beach runs along the Western Promenade, which offers attractive walks with pleasant views. From 1 May to 30 September dogs are not allowed on the sand, including both beaches to the east of the paddling pool area.

There is plenty of low cost or free parking including spaces for disabled visitors and disabled access to the beach. There is a play area for children and rock pools for crabbing – nets are available from the café. There are public toilet facilities, a lost child centre, and first aid points.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are not allowed on the beach from 1st May - 30th September. (From West Marsh Point covering the paddling pool area and both beaches east of pool.)

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  • Jet-skiing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing


  • Beach hut hire

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

TM 0779 1621

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Blue Flag AwardMarine Conservation Society Recommended

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Brightlingsea Beach Reviews

Jul 24th 2019

Please be careful on this beach. My daughter and grandsons came back with badly cut feet from the shells.

What did we get wrong?