Dovercourt Bay

A tranquil seaside resort


Dovercourt Bay is a tranquil seaside resort, with sand and shingle beaches, near the historic town of Harwich. There are plenty of facilities on the promenade, including a skate park and boating lake, and it lies within easy reach of Hemford Water National Nature Reserve, known for its resident seals.

The bay is home to two lighthouses, which were used to aid shipping around Britain. The unique lighthouses were restored in 1985-1988 by the high steward’s lighthouse appeal. The lighthouses were in fact erected in the memory of the High Steward, Councillor Bill Bleakley.

Dovercourt Bay is a superb stretch of sandy beach and has a ‘blue flag’ beach award. With a promenade that stretches for miles, walking, cycling and water based activities can all be enjoyed. There are also spectacular views of Felixstowe as well as the Harwich and Languard Forts.

The town centre itself is home to a number of historic and character buildings which also reflects the town’s rich past. The high street is not dominated by chain retailers, rather you will discover a great selection of independent, family run businesses and shops which include specialist food, gifts, crafts, beauty, clothing, footwear, florist and electrical goods.

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