Mersea Island is the most easterly inhabited island in the UK, located just off the Essex coast and 9 miles from Colchester. The name ‘Mersea’ comes from the Old English ‘meresig’ meaning ‘island of the pool’. It is joined to the mainland by a causeway, known as The Strood, which can be covered by the sea at high tide, but not usually for more than an hour or so – please check the tides with the office staff.

The Island has two villages, West Mersea and East Mersea where Fen Farm is. West Mersea is larger of the two, with lots of shops and places to eat, boatyards to wander round and the jetty for crabbing.

East Mersea is quieter with lots of open fields, the perfect place to relax. Cudmore Grove is one of the best county parks in Essex, you might be lucky enough to meet ranger Dougal Urquhart, if he has some time to spare he can point out the geese, flocks of golden plovers and widgeons that regularly graze on the fields behind. The river gravel in the low cliffs is 300,000 years old and is the site where bones of elephant tusk, narrow-nosed rhino, bears and giant deer were discovered early last century.