Holidays in Essex

Holidays in Essex

Essex caravan holidays and holiday parks

Essex has been welcoming city dwellers to its coastline for decades. Home to household names like Clacton, the county is a relatively short drive from London, making an Essex holiday ideal for the quickest of breaks away. With over 350 miles of coastline, it’s easy to see why an Essex caravan holiday by the sea opens a world of opportunity. You won’t be stuck for things to do inland either, with historic towns like Colchester just a short drive away.

We think The Orchards is one of the best Essex holiday parks. A true hidden gem that sits neatly between Brightlingsea creek and the coastline, its surrounded by winding creeks, mud flats, beautiful rivers and lots of wildlife. Fancy bringing your dog? Check out our dog friendly holidays to Essex.

The Orchards self catering holidaysThe Orchards, Essex

Come to the ‘Essex Sunshine Coast’ and find a lovely location set in a selection of seawater creeks.

  • Sea

    Beautiful sea wall walk right on the edge of the park

  • River

    Surrounded by winding creeks, mud flats, beautiful rivers and lots of wildlife

Things to do in 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 220 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.


A delightful, small sailing town on the Essex sunshine coast

ZooColchester Zoo

Over 260 species to see set in 60 acres of lovely parkland and lakes

Fun FairWalton Pier

Be thrilled on The Waltzer, ride on The Gallopers plus lots more

BeachClacton Beach

A traditional seaside town with long sandy beaches and fun fair

Beautiful gardensBeth Chatto Gardens

Beautiful gardens for you to explore created by Beth Chatto


Britain's oldest recorded town full of history and heritage

BeachBrightlingsea Beach

A sandy beach backed by a promenade lined with colourful beach huts

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