Situated between Colchester and Clacton-on-Sea and on the mouth of the River Stour and Brightlingsea creek, Brightlingsea is a small coastal town in the Tendring District. With a beach that’s perfect for family outings and for paddling and swimming, Brightlingsea is a fantastic destination if you want to explore and get away from the more popular and more crowded beaches of Clacton and Southend. Take a walk along the Western Promenade and you’ll see Bateman’s Tower in the distance. This Grade II listed tower was built in 1883 by John Bateman and it’s believed to have been built to allow his daughter to recuperate. The tower is situated on the entrance to Brightlingsea Creek and is often mistaken for one of the Martello Towers that are dotted around the coast. [Visit Essex]