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- Family-friendly and peaceful park on an acre of lush green land
- Clacton-on-Sea within 15 minutes; half an hour to centre of Colchester
- Within easy reach of beer and cider festivals, and the Clacton Airshow
Exploring Essex? Then settle in for a particularly lovely hol at The Pretty Thing, a family-friendly touring park that sure does live up to its name…
If getaways call for lashings of space in a scenic setting, then this is the spot to speed to – there’s more than an acre here to spread out on and plenty of nearby walks and cycles (with bikes available to hire on site) through the great wide open for filling lungs with fresh air and letting big skies soothe tense souls.
The site’s well placed for eats as well as explores: it’s a short stroll (along the main road without a pavement) or even shorter drive to the nearest restaurant around 500 feet away, and more gastropubs and eateries are within 10 minutes. Drinks are handily taken care of too, with a host of ale and cider events – as well as a few CAMRA festivals – taking place within less than an hour of the site.
Lazy days are a cinch at this park five minutes’ drive from the Essex village of St Osyth as well. Take an easy ramble to meet the friendly horses on site and the deer in the nearby woods, lay back as birds flit by overhead or set up a comfy chair and grab a blanket for a night of stargazing. When it comes time to venture out again, you could always ask the site team to arrange some tickets to a show at the Westcliff Theatre in Clacton, 10 minutes’ drive away…?
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Good new toilet and showers
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Thanks so much for your lovely review. Hope to see you again soon
Excellent site with clean facilities, friendly staff and level pitches
We really enjoyed our stay, and definitely will return!!
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Thanks for your lovely comments..
See you again I hope
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Gas cylinders available
No drinkable water point
No hot water
No running water
Public transport nearby
Medium (26-50 pitches)
Horse riding nearby
Touring and motorhomes
Tourer storage facilities
- Coach stations
St Osyth: Shangri La Caravan Park Coach Stop
— 1.4 miles
1.4 miles Jaywick: Chester Holiday Park Coach Stop — 1.8 miles
1.8 miles St Osyth: Kings Arms Coach Stop — 1.9 miles
- Train stations
Weeley Rail Station
— 2.1 miles
2.1 miles Great Bentley Rail Station — 2.6 miles
2.6 miles Clacton-on-Sea Rail Station — 2.9 miles
- Ferry ports
Brightlingsea Ferry Landing
— 3.6 miles
3.6 miles Point Clear Ferry Landing — 3.8 miles
3.8 miles Harwich International Ferry Terminal — 10.7 miles
London Southend Airport
— 24.6 miles
Some rather roomy beaches are also near this park, with the sandy six-mile stretch at Clacton-on-Sea (about 10 minutes’ drive) being a particularly enticing spot for walks with the family and the mutt. Travel five minutes further by car to the pier and its amusements, restaurants and theatre if the weather’s not up to scratch.
More coastal towns like Frinton-on-Sea with its sandy beach and golfing plus Walton-on-the-Naze for the pier and museums are 20 minutes away; if seaside sauntering has you hankering after an afternoon of angling then check in with staff back on site about fishing around five minutes’ drive from the park.
Inland towns within close proximity include Colchester for its spectacular castle, gardens and zoo (half an hour’s drive), while National Trust sites such as Bourne Mill and Flatford – also around 30 minutes in the car – are your go-to places for ace architecture from times gone by.
- firstsite (9.7 miles)
- Colchester Castle Museum (9.8 miles)
- Colchester Zoo (11.8 miles)
- Bourne Mill (9.0 miles)
- Flatford: Bridge Cottage (10.0 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||2 p.m. –||8 p.m.|
|Depart by:||11 a.m.|
|Arrive:||3 p.m. –||9 p.m.|
|Depart by:||11 a.m.|
The Pretty Thing cancellation policy
No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.
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.
Deposit transferable during COVID-19. The Pretty Thing will debit the balance from your card 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week then the balance will be taken immediately.Deposit transferable during COVID-19. During COVID-19 you can transfer your deposit to a future stay booked within 3 months of your arrival date. Read more.
You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.
Payment methods accepted on the parkBank transfer
Terms and conditionsSite booking terms and conditions
- Does The Pretty Thing have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is The Pretty Thing dog friendly? Yes View all features
- What attractions are near The Pretty Thing? Some rather roomy beaches are also near this park, with the sandy six-mile stretch at Clacton-on-Sea (about 10 minutes’ drive) being a particularly enticing spot for walks with the family and the … Read more
When can I check in and check out of The Pretty Thing?
Camping and touring Arrive: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Depart by: 11 a.m. On-site accommodation Arrive: 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. Depart by: 11 a.m.