Local Links

The Mersea Island Museum is an independent museum established in 1976 and occupying purpose-built premises in the centre of West Mersea, just to the east of the Parish Church. The traditional local activities of fishing, oystering, wild fowling and boat building are represented. The reconstruction within the museum of a typical weather-boarded fisherman's cottage provides an interior display centered on a Victorian coal-fired kitchen range, with adjoining facilities for washing clothes using old-fashioned manual equipment.

West Mersea Town Regatta takes place on Mersea Island in Essex, and has been running since 1838. A Regatta Programme containing all of the Regatta details including the Sailing Entry Form, along with numerous interesting articles of local events past and present is available from a number of Mersea shops for about six weeks prior to the Regatta.

The Pioneer Sailing Trust was set up in 1999 to restore back to sailing condition the last remaining 1st Class Essex Skillinger Smack Pioneer. She was another example of Britain's Maritime Heritage left to perish. By viewing this site it is possible to follow her progress from the mud of West Mersea in Essex towards her first sea trials.

Founded in 1899 the West Mersea Yacht Club is renowned for its racing and cruising programmes as well as for the warm welcome in its comfortable Clubhouse. West Mersea provides a pleasant sheltered anchorage with immediate access to the sailing waters of the River Blackwater, Thames Estuary and North Sea.

Mersea Harbour is under threat from the erosion by storm wave action of Cobmarsh, Packing Marsh and Old Hall. If these natural saltmarsh wavebreaks disappear, the harbour will be exposed and eventually become unviable for moorings, oyster layings and many commercial and leisure marine activities.

Join the Dabchicks Sailing Club, West Mersea for sailing and social events.

StroodCam uses the latest camera technology to allow you to see live video of The Strood, West Mersea, Essex. Now we can all check to see whether or not the traffic is crossing. Mother Nature doesn't always pay attention to the tide times and tidal height predictions - meaning that sometimes the Strood is passable at high tide when the tide table says it shouldn't be and vice versa. Hence StroodCam.

The Mersea Island Society was formed over 40 years ago “To preserve, safeguard and promote the characteristics of Mersea Island for the benefit of all, to arrange open discussion whenever it appears necessary to obtain a consensus of public opinion, to provide opportunities to gain factual knowledge from lectures, visits and discussion.”

Why not take a boat ride along Mersea Island's shoreline? Stacey runs regular sailings throughout the summer months on her boat the Lady Grace.  You may see lots of local wildlife, including seabirds and maybe the occasional seal.  Take a look at the island from a different perspective.

The Tollesbury & Mersea Native Oyster Fishery Co Ltd was registered in 1876 and is based at West Mersea on the River Blackwater, Essex where Mersea native oysters have been fished since Roman times.

The moorings available can be used for deep or shallow draft yachts, motor cruisers and fishing boats. There are two boatyards, West Mersea Marine and Peter Clarke’s Boatyard. Both offer take out and put in services and winter storage. There is also a small chandlery.

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