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8.7
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General

  • Family-friendly site on Mersea Island
  • Plenty of activities in the park and nearby area
  • Heated swimming pool

Wahey, it's Mersea Island! One of the (admittedly many) favourite places of Pitchup.com on the south-east coast, Mersea and its oysters have been known for centuries and the place has been popular with visitors since pre-Roman times.

And wahey, it's Waldegraves Holiday Leisure Park, a spiffing family option for Mersea Island holidays. There's heaps to do here for when you're not out exploring the island: a heated outdoor pool, clubhouse with licensed bar, family games room, playground and sports area are just for starters – and best of all, the park has access to its own private sandy beach...

Park characters Sammy Seagull and Bonnie Boxer are on hand along with the human members of the Waldegraves team to entertain guests, with other entertainment on site coming in the form of a coarse fishing lake, all-weather sports court, crazy golf, foot golf, pitch and putt and a driving range. The Granary restaurant and The Wheatgrain shop will sort foodie supplies.

Gold David Bellamy Conservation Award

Please note

The outdoor swimming pool is open between 30/04 and 05/09 (subject to weather conditions).

Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Facilities/activities including crazy golf, foot golf, pitch and putt and the driving range are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Group bookings of 10 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

Single-sex bookings of 4 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.


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8.7

Overall rating based on 82 reviews

 

90% would recommend this site to a friend.

85% would stay here again.

 

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Excellent site 18/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom wayne m. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The site facilities, they shop had about absolutely everything we needed. The staff were friendly.

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Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback about your recent stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Best wishes,
Waldegraves Team

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Fantastic site for oir first camping trip, clean facilities 18/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Vicki L. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Loved everything about our stay. Was impressed with the overal cleanliness of the facility's, great variety in the shop and lots to do will definitely be returning!

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback about your recent stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Best wishes,
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Excellent site with clean facilities, friendly staff 10/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Alan S. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    All the Facilities, Pool, Shop, Bar. Pitch and Put etc.
    Showers and Toilet block excellent.

    Disliked: 

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Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback about your recent stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Best wishes,
Waldegraves Team

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Site was kept very clean and toilets and showers cleaned ... 29/08/2017

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  • Liked: 

    Site was kept very clean and toilets and showers cleaned reqularly. First aiders were brilliant when daughter cut her foot on shell on beach. Good hot water in showers. Like that each pitch has its own cold water tap.

    Disliked: 

    Would be helpful to have toilet in shower block and also mop to clean up after use. Dissappointed that restaurant on site did not allow dogs inside and also could not order food and eat outside. Had to go to pub in town which was dog friendly.

From the manager...

Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent stay with us.

Park Management has decided not to allow dogs in the Restaurant and Bar area, except for guide dogs. You are welcome to use the outdoor seating though.

Customer service is extremely important to us, therefore we will pass your comments on to the Park Management.

We look forward to welcoming you back at Waldegraves in the future.

Kind Regards,
Waldegraves Team

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Good facilities good location and around professional team 23/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Terry H. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Very professionally run with top marks for cleanness and security.

    Disliked: 

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Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback about your recent stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Best wishes,
Waldegraves Team

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Great site, plenty of room, friendly staff. 22/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Marianne H. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    It was such a relaxed as atmosphere, felt really safe for children. All the facilities were well kept and maintained and clean.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

From the manager...

Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback about your recent stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Best wishes,
Waldegraves Team

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Excellent site with clean facilities.friendly staff,great fishing 21/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom sean_d241713 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    We both loved the entertainment and ecspecially the fishing.my 6 year old caught a 10 and half pound leather carp on light tackle with a single maggot.the bailiff witnessed and weighed it for us with some other anglers.he was a gent and great at his job.sammy the seagull was also a hit with my son.the pitches were clean and tidy with lots of space
    And the check in was so quick.we only stayed 2 nights but will definitely be returning for longer

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

From the manager...

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a detailed review and for uploading these lovely photos.

We are so pleased you have had a fantastic time and look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Best wishes,
Waldegraves Team

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Definitely recommend this site 21/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Lee Y. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Place is spotless, from fields, showers toilets, washing up areas. Very impressed. Excellent well stocked shop. Good restaurant. Friendly staff all round.

    Disliked: 

    Phone died very quickly, even after using charging service

From the manager...

Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback about your recent stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Best wishes,
Waldegraves Team

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Excellent site, very clean and friendly, helpful staff. 19/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Angela D. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The excellent cleanliness of the site especially the toilet and shower blocks. Amenities on site very good especially the shop. Private beach access.

    Disliked: 

    Liked everything

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Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback about your recent stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Best wishes,
Waldegraves Team

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Lovely family resort 15/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Lavinia M. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Good clean facilities, helpful staff.

    Disliked: 

    Evening entertainment was poor.

From the manager...

Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback about your recent stay with us and we are pleased to hear that you found our facilities to be clean.

We are sorry to hear that the entertainment wasn't to your family's taste, please be assured this will be passed on to our entertainments team.

We look forward to welcoming you back again.

Best wishes,
Waldegraves Team

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Hard standings

Seasonal pitches

Tourer storage facilities

Water hook-up points for tourers

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Large (51-200 pitches)

Location

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  • Mersea Island Colchester, Essex, England, CO5 8SE
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.7779°N 0.9487°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Thorrington (Essex): Crossroads Coach Stop — 5.6 miles
St Osyth: Kings Arms Coach Stop — 5.8 miles
Alresford (Essex): Main Rd Coach Stop — 5.9 miles
Train stations
Wivenhoe Rail Station — 5.4 miles
Alresford (Essex) Rail Station — 5.7 miles
Great Bentley Rail Station — 7.1 miles
Ferry ports
Point Clear Ferry Landing — 3.6 miles
Brightlingsea Ferry Landing — 3.7 miles
Burnham on Crouch Ferry Landing — 12.0 miles
Airports
London Southend Airport — 17.9 miles

Directions


Join the B1025 to Mersea Island. Cross the Strood Channel via ‘The Causeway’ and then take the left fork to East Mersea. Take the second turning to the right and follow the brown and cream Tourist Board signs to Waldegraves.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Mersea is the most easterly inhabited island in the UK and although it's only about seven square miles has quite a bit to do among its unspoiled landscape.

Exploring the local village from Waldegraves Holiday Leisure Park and sitting with a picnic taking in the fab views over the Blackwater Estuary should see you sorted to start with, then we'd suggest a bit of crabbing, wandering among the native wildlife of Cudmore Grove Country Park to the island's east, and a meal in one of the many eateries overlooking the harbour Mersea Hard... The foot ferry across to nearby Brightlingsea and Point Clear near St Osyth is on the island's east side.

Off the island, another Pitchup.com fave Colchester is only nine miles away – zoo and castle a must – or you could trek around other nearby parks like Colchester's Highwoods Country Park and Hadleigh Castle Country Park in Suffolk.

Must see

  • Colchester Zoo (7.6 miles)
  • firstsite (7.9 miles)
  • Colchester Castle Museum (8.0 miles)

National Trust

  • Bourne Mill (7.0 miles)
  • Coggeshall Grange Barn (12.8 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  10 p.m.
Depart:  1 p.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  10 p.m.
Depart:  1 p.m.

Waldegraves Holiday and Leisure Park cancellation policy

No refunds within 4 weeks of arrival date.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Waldegraves Holiday and Leisure Park will debit the balance from your card 10 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 10 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

Pitches: a £10 deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure when returning the gate badge/barrier pass/toilet keys.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

Payment methods accepted on the park

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Extras
Facilities/activities including crazy golf, foot golf, pitch and putt and the driving range are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Occupancy
Group bookings of 10 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
Single-sex bookings of 4 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Pitches
Pitches: a £10 deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure when returning the gate badge/barrier pass/toilet keys.
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Pool
The outdoor swimming pool is open between 30/04 and 05/09 (subject to weather conditions).

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Open fires are prohibited.

Vehicles
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

Visitors
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.

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