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- Award-winning nature site family run since 1933
- Less than ten miles from Colchester Zoo
- Restaurant and bar with play area and large screen TV
Oh, see this for a wondrous wildlife haven…Family-run since 1933, edged by Essex countryside, the Blackwater Estuary and miles of coastal walks, Osea Leisure Park is one for naturalists of all ages to retreat to. And would you Adam and Eve it, it’s only about an hour from London too.
The Osea family take the site conservation seriously and have picked up a Gold David Bellamy Award for their endeavours; they also work with Natural England and the Essex Wildlife Trust to re-establish the local saltmarsh grazing, and use Osea Meadows to graze rare-breed cattle and sheep. It all makes for a splendidly secluded and natural spot for family hols, but with coastal villages, Essex attractions, museums, boating and sailing all close by, and Colchester Zoo less than ten miles away.
Barbecues are allowed on site; you can pick up supplies in two main supermarkets about a mile away, and fast food and pizza takeaways close by. Or follow in the footsteps of most guests to the Deckhouse restaurant and bar, a short walk through the caravan park and with landscaped grounds, play area, live weekend entertainment in high season, and a large screen TV to follow all-important football matches and sports fixtures (limited open hours apply at off-peak times).
There's no shop on site, but one is at the park next to Osea a short walk away, and there are vending machines for snacks and drinks on site as well as a freezer for refreezing ice packs.
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Great site, perfect for what we were looking for!
Fantastic camp site. Really clean. Lovely setting. Great staff.
Excellent site, good level pitches and clean facilities
Excellent site with helpful staff but the showers are rubbish
clean toilets and showers , nice location
From the manager...
Thank you for your comments, we value each and every one. The people who owned the dogs were spoken to and they did put the dogs on leads thereafter. The grey dog was a Staff not a pitbull, whilst very friendly the dog was also put onto a lead.
excellent site and good location
Lovely little site
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
- Coach stations
Witham (Essex): Newland Street Coach Stop — 5.9 miles
5.9 miles Marks Tey: Rail Station Coach Stop — 10.3 miles
10.3 miles Chelmsford Bus Station — 11.2 miles
- Train stations
Althorne Rail Station — 6.1 miles
6.1 miles Witham (Essex) Rail Station — 6.2 miles
6.2 miles North Fambridge Rail Station — 6.3 miles
- Ferry ports
Wallasea Island Ferry Landing — 8.3 miles
8.3 miles Burnham on Crouch Ferry Landing — 8.6 miles
8.6 miles Point Clear Ferry Landing — 13.4 miles
London Southend Airport — 11.6 miles
11.6 miles London Stansted Airport — 22.8 miles
From M25 northbound on A12, to Hatfield Peverel Junction 20a, Essex
1. Head southeast on Station Road toward The St/B1137 (407ft)
2. Turn left onto The St/B1137 and travel 0.2 miles
3. Turn right onto Maldon Road/B1019. Continue to follow the B1019 for about 7 minutes (4.1 miles)
4. At the roundabout, take the first exit onto Langford Road (go 0.2 miles)
5. At the roundabout, take the second exit onto Holloway Road for about 1 minute (0.4 miles)
6. Continue onto The Square (go 482ft)
7. At the roundabout, take the first exit onto the B1022 and follow the B1022 for about 1 minute (0.3 miles)
8. At the roundabout, take the second exit onto Goldhanger Rd/B1026
Destination will be on the right after about three mins (1.7 miles)
Boating, botany and birdwatching…the Blackwater Estuary is the biggest estuary in Essex and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and National Nature Reserve with all sorts of habitats such as mudflats, saltmarsh, grazing marsh and reedbeds.
The Old Hall Marshes part of the estuary, managed by the RSPB, is one of the sites to see feathered friends – around 4000 Brent geese gaggle here in winter – and you might also spot a few rare breeds of other flying things like the emerald damselfly.
The estuary’s Tollesbury Flats are stuffed with native Essex oysters; oysters have been harvested here for around a thousand years and Anglo-Saxon oyster traps have been found in the flats. Oystercatchers flit around here accordingly, and both the Tollesbury Flats and the other main Blackwater area, the Salcott Flats, have several other species fluttering around, like migrating birds in winter, birds of prey and other waders such as redshank and curlew.
Moving onto the water, the Blackwater Estuary, Blackwater River and surrounds have boating and sailing clubs, boat trips, sea fishing trips from West Mersea and seal-spotting around Mersea Island – or go on your own feets to Mersea and Northey Islands, one of Essex’s six tidal islands walkable to when the tide is out.
The ancient town of Maldon is about a mile from Osea Leisure Park: mosey around here to Hythe Quay and see its traditional Thames barges or hop on one for a river cruise to Osea Island with a cream tea along the way. Battle and history enthusiasts have the sites of the Battle of Maldon (old) and Maldon Museum (less old) to delve into; Beeleigh Abbey and its gardens, and the Combined Military Museum on Station Road – fountain pen gun, Bond?
If you’d like to taste those famed Essex oysters (yes of course), buy some on weekends and bank holidays at the seafood bar in Maldon’s Promenade Park – and if you’re in town in spring, you're obviously going to take part in the Maldon Mud Race? Squelch.
Within 15 miles of Osea, everything from heritage railways (Mangapps Railway Museum) to Essex jam (Tiptree Farm) to regional wine (New Hall Vineyard; one of the oldest in the country) is to hand, along with south Essex towns like Leigh and Southend-on-Sea.
Make time for at least a day in Colchester: the kids will want hours to see the 270+ species and chuff around the Lost Madagascar Express road train at Colchester Zoo, while adults can check out the cathedral and Colchester Castle and its museum, covering 2000 years of British history.
- RHS Garden Hyde Hall (8.1 miles)
- Colchester Zoo (9.9 miles)
- Colchester Castle Museum (13.0 miles)
- Coggeshall Grange Barn (9.2 miles)
- Paycocke's (9.6 miles)
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