Slip out of London for some sea air

Essex holidays and caravan parks

All the best bits of a traditional seaside holiday await you in the sunny county of Essex – do famous names like Canvey Island and Clacton ring any bells? Holidays in Essex have always been popular, as the county has over 350 miles of coastline, beautiful sandy beaches and one of the sunniest climates in the country - and it's only about an hour away from London. But if traditional seaside adventures aren't enough, you'll still find plenty of other reasons to enjoy Essex holidays.

Parks in the region

Our parks in Essex

We have one holiday park in Essex, The Orchards, and it's a true hidden gem. Just a stone's throw from London, it's surrounded by winding creeks, mud flats, beautiful rivers and lots of wildlife.

Near Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

The Orchards

A complete contrast to the buzz of nearby Clacton, The Orchards setting, near the pretty Essex village of St. Osyth and by the water's edge, is a haven of tranquillity. Splash around in the terrific outdoor pool. Or feel the heat on the sun terrace by The Mash and Barrel bar and restaurant. Our two lakes are fit for coarse fishing and there's a challenging (par 32) 9-hole golf course to take a swing at.

  • Idyllic location surrounded by sea water creeks
  • Beautiful sea wall walk right on the edge of the park
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Touring and camping in Essex

Pitch, park and relax

If you’d like to bring your own tent or tourer to Essex, we’d love to welcome you to The Orchards Holiday Village. We have great facilities and different types of pitches to choose from. And you’ll be able to join in with all the usual Haven fun with your free Fun Pass included in your booking.

Your own Essex holiday home

Static caravans for sale

350 miles of coastline give rise to some of the loveliest natural landscapes in the South-East. If that sounds like your sort of thing, caravan holidays in Essex could be for you. We've got plenty of static caravans for sale in Essex at The Orchards Holiday Village. It's surrounded by saltwater creeks, mudflats and winding rivers. And you can enjoy all your favourite Haven facilities, activities and entertainment, as well as the exclusive Owners' Lounge.

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Explore Essex

Places to visit

A monkey laying down in Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo

A row of beach huts in Brightlingsea

Brightlingsea

Exterior of Colchester Castle

Colchester Castle

The Old Mill

The Old Mill

The Big Dipper rollercoaster in Southend

Adventure Island

A boat on the lake in Beth Chatto Gardens

Beth Chatto Gardens

Beach huts at Walton-on-the-Naze

Walton-on-the-Naze

Exterior of Hedingham Castle

Hedingham Castle

The pier at Clacton-on-Sea

Clacton-on-Sea

Great weather, top resorts

Explore the area

Colchester Castle, Essex
Like to look around a stately home? How about the decadent 17th century manor at Audley End House – it even offers a glimpse at what life was like "below stairs". Next, set out for St. Andrews Church, Greensted: it's the oldest wooden church in the world. Or picture yourself at the Jaywick Martello tower, a former Napoleonic fort transformed into an arts venue. In fact, you'll find art galleries of all sorts all over Essex – it is Constable Country, after all. To keep the kids happy, visit Colchester Zoo, home to over 250 different species, or Tropical Wings Zoo, where you can see free-flying butterflies all year round! Or if you prefer a more hands-on approach to animals, Old McDonald's Farm is the perfect name for a petting farm Places to visit in Essex