Osea Leisure Park8.7
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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 Asda and Tesco about a mile away, and fast food and pizza takeaways are close by too. Or follow in the footsteps of most guests to the park's Deckhouse restaurant and bar, with landscaped grounds, children's play area, live weekend entertainment in high season, and a large screen TV to follow all-important football matches and sports fixtures.
Tourist board rating
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, we know you’re 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.
Water quality at nearby bathing waters
|Southend Westcliff Bay
|Leigh Bell Wharf
- 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)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
- Heybridge - Maldon - River Chelmer - River Blackwater (1.0 miles)
- Battle of Maldon, 991 (1.6 miles)
- Purleigh - Cock Clarks - Woodham Mortimer - Hazeleigh - Purleigh (4.4 miles)
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Cannot fault! Excellent! 20 Jul 2014
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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
Ordnance Survey maps (GB and Northern Ireland only) are available at lower levels via the drop-down menu.
- Coach stations
Witham (Essex): Newland Street Coach Stop — 5.9mi
Marks Tey: Rail Station Coach Stop — 10.3mi
Chelmsford Bus Station — 11.2mi
- Train stations
Althorne Rail Station — 6.1mi
Witham (Essex) Rail Station — 6.2mi
North Fambridge Rail Station — 6.3mi
- Ferry ports
Wallasea Island Ferry Landing — 8.3mi
Burnham on Crouch Ferry Landing — 8.6mi
Point Clear Ferry Landing — 13.4mi
London Southend Airport — 11.6mi
London Stansted Airport — 22.8mi
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)
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||noon –||9 p.m.|
Please use The Deckhouse for late check-in when reception is closed.
Refunds not given.
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
Payment of balance
Osea Leisure Park will debit the full amount from your card immediately. This includes a 15% non-refundable deposit.
Payment methods accepted on the parkMaestro
Terms and conditionsSite booking terms and conditions
Please note that the clubhouse and restaurant are only open on Friday night, all day Saturday and all day Sunday during low season and outside school holidays.
Bookings from single-sex parties of more than three people, or from unaccompanied persons under the age of 18, are not accepted.