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Perfectly placed on the Essex Sunshine Coast, Brightlingsea Holiday Park is a perfect coastal haven for you and your family.
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Perched on the shores of Mersea Island near Colchester, Coopers Beach Holiday Park is a jewel in the crown of holiday destinations.
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Situated close to a Blue Flag Beach, those who enjoy the seaside should pack their bucket and spade.
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Highfield Grange, positioned in the vibrant county of Essex, offers a comprehensive holiday experience with its array of on-site facilities and convenient access to local attractions.
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If you’re wondering how Martello Beach Holiday Park got its name, you won’t have to look far.
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Enviably situated very close to the beach, Mersea Island Holiday Park boasts a truly peaceful setting amidst the idyllic countryside.
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Naze Marine Holiday Park, situated in Essex, is a family-oriented destination offering a variety of activities and facilities designed to cater to guests of all ages.
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Seawick Holiday Park is the perfect location for fun-filled family holidays near Clacton.
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St Osyth Beach holiday park near Clacton-on-Sea – a breath of fresh, salty air on the Essex coast.

As its name suggests, St Osyth Beach enjoys an amazing beachfront location.
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Steeple Bay

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Discover Steeple Bay and escape to a wonderful, waterside retreat.
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The Essex Country Club is beautifully set within the grounds of an 18-hole Championship golf course.
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Valley Farm Holiday Park in Essex offers a welcoming retreat for families and visitors seeking a balance of relaxation and activity in their holiday experience.
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Warren Lodges

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Warren Lodges is part of our Evermore Lodge Holidays Collection, an idyllic rural retreat nestling in 325 acres of exquisite countryside and woodland within the Warren Golf and Country Club.
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Weeley Bridge Holiday Park provides a peaceful retreat with a variety of on-site facilities and easy access to local attractions.
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essex Park & Visitor Guide

Welcome to Essex! One of the most diverse and exciting places to visit with your family in 2024. From the tranquil beaches of Mersea Island to the historic streets of Colchester, Essex is packed with famous locations and all kinds of experiences. With 350 miles of coastline and plenty of local culture, and natural beauty, this destination promises a journey into a land where every turn is a new discovery. Essex is your gateway to a blend of coastal, countryside, and urban adventures, making it the ideal backdrop for your next family holiday park experience.

Have You Discovered UK Holiday Parks?

These self-contained resorts offer caravans, lodges, and sometimes tents or glamping pods. You can enjoy a range of facilities including swimming pools, entertainment venues, kids' clubs, and restaurants. They're designed for families looking for a break where everything is on your doorstep!

Holiday parks offer more space and freedom than hotels, such as separate bedrooms, living areas, and your own outdoor space. With the added bonus of on-site amenities and entertainment. They're self-catering too, saving money on dining out.

Going for a UK holiday park means you can forget about stressful airports, and luggage restrictions, and you can pack the car with as many of your home comforts as you like. Plus, you're contributing to the local economy and reducing your carbon footprint.

Why Take Your 2024 Family Holiday Park Break in Essex?

There's loads for families to explore and try out in Essex. Kids will love Adventure Island’s exciting rides, while the Sea Life Adventure provides a fun and educational look into a hidden world of marine life. History lovers will appreciate a trip to Cressing Temple Barns, where ancient stories come to life. Promenade Park offers splash parks and beach huts perfect for a family day out.

Take in RHS Garden Hyde Hall’s stunning views as well as the serene settings of Cudmore Grove Beach. The ruins of Hadleigh Castle offer a historical outing with stunning vistas.

From scenic natural reserves to interactive historical sites, Essex serves as a playground for all ages. Make some special family memories and experience a break from the routine in a setting filled with variety life!

If you're visiting Essex with kids

Kids will love Essex. There's Adventure Island in Southend with rides for all ages, Colchester Zoo for animal encounters, and numerous beaches for classic seaside fun, paddling and building wonky sandcastles.

Why a holiday park in the UK can be good for kids: They're designed with families in mind, offering safe environments, kids' clubs, and activities that encourage making new friends.

Pet Friendly Breaks

Essex is very welcoming to dogs and you'll find plenty of pet-friendly holiday parks, and many pubs and cafes are happy to host your pet. The Black Buoy in Wivenhoe and The Pointer in Alresford are just a couple of spots we'd recommend you visit.

Dog walking ideas in Essex

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Hadleigh Park 3 Woodland & Meadows SS7 2PP
Mersea Island 5 Coastal Paths CO5 8PA
Thorndon Country Park 2-5 Forests & Lakes CM13 3RZ
Flitch Way 4 Railway Paths CM6 3EA
Walton-on-the-Naze 2.5 Beach & Cliffs CO14 8ES

Dining at the park, or heading out

Many holiday parks in Essex have on-site restaurants, offering convenience and family-friendly menus. The local cuisine includes fresh seafood, with Leigh-on-Sea famed for its cockles.

For a family-friendly pub, try The Peterboat in Leigh-on-Sea. Couples might enjoy the more intimate setting of The Magic Mushroom in Billericay.

Outdoor Activities

Essex has several outdoor activity centres like the Essex Outdoors in Bradwell, offering sailing, kayaking, and more. Prices vary, but a family of four can expect to pay around £100 for a day of activities. Check seasonal opening times, as some are closed during winter months.

Nearby shopping

Name Type On Offer Postcode
Lakeside Shopping Centre Shopping Mall High Street Brands RM20 2ZP
Colchester's Red Lion Yard Boutique Shops Unique Gifts CO1 1DX
Clacton Factory Outlet Outlet Shopping Discounted Goods CO15 4TL
Bond Street Chelmsford Luxury Shopping Designer Labels CM1 1GH
Leigh-on-Sea Broadway Independent Shops Artisan Products SS9 1PA


Top Parks for 2024 in Essex

Warren Lodges, Essex

Driving Distance: About 11 minutes (4.48 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 6 | Pet friendly? Yes

About this park: Warren Lodges is a serene Evermore Lodge Holidays Collection member, set within the Warren Golf and Country Club's 325 acres of stunning countryside and woodland, home to native deer. A perfect blend of tranquillity easy access to central London, less than an hour away.

For the kids - Young ones can revel in the children’s play area at Bunsay Downs, explore nature trails, or improve their swing at the golf courses with available tuition. The lodges provide ample space for family fun and relaxation.

What's on-site? The park features an indoor heated pool, a gym, a period clubhouse, a sports bar with Sky TV, and golfing facilities including a driving range and putting green. The on-site restaurants cater to various tastes, and the spa offers a place to unwind.

What's nearby? Nearby Burnham on Crouch is a bustling yachting hub, while Chelmsford, just a 6-mile drive away, offers direct trains to London. Local attractions include sandy beaches and marinas, with costs varying per activity.

Accommodation options: Warren Lodges offers Woodland Lodges suitable for families, couples, and groups, with options for up to 6 people. Pet-friendly accommodations are available.


The Essex Golf and Country Club, Essex

Driving Distance: About 28 minutes (16.66 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 6 | Pet friendly? No

About this park: The Essex Golf and Country Club is a golfer's paradise nestled within an 18-hole Championship golf course, offering a mix of relaxation and activity with its Aura Spa and extensive golfing facilities.

For the kids - While the park is more adult-focused with its golf and spa facilities, children can still enjoy the indoor pool and the surrounding countryside for outdoor exploration.

What's on-site? On-site amenities include an indoor heated pool, spa and beauty treatments, a gym, hairdressers, bar and restaurant, tennis courts, and golfing facilities. The pool is perfect for a family swim session, and pre-bookable gym sessions ensure you can maintain your fitness routine.

What's nearby? The park is set in a location that's ideal for exploring the Essex countryside. Local attractions and their costs can be found nearby, offering a variety of experiences for all ages.

Accommodation options: The Essex Golf and Country Club provides contemporary luxury lodges, with some accommodating up to 6 guests. While the park is not pet-friendly, it offers a high standard of comfort and style for families and groups.


Mersea Island Holiday Park, Essex

Driving Distance: About 41 minutes (23.58 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 8 | Pet friendly? Yes

About this park: Mersea Island Holiday Park is a peaceful retreat close to the beach, offering an indoor heated pool, adventure play area, and family entertainment with views over the Blackwater Estuary.

For the kids - The park is a haven for children with its Muddy Ducks clubhouse, outdoor cinema, play area, and adventure playground, ensuring endless fun and engagement.

What's on-site? Facilities include an indoor heated pool, Muddy Ducks clubhouse, Wi-Fi access, outdoor cinema, family entertainment, boat launching facilities, and a shop. The pool area is a highlight, providing a safe and enjoyable environment for family swimming.

What's nearby? Nearby attractions include beach activities, local nature reserves, and traditional seaside fun at West Mersea, with costs varying for different activities.

Accommodation options: Accommodation ranges from modern luxury caravans to superior caravans, with options for up to 8 guests. Pet-friendly units are available, making it an ideal choice for larger families or groups.


Coopers Beach, Essex

Driving Distance: About 41 minutes (23.58 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 8 | Pet friendly? Yes

About this park: Coopers Beach Holiday Park is a seaside sanctuary on Mersea Island with direct beach access, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and an array of sports and dining facilities, all set against stunning estuary views.

For the kids - Children can enjoy the kids clubs, adventure playground, multi-sports court, and the excitement of the entertainment venue, making for a memorable family holiday.

What's on-site? The park boasts both indoor and outdoor heated pools, an entertainment venue, The Boathouse Bar & Restaurant, a convenience store, and free Wi-Fi in designated areas. The pools cater to all swimming abilities and are a central feature for family leisure.

What's nearby? Cudmore Grove Country Park and the charming seaside town of West Mersea are just a short stroll away, offering a mix of nature and traditional seaside experiences.

Accommodation options: Coopers Beach provides a range of accommodation including luxury lodges and caravans, with options for up to 8 guests. While pet-friendly options are limited, the park caters well to families and groups seeking a coastal escape.


Family Days Out In Essex

Essex is a treasure trove for families looking for a fun day out. Whether you're staying at one of the many holiday parks in Essex or just passing through, there's plenty to keep everyone entertained. Here are six top attractions that should be on your radar.

Adventure Island

  • Opening Times: Varies seasonally, check the website for current times
  • Prices: Free entry, pay per ride or wristbands available
  • Postcode: SS1 1EE
  • Est. time required: Half to full day
  • Nearest parking: Seaway Car Park

Adventure Island in Southend-on-Sea offers thrills for all ages with over 40 rides and attractions. The little ones will love the kiddie rides, while adrenaline junkies can get their fix on the roller coasters. Don't miss the Rage roller coaster with its vertical drop.

Our Tip: Save money by booking wristbands online in advance.

Phone number: 01702 443400 | Web: adventureisland.co.uk


Colchester Zoo

  • Opening Times: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Prices: Adults £24.99, Children £17.99, discounts online
  • Postcode: CO3 0SL
  • Est. time required: Full day
  • Nearest parking: On-site

Colchester Zoo is home to over 260 species set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes. It's perfect for animal lovers and families looking for an educational experience. Check out the daily displays and feeding times to make the most of your visit. The zoo's newest addition is the 'Lost Madagascar' exhibit.

Our Tip: Arrive early to beat the crowds and wear comfortable shoes – there's a lot of ground to cover!

Phone number: 01206 331292 | Web: colchester-zoo.com


Clacton Pier

  • Opening Times: Open daily, times vary
  • Prices: Free entry, attractions individually priced
  • Postcode: CO15 1QX
  • Est. time required: 2-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: Nearby pay and display

Clacton Pier offers classic seaside fun with a modern twist. From traditional fairground rides to the latest arcade games, there's something for everyone. The pier also features a seaquarium, ten-pin bowling, and a variety of food outlets. Visit during an event weekend for extra entertainment.

Our Tip: Look out for online deals on ride tokens.

Phone number: 01255 421115 | Web: clactonpier.co.uk


Hylands House and Estate

  • Opening Times: House: select days, Park: daily dawn till dusk
  • Prices: House entry free, small fee for events
  • Postcode: CM2 8WQ
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site (charges may apply)

Hylands House is a stunning Grade II listed property set in 574 acres of historic landscaped parkland. It's ideal for families who enjoy nature and history. The Adventure Playground is a hit with kids, and there are often events and workshops. Visit on a Sunday for a volunteer-led tour of the house.

Our Tip: Remember to bring a picnic to enjoy in the vast grounds.

Phone number: 01245 605500 | Web: hylandsestate.co.uk


Epping Ongar Railway

  • Opening Times: Check website for timetable
  • Prices: Adults from £15, Children from £7
  • Postcode: CM5 9BN
  • Est. time required: 3-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site at Ongar & North Weald stations

The Epping Ongar Railway is the longest heritage railway in Essex and operates steam and diesel services. Train enthusiasts and families can enjoy a nostalgic trip through the Essex countryside. Special events like the 'Santa Specials' and 'Dining Trains' offer unique experiences.

Our Tip: For the best value, book a rover ticket to hop on and off all day.

Phone number: 01277 365200 | Web: eorailway.co.uk


Hobbledown Adventure Farm Park and Zoo

  • Opening Times: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Prices: Adults £12.95, Children £14.95, online discounts available
  • Postcode: SS11 7QU
  • Est. time required: 3-5 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

Hobbledown Adventure Farm Park and Zoo is a fantastical day out with a unique storybook theme. Kids will love the imaginative play areas, aerial walkways, and petting zoo. The park also features birds of prey displays and an indoor play barn. Visit mid-week to avoid the weekend rush.

Our Tip: Check their website for seasonal events that are often included in the entry fee.

Phone number: 01708 447766 | Web: hobbledown.com


Guests Ask

What should I pack when visiting Essex?

Pack for the unpredictable British weather! Bring layers, waterproofs, and comfortable shoes for exploring. Don't forget swimwear for the pool and beach trips. Essentials like towels and toiletries are a must, and if you're self-catering, include some basic kitchen supplies. Most parks of course provide bedding, but double-check before you go.

Is Essex a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Absolutely, Essex is a year-round destination. Off-season means fewer crowds and often cheaper rates. Attractions like Colchester Zoo or Adventure Island in Southend remain open, with indoor options for rainy days.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Yes, if your accommodation includes a hot tub, it will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before you check in. Parks take hygiene seriously, ensuring a spotless and safe environment for your relaxation. Always check the park's cleaning policy for peace of mind.

Can we bring our pets to the holiday park?

Many holiday parks in Essex are pet-friendly. There might be additional charges or specific pet-friendly accommodations, so it's best to confirm with the park when booking. Remember to pack for your pet too – think leads, bowls, and their favourite toy!

How do we book activities, and do they need to be booked in advance?

Booking activities can often be done online before you arrive or at the park's reception. During peak times, it's wise to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Parks like Steeple Bay offer a range of activities, so check their schedules and book early, especially for popular options like water sports or kids' clubs.

What dining options are available in the holiday parks?

You'll typically find a variety of dining options, from casual cafes to restaurants and takeaways. For example, Seawick Holiday Park has its own restaurant with a menu that caters to all family members. Most parks also have shops for groceries if you prefer to cook in your accommodation.

Are there facilities for babies and toddlers?

Yes, holiday parks in Essex are family-oriented, with facilities like baby changing rooms and highchairs. Some offer toddler-specific activities. Check if you can hire cots or if there's a baby pool for the little ones to splash in.

What local attractions should we visit while staying in Essex?

Don't miss out on Clacton Pier for classic seaside fun, or the historic Colchester Castle for a dose of culture. Nature lovers should explore Walton-on-the-Naze for stunning coastal walks. Each park usually has a list of recommended local attractions, tailored to all interests.

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