Essex

Sun, sand and pleasant surprises, there’s so much to see and do whilst staying at one of our caravan parks or holiday parks in Essex. Here’s our guide to the Top Ten Things To Do whilst on one of our caravan holidays in Essex.

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1. See where Constable got his inspiration

Dedham Vale and the Stour Valley, dissected by the meandering River Stour were immortalised by John Constable in his paintings over 200 years ago, including The Haywain. For some the scenery here on the Essex/Suffolk border is the quintessential English rural landscape.

2. Experience life ‘below stairs’ at a stately home

One of England’s finest country houses, Audley End, is also a mansion with a difference. The Service Wing including kitchen, scullery, pantry and laundries, gives an insight into Victorian life below stairs. The house itself is magnificent with elaborately decorated rooms and a stunning art collection.

3. Walk out on Southend Pier

The longest pier in the world (at 1.34 miles) has been restored to its former glory in recent years. A walk on Southend Pier is the perfect way to go for a taste of the freedom of the sea and invigorating fresh air. Trains also run to the Pier Head where the RNLI station is located.

4. Cycle the Flitch Way

The Flitch Way passes through 15 miles of countryside along the former Bishop’s Stortford to Braintree railway line in the heart of rural Essex. The trail passes railway cuttings rich in wildlife dotted with attractive Victorian stations.

5. Visit the Beth Chatto Gardens

Beth Chatto Gardens grew out of a patch of wasteland at the back of her husband’s Essex fruit farm and became one of the best-loved gardens in Britain. The now famous Gravel Garden, cleverly planted to resemble a dried-up river bed, is filled with drought-resisting plants. Shady areas make homes for woodland plants, while water gardens surround four large pools, which lie in the spring-fed hollow.

6. Taste Colchester Native Oysters

Colchester  Native Oysters are harvested in the shallow creeks off Mersea Island. They can be enjoyed at the Company Shed, where the concept at this family run eatery is simple. Bring your own bread and drink and enjoy lunch of seafood platters, seared scallops, grilled mussels etc. And eat oysters grown by the Haward family, who have been fattening oysters since the mid 1700s.

7. Explore Tilbury Fort

The best example of its type in England, Tilbury Fort on the Thames estuary has protected London’s seaward approach from the 16th century. There’s plenty of space for children to run around and explore the magazine houses used to store vast quantities of gunpowder and feel what it was like for the soldiers who lived there.

8. Picnic at England’s oldest church

In a remote part of Essex where the marshlands meet the sea lies St Peters On The Wall. This is England’s oldest church still in use, built by St Cedd of Lindisfarne in 654. It is always open and offers a small exhibition about its history. Enjoy a circular walk taking in the church, a nature reserve and the sea wall with views across the estuary.

9. Watch medieval jousting at Headingham Castle

The impressive Norman keep of Headingham Castle is the venue for regular medieval themed events including jousting, archery and birds of prey.

10. Experience the unique atmosphere of Jaywick

Built in the 1930s as a holiday village of chalets for London’s East Enders it now has a year-round population and is the most deprived place in the UK. Despite its problems, Jaywick still possesses character and is worth a visit to see the locals’ proud tradition of self-reliance.

If this inspires you, why not browse our selection of holiday parks and caravan parks in Essex, and see what catches your eye?

Holiday Parks in Essex

Highfield Grange

Set on the famous Essex sunshine coast Highfield Grange sits just 2 miles from the golden sandy beaches and bustling promenade of...

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£159 - £1095 per week

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Martello Beach

Enjoying direct access to a large sandy beach from its setting on the edge of the popular seaside town of Clacton, Martello...

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£130 - £839 per week

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Steeple Bay

Commanding a beautiful coastal setting with magnificent estuary views, Steeple Bay is nestled in the heart of picturesque Essex countryside, in the...

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£124 - £536 per week

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Valley Farm

Set on the edge of popular Clacton-on-Sea, just a short walk from the beach, pier and seaside attractions, Valley Farm is a...

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£185 - £1054 per week

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The Orchards Holiday Village

Situated on the lovely Essex coast, this vibrant park has something for everyone. Awarded the David Bellamy Gold Award for Conservation, The...

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£209 - £1099 per week

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Oaklands Holiday Park

Peacefully set around a beautiful lake, Oaklands offers an ideal rural haven close to lively Clacton-on-Sea.The park enjoys a friendly clubhouse offering...

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£124 - £612 per week

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St Osyth Beach

St Osyth Beach offers a special atmosphere and everything a family holiday should be, sun, fun and so much to do you’ll...

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£129 - £617 per week

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Naze Marine

Close to miles of glorious beaches, Naze Marine enjoys an enviable location just a stone’s throw from the traditional seaside town of...

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£192 - £1042 per week

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Coopers Beach

Set on charming Mersea Island and boasting scenic sea views, this park is ideal for enjoying the Essex coast and the numerous...

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£151 - £839 per week

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Weeley Bridge

Peacefully set in beautifully landscaped grounds around a tree-lined fishing lake. Weeley Bridge sits just 10 minutes drive from the bright lights...

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£166 - £873 per week

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Herbage Country Lodges

Herbage Country Lodges are superbly located amidst the lush rolling landscape of the ancient Saxon County of Essex and are ideally positioned...

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£409 - £1299 per week

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Waterside at St. Lawrence Bay

Set in beautifully landscaped grounds leading down to the water’s edge, this leisurely park is perfect for a relaxing family holiday. Kids...

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£137 - £777 per week

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Roydon Marina Village

Roydon Marina Village truly offers you the best of both worlds – a picturesque marina and countryside setting just 30 minutes by...

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£239 - £1115 per week

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Seawick Holiday Village

Seawick offers a special atmosphere and everything a family holiday should be, sun, fun and so much to do you’ll be spoilt...

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£124 - £617 per week

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Cosways Holiday Park

Enviably situated on a private beach commanding views over the Blackwater Estuary, Cosways boasts a truly peaceful setting amidst the idyllic countryside...

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£260 - £750 per week

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