BURNHAM-ON-CROUCH

The charming town of Burnham-on-Crouch lies on the bank of a river, waiting to be discovered. This former oyster port offers visitors many contrasts. The historic charm of its surroundings sits side by side with its growing reputation for high quality local produce used in modern cuisine. Whether seeking activity such as walking, sailing and other outdoor pursuits, or looking for relaxation in the many restaurants, pubs and cafés, Burnham-on-Crouch has something to offer everyone.

WATERFRONT

Burnham-on-Crouch

Most visitors to Burnham-on-Crouch find their way quickly to the riverside where a range of attractions await them. From the Town Quay, boats venture out for trips to view the seals which make their home at the mouth of the river. The quayside itself offers many opportunities to relax on seating or in the cafés and pubs which overlook the river. Walking westwards along the quay, you will discover Burnham’s museum, delightful houseboats, Riverside Park and the Yacht Harbour, with its restaurant and RNLI lifeboat station. Walking eastwards, the silhouette of the impressive Royal Corinthian Yacht Club stands out against the broad sky. Why not venture a little further for a walk around Burnham Wick farm?

HERITAGE

Burnham-on-Crouch

Burnham-on-Crouch offers the visitor many examples of its rich heritage. Whilst traces of Iron-age, Roman and Saxon occupation have been found, Burnham’s history can be traced more clearly from the Domesday Book onwards. The town's museum houses the finds from archaeological digs as well as artefacts which reflect the social, agricultural and industrial development of the area such as those from the former iron foundry. A walk around the town will help you to uncover fishermen’s cottages and oyster merchants’ grand houses. Seek out the Art Deco Royal Corinthian Yacht Club or stay a little longer to enjoy a film in the unique Rio cinema to gain a glimpse into another time.

GASTRO MENU

Parlour Cafe, Creeksea

Spend a day in Burnham-on-Crouch and you will need at some point to take advantage of one of the opportunities to sample the local food and drink. Independently owned cafés and restaurants will invite you to sample their fare, much or which will be locally sourced. And after a day exploring the town and its waterfront, what better than to relax and recuperate by spoiling yourself with one of the many delicious meals on offer in one of our numerous and varied restaurants. Explore our listings of local restaurants, pubs and cafés; you will not be disappointed! High quality local produce, prepared with care and served in welcoming surroundings awaits the traveller who extends their stay till the evening.

ATTRACTIONS

BURNHAM-ON-CROUCH & DISTRICT MUSEUM

A treasure trove of local artefacts awaits the inquisitive visitor at Burnham-on-Crouch & District Museum.

Local finds and carefully selected exhibits, some of national importance, are displayed with informative descriptions and explanations. The building itself is a former boat-builder's premises built around 1910 with the main entrance facing on to the Quay.

Over two floors, there is an interesting collection of exhibits, displays and archive materiel relating to fishing, the oyster fishery, farming and agriculture, boat building and the local iron foundry as well as more homely items, relating to the way our forebears lived. The collection ranges from stone age specimens to the near present day.

In the lower gallery's main hall, regular special exhibitions and History Society talks are held. The shop stocks an extensive selection of books on local history and general subjects of an historical nature.

Burnham-on-Crouch & District Museum
Rio Cinema

THE RIO CINEMA

The Rio Cinema is independently owned. It was built in 1931 and was originally called the Princes Cinema. The plans for the building date however from drawings of music halls and theatres from 1912 to 1914 and as such it is not in the ‘Art Deco’ style.

It is the only full-time historic cinema in the county of Essex.

The cinema has 2 screens with tickets for sale at historically low prices. For current admission prices, see www.burnhamrio.co.uk

The Rio shows the most recent films in surroundings which suggest the grandeur of a bygone age and as such, offers the visitor a unique experience. So during your visit to Burnham, why not take in a film in a setting which will prove memorable?

MANGAPPS RAILWAY MUSEUM

Mangapps Railway Museum is located at Mangapps Farm and houses an extensive collection of railway relics of all kinds; working steam and diesel locomotives, carriages, wagons, historic buildings and one of the largest collections of railway signalling equipment open to the public.

Where possible, items from the collection are displayed in the appropriate setting, for example in the restored station masters office at Mangapps Station and the Lamp Hut. The vast majority of the collection may be seen under cover inside the Museum building.

The museum offers railway enthusiasts and interested tourists alike the opportunity to revisit a time when railway travel captured the imagination. In addition, visitors can take a train ride through some pleasant countryside of the Dengie Hundred. Special events include Santa Special trains during December. See the website for opening times and events!
Mangapps Railway Museum

MORE ATTRACTIONS

Burnham Riverside Park

Burnham Riverside Park

Overlooking the River Crouch, Burnham’s Riverside Park offers activity and relaxation in equal measure. It is an ideal place for a stroll, a run, a picnic or to take part in some sport.

Burnham-on-Crouch & District Museum

Burnham-on-Crouch & District Museum

Discover the story of Burnham and the Dengie from the Bronze Age to today. Explore its fascinating maritime and social heritage through the artefacts and records of people’s lives.

Mangapps Railway Museum

Mangapps Railway Museum

Extensive working railway museum including locomotives, carriages, wagons, historic buildings, memorabilia and a major collection of signalling equipment. Much of the collection is under cover. Train rides are available every open day.

Lets Go Bonkers

Lets Go Bonkers

Let’s Go Bonkers is East Essex’s most exciting and professionally designed premier indoor children’s soft play studio, featuring two uniquely designed multilevel play studios, which has something for everyone.

RSPB Wallasea Island

RSPB Wallasea Island

RSPB Wallasea Island Wild Coast project is a landmark conservation and engineering scheme for the 21st century, on a scale never before attempted in the UK and the largest of its type in Europe.

Seal Trips

Seal trips at Burnham Quay

Discovery Charters offers fishing and seal watching wildlife trips which leave from Essex Marina on Wallasea Island and the Quay at Burnham-on-Crouch.

The Dengie Hundred Sports centre

Dengie Hundred Sports Centre

The newly re-furbished Dengie Hundred Sports Centre is a Community Sports Centre, committed to delivering fantastic facilities and service. Choose from our wide range of classes, activities and facilities.

The Rio Cinema

The Rio Cinema

The Rio Cinema is independently owned and was built in 1931, offering 2 screens showing current films at historically low prices! The Rio is a must for residents, visitors and cinema enthusiasts alike.

Burnham Sailing Club

Burnham Sailing Club

Our club offers a friendly atmosphere, a varied social programme and good facilities. We provide excellent training for our strong junior section. There is competitive Wednesday evening racing for cruisers, day boats and dinghies.

Saltmarsh Spa and Fitness

Saltmarsh Spa and Fitness

Our brand new fully air conditioned gym and spa has beautiful views of the field and river and offers members on-site parking, free wi-fi, toilets, showers, changing rooms and lockable storage.

Burnham Wick Farm

Burnham Wick Farm

Adjoining the River Crouch, the farm offers a permissive access trail with information boards featuring details of ancient crop marks, salt extraction and wildlife. The circular route takes you through the farm returning via the sea wall.

Dengie National Nature Reserve

Dengie National Nature Reserve

The Dengie National Nature Reserve is a large and remote area of tidal mudflat and saltmarsh between the Blackwater and Crouch Estuaries near Bradwell-on-Sea.

Clayhill View

Clayhill Vineyard

ln the heart of the Crouch Valley Region, commanding unrivaled views over the River Crouch Estuary and the tidal Bridgemarsh lsland.

Creeksea Place House and Gardens

Creeksea Place House and Gardens

Creeksea Place is a 16th century fairytale Tudor Mansion set in beautiful gardens. The house with its captivating façade and tranquil surroundings is steeped in history.

The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club

Royal Corinthian Yacht Club

Architecturally listed yacht club offering magnificent views of the River Crouch. Racing for day boats and dinghies, training for cadets and optimists - strong Junior Club. Large restaurant and bar with terrace. Visiting yachtsmen welcome.

Crouch Ridge

Crouch Ridge Vineyard

Crouch Ridge Vineyard overlooks the River Crouch. We produce and sell still and sparkling wines from grapes grown at the vineyard.

Springfield Road Park

Springfield Road Park

This park is comprised of mown grassland with a large number of mature trees of different species and a play park.

Templeman Galleries

Templeman Galleries

Templeman Galleries specializes in original pictures and also provides a bespoke picture framing service. The gallery stocks a large selection of unusual gifts, objects d’art and jewellery.

Burnham Ferry

Burnham Ferry

Burnham Ferry is the sole authorised ferry between Essex Marina, Wallasea Island and Burnham-on-Crouch Town Quay (opposite the Anchor pub).

Wibblers Brewery, Taproom and Kitchen

Wibblers Brewery, Taproom and Kitchen

Brewery offering guided tours and Taproom and Kitchen serving our ales, ciders and lager with a full snack and main meals menu.

Chapel Studio

Chapel Studio

Chapel Studio is a private residence which is open during the Burnham Art Trail and occasionally as a gallery for privately organised exhibitions. It is also a working studio for its owner.

Anyone can play Disc Golf

Creeksea Disc Golf

Come try disc golf! Our short course is fun for beginners and families, or play 18 holes for a challenge!

Spectacular Views

Burnham-On-Crouch Golf Club

Superb 18 hole riverside course with stunning views over the River Crouch.

The Royal Burnham Yacht Club

Royal Burnham Yacht Club

This prestigious yacht club overlooks the River Crouch and is open all year 7 days a week. It has an active junior section, an affiliated rowing club and visiting yachtsmen are always welcome.

HISTORY

The earliest evidence of human settlement in or around Burnham-on-Crouch comes from the discovery of Late Bronze Age artefacts on land belonging to Burnham Wick Farm to the East of the town. The hoard, numbering 214 metal objects, is over 3,000 years old and now resides at the Castle Museum, Colchester.

Later occupation by the Romans left several pieces of evidence such as pottery, evidence indicating enclosures in the landscape, as well as red hills, a by-product of the early salt making process.

Written records of Burnham-on-Crouch date from the Domesday Book, the first recorded owner of the manor being Alfward. He was replaced by the Norman lord, Ralph Baynard, a follower of William the Conqueror. Accused of treachery in 1100, Baynard’s lands passed to the Fitzwalter family, a descendant of whom lead the Barons against King John prior to the signing of the Magna Carta.

 

Bronze age hoard
St Mary's Church

St Mary’s Church was built in the 1300s although there is evidence of its existence as a place of worship on the site as far back as 1155. Granted a market charter in 1253, Burnham slowly grew in importance, and in the 1400s there are accounts of the early stages of a quayside. By the mid-1500s Burnham flourished as a port with connections to Europe and was increasingly recognised for the cultivation of oysters. Creeksea Place was built by the Harris family in 1569 and later belonged to Lord Mildmay, Keeper of the Crown Jewels for King Charles 1st. Mildmay is reputed to have been one of the twelve State elders who subsequently signed King Charles 1st death warrant.

The threat of poverty however, has never been far away in this predominantly rural community and Burnham-on-Crouch saw its first workhouse in 1733 in what is now Belvedere Road. Although the Crouch proved an important waterway as ships sailed from Burnham loaded with produce for the London markets, roads in the Dengie Hundred were poorly maintained. In the 1800s the town expanded to accommodate those working in agriculture and oyster fishing until in 1888 the railway reached the town. An iron foundry followed and Burnham became a producer of metal work including frames for pianos.

In the twentieth century the cinema arrived in Burnham and the railway facilitated a growth in its importance as a tourist destination. In 1931 the Corinthian Yacht Club moved into its new building designed by Joseph Emberton and Burnham has remained an important centre for sailing ever since.

During WWII, the Royal Burnham Yacht Club was used as headquarters of H.M.S. St. Mathew at which Royal Marines trained for amphibious landings. 32 landing craft from Burnham took part in the D-Day landings and Special Forces were based at Creeksea Place. The boat builders of Burnham turned their skills to the production of motor torpedo boats.

To bring things almost up to date, the Burnham Yacht Harbour was built in 1989 and now houses the local R.N.L.I. station, a facility which remains so important to a town with such a rich maritime heritage.

Soldiers training during the second world war

WHERE TO EAT

WHERE TO STAY

The Star Inn, Burnham-on-Crouch

The Star Inn, Burnham-on-Crouch

The Star Inn is a comfortable 17th century Coaching Inn in Burnham-on-Crouch which is a small town on the north bank of the River Crouch.

Ye Olde White Harte

Ye Olde White Harte Hotel

The White Harte offers a choice of 19 contemporary bedrooms, 11 of which overlook the River Crouch and beautiful Essex countryside.

Creeksea Place Barns

Creeksea Place Barns

Set on a picturesque farm in beautiful countryside, Creeksea Place Barns provides luxury holiday accommodation in a lovingly restored historic Essex barn.

Thatched Cottages

Thatched Cottages

Award winning thatched cottages set in their own private gardens. They are close to the railway station with trains going directly to London in about an hour. Easy access to the town, river & yacht clubs. Perfect for holidays or B&B.

Burnt Mill Cottage

Burnt Mill Cottage

Situated in a quiet position of Main Road with off road parking.

The Anchor

The Anchor Hotel

The Anchor Hotel is a traditional inn, centrally located in the High Street and adjacent to the waterfront. There is a warm welcome, atmospheric bar, home cooked food and comfortable accommodation in a four poster bed.

Burnham Wick Farm

Burnham Wick Farm

Burnham Wick Farm is a medium-sized arable farm which adjoins the River Crouch and is very near to Burnham on Crouch.

The Oyster Smack Inn

The Oyster Smack Inn

Contemporary independent restaurant with rooms.

Silver Road Caravan Park

Silver Road Caravan Park

Tucked away at the end of Burnham-on-Crouch High Street, Silver Road Caravan Park stands in a privileged location. This incredibly quiet site has 60 large, level, grass pitches, each pitch has an electric hook-up.

EXPLORE THE BEAUTY OF THE CROUCH COAST

With miles of coastal and countryside footpaths, lots of interesting towns and villages and wonderful attractions there is plenty to explore on the Crouch Coast. This leaflet had been produced by the River Crouch Coastal Community Team to give you an overview of things to do and places to see in the Crouch Coast.

When Exploring the Crouch Coast please respect the fragility of our natural environment, the rights of private land owners and businesses and the vital role of sea walls in our coastal defence. Please keep to the footpaths, keep dogs under effective control and do not litter.

The map and footpaths are for illustrative purposes only, please refer to ordnance survey maps for exact detail of routes.

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