Whether you are looking for somewhere to park your caravan or tourer, or a traditional camp site, Essex has it. If you wish to camp by the beach, stay in a remote site hidden away in woodlands, be close to towns or stay in the agricultural heartland of rural Essex, there is something for you. Here we list the best camping and caravan sites in Essex.
Campsites by the Coast
Dovercourt Caravan Park
On the Essex sunshine coast, they have holiday homes as well as camping for tourers and motor homes. They offer standard and premium pitches – premium pitches are closer to washing / shower facilities. No tents though. Address: Low Road, Dovercourt CO12 3TZ, tel. 01255 243433 , web: dovercourtcp.com
Martello Beach Holiday Park
Part of the Park-resorts.com group. From £5 a night. Accepts motorhomes, touring and camping. With WC’s, showers & washbasins with hot & cold water, dish-washing area, chemical toilets. 100 pitches. Belsize Avenue, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 2LF, 0843 3092840
The campsite is adjacent to a barbeque area and is available for walker’s, backpackers and boaters’ tents. No road access – you have to cross the lock gate bridge. Toilets and showers, drinking water and laundry. 2 pubs nearby; The Old Ship and The Jolly Sailor. Adjacent Lockkeepers Cottage, The Lock House, Heybridge Basin, Maldon, CM9 4RY. Tel. 01621 853506
Firs Caravan Park
Firs Caravan Park is a superb location for your Static Caravan Holiday Home. Only 3 miles from Clacton-On-Sea. We are Family Owned and Managed Park and a Member of British Holiday and Home Parks Association. 29-31, London Road, Little Clacton, Clacton-On-Sea, Essex CO16 9RN Tel: 01255 860 279. www.firspark.com.
Eastland Meadows Country Park
Many local facilities, including walking, cycling and sailing and golf and horse riding nearby. There are large areas available for recreational purposes, making the park suitable for everybody. East End Road, Bradwell-On-Sea, Southminster, Essex CM0 7PP Tel:01621 776800. www.eastlandmeadows.co.uk
Campsites in Rural and Farm Locations
Rural and farm campsites can be some of the best retreats as you really get further from the holidays masses and experience the great outdoors in a more peaceful and personal way. If taking this route it is always a good idea to get a good tent and equipment as often there are few additional facilities to chose from. For advice on how to chose a good budget tent see Globo Surf for the latest models.
Gosfield Lake Resort
Family run leisure park in the heart of rural Essex. Lakeside picnic spots and a children’s play area, plus Water skiing ion the lake. Family shower rooms and baby changing facilities. Tents and caravans welcome. Gosfield Lake Resort, Church Road, Gosfield, Halstead, CO9 1UD. Tel 01787 475043. Online booking: www.gosfieldlake.co.uk/camping.html
Kelvedon Hatch Camping and Caravanning
Camping & Touring Park in Doddinghurst, 4.5 miles from Brentwood. Close to the Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker. Warren Lane, Doddinghurst, CM15 0JG.
Debden House Camp Site
Camping & Touring Park in 50 acres, split into 7 fields within Epping Forest. Has a children’s play area. Close to Loughton on the London / Essex border. Debden Green, Loughton, Essex, IG10 2NZ. Tel: 0208 508 3008.
Rushbanks Farm Camping Site
The only official caravan and camping site on the banks of the River Stour, close to Nayland. Rushbank Farm, Bures Rd, Colchester, Essex , CO6 4NA. Tel: 07860 325064.