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Water Quality

Annual classification

2018 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

To the west of the marina and once an important boat building centre, it is now a classic small beach resort backed by a pleasant sandy beach and colourful beach huts.


Swimming and water sports are popular - zoning applies. There is a children’s paddling pool, playground and a half pipe and ramps for skateboarders and rollerbladers. Ther is an open air swimming pool to the east of the beach.

Wildlife and Walks

Adjacent to the beach is a pathway with grazing marsh on one side and the sea the other. Skylarks can be heard singing and dragonflies dart over the marsh. Redshank and Lapwing can often be seen.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 15th May to 30th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2018 Excellent

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

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Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

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Facilities at Brightlingsea

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins



Pay and display parking next to Batemans Cafe.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed May 1st to September 30th.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily during the summer.


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