Mersea Island is the most easterly inhabited island in the UK, located around nine miles southeast of Colchester. The main industries on the island are farming and fishing, although tourism has significantly increased in recent years.
The beaches on Mersea are ideal for family paddling and swimming. They are mainly sandy ...although some are lightly stoned..., large and leave lots of space for visitors.
One of the most popular areas of the island is Mersea Barrow, often known as Mersea Mount, an ancient Roman burial ground. The barrow is believed to date back to around AD 100 and was excavated in 1912, when an entrance passage was built for visitors - check for details of when the Barrow is open if you're planning a visit.
Mersea Island Museum explains much of the island's history and celebrates some of its industries, including fishing, oystering and boat building. There's also a reconstructed interior of an old fisherman's cottage, for those who want to find out more about this traditional lifestyle.
The most picturesque spot on Mersea is Cudmore Grove Country Park, which includes a sandy beach backed by pretty grasslands.
Surprisingly, Mersea also has a Vineyard where twenty thousand bottles of wine are produced every year - taste test the dry whites and sweet dessert wines.