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Waterside Holiday Park

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General

  • Landscaped family park on the edge of St Lawrence Bay
  • Mersea Island views and rural setting
  • Spa pool, sauna, kids' clubs, pool and tavern

Waterside Holiday Park is a landscaped family park on the edge of St Lawrence Bay near Southminster in Essex, with views across to tidal Mersea Island, easy estuary access (you can go crabbing right at the bottom of the park) and proximity to Bradwell beach and the Essex coast. The seaside at Southend is about an hour’s drive away and the city of Colchester with its zoo within 11 miles.

Come here with the kids if you want a rurally Essex retreat but also plenty of things to do on tap: Waterside has kids’ clubs and an adventure playground to keep small folk entertained while their elders steam away in the spa pool and sauna.

All are alongside the Water’s Edge Tavern for live family entertainment and a small indoor pool, amusements and a pool table and darts to prevent restlessness on a rainy day. Entertainment and pool access are included in your pitch price.

A diner and takeaway are on site for meals and a fully-stocked convenience store is to hand for groceries. Other facilities include a launderette, covered dishwashing area, shower and loo block, hairdryer hire (essential) and a boat launching ramp – should you be so lucky...

This site is a member of Parkdean Resorts group.
Gold David Bellamy Conservation Award

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6.7

Overall rating based on 38 reviews

 

55% would recommend this site to a friend.

61% would stay here again.

 

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Lovely views & walk. AMAZING VALUE. Bring spare loo roll & no signal 04/10/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom matthew_r158362 Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Friendly staff. Always available. Good little convenience store. Nice walk along the water only a 30 second walk away. VERY GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY

    Disliked: 

    No toilet paper in any of the toilets on the first night. Although when mentioned in the morning they sorted straight away.
    WIFI was not working and phone signal on most networks is REALLY poor.

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won't be going back 04/10/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Nikki K. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Nothing

    Disliked: 

    Main toilet block closed, small block smelt of dirty nappies and more often than not, no toilet roll

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Lovely spot nice friendly staff 28/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Debi S. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    The park was in a lovely location with our end pitch having views over the water,great for a walk along to the water sports club nearby to meet with friends. Didn't try out the club house or see the entertainment as we were in the area to visit family and friends but it sounded lively and like people were enjoying themselves. The toilets and showers were clean for the majority of our stay and the park was pretty busy so I felt that the staff available were doing a decent job as we were there a bit towards the end of the season so maybe not as many staff but more than exceptable standard. Staff were friendly, polite and helpful.I would have no reservations about returning to waterside when I am in the area again as it was very reasonably priced and in a nice
    location.

    Disliked: 

    Site could do with some money spending on it to tidy up a few areas but I am told it's undergoing a revamp currently with the swimming pool and toilet shower area already done so hopefully will be looking tiptop soon

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Needs updating 25/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Jane h. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Pitches nice and roomy

    Disliked: 

    Toilet and showers need a good clean dirty all the time

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would only go back if pool issues improved 24/08/2017

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

  • Electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    club house was good.
    Staff helpful

    Disliked: 

    shop over priced
    pool was closed on both occasions that we wanted to use it

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Peaceful to relax and chill out 22/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom emma_h347385 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Peaceful to relax and chill out

    Disliked: 

    Showers need to be improved as water wasn't that hot

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Easy to check-in, friendly staff, lovely setting 21/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Dan S. Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Easy to check-in, friendly staff, lovely setting

    Disliked: 

    Music in the bar was SO LOUD that it was painful to be in the same building. We had to take our drinks and stand outside (as there was no outdoor seating)

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Very nice place 16/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Alan R. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The area

    Disliked: 

    The toilets

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All was really good 15/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Diego I. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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    All was really good

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Location and size of pitches, I would only stay again ... 08/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Kim P. Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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    Location and size of pitches, I would only stay again as my in laws have a place on site next door so its perfect to walk along the sea wall to see them. Next doors club house is beautiful as well.

    Disliked: 

    Toilets and showers need some TLC very shabby. had one look in the club house! Wow needs a major overhaul!!! But!! Even just taking down those awful drapes on the ceiling and tidying up that stage area would make a huge difference. Its almost like Park Dean cant be bothered with that site because its so far out! Such a shame as the location is great.

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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

Seasonal pitches

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Remote location

Nearby leisure

Fishing nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Location

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  • Main Road, St Lawrence Bay Southminster, Essex, England, CM0 7LY
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 51.7134°N 0.8377°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Witham (Essex): Newland Street Coach Stop — 10.4 miles
Marks Tey: Rail Station Coach Stop — 11.7 miles
St Osyth: Kings Arms Coach Stop — 12.0 miles
Train stations
Southminster Rail Station — 3.6 miles
Burnham-on-Crouch Rail Station — 5.6 miles
Althorne Rail Station — 5.8 miles
Ferry ports
Burnham on Crouch Ferry Landing — 6.2 miles
Wallasea Island Ferry Landing — 6.5 miles
Point Clear Ferry Landing — 10.0 miles
Airports
London Southend Airport — 11.5 miles
London Stansted Airport — 27.6 miles

Directions


Follow the A12 towards Chelmsford and take the A414 signposted Maldon. Follow the B1010 and the signs for Latchingdon. Drive through Latchingdon and follow the signs for Mayland, Steeple and St Lawrence. Turn left off the main road towards St Lawrence village and the holiday park is on the right.

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

St Lawrence Bay, Mersea Island, the Blackwater Estuary and surroundings are an excellent part of Essex for all things nautical and seafoody.

Fishing, sailing, sightseeing, nature spotting and sampling Essex oysters in Maldon are in the area, and these here parts have been farmed for the pearly critters since our savvy ancestors first put traps down in the Tollesbury Flats during Anglo-Saxon times.

Pick up your own oyster haul at Maldon’s Promenade Park’s seafood bar, then take a hike to Hythe Bay to see the old Thames barges, a pull for visitors the country over.

If you’re island hopping, take a sail on one of the barges out to Osea Island, or wander around the estuary at low tide to walk out to Mersea and Northey.

Boat trips are available from the town around the Blackwater Estuary, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and National Nature Reserve teeming with water birds and varied habitats including reed beds and mudflats; an RSPB reserve is at the estuary’s Old Hall Marshes.

Natch there are all sorts of hooks around here for anglers too: five sea fishing boats operate out of Mersea for sea angling, four coarse lakes are at Heybridge in Maldon, and the areas inland and around Essex have several dozen fisheries from Colchester to Chelmsford to Romford.

If you’re going further afield, stop off at Maldon’s tourist information centre for discount tickets to Colchester Zoo and Southend’s Adventure Island and Sea Life Centre, a mere few of the options around Essex for family days out.

Southend, where the kids can run along the world’s longest pier, also has the Southend Cliff Railway to quiver at and a seafront that’s seven miles long. Other seaside days out are nearby in Leigh, further along the coast to Clacton-on-Sea and at Waterside’s nearest beach, Bradwell.

If it should drizzle somewhat, take the herd to the award-winning Old MacDonald's Farm in Brentwood, which has a huge indoor play area along with its petting farm and rollercoaster; the giant play frame at Maldon’s Monkey Puzzle at Madison Heights, or to splash about on the Jungle River ride at the Blackwater Leisure Centre.

Suffolk, Norfolk and the Broads are all accessible for day trips from Waterside too.

Must see

  • Colchester Zoo (10.4 miles)
  • RHS Garden Hyde Hall (11.7 miles)
  • firstsite (12.5 miles)

National Trust

  • Bourne Mill (11.7 miles)
  • Coggeshall Grange Barn (12.4 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:  12 p.m. –  10 p.m.
Depart:  10 a.m.

Waterside Holiday Park cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

29-42 days: 50% of holiday cost
43-55 days: 30% of holiday cost

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. Waterside Holiday 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.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

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Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Vehicles
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.

Additional terms

Single-sex parties of 3 or more people under 25 are not permitted on site.

Swimming pool access is included: please show your Entertainment pass.

Entertainment passes are included in the rate.

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