Pitch a tent or enjoy a fun-filled break at a holiday park

The extensive Essex coastline is ideal for summer camping holidays for all the family. Seaside resorts such as Clacton-on-Sea, Walton-on- the-Naze, Southend-on-Sea and Mersea Island as well as miles of Blue Flag beaches offer all the fun of a traditional seaside town and more. With fascinating history waiting to be explored, wonderful walks along the coast, nature reserves brimming with wildlife and fantastic open areas for picnics and relaxation, there is something for all members of the family.

Most holiday parks have a pool and after a relaxing dip or an active swim, you can treat yourself to lunch and a drink at the poolside. Alternatively, try out the many activities on offer, ranging from horse riding to watersports, walking and cycling. In the evening, sit back and enjoy the many shows or simply relax by the seashore with a glass of wine and watch the world go by.

The extensive Essex coastline is ideal for summer camping holidays for all the family. Seaside resorts such as Clacton-on-Sea, Walton-on- the-Naze, Southend-on-Sea and Mersea Island as well as miles of Blue Flag beaches offer all the fun of a traditional seaside town and more. With fascinating history waiting to be explored, wonderful walks along the coast, nature reserves brimming with wildlife and fantastic open areas for picnics and relaxation, there is something for all members of the family.

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Featured holiday parks and campsites

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Voted the Best Holiday Park in Essex three years running, this grassy, sheltered and level family park, with fishing lakes and private beach, is a fun, vibrant, action-packed park with activities for all and a fabulous entertainment programme.

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Get away from it all with a spot camping or glamping. Generously spaced pitches available for everyone. If you want to experience camping without the worry of pitching your tent, then try a spot of glamping with the brand new Wigwams®.

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Located close to the beach and the town centre, the park has fantastic facilities and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Surrounded with flowers and beautiful scenery, it has that 'premier' feel which other parks in the area don't have.

Explore Essex in a VW camper van

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Having been VW camper owners and camping enthusiasts for over 30 years, Claire and Simon decided to share their passion for adventure by setting up their own VW California rental business. Their aim is to provide their customers with a personalised experience when hiring a VW camper and to share their vast camping knowledge with you, if you are a novice to the whole camping/glamping experience.

You can hire the latest VW Californias’ which are factory built on site in Germany by Volkswagen. So why not explore the many interesting places to visit in Essex, or indeed other UK destinations and if you want to venture over to Europe, Dover is only 90 mins away. 

Stay somewhere different

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Enjoy a luxurious stay in a CargoPod or MegaPod, the best way to glamp. Just bring your camping kit less the tent and enjoy the great outdoors. Situated on its own in a small orchard, with plenty of space to relax and lots of pleasant walking and cycling opportunities around the farm and village.

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The Farm makes an ideal place for families or friends travelling together to escape to and enjoy the changing seasons, from the abundant apple and cherry blossom in the spring, lambs dancing around in the adjacent fields, the bluebells in the 300-year-old copse, to apple picking in the autumn.

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Enjoy the peace and quiet with owls and deer as your neighbours. Perfect for families who would like their children to enjoy the adventure of making dens, playing outside and just messing about as they did when children themselves, something that is so hard to find in the twenty-first century.

Explore our county

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Discover Essex’s creative spaces. They come in all shapes and sizes and are crammed with artistic treasures, from international names to emerging local artists.
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Explore our 350 miles of coastline, the longest shoreline of any county in England, a place of surprising wild beauty, rich in wildlife and sprinkled with history and hidden cultural gems.

Essex’s history has been shaped by a wide variety of cultures. Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Normans – all left their mark. Echoes of their influence can still be seen today.
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A scenic patchwork of rich farmland speckled with pastelwashed villages of thatch and timber, the views interrupted by mighty oaks and ashes presided over by the hurrying skies.