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.

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Featured holiday parks and campsites

Picture of a family sitting outside a tend having fun.

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®.

Caravans at Mersea Island Holiday Park

Live like an islander - space, tranquilty and sea air. Enjoy views of the Blackwater estuary from the park's private beach, make a splash in the indoor pool or let the kids loose on the outdoor play area before relaxing in the clubhouse. 

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Lee Wick Farm
Enjoy a luxurious stay in a CargoPod or MegaPod, the best way to glamp. Touring & camping options also available. Situated in a small orchard with plenty of space to relax. Lots of pleasant walking & cycling opportunities around the farm & village.
The interior of the Shepherd's Hut
This wonderfully secluded site, located near Colchester, has a range of quirky accommodation: beautiful bell tents, a Shepherd’s Hut, a log cabin and handcrafted Mongolian Yurts. All accommodation comes with a private firepit/BBQ grill and picnic tables.
Layer Marney Tower
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.
Shepherd's Hut exterior
Wake up to beautiful views of meadows and the countryside beyond – Stay in a luxury Shepherd’s Hut. Close to the quaint, historic towns and villages of Finchingfield, Thaxted and Saffron Walden.