About Brightlingsea

A coastal town located between Clacton on Sea and Colchester (approximately 10 miles/ 16 km from each) and situated at the mouth of the River Colne on the Brightlingsea Creek. 
 
The town has a seafaring history.  The Bateman's Tower, a remarkable tower 97 ft high used historically to guide fishing boats home, has recently been renovated with the help from Lottery Fund grant.  One of its traditional industries was shipbuilding and although no longer an active shipbuilding community there is an active recreational boating scene. 
 
Brightlingsea Sailing Club runs an active competitive sailing programme and has produced many champions at international an  Olympic level.  The club is one of the oldest and largest dinghy sailing clubs in the East of England and is  considered to be one of the friendliest.   The Club is situated where the Colne Estuary meets the North Sea and offers sailing in sheltered waters at all times of the tied for, dinghies, catamarans and windsurfers and caters for novices fo national champions.  The sailing school provides training.

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The western promenade has a swimming pool, a skate park, boating lake and paddling pool It is a popular destination for tourists.  
 
Sources - visit the sites for more information:
Tendring District Council - open air swimming pool
Brightlingsea Foot Ferry - with services to East Mersea and Colchester
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