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Lakeside Caravan Park

6.6

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General

  • Beside Brightlingsea Creek, at the mouth of the River Colne
  • Under a mile from the harbour, beach and lido of Brightlingsea
  • Half an hour from Colchester and under two hours from London

As you might reckon, this is a waterside site. But take a gander at the pics to see just how scenically set is Lakeside Caravan Park, right beside Brightlingsea Creek at the mouth of the River Colne.

Scramble over the site stile for a short cut to Brightlingsea's pleasant harbour where you can sit and watch the boats pass by… or amble around Brightlingsea town (a mile away) to get to the beach, boating lake, open-air pool and visitor information centre.

Brightlingsea is on Essex's south coast, half an hour from Colchester in one direction and Clacton-on-Sea in the other. Mersea Island and the Colne Estuary National Nature Reserve are within easy reach, as is London: it'll take you under two hours to arrive at Brightlingsea starting out from Liverpool Street and changing at Colchester.

The site has electric pitches; toilets and showers; access to grey water and chemical waste disposal. A fenced footpath separates the pitching area from the water, so kids can roam around safely.


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6.6

Overall rating based on 293 reviews

 

62% would recommend this site to a friend.

61% would stay here again.

  40% described as Budget/backpacker ?

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Could be a great site if well managed, wouldn't recommend10/26/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Prime location in brightlingsea

    Disliked: 

    Price, facilities very poor unclean

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Anonymous user

Beautiful lakeside view, lovely little town10/20/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

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

    Beautiful lakeside view, lovely little town

    Disliked: 

    The welcome, I told the man ‘I have a booking for two nights,’ the’ answer was I don’t think so’ I showed my email, he then went and pointed at my husband to show where we should park, and started to walk off, we asked about facilities and was told where the toilets are and to make sure we shut the door behind us, told to let the grey water out onto the floor, and where to empty the toilet. That was the total conversation.
    The toilets had no hand wash or sanitizer what so ever, I know it’s a campsite but we are in the middle of a pandemic, and children popped in and out.
    It was the dearest site we have used in a long time, and basically just a field.

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Friendly staff clean and great place to stay10/19/2020

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

  • Electric grass touring pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Lovely and welcoming

    Disliked: 

    Everything was perfect

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Anonymous user

Location near sea and boating lake10/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Location near sea and boating lake

    Disliked: 

    Toilets and shower block needs up dating

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View10/04/2020

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

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

    View

    Disliked: 

    Toilet block disgusting, no hand sanitiser. Stayed only 3 days out of 7 days we paid for. Caravans too close together

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Location10/04/2020

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  • Electric grass touring pitch
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    Location

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Potentially a good site fairly level pitches Lacks cleaning10/02/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass touring pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Location really good. Handy for coastal walks and centre.

    Disliked: 

    No Covid warnings and a lack of satanising facilities. Toilets etc sadly neglected. The spiders and other insects had really settled in. Fresh water taps didn’t inspire confidence. No grey water dump and the drinking water pipe resided on the grass. Anyone could drop in to the site. Not really safe for kiddies and no play area too. Dogs allowed and messages left to that effect, tread carefully!

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A nice place to stay for a couple of nights10/01/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKeith G.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    The lake

    Disliked: 

    Should be more secluded

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Location09/28/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRhea J.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass touring pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Location

    Disliked: 

    toilets and showers could be more clean. Expensive £60 for 2 nights.

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Had to cancel due to a brake down on the way and they did t care09/22/2020

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

  • Electric grass touring pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Nothing

    Disliked: 

    The staff

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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

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Lake and/or mountain

Leave the car at home

Peaceful

Walkers' paradise

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Communal fridge

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Fishing nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Watersports nearby

Touring and motorhomes

Seasonal pitches

Location

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  • Promenade Way, Brightlingsea, Essex, England, CO7 0HJ
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 51.8085°N 1.0207°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
St Osyth: Shangri La Caravan Park Coach Stop — 2.3 miles
Thorrington (Essex): Crossroads Coach Stop — 2.4 miles
St Osyth: Kings Arms Coach Stop — 2.5 miles
Train stations
Alresford (Essex) Rail Station — 3.3 miles
Great Bentley Rail Station — 3.5 miles
Wivenhoe Rail Station — 4.3 miles
Ferry ports
Brightlingsea Ferry Landing — 0.3 miles
Point Clear Ferry Landing — 0.4 miles
Harwich International Ferry Terminal — 13.9 miles
Airports
London Southend Airport — 21.5 miles

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

Brightlingsea's lido and Western Promenade are half a mile away, as is the Brightlingsea ferry point, for trips to Mersea Island by foot ferry, and lunch cruises to Wivenhoe seven miles north near Colchester.

Leave yourself some time to amble around Wivenhoe before boarding the boat back to Brighlingsea: there's a park (painted by Constable) for strolls and handsome scenery, a sailing club, a well-regarded bookshop, and six pubs. The Crab & Winkle Gallery is at the railway station.

Across the Colne by ferry is Mersea Island, where people have lived since before toga times. It's been famed for its oysters since before Roman times too, so seek them out while here at the Company Shed or the West Mersea Oyster Bar, or at the Mersea Island Food, Drink & Leisure Festival every May.

Further afield, set off on an Essex nature hunt at Fingringhoe Wick nature reserve half an hour's drive away, or Colne Estuary National Nature Reserve within 45 just off Mersea. Also 45 minutes away and off Mersea, Cudmore Grove Country Park has meadows, grasslands and a sandy beach, together covering over 100 acres.

Must see

  • firstsite (7.5 miles)
  • Colchester Castle Museum (7.6 miles)
  • Colchester Zoo (8.8 miles)

National Trust

  • Bourne Mill (6.6 miles)
  • Flatford: Bridge Cottage (10.4 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:  11:30 a.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  noon

Lakeside Caravan Park cancellation policy

No refunds within 12 weeks of arrival date.

Changes cannot be made once you have booked.

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

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

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Lakeside Caravan Park will debit the balance from your card 12 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 12 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

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

Payment methods accepted on the park

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Cash

Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Does Lakeside Caravan Park have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Lakeside Caravan Park dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Lakeside Caravan Park? Brightlingsea's lido and Western Promenade are half a mile away, as is the Brightlingsea ferry point, for trips to Mersea Island by foot ferry, and lunch cruises to Wivenhoe seven miles north … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Lakeside Caravan Park?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  11:30 a.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  noon
    Read more

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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.

Changes to your holiday
Changes cannot be made once you have booked.

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

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

Safety
Firearms are not permitted.

Dogs
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.

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

General
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
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.

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).

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

Arrivals and departures
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Visitors
Visitors must leave the premises by 9 p.m..

Dogs
Your dog must be tattooed or microchipped.

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