Beach Guide: Dovercourt offers a sandy/shingle Blue Flag beach that stretches for two miles from Earlams Beach to Beacon Hill. Excellent windsurfing conditions in the bay and estuary are on offer with zoned areas for water sports and trying something new! No attractions, but there is a large play area.

Parking Tip: Free parking on the Main Road and West End Lane car park (30 cars)

Facilities: Toilets with disabled facilities – Cafe – Shops – Crazy golf – Disabled access to beach – First aid – Lost child centre – Play area – Dog restricted area

Attractions: There are many opportunities for the adults to try water sport activities (windsurfing, jet skiing and sailing) in safe, zoned areas. For children, there is a swimming pool, a boating pond, a model yacht pond, a skateboard park and a recreation ground. You will never be short of things to do at Dovercourt! The Harwich Sea Festival and Lifeboat Day takes places in July.

Due to the number of fishing boats that work in the area, the beaches around Dovercourt and Old Harwich can be great places to find shells and interesting items. There are also some sites of historical importance on this part of the coast, including the Redoubt Fort, the Ha’penny Pier, the Harwich Maritime Museum and the Lifeboat Museum. Check the Harwich Society website for opening times.

What Essex Baby parents say:

“A lovely long clean beach with plenty of shells to find. One end is close to amenities and beach huts, and the other end is beautiful and unspoilt. Great place to watch the boats head into Felixstowe port. Plenty of parking nearby too” – Emma D

“There are some good crabbing spots along the jetty next to the Ha’penny Pier” – Phil M