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Things To See And Do In Essex In 2022

Essex is filled with incredible attractions and historical landmarks. Whether you’re after some adventure, a family day out or a lovely dinner, there’s something for everyone on your holiday in Essex in 2022. Check out some of our favourite things to see and do in Essex in 2022.

Mersea Boating Lake

Mersea Boating Lake is a 6-acre man-made salt water lake, situated in the beautiful countryside of East Mersea, located by the sea with its own private beach access. Offering Kayaking, Paddle Boarding, Canoeing, Windsurfing, Sailing, Rowing Boats, Aqua Park, Dinghies and model boats. Equipment hire is available or you have the opportunity to use the lake with your own equipment. Why not pack a bucket and net and have a go at pond dipping too.


Cudmore Grove Country Park

A breath-taking nature reserve on Mersea Island covering 102 acres. Placed between the Colne Estuary and the Blackwater Estuary you can find extraordinary views across the park’s beaches, marsh land, grassland and meadows bursting with wildlife. From coastal walks to horse riding, it’s the ideal place to picnic, birdwatch and explore. Cudmore grove is a flat site with easy walking making it mostly accessible for wheelchair users.

More information can be found here Cudmore Grove Country Park


West Mersea Oyster Bar

Just an 11-minute drive from our Essex holiday park you can find West Mersea’s Oyster bar. This local restaurant is all about offering fresh fish and delicious seafood dishes. Colchester Rock Oysters and the Mersea Native Oysters are bred right here in the creeks of West Mersea and processed in a facility just beside the restaurant. If you’re after some local food, you can’t get more local than that.


Colchester Zoo

Home to 240 species set in a 60-acre parkland Colchester zoo is listed as 11th in the world! Get up close and personal with the wild’s rarest species with animals from giraffes and elephants to komodo dragons. Kids will love exploring through the orangutan forest and butterfly glade. With a calendar full of events keep an eye out for what’s on at Colchester zoo during your stay at our Essex caravan park.

Discounted tickets are available from Waldegraves Reception.


Beth Chatto Gardens

If you’re searching for what to see and do in Essex in 2022 why not visit one of the loveliest gardens in England. Beth was an award-winning plantswoman. She took an overgrown wasteland and turned it into a magnificent spectacle of natural beauty. There are five main gardens for you to explore, all of which show case different aspects of challenging soils exhibiting what can be created when you work with nature rather than against it. With a lovely tearoom on site serving delicious snacks, Beth Chatto gardens makes for a great day out whilst on your stay at our Essex caravan park.



One of the more modern attractions in Essex is the visual arts organisation -Firstsite. Home to a variety of contemporary art, exhibitions, films and events. The award-winning gallery shows a diverse mix of the very best historic, modern and contemporary art from around the world. The Firstsite is open all year with free admission and a vibrant program of exhibitions to spark your imagination.

Colchester Castle

Colchester castle has the largest Norman keep in Europe, constructed on the foundations of the temple of Claudius. Make your way to the castle museum to unravel the fascinating layers of the castle’s history. Visitors can try their hand at building a Norman archway or excavating a Roman doctors grave. With regular family events there’s plenty to keep the children occupied such as dressing up and exploring a thatched roundhouse.

If you don’t feel like venturing too far for something to see and do in Essex in 2022, you don’t have to. When you stay at Waldegraves Family Holiday Park there is a huge range of activities for children and adults to enjoy, you’ll never want to leave. Whether you want to try fishing, crazy golf, swimming or our boating lake, it’s all ready and waiting for you on your 2022 holiday at Waldegraves Family Holiday Park.