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Steeple Bay Holiday Park

6.2

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General

  • Secluded site an hour from London
  • Busy programme of family activities and entertainment in high season
  • Fishing spots, pool, playground, amusement arcade, café and bar

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.

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6.2

Overall rating based on 19 reviews

 

47% would recommend this site to a friend.

53% would stay here again.

 

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Will go again! 10/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Chris A. Confirmed

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

    The bar and main centre were really nice and an escape away from the elements. Kids loved the arcade. The staff were really helpful.

    Beautiful walks along the bay right next to our pitch. The main site was quiet and peaceful.

    Disliked: 

    The food at the bar wasn't the best, but we cooked most of our food out by the tent anyway.

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We had a fantastic stay and will definitely come again. 09/17/2018

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

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    The facilities were brilliant and very clean

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Clean and tidy facilities, friendly staff, great customer service 09/05/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Lisa S. Confirmed

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

    My friend and I took our 4 year old grandsons for a 2 night stay, on arrival we were greated with friendly staff who gave us clear directions of pitch field, entertainment bar, swimming pool etc,
    The boys had a huge field to run around on which they took full advantage, flying kites, ride there scooters, ball games etc, the club had great entertainment for children early in the evening followed by family fun and late disco for the adults, the bar area was very clean and welcoming, the boys loved spending time in the swimming, apart from sand on the bottom of the pool, the pool area was clean and had 2 pool attendants present at all time the pool was open,
    We all had a great stay
    2/9/2018 - 4/9/2018

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We'll definitely be back next summer, probably a few times! 09/03/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Myles G. Confirmed

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

    The whole place had an amazing relaxed atmosphere. Well organised, good instructions from reception and a lovely site.

    Disliked: 

    Toilets and showers weren't the best but have seen much worse!

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Very very disappointing 08/28/2018

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

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

    Distance from London

    Disliked: 

    Toilets disgusting, washing up area closed down for two days with no alternative offered, toilets shared with drunk people from club house, dangerous branches on approach road which scratched vehicle
    Looking for some reimbursement due to no washing up facilities

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The site has gone from a 4 to a 2 for cleanliness and customer care. 08/26/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Gillian V. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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

    The open space giving us some privacy even though the camp has increased the amount of tents allowed on the site.

    Disliked: 

    The showers/toilets were always clean but since the increase of people camping, it is obvious the extra workload on staff is to much or just a lack care. The toilets had dirty pans even though they had been briefly cleaned and toilet paper run out to. I've been camping at steeple for at least 20yrs and i was shocked to see how much it had changed.
    4 of us ordered a cooked breakfast and drinks. The drinks came and 2 breakfasts, we asked about the the other 2 breakfast and a member of staff came over and said we didn't order the other 2, but we had asked for 4 breakfast, so we showed her the reciept and she just walked off saying nothing. We then asked for the manager after we had been left sitting and waiting for 45mins. She was polite and apologetic about the situation and made sure the other 2 breakfast were orded and also she offered us more drinks. We finally had our breakfast a hour after we ordered it.

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Child friendly, close to lake and beach/water. A very spacious ... 08/21/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Anonymous Confirmed

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

    Child friendly, close to lake and beach/water.
    A very spacious site.

    Disliked: 

    Very noisy at night even well past midnight.
    Washing up area was quite grotty and there was no light in there.
    The toilets were kept clean but there was a smell of sick in there. The smell was there when we arrived and still there when we were leaving.

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Swimming pool 08/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Tracey C. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Swimming pool

    Disliked: 

    Camping toilets & showers

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I do not recommend this place. 07/22/2018

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  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The place itself wasn't as bad. The entertainment for kids is this place benefit. The swimming pool as well, but was occupied at all the time. The river by the park is a plus.

    Disliked: 

    The toilets are disgusting together with the showers. Hair stack inside, water stay in the shower. It was terribly dirty in there. When arrived on Friday no toilet paper, and got told by reception that they must of probably run out and someone will be there to top it up. Throughout our stay till Sunday still no toilet paper. The place wasn't even cleaned once. We have found some bugs as well in the showers. The pitches itself, are okish. Have been to better place. For this amount of money wouldn't recommend this place.

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Lovely pool though crowded, playground. Lovely staff in the reception. 07/19/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Neringa B. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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

    Lovely pool though crowded, playground. Lovely staff in the reception.

    Disliked: 

    Campsite itself messy, lots of rubbish around, staff in the bar not pleasant. Toilets and showers were lockable, but lock doesn't really work. Had to use gents toilet at night time.... in general cleanliness in toilets and showers was disgusting... i was really worried when my kids used those facilities... no toilet paper, so don't forget to bring your own.... definitely needs more management attention abd re-organisation...

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Features

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

Takeout

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump station

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Full hook-up sites

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Nearby leisure

Leisure/theme park nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Public transportation nearby

Type

Large (51-200 sites)

Location

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  • Southminster, Essex, England, CM0 7RS
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.6926°N 0.7882°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Witham (Essex): Newland Street Coach Stop — 15.7 kilometres
Westcliff-on-Sea Coach Stop — 17.8 kilometres
Southend on Sea Travel Centre — 18.2 kilometres
Train stations
Southminster Rail Station — 4.8 kilometres
Althorne Rail Station — 5.6 kilometres
Burnham-on-Crouch Rail Station — 6.8 kilometres
Ferry ports
Wallasea Island Ferry Landing — 7.8 kilometres
Burnham on Crouch Ferry Landing — 7.9 kilometres
Point Clear Ferry Landing — 20.2 kilometres
Airports
London Southend Airport — 15.0 kilometres
London Stansted Airport — 42.6 kilometres

Directions


On the A12 at Junction 18 take the third exit onto Maldon Road - A414. Continue forward onto Bell Hill and then onto the B1018 signposted Burnham. Follow signs to 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 and then onto Canney Road.

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

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.

Must see

  • RHS Garden Hyde Hall (15.0 kilometres)
  • Colchester Zoo (19.3 kilometres)
  • firstsite (23.3 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Coggeshall Grange Barn (20.6 kilometres)
  • Paycocke's (21.1 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.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  noon –  5 p.m.
Depart:  11 a.m.

Reception is unmanned after 6pm. Please call the park using the contact details provided in the booking confirmation so information about your pitch can be provided.

Steeple Bay Holiday Park cancellation policy

No refunds within 30 days of arrival date.

Period before arrival date (excluding credit card charges)
30 - 22 days: 50% balance of payment
21 - 15 days: 60% balance of payment
14 - 8 days: 80% balance of payment

Bookings cannot be amended within 30 day(s) of arrival.

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

Modifications are subject to a £20.00 ($37.91) fee.

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. 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 then the balance will be taken immediately.

If you need to contact Park Holidays UK please allow up to 24 hours for your booking confirmation to come through.

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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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.
All guests spending the night at the park must present their ID at the reception desk and sign registration forms.

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.

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 leashes and supervised at all times.

Occupancy
Group bookings of 10 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 ($37.91) 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.

Pool
Only park guests are authorized to use the pool.

General
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 4 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

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 05/05 and 29/09 (subject to weather conditions).

Dogs
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

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 must register at reception and pay their fee.

Sites
You must follow management instructions when setting up your tent/rig and related equipment.

Additional terms

We will not accept bookings where half or more of your party is aged between 17 and 25.

Many of our holiday homes offer specific accommodation suitable for holidaymakers with wheelchairs or who may have mobility difficulties.

You and other members of your party are requested to smoke only in the areas which have been clearly designated as such.

Maximum pitch size on all parks is 6m x 6m including guide ropes/pegs.

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