Things To Do on Mersea Island

Mersea Museum

They are an independent, volunteer-run museum which does give visitors a unique taste of Mersea’s special island heritage. Permanent and mobile exhibitions show the islands history and life from pre-Roman times right up to date. There is particular interest in the maritime days including fishing and oystering, boat construction and sail manufacturing.

Things for children include a cabinet of old toys and hobbies and activities such as quizzes, jig saws and paper for drawing.

Listening guides are readily given to visitors without any charge. Historic walks take place from the Museum from 2.30pm on most Saturdays during the opening season.

www.merseamuseum.org.uk

Mersea Island Museum, High Street,

West Mersea,

Colchester,

Essex,

CO5 8QD

Mersea Island Vineyard

Manufacturers of nice wines and real ales and beers. Scheduled trips include a supervised tour of the yard and winery, followed by some wine tasting and vineyard platter of food freshly caught out of the sea. (provided by The Company Shed) or ploughman’s (ham or cheese).

www.vineyard.merseabrewery.co.uk/

Rewsalls Lane,

East Mersea,

Colchester,

CO5 8SX

The Coast Inn

With stunning scenery that will bring out the romance in you and a food list that will have your mouth leaping for more, The Coast Inn is the place for long lunches and great evening meals. A cosy inside is great for slurping your coffee and a cheeky slice of cake, In summer you can take a pew in the outdoor area and watch the River Blackwater flowing past. Home cooked meals have a unique marine idea- unsurprising considering the closeness of coastal waters – and the fish & chips have often been noted as Mersea Island’s best.

108 Coast Road,

Mersea Island,

Essex,

CO5 8NA

Cudmore Grove Country Park

At the East part of the Island, at Cudmore Grove, you’ll come across a sandy beach, great views, grasses, fields to chill in for relaxation and walks that will allow you to pass interesting old sites and an array of wildlife.

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.

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

East Mersea,

Colchester,

Essex,

CO5 8UE