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Martello Beach Holiday Park

5.9

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General

  • Direct access to seven miles of beach on the Essex coast
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pool, sports court and kids' club
  • Lively restaurant and bar with takeaway and entertainment

An early morning constitutional along the sands, a pre-lunch paddle and castle construction contest, or a romantic sunset stroll beside the waves – with the beach this close, you’ll have no problem fitting in all three.

Beach buffs will be in their Essex coast element at Martello Beach Holiday Park, as it's got direct access to seven miles of broad golden sands, meaning you can just nip over for a dose of sea and sand as your mood (or the weather…) dictates. In between trips to the beach, there's plenty of fun to be had on site: the park's got swimming pools indoor and out, a sports court, kids’ clubs, and a multizone adventure playground.

Fine days here can be celebrated with the lighting of a barbecue should you wish (supermarkets are a 10-minute drive away in Clacton-on-Sea); easier eats can be had at the site's restaurant where you can either settle in at a table or have them pack up bits to take away. However you elect to dine, make sure you're done in time to head to the East Beach Showbar for drinks and the free live shows, competitions and games that are laid on in the busier months.


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5.9

Overall rating based on 158 reviews

 

42% would recommend this site to a friend.

42% would stay here again.

  78% described as Budget/backpacker ?

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Dreadful experience would not recommend to anyoue26/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDavid B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The gentleman the cleaned the showers and toilets in the campsite block did a good job and was very nice.

    Disliked: 

    Where to begin, would not recommend this site for people who just want to use a tent! Despite asking for hot water to be turned on there was none, only the last day for washing up. The warmest thing was the hair dryer in the shower room! We were told on a map where to pitch our tent and it was circled by member of reception staff. We checked in at 12.40 and at 3.25 when everything was set up a smiling face from the office came over and told us we would have to move our tent 150 yds to another pitch because of construction being imment. No construction took place the 5 days we were there ! We ask to see the manager several times ....she was always moving heavy equipment🙄The place shabby, rundown, staff don't know what there doing. Not fit for purpose.

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Wonderful site.so reasonable.just loved the helpful staff.xx15/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRichard S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    So liked this site.everything is here peiple,beach.facitities.character receptionist so... so... so... helpful.

    Disliked: 

    Food is pretty poor.perhaps some local cooking ...fresh and not mass produced.wetherspoons is a reasonable alternative .

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Not very clean no entertainment watered down alcohol06/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJohn s.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Costal position,close to amenities at clacton on sea

    Disliked: 

    Dirty toilet block dirty showers very dirty and smelly entertainment area never cleaned found empty vodka bottles stuffed in back of seats no entertainment and advert states you are able to use facilitys at neighbouring parks but these parks are 7 miles away. Had someone do a no 2 (Shit ) in touring area near our neigbours tent dont need to mention how unhygienic that is

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Location Friendly staff07/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Location
    Friendly staff

    Disliked: 

    Dog poo where tent pitch was.
    No space in pool.
    Pricey.
    No social distancing in arcades, no one wore face masks
    Cars driving past tents fast and late at night

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Nothing07/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomZoe C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Nothing

    Disliked: 

    Cold showers as park ran out of gas.
    Rude and unhelpful staff.
    Unlevel pitches and loud music played late at night on site.
    We had to end our weeks holiday after 4 days due to bad weather and wasnt helped by staff as they quoted we dont give away free accommodation. I wasmt asking for free accommodation but at least a discounted price after i had paid £286 to stay on a pitch which for the first 2 days had no hot water!
    I will not be going back there any time soon!

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I’m sure during precovid times this would have been pleasant enough04/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomIan P.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Close to the beach

    Disliked: 

    Covid safety measures appalling! Sanitising stations mostly empty, no one wearing face coverings across whole park including indoor areas such as arcades. No challenge to anyone without face coverings or not adhering to social distancing. Overcrowded indoor areas. No staff in any ppe. One screen at till point on bar, but staff using other tills without screen. Never saw any cleaning taking place on tables or touch points in bars/restaurant/arcades. Got laughed at by staff for wearing face covering in the shop, despite it being law. Couldn’t use swimming pool as it was fully booked and we were informed we had to queue for about an hour outside at 8am, to book for the next day to get a slot.

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No one wearing masks in any of the facilities or shop.04/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Nothing to like unfortunately.

    Disliked: 

    All activities fully booked, had to wait in a line for over an hour at 09:00, to be told nothing available.

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Site was clean with hot showers and suitable amenities...04/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Friendly staff

    Disliked: 

    Weather

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It's a dump02/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Electric grass tent pitch
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    Leaving

    Disliked: 

    Left after just one night. Everything about the place is shambolic: no soap or toilet roll in the toilets. No hot water to speak of at all.
    Tent pitches were a joke. Self-allocation meant that even those who didn't book an electrical hookup took up spaces around those hookups.

    Also not sure why I was asked on PitchUp to make sure my tent was within a permitted size, when there were 'tents' there the size of houses.

    Social distancing? Don't be silly. Covid19 is just a hoax to the people running this place. Sure, they'll put up the signs saying you MUST wear a mask to enter the shop there, but then allow everyone to walk in without one and then bunch up while queuing. The invasion of personal space wouldn't have been acceptable before the pandemic...
    The 'restaurant' couldn't handle the number of people ordering dinner (reinforcing my belief that the place was overbooked) so it closed in order to get through the backlog.

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Nothing01/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Nothing

    Disliked: 

    Toilets weren’t very clean. Organisation at the restaurant was poor

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Features

Coronavirus

Activities/entertainment run in smaller groups

Capacity reduced to increase social distancing

Deep cleaning of accommodation units between guests

Digital food/drink menus

Extra spacing in seated areas

Hand sanitizing stations

More frequent emptying of bins

Swimming pool entry quota

We're Good To Go (VisitBritain accreditation)

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

TV room

Takeout

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Utilities

Charging facilities

Communal fridge

Dump station

No hot water

No potable water point

No running water

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Type

Large (51-200 sites)

Touring and motorhomes

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Location

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  • Belsize Avenue, Jaywick, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, England, CO15 2LF
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.7735°N 1.0966°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Jaywick: Three Jays — 1.9 kilometres
Jaywick: Chester Holiday Park Coach Stop — 3.2 kilometres
St Osyth: Kings Arms Coach Stop — 3.3 kilometres
Train stations
Clacton-on-Sea Rail Station — 4.6 kilometres
Weeley Rail Station — 8.9 kilometres
Great Bentley Rail Station — 9.0 kilometres
Ferry ports
Point Clear Ferry Landing — 6.1 kilometres
Brightlingsea Ferry Landing — 6.1 kilometres
Harwich International Ferry Terminal — 22.2 kilometres
Airports
London Southend Airport — 35.5 kilometres

Directions


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

Fancy a day out? Make nearby Clacton-on-Sea (10 minutes' drive) your first port of call, for the Victorian pier crammed with dodgems, amusements and fairground rides, another great sandy beach, pretty seafront gardens, and plenty of places to grab some fish and chips.

Another place that’s well worth a trip is Colchester (half an hour): Britain's oldest recorded town is littered with Roman remains to wander around, and it's also got a Norman castle and the fab Firstsite contemporary art gallery to peruse. The town's excellent zoo is a must for those who've brought the bairns on a break, and there's also a trampoline park, roller rink and adventure golf centre to help them burn off any excess energy.

Those seeking something a little less energetic may like to take a wander through the Beth Chatto Gardens (25 minutes), Hamford Water National Nature Reserve (half an hour) or the Essex Wildlife Trust's bird and butterfly sanctuary at Fingringhoe Wick (45 minutes).

Must see

  • firstsite (18.5 kilometres)
  • Colchester Castle Museum (18.7 kilometres)
  • Colchester Zoo (20.6 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Bourne Mill (17.1 kilometres)
  • Flatford: Bridge Cottage (21.2 kilometres)

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.

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  • Does Martello Beach Holiday Park have a swimming pool? Yes View all features
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  • What attractions are near Martello Beach Holiday Park? Fancy a day out? Make nearby Clacton-on-Sea (10 minutes' drive) your first port of call, for the Victorian pier crammed with dodgems, amusements and fairground rides, another great sandy beach, pretty seafront … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Martello Beach Holiday Park?
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    Arrive:  noon –  5:30 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 30 day(s) of arrival.

General
Bookings must not be for more than 14 consecutive nights.

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

General
Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.

Dogs
Dogs are prohibited from main facilities and amenities.
Dogs must be kept on leashes and supervised at all times.

General
Entertainment and activities are available between 05/04 and 02/11.

Safety
Firearms are not permitted.

Occupancy
Group bookings of 5 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
Group bookings of 6 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

Dogs
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.

General
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.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.

Changes to your holiday
Modifications are subject to a £20.00 ($38.93) fee.

Extras
Motorcycle(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

Occupancy
No bachelor/bachelorette parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Vehicles
No cars/motorcycles at the site. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

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

Vehicles
No vehicle movement between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m..

Pool
Only park guests are authorized to use the pool.

Safety
Open fires are prohibited.

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and trunks must be closed quietly.

Reception
Reception is unmanned after 5 p.m.. Please inform the park while on your way there should you expect to arrive after this time, so that the team can provide information about your unit/pitch.

Occupancy
Single-sex bookings of 5 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

General
The grocery shop is open between 05/04 and 02/11.

Pool
The indoor swimming pool is open between 05/04 and 02/11.

General
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behavior is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Pool
The outdoor swimming pool is open between 03/05 and 15/09 (subject to weather conditions).

General
The restaurant is open between 05/04 and 02/11.

Occupancy
The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.

Dogs
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).

Vehicles
Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.

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

Arrivals and departures
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Visitors
Visitors are not permitted on site.
Visitors’ cars 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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