Dovercourt Bay (Blue Flag) CO12 3TA

Dovercourt is a peaceful family resort with gentle shelving sand and shingle beaches. A wide range of family activities are available along the promenade including an impressive range of sport and leisure facilities e.g. skate park, model yacht pond and boating lake. There are two cast iron lighthouses, known as Dovercourt Range Lights, one on the beach and one off-shore - when a ship saw the two lights aligned, it was on the right course. They were used until 1917 and were restored in the 1980s. The resort enjoys panoramic views of Harwich, the port of Felixstowe and Hamford Water National Nature Reserve. Enjoy a stroll around the narrow streets in the historic old town of Harwich nearby or walk along the seawall to the nature reserve with its resident seals.

Located adjacent to the town of Dovercourt. Access by road is via the A120. Follow the signs for Award Beach. By rail the nearest station is Dovercourt, served by mainline trains from London and Ipswich. Bus services are available from Colchester, Clacton and Ipswich.

Beach Huts at DovercourtBeach Facilities

  • Sandy & shingle beach with a dog restricted area
  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Beach huts
  • Toilets with disabled facilities
  • Disabled access to beach
  • Slipway
  • First aid
  • Lost child centre
  • Promenade
  • Crazy golf
  • Shopping
  • Part of a marine nature reserve
  • Car Parking - free or pay car parks, street parking and disabled visitors’ spaces
  • Bus stop
  • Walkable to train station
  • On a cycle route
  • Activities - Windsurfing / Canoeing / Sailing / Jet skiing / Birdwatching

Other things to be aware of

  • Groynes
  • Powered and non powered watercraft
    Check local signage for further information or contact Parking and Seafronts on 01255 686969 or email

Surrounding Area

  • Town / Village
  • Harbour
  • Shop(s)
  • Camp site
  • Wildlife reserve
  • Historic buildings
  • Wet weather facilities - Amusement arcade / Leisure centre
Last updated on: 11/05/2018 - 14:39