Essex Holiday Parks

Essex holiday park by the beach
Essex holiday park by the beach
Waldegraves Holiday Park

Essex has many excellent holiday parks, caravan parks and camp sites. Many provide indoor and outdoor swimming pools, are close to a beach, have cafes and restaurants plus a wide range of sporting facilities.

Here we list a selection of the best holiday parks in Essex. All have a good reputation and provide a range of facilities. The site pictured to the left is Waldegraves which is on the Essex coast on Mersea Island (details below).

Park Holidays UK

Holiday parks along the Essex coast in Seawick, St Osyth,  Steeple Bay and Oaklands. Call 0845 815 9775 or visit their website:

Orchards Caravan Holiday Park

This is a Haven’s managed site with good on-site entertainment and facilities. It is just outside St Osyth and has heated indoor and outdoor pools with sun terrace, a 9-Hole golf course, boating and coarse fishing lakes. Call Havens on 0871 230 2760 or visiti their website:

Waterside Holiday Park

Waterside Holiday Park is at St Lawrence Bay in Maldon. 10 minutes from a beach with children’s playground and an indoor pool. Kids also enjoy crabbing in the estuary at the bottom of the Park.

Call 0843 309 2580 or visit

St Lawrence Holiday Park

St. Lawrence Holiday Home Park is owned and managed by the Duce Family, father & son team of Alan and Gary, ably assisted by Karen, Mick and Tony. A member of the British Holiday & Home Parks Association. Call 01621 779434. Website:

Thorney Bay Park

On the tranquil Canvey Island, Thorney Bay Village is a residential static caravan park on the coast with a a bar, restaurant, convenience store and swimming pool. Tel. 01268 510011, web:

Osea Road Caravan Park

Osea is a family-friendly holiday home park nestled on the banks of the Blackwater Estuary. With  landscaped grounds, a private beach, and the Deck House Restaurant & Bar. Dogs are welcome too. Tel. 01621 854695, Web:

Waldegraves Holiday Park

On Mersea Island overlooking the Blackwater estuary. Outdoor heated pool, Granary Restaurant, Waldegraves Takeaway and our Poolside Snack Bar.  4 freshwater fishing lakes, children’s play areas, hard and soft sports areas, pool tables, a family arcade, table tennis, a golf driving range, private beach, a slipway for launching your boats etc.  and an 18 hole pitch & putt course. Tel. 01206 382 898, web:

2 Comments on “Essex Holiday Parks”

  1. We are planning a trip to Norfolk and want to spend a few nights in Essex on the way up from the south coast. Which park is best? They all look good and we cannot decide which one to pick. Suggestions welcomed! We need to book soon as we are hoping to travel in June.

  2. Hi Jill, that is a tricky one really. I guess that the best for you would be one not too far from the A12, you probably do not want to travel too far off your route do you? But, all of these are near the coast really. We will have to look to see what may be more suitable.

    I see on Google Maps that there is one called The Grange, it is on Straight Road, East Bergholt, Colchester CO7 6UX. Tel. 01206 298567. They have a website: – it looks nice and in a good location.

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