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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 AA 5 pennants

Please note

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

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.

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

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.

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

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


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8.7

Overall rating based on 60 reviews

 

90% would recommend this site to a friend.

82% would stay here again.

 

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Very enjoyable stay with my 12 yr old son we had great fun in the pool 25/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Keith P. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Fully-serviced grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Friendly staff cleanliness of the site. Facilities, food. Activities

    Disliked: 

    Nothing really.

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Excellent facilities, great pitch sizes and very helpful staff. Loads ... 17/06/2018

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  • Liked: 

    Excellent facilities, great pitch sizes and very helpful staff. Loads for the kids to do and well laid out, over all I'd highly recommend this site to families

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Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback about us and we look forward to welcoming you again. Kind Regards, Waldegraves Team.

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A very nice site with friendly staff and a good atmosphere. 16/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom David C. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Fully-serviced grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    A very nice site will visit again

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback about us and we look forward to welcoming you again. Kind Regards, Waldegraves Team.

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Excellent site, everything you could want in a campsite 11/06/2018

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

  • Fully-serviced grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Nice clean toilets and showers . Our pitch , good size and close to amenities as we’d requested

    Disliked: 

    The men’s shower block near to us was closed for our holiday

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Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback about us and we look forward to welcoming you again. Kind Regards, Waldegraves Team.

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Great place with young family and lots of activities. 04/06/2018

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

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

    Swimming pool, proximity to beach, great facilities and clubhouse.

    Disliked: 

    Paying for crazy golf.

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Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback about us and we look forward to welcoming you again. Kind Regards, Waldegraves Team

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Excellent stay, have been before & will be coming back too! 04/06/2018

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

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

    Facilities are brilliant & having the beach close by is fantastic for the children too!

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Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback about us and we look forward to welcoming you again. Kind Regards, Waldegraves Team

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Excellent site 04/06/2018

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

  • Fully-serviced grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    2nd visit and as enjoyable as the 1st. Good facilities, everything you require is on sight. Will be returning soon

    Disliked: 

    None

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Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback about us and we look forward to welcoming you again. Kind Regards, Waldegraves Team

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Crowded noisy 17/06/2018

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    If you enjoy a noisy manic campsite this is for you, otherwise I'd give it a miss.

From the manager...

Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback about your recent stay with us.

We do ask all of our guests to respect the peace and quiet of the park at all times and we encourage our customers to report any antisocial behaviour on the park as soon as possible so we can rectify the issue quickly and efficiently.

We do try to make every one of our guests stay enjoyable, and we are sorry that we haven’t met your expectations on this occasion.

Kind Regards, Waldegraves Team

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Really enjoyed our stay. Will definitely visit again. 29/05/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Simone J. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Fully-serviced grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    On site facilities, cleanliness, friendly welcome, private beach, nice pitches, fishing lakes.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing really apart from noise and loud music at night if you wanted an early night...I woke at 2am and could still hear music

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Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback about us and we look forward to welcoming you again. Kind Regards, Waldegraves Team

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Beach 22/05/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Micky W. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Fully-serviced grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Beach

    Disliked: 

    All the rules plastered up around the site. Not dog friendly. Pitch very uneven couldn't get motorhome straight even with blocks. wifi very expensive. Tv bad. Phone signal bad.

From the manager...

We really appreciate your feedback and take on board your comments. At any point during your stay you are welcome to see reception to discuss other pitch options.

We are also sorry to hear that you were unhappy with the Wi-Fi service. The Wi-Fi available on park is brought in by a company called LPIS, who are responsible for maintenance, service and cost. As you are choosing a holiday in a rural location, the mobile phone signal and wi-fi is also rural. You may find it intermittent or simply unavailable. We are sorry for any inconvenience but we are not able to guarantee the service. Free wi-fi available within the main complex buildings at the park and you can get an access code from a member of our staff.

We sincerely hope that despite these problems you were able to able to really enjoy your holiday, and we truly hope that you will be back to visit us again.

Kind Regards, 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.

Waldegraves Holiday and Leisure Park cancellation policy

No refunds within 4 weeks of arrival date.

Modifications are subject to a £15.00 fee.

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

Bookings cannot be amended within 14 day(s) of arrival.

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 £10.00 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.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 14 day(s) of arrival.
Modifications are subject to a £15.00 fee.

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 £10.00 deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure when returning the gate badge/barrier pass/toilet keys.
Units should not be left unoccupied unless previously agreed with the management. Please speak to reception when the need arises, a fee may be charged for unsupervised units.
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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