Steeple Bay Holiday Park6.9
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It’s hard to believe that Steeple Bay Holiday Park is just an hour from London; this tucked-away corner of the Essex coast feels wonderfully remote, with its far-reaching watery vistas and sleepy backwaters that teem with birds. Indeed, guests here can congratulate themselves on having impeccable taste: the seclusion of this spot makes it a firm favourite with the rich and famous, who can sometimes be spotted touching down in their helicopters for a stay on Osea Island, just across the estuary of the River Blackwater. Take a boat out from Steeple Bay’s slipway and who knows who you might bump into as you navigate the peaceful creeks surrounding the site...
Steeple Bay Holiday Park has a good-sized, heated outdoor pool - with a separate splash pool for those still sporting armbands - and the pretty grounds contain some great spots for fishing, a children’s playground and a sports field (ideal for working off any excesses in the café and Riverside Bar). As it’s a Park Holidays site, Steeple Bay guests also benefit from a fun selection of activities for children in the Loopy Club; the kids’ shows and competitions run into the early evening, and thereafter you’ll find bingo, live music and more in the clubhouse during the holiday season. There’s also an amusements arcade for rainy days.
As for the basics, these are well covered too: you’ll find good showers and loos, a sheltered washing-up area, a launderette, small shop and free wifi in the clubhouse.
Tourist board rating
Open from 27 Mar to 3 Nov
Nearby Maldon is an attractive medieval market town where one of the highlights is Promenade Park, with its free splash park, zipwire, sandpits and pirate galleon, perfect for keeping the kids entertained for a few hours.
Alternatively, there are days out around and about to suit all tastes: cruise along the River Blackwater aboard a traditional Thames barge; sample the plonk at the local vineyards; uncover the area’s rich and diverse history via the many local heritage centres and museums; wander around the winsome Witham gardens or the show-stopping Royal Horticultural Society Garden at Hyde Hall; or hit the zoo in Colchester, also home to a fantastic new contemporary art gallery, a castle and a museum.
Other attractions nearby include:
Chelmsford Miniature Railway - the Chelmsford Miniature Railway in Essex offers rides to the public every Sunday between the end of April and the end of September, including special Open Days. A variety of steam and diesel engines are used throughout the season.
Marsh Farm Country Park - visit a working farm where children can get close to farm animals and play safely in adventure play areas. There is also a country park, with coastal walks and superb views of the River Crouch.
Colchester Zoo - with over 250 species to see and set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes.
Colchester Castle and museums - the castle is the largest keep ever built by the Normans. Explore the museum which takes you through 2000 years of some of the most important events in British history.
Three Rivers Golf Club - Situated on the outer fringes of the village of Cold Norton in Essex, this modern building overlooks the stunning 36 hole golf course, with views from every standpoint. Day passes and membership available.
Water quality at nearby bathing waters
|Southend Thorpe Bay
|Southend Three Shells
|Southend Westcliff Bay
- RHS Garden Hyde Hall (9.3 miles)
- Colchester Zoo (12.0 miles)
- firstsite (14.5 miles)
- Coggeshall Grange Barn (12.8 miles)
- Paycocke's (13.1 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
- Battle of Maldon, 991 (4.0 miles)
- Heybridge - Maldon - River Chelmer - River Blackwater (4.3 miles)
- Burnham-on-Crouch (4.4 miles)
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Overall rating based on 18 reviews
72% would recommend this site to a friend.
72% would stay here again.
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dirty dirty dirty 5 Aug 2014
toshie123 (Mature couple, 1 review)
Very pleased we all had a great time 3 Jun 2014
terri_k (Family with young children, 1 review) Confirmed
bad 22 Apr 2014
linda_s2 (Mature couple, 1 review) Confirmed
We had a lovely visit 13 Apr 2014
kay_d (Family with older children, 1 review) Confirmed
worth the price 29 Jul 2013
waynenetting (Young couple, 1 review)
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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
Touring and motorhomes
Fully serviced pitchesMax. motorhome length: 6.0 metres
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Leisure/theme park nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Large (51-200 pitches)
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 — 9.8mi
Westcliff-on-Sea Coach Stop — 11.1mi
Southend on Sea Travel Centre — 11.3mi
- Train stations
Southminster Rail Station — 3.0mi
Althorne Rail Station — 3.5mi
Burnham-on-Crouch Rail Station — 4.2mi
- Ferry ports
Wallasea Island Ferry Landing — 4.8mi
Burnham on Crouch Ferry Landing — 4.9mi
Point Clear Ferry Landing — 12.6mi
London Southend Airport — 9.3mi
London Stansted Airport — 26.4mi
A12 Junction 18 take the third exit onto Maldon Road - A414. Continue forward onto Bell Hill - A414.
At Oak Corner roundabout take the first exit onto Maldon Road - A414.
At the roundabout take the third exit onto the B1018 (signposted Burnham).
At the roundabout take the third exit onto the B1018 (signposted Cold Norton, Latchingdon, Fambridge).
At Purleigh Wash continue forward onto the B1010. At Palepit Corner mini-roundabout turn left onto the B1018.
At the mini-roundabout turn left onto Steeple Road. Bear left onto Maldon Road. Bear left onto Canney Road.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||noon –||11 p.m.|
For arrivals after 6pm please contact the park direct who will advise where keys can be collected.
No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.
Cancellation by you
Should you need to cancel your booking, you must advise us using the telephone number in your confirmation email and then confirm this cancellation in writing to us, by post, fax, or email quoting your booking reference number. Your cancellation will only be effective as at the date we receive your written confirmation. Our cancellation charges are those detailed below unless you have taken out our ‘Cancellation Protection Plan’ (available when paying your balance):
Cancellation charges as a % total cost:
Period before arrival date (excluding credit card charges)
More than 30 days: loss of deposit
30 - 22 days: 50%
21 - 15 days: 60%
14 - 8 days: 80%
7 days or under: 100%
If you need to cut short your holiday after it has commenced, we regret that we are unable to refund any monies paid.
Cancellation by us
In exceptional circumstances, we may have to cancel or change some aspects of your booking. If we do so, we will tell you as soon as possible prior to your holiday date and you may choose to either:
a) Accept the changes offered by us
b) Receive a full refund
c) Accept an alternative holiday with us at the same price
We do not pay compensation in circumstances where we have to cancel your booking including those arising from Force Majeure. Force Majeure means circumstances beyond our control including (but not limited to) industrial disputes, natural disasters, fire, technical problems, bad weather and acts of government.
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
Payment of balance
A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Steeple Bay Holiday Park will debit the balance from your card 30 days before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 30 days before arrival then the balance will be taken immediately.
If payment is not made by the due date then we will assume that your holiday has been cancelled and we may resell the holiday to another customer. We reserve the right to pass on any costs or bank charges we incur if we have to re-submit a cheque for payment or a cheque is declined for non payment. If you need to contact Park Holidays UK please allow up to 24 hours for your booking confirmation to come through. An administration fee of 2% will be applied to all balance payments made by credit card (minimum charge £1.00). This charge will not exceed £5.00 per transaction. There is no charge for debit card payments.
Payment methods accepted on the parkMaestro