Mersea Island is located about 9 miles from Colchester and is the UK's most Easterly Island connected to the county of Essex by a causeway called the strood. Be warned; when the tide is high this route becomes flooded preventing vehicles passing, check tide times before you set off to avoid disappointment. We had no idea about this but thankfully were not caught out!
Matilda blending in beautifully with the beach hut behind her.
At about 4.30pm the tide began descending leaving two natural piers leading to islands. It's a wonderful sensation as you walk along the sandbank to look back at the hundreds of pretty pastel coloured huts. There are plenty of tiny fishes swimming around you too, we did leave them be, though I was tempted to get a few out with the net for our dinner.
The beach has a real 1950's style feel to it, everything is bubblegum coloured even the holiday park sign looked cute. There are no garish arcades or dodgy candy floss sellers here, though you can buy little old fashioned bags of candy floss and vintage inspired beach gifts in the convenience store. It's as if the whole place is in a little time warp of its own untouched by the modernity's of life. We loved it and will be returning with a picnic packed in my wicker basket lined with red gingham, I know it'll fit right in here. Long live the good weather!