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General

  • 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.

Gold David Bellamy Conservation Award

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8.5

Overall rating based on 32 reviews

 

91% would recommend this site to a friend.

84% would stay here again.

 

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stay in a safari tent if you want to be clean! 29/08/2017

kate_n106821

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  • Liked: 

    open play area for children

    Disliked: 

    facilities, very poor, the site is massive and has 3 ladies WCs, showers and sinks, one loo kept getting blocked up and leaked causing floor to be wet. showers didn't work if someone was in another or washing up outside.
    The toilets were constantly filthy even though one lady tried her best to keep them clean, the floor was muddy most of the time.
    No loo roll in mornings, I carry one with me but many don't.
    the management didn't care or do anything about it, a very poor show for a notably profitable business.

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Lovely peaceful place to stay. 22/08/2017

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

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    The site was very clean and well looked after, did not dread a trip to the loo or shower. A range of accommodation options to suit everyone's needs. Not overly crowded. Lovely place to stay, would go back!

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Great site, perfect for what we were looking for! 29/05/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom bethan_s255315 Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Plenty of space for each tent pitch.We decided to set up our tent out of the way of the bigger groups and had so much choice to do so. The facilities were better than expected and plenty to do over the couple of days that we were there for. Very clean and felt safe. Farm next door with a number of animals. Very helpful staff who helped us to familiarise ourselves with the site.

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Fantastic camp site. Really clean. Lovely setting. Great staff. 29/05/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom michelle_b5 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    I loved everything about this camp site

    Disliked: 

    Nothing to dislike at all.

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Excellent site, good level pitches and clean facilities 17/05/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom emma_o153956 Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    I love this campsite, relaxed friendly atmosphere and plenty of space to pitch tents. The toilet/shower block is very clean and there is a small shed around the back of this to do your washing up in. There is also a freezer to put your ice packs in which is a help. Just a short walk will get you to the water where there is always something to look at and you can walk for miles, I like to walk round to heybridge basin which has a couple of great pubs. I would highly recommend osea leisure park for the whole family, a great place to stay.

    Disliked: 

    The only negative I would pick up is there should be somebody to patrol after 10pm. There is a no noise policy between 10pm and 9am which would be nice if there was somebody to enforce this. When we stayed​ there was 3 families staying in the lodge tents, about 15 people in total ( kids and adults), lots of achohol fueled laughter and screeching children well after 10pm.This isn't fair and somebody should be there to put a stop to things like this happening. There was also lots of kids from the caravans opposite hanging around outside my tent, although they weren't causing any bother I felt slightly uneasy about leaving my belongings unattended.

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Excellent site with helpful staff but the showers are rubbish 04/05/2017

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

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    The site and location

    Disliked: 

    The showers

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clean toilets and showers , nice location 19/04/2017

valerie_k490422 Confirmed

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    clean toilets and showers , nice location

    Disliked: 

    pitch allocated by main road , very noisy at night and felt uneasy being so close to the road.
    Dogs being allowed off leads , I am not a dog lover due to past attack by a dog and felt anxious having to walk past several dogs not on leads in particular pitbull type dog.

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.
I'm sorry you found the road noisy, hopefully you will come back and go for a pitch closer to the middle of the site.

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Not bad, not outstanding either. 06/10/2016

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

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    By the sea and shops near by.

    Disliked: 

    The hardest ground ever, could barely get the pegs in halfway.
    Woke up with half the tent collapsing in the night.
    Couldn't go and explore much without worrying about the tent taking off in our absence, so decided to pack up and ship out.
    Only stayed for one out of two nights booked, glad we hadn't travelled a large distance for a disappointing stay.
    Shame really, could and should have been more promising.
    Won't be returning anytime soon.

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Excellent, clean site with level pitches. 20/09/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Abi B. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Toilet and shower block clean, also is locked of a night but you are given a code to open.

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Great site, clean facilities 17/09/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Georgina F. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Very quiet and relaxing. Clean facilities and level pitches. Fabulous views over estuary, dog friendly. Staff very polite and helpful. Had a great time weather superb. Would definitely go back again.

    Disliked: 

    Wish I could have stayed longer.

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Bath available

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Free wifi

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Public telephone

Shower available

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Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

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Cycle hire nearby

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Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

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Groups welcome

Family friendly

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Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

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Location

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  • Goldhanger Road Maldon, Essex, England, CM9 4SA
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.7352°N 0.7290°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Witham (Essex): Newland Street Coach Stop — 5.9 miles
Marks Tey: Rail Station Coach Stop — 10.3 miles
Chelmsford Bus Station — 11.2 miles
Train stations
Althorne Rail Station — 6.1 miles
Witham (Essex) Rail Station — 6.2 miles
North Fambridge Rail Station — 6.3 miles
Ferry ports
Wallasea Island Ferry Landing — 8.3 miles
Burnham on Crouch Ferry Landing — 8.6 miles
Point Clear Ferry Landing — 13.4 miles
Airports
London Southend Airport — 11.6 miles
London Stansted Airport — 22.8 miles

Directions


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)

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

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.

Must see

  • RHS Garden Hyde Hall (8.1 miles)
  • Colchester Zoo (9.9 miles)
  • Colchester Castle Museum (13.0 miles)

National Trust

  • Coggeshall Grange Barn (9.2 miles)
  • Paycocke's (9.6 miles)

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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.

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

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

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
Generators are not permitted.
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Quiet hours must be respected between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m..
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.

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Single-sex bookings of 3 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

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You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

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No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

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