Mersea is an Island with just one road linking it to the main land. This road is called 'The Strood' and it regularly floods at high tide. When this happens there is no way on or off the Island and you could easily have your day ruined by a very long wait in a very long queue.
Please check the tide times for the day you plan to visit the Island and add one hour either side of high tide to make sure you wont get caught out. Allow an extra half hour if the tide height is predicted to be above 5 metres.
Annual tide table booklets are available from many of the shops on Mersea and seven day forecasts can be found on several websites including 'Tides Near Me' which can also be downloaded as a phone app.
If you're unable to find the information you require, please contact Mersea Beach Days, we will be more than happy to give you the tide times for the days you plan to visit Mersea.
Tip: If you arrange to be on the Island by 9.30am and leave after 5.30pm you will never get caught by the tide.
Every effort is taken to make our beach hut Covid safe. Unfortunately this means that all toys, games, magazines etc., have been removed.
Inside the hut, chairs, tables, crockery and cutlery is cleaned with anti viral/anti bacterial products after every hire. These products, plus vinyl gloves, hand gel and hand wash, are in the cupboard under the sink should you wish to use them.
In accordance with current government guidelines we can hire the hut to a single person or up to six people from the same household, this number includes children. These terms will be updated in line with evolving Covid restrictions.
There is a fresh water container inside the hut and a stand pipe just inside the entrance to the car park. However, we would suggest that water from our container is used only for washing hands, dishes etc. Please bring your own drinking water and a container to fill from the tap to use for tea, cofee, etc.
The nearest public loos are approximately 200 yds away. From the back of the hut, turn left and carry on until you reach the 'Two Sugars' Cafe (this is just beyond the furthest end of the car park). The toilets are virtually opposite.
Where to Eat
There are two seafront cafes within a short walking distance from Beau Belle. From the front of the hut, to the left is Seaview Cafe and to the right is The Two Sugars. Both are accessible on foot along the beach or along the grass strip between the two rows of huts. If mobility is an issue, you can park your vehicle at the far end of the car of the car park and The Two Sugars is then a very short walk along a toe path behind the childrens' play area. Seaview cafe has a car park at the end of Seaview Avenue but this is usually full during high season.
Both cafes offer usual cafe style meals including All Day Breakfasts, Fish and Chips, Baguettes, Cakes etc. Take aways are available.
Tip: On busy high season days, getting food can mean a long wait.
There are two very good Fish and Chip shops in the village. Mersea Island Fish Bar in the High Street and just around the corner in Church Road, Unique Fish Bar and Kebab. Both accept phone orders so plan ahead and get your order in.
There is a Pay and Display ticket machine on the right hand side as you enter Victoria Esplanade car park. Charges are currently £3 for 3 hours or £5 for over 3 hours, however, please check the pricing on the board as it is subject to change from time to time. The machine takes coins or you can pay with your smart phone via MiPermit.
Between March and September, the car park is opened daily at 8am and closes with a locked barrier sharp at 8pm.
Colchester Council do reserve the right not to open the car park if severe weather has left the ground to wet to drive on.
This car park is officially closed between October and February. It does sometimes open at weekends, weather permitting, but this is not guaranteed. There is a car park at the beach end of Seaview Avenue, a short walk away, which is open all year.