Essex holidays & caravan park

All the pleasures of a traditional seaside holiday await you in the sunny county of Essex – and it’s only a little over an hour away from London

It’s little wonder that holidays here have always been popular as the county has more than 350 miles of coastline, some beautiful sandy beaches and one of the sunniest climates in the country. And there’s more – Essex also offers a wealth of activities and experiences that the whole family will enjoy.

For animal lovers there’s the famous Colchester Zoo, which is home to over 250 different species, while Tropical Wings Zoo is one of the only places in the country where you can see free-flying butterflies all year round! There are also lots of petting farms to visit – like Old McDonald’s Farm – where you can get up close with some furry farmyard friends.

Essex is also known for its stately homes and rich history, so if you fancy taking a step back in time to explore some sights from days gone by there’s plenty to choose from. Take a trip to the stunning 17th century Audley End House, visit the oldest wooden church in the world at Greensted, or explore the Jaywick Martello Tower, a Napoleonic fort that is now run as an arts and heritage centre.

If you’ve got an eye for art, you’ll already know that Essex is famous for being Constable Country, and the art scene here is buzzing. Be sure to check out the many galleries in the area – they often have changing exhibitions and great fun events that kids will love.

Camping in Essex

Essex is a county of stark contrasts. While you may have only heard of its pull as a party destination, its 350 miles of coastline give rise to some of the best natural landscapes in the South-East. Campsites in Essex offer the chance to explore many of these breath-taking landmarks. The Orchards Holiday Village is one of Haven’s most popular parks. Whether you’re in search of serenity by the seaside, or want to de-stress on a golf break, this modern campsite has something for everyone. Camping in Essex has never been so simple.

Around the region

Map of Essex

1. Colne Valley Railway

Hop on board a vintage steam train.

2. Jimmy's Farm

Get up close to all the farmyard animals on this family adventure.

3. Dedham Vale Vineyard

Award-winning wines in an idyllic setting.

4. Colchester Castle Park and Gardens

A family fun park with Grade II buildings and beautiful views.

5. Walton-on-the-Naze

Climb the tower to enjoy panoramic views of this traditional seaside town.

6. Brightlingsea

A coastal town famous for its harbour.

More about our holiday parks in Essex

The Orchards

Touring & Camping available Touring and camping available

A contrast to the buzz of nearby Clacton, The Orchards is a haven of tranquillity near the pretty Essex village of St. Osyth.

The Orchards

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