For racing enthusiasts, Burnham is famous for ‘Burnham Week’ which claims to be the best week of sailing on mainland UK, added to which Burnham is probably the biggest single boating centre on the entire East Coast. With four major yacht clubs in the vicinity and an all-the-year-round racing programme, Burnham is often described as the ‘Cowes of the East Coast’.
The historic town of Burnham is better known for its distinctive 'weatherboard' style of architecture and accordingly it has over a hundred Grade 2 listed buildings which all exude a certain charm. The marina is surrounded by Bronze Age remains and burial mounds, an Iron Age hill fort and scenic river side walks.
When yachting became fashionable in the late 1800’s both the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club and the London Sailing Club were founded, which was subsequently followed by the development of boat building yards, sailmakers and other marine tradesmen which soon gave the town national importance as a yachting centre. The marina has 350 finger berths capable of accommodating vessels ranging from 7m to 14m in length with substantial lateral berthing for larger vessels and visitors. Swinging moorings in the river are available between April and November and a free launch service runs at weekends and on Bank Holidays.