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Home Attractions & Tours Birdwatching Cruise on a Thames Sailing Barge in Essex

Birdwatching Cruise on a Thames Sailing Barge in Essex

4 hrs
1 person
Valid for 20 months
Colchester - Essex
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Set out from Brightlingsea Harbour in Essex for an interesting and relaxing cruise birdwatching. The waterfront is bustling with activity and charm and this historic port has been a famous sailing centre for many years. Meet at the new town jetty and board a traditional Thames barge before heading out of the creek and up the River Colne. Experts from the Essex Wildlife Trust are on board to help spot and identify an impressive amount of wildfowl, migrants and waders as you pass Fingringhoe Wick Bird Reserve along the way. In between the gorgeous natural sights, tuck into a hot buffet lunch and chat with fellow enthusiasts. Returning to the point of departure via Bradwell or West Mersea, this is a wonderful cruise for bird and nature lovers alike.

In a Nutshell
  • A beautiful cruise from Brightlingsea Harbour
  • See a wealth of birds along the way
  • Winners of the Visit Essex - Best Small Attraction 2015
  • Includes lunch on board
Key Info
  • Availability Description
    Available on a weekend date in October.
  • Participant Guidelines
    Minimum age is 18. Participants with limited mobility can often be accommodated, please discuss with our partner at the time of booking.
  • Weather
    The experience takes place in all weather conditions.
  • Duration
    Cruises last approximately five hours.
  • Numbers on the Day
    A maximum of 50 people sail aboard the barge.
  • Dress Code
    Dress for the weather with a hat, sunglasses and sun cream in summer. Please avoid high heels.
  • Other Info
    Please note, afternoon tea is served if the cruise is scheduled for late afternoon.


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Birdwatching Cruise on a Thames Sailing Barge in Essex