Christmas Shopping In Brightlingsea

Recently named by Tendring District Council as the area’s number one High Street, with no empty shop fronts our shopping area has so much to offer the people of our town. During this difficult year our High Street has had to adapt how it operates and serves the community, and from the customers that we have spoken to it seems that it has done so very well.  All our shops have offered delivery services where they can, and many have changed opening hours to be there when customers need them. Many have offered online services and have made themselves contactable via social media, or the telephone. In return shop keepers and business owners have really appreciated how Brightlingsea residents have used their local facilities first instead of venturing into Colchester or going online.  

Before the pandemic the High Street always tried to put itself at the centre of the community, with shops taking adverts in local press and publications, supporting Brightlingsea in Bloom by sponsoring hanging baskets in the town centre and offering raffle prizes to the many events that take place in a regular year. 

Although we do not have the space to write about each business separately what follows is an index of our wonderful shops and business, and what they offer, listed as you walk from the High Street down to the bottom of Station Road.

Wine Well Ltd, off Licence and convenience store

YMCA, free car park & meeting rooms

Brightlingsea Dental Practice, dentist

Ethical Life, great herbs and spices and refill service

Exhale, beauty treatments, 

John Smiths, funeral directors (top of Tower St)

Del’s Vinyl, records & collectables

Jenny Elizabeth Flowers, stunning flowers and gifts

Joy, oriental food and ladies clothing and accessories

Toggs, ladies clothing and accessories

Bumbles, greengrocer also offering veg box deliveries

Little Fundraising Shop, charity shop raising funds for local good causes

Plain and Pearl, knitting and sowing

Hyamms Boutique, hair and beauty salon

Learning Centre, child’s education and soft play

D & L Electrical, everything electrical

A Head Start, hair salon (top of Sydney St)

Kemble Coop Undertakers, Funeral Services

Smiths Butchers, high quality locally sourced meats and foods

Ye Old Swan, Public House

Zest & Thyme Ltd, delicatessen

Vines, restaurant

Brightlingsea Bakery, fresh bread and pastries baked on the premises daily

Studio 6, photographic studio

Chloe, hair and beauty

Sugar, hair and beauty

Constable Care, care in the community

Turkish Barbers, men’s haircuts and hot towel shaves

Little Boat Gifts, unique and locally designed and made gifts (top of New St)

Doves, ironmongers and hardware (top of New St)

Brightlingsea Library, offering a host of support and advice services alongside the traditional books (top of New St)

Winkies, Fish & Chips (top of New St)

Star Fast Food, take away (top of New St)

The Brewers Arms, Public House

The Computer Shop, for all your computer needs

The Courtyard Rooms, family run Motel (bottom of Richard Ave)

St James Church

Bargain Stores, hardware, homeware, gardening, decorating and more at great prices

Prentice Carpets, your quality local carpet shop

Davies Barbers, traditional men’s barbers’ shop

Boots the Chemist

Pet Shop Girls, pet grooming & pet food

The Four B’s, Clinical Beauty

Cafe Chic, great coffee, great cake, fabulous food and a relaxed atmosphere

The Autumn Centre, community care

The Ice House, ice cream, waffle and sandwich shop

St Helena Hospice Charity Shop, supporting your local hospice

Number 8, hair salon

Town & Country Estate Agents

Life Care Mobility, mobility aids and vehicles

Spirals, cards, gifts and stationery

TescoSilver Topaz, gem stones and natural therapy

Elegant Hair Design, hair salon

Jeremy Soames Upholstery, professional upholsterer

Randell Framing, picture framing 

The King Head, public house, 

John Fowler Solicitor

Lucas Estate Agents

Chapman & Co Jewellers, a wonderful selection of jewellery to suit all tastes and budgets

Ladbrokes, betting shop

Spar, food market and post office

 Victoria Café, the perfect traditional café 

Lovesee Glazing, for all your glazing needs

Janet Aldridge, needle work and cloth alterations (end of Wellington St)

Vibe, hair salon (end of Wellington St)

Pleass Thomson & Co. solicitor

Patrick & Menzies, opticians, 

Seaview, Chinese take away

Colne Medical Centre

Coop, supermarket

The Brightlingsea Museum, find out more about the museum on page 11

The Railway Tavern, public house

The Community Centre, public house & meeting rooms.  

As you can see it has an amazing amount to offer.

Although the shops and town centre will not be able to host their usual late night Christmas shopping event this year, they would like to wish everyone a very safe and happy Christmas and they all look forward to serving you in the run up to Christmas and being back open and ready for business in 2021.