Brightlingsea has a long history, especially with the sea. Some of this history is kept alive by the Cinque Port Liberty of Brightlingsea. This is an ancient alliance from the 11th century. For more information, please see the Liberty on the Links page.
We have always been a fishing port, although now sadly much reduced. Recreational sailing has taken its place with both a sailing club and Yacht club. The harbour is always busy with both commercial, private boats and visitors.
Brightlingsea stands at the end of a single road making it feel like an island at times (which at some time in recent history it was). This means that we have no through traffic and that we have all our needs within the town leading to a culture of self sufficiency. Having the waterfront with a small beach and beach huts we do get local visitors on nice warm days, some staying the weekend or longer in the camp site. For more information, please see the Brightlingsea Town Guide on the Links Page.
We have many organisations in the town, who keep the traditions which so many towns have lost.
These include a Carnival every year, regatta days by both the Sailing club and Yacht club and special event over the year including shopping at Christmas. There are many voluntary organisations and theatre groups and choirs organise many performances.