The Packing shed - a brown hut on a small island.


The Packing Shed is an old restored oyster packing shed in the Blackwater estuary just off Mersea Island.

The Packing Shed was originally built around 1890 on the island in Thornfleet Creek, which came to be called Packing Marsh Island, by the Tollesbury & Mersea Native Oyster Fishery Company Limited. By 1987, after the hurricane, the shed had deteriorated so much it was barely a skeleton. After much effort and hard work the Packing Shed was re-opened in 1992 for the benefit of the local community, and is available for functions.

Five Open Days are held each year.

The following 2021 dates and times have been chosen for the legendary Packing Shed Open Days with cream teas, Covid-19 permitting:

Sunday July 25th 13.00 – 17.00

Sunday Aug 8th 12.00 – 16.00

Sunday Aug 29th 14.00 – 17.30

Sunday Sept 5th 11.00 – 15.00

Boats leave from the hammerhead / jetty in West Mersea. No need to book, just turn up.

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The Packing Shed - Open Days

Type:Heritage Open Day

Packing Shed Island, West Mersea, Essex, CO5 8AA

Tel: 01206 385123

Opening Times

13:00 - 17:00 (25 July 2021)
12:00 - 16:00 (8 Aug 2021)
14:00 - 17:30 (29 Aug 2021)
11:00 - 15:00 (5 Sept 2021)