Family caravan holidays and camping in Essex

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Short breaks in Essex

Enjoy short breaks in Essex at our family holiday park and say hello to a mini getaway in a beautiful part of south east England. Located on the tranquil Mersea Island, our holiday park is close to stunning beaches, treasured nature reserves and great family attractions.

Waldegraves is a fantastic destination for a short break. Here you can enjoy a stay on Britain’s most easterly inhabited island. Sailing is a huge part of island life with boats of every shape and size making the waters around Mersea their home.

Short breaks in Essex offer you the opportunity to see the best of this great county without spending a fortune. And, at Waldegraves, you won’t have to compromise on the quality of your accommodation, either.

Why choose short breaks in Essex at Waldegraves?

There is so much to see and do nearby, even if you can only spare a few days for a stay with us. To help you work out how to spend your time, we’ve put together a handy guide for three days of events and activities!


Colchester Castle with tulipsDay 1

10am: Start your day with a trip to Colchester, which is just 9 miles away. Here you can visit the fantastic Colchester Zoo, home to hundreds of rare and exotic creatures. And when you’ve finished why not head over to Colchester Castle, the largest Norman Keep in Europe! Colchester is also a great place for some shopping and lunch
2pm: After a spot of lunch head back to Mersea Island and get ready to explore! A visit to the island’s Cudmore Grove nature reserve is a must for anyone staying at Waldegraves. The whole family will love this wilderness with plenty of walks available along the coast too.
6pm: West Mersea is a great place to grab some food and, in particular, seafood. The Company Shed and West Mersea Oyster Bar are two of our favourite places to eat . If you love shellfish then you won’t be disappointed!


beth-chatto-gardensDay 2

10am:No holiday in Essex is complete without a visit to the legendary Tiptree Jam Factory Visitor Centre and tea room . Learn all about the history of this famous jam-making family – and enjoy a cuppa and some tasty treats too!
2pm:Head over to Beth Chatto Gardens and wander around this glorious garden paradise. The garden was rescued from an overgrown and un-cared for wasteland into the beautiful garden that it is today. Well worth a visit!
6pm: Enjoy an evening of great food and great entertainment, without leaving our holiday park! At Waldegraves you can enjoy a great range of evening entertainment on most nights throughout the peak season. From X Factor winners to top comedians, we’ve got a line-up that’s bound to please! You can also enjoy a range of fantastic dishes at the on-site Granary Restaurant. There’s even a kids club for the little ones!


The Granary Restaurant at Waldegraves Holiday Park in EssexDay 3:

10am: Head over to nearby West Mersea and take a morning walk along the beach. Watch the wildfowl and boats out on the water – a relaxing way to start the day
2pm: If the sun is out why not visit one of Essex’s popular beach resorts? But rather than head to Southend or Clacton why not try somewhere a little quieter? Frinton-on-Sea is one such resort that is well worth a visit on a sunny day! In the later afternoon why not head back to our holiday park and make the most of the afternoon… by enjoying our leisure facilities.
6pm: Spend the evening at one of the many top quality restaurants nearby. If you want fine dining or just great food then you really will be spoilt for choice!

Short breaks in Essex are a great way to see a little slice of this vibrant region, which combines urban centres and a close proximity to the capital with outstanding natural beauty and a breathtaking coastline. We offer 3 night weekend breaks from just £169 and 4 night midweek breaks from just £139! To book your short break, contact us today on 01209 382898 or book on-line here.