The Packing Shed - Mersea Island

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Welcome to the website of the Mersea Island 'Oyster Packing Shed'.  Here you will find the history of the building, details of the work done to save it, and the ongoing work to help it survive.  Also information telling you how, and when, you can visit this unique piece of our heritage, situated on the Essex coastline.

But first, some legal stuff, our data privacy policy is available, and will be moved to a more suitable place when our website is refreshed in the coming months.

Visiting the area?  Follow the links on this page to find out how to get to it, where to park etc.

There are several Open Days throughout the year - see details below (or the Visiting The Shed page).  You get a boat ride, with views back towards the beautiful coastline of Mersea Island, a chance to look at this unique building, and a cream tea!

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Regrettably, in light of the Government’s advice concerning covid19 we are no longer taking bookings for the months of April, May and June. We hope to reopen in July if the situation permits, and look forward to welcoming you back to the Packing Shed.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Open Days in 2020.

  • Saturday 11 July 13:30 – 17:30
  • Sunday 26 July 14:00 – 17:30
  • Sunday 9 August 13:30 – 17:30
  • Sunday 23 August 13:00 – 17:30
  • Sunday 6 September 12:30 – 17:00
Mersea Island Packing Shed
Landing at Mersea Island Packing Shed

Packing Shed Open Days:
There is no need to book – just turn up on the 'hammerhead' at the end of the jetty on the day. Boats depart and return at regular intervals during the above times.

For a small minimum donation (£6.00 adults, £3.00 children) you can enjoy a wonderful afternoon out; the price also includes a Cream Tea at the shed for adults, juice and a biscuit for children. 

You can also hire the Packing Shed for special events - contact our Bookings Secretary, Bry Mogridge, on 01206 385123 for further details.  Also see Hiring the Shed for availability.


The Packing Shed is run solely by volunteers and relies on donations from the public to keep it going - anything that you can give will help preserve its future.
If you wish to donate - please click on the button below. 
Please click on 'Update Total' after you've entered the amount of your donation.

Thank You

(Registered Charity No.1040239)

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