Just 90 minutes from London, our park is a real escape from big city stress. Surrounded by sea, a nature reserve and sitting on a peninsula, our park is surrounded by relaxation and fun. Being just outside picturesque St Osyth in one of Essex’s many tidal inlets. Despite the rural idyll, we’re still only about 15 minutes from fun-filled Clacton.
Almost hidden away in a tranquil part of deepest Essex, it’s hard to imagine the lively resort of Clacton-on-Sea is just a few miles away from The Orchards.
With terrific indoor and outdoor pools, a gorgeous sun terrace, a couple of superb fishing lakes and a 9-hole golf course it’s very self-contained - especially with a full programme of family entertainment every day and throughout the evening.
Feel free to fill each day in just your own way. Every family is different of course, but a typical day might begin with a lazy lie in or a family B Fit session. It could be a morning in the heated indoor or outdoor pool complexes or a round on the 9-hole golf course.
Lunch out at a great little pub or pop into our Mash and Barrel: Lounge-Bar-Café. Afternoon try the Archery or Fencing Coaching, explore Clacton-on-Sea or a spot of fishing on the Coarse Fishing Lake.
Early evening enjoy a stroll on the beach, a game of Bowling or a barbecue. Then head off to the ShowBar for a drink, live music and dancing.
The Orchards offers a lovely grassy touring area with 69 pitches.
Or we have our comfy home from home, self-catering holiday homes? Take your pick from great value Standard to luxury Prestige.
Head for the pool
Heated Indoor and Outdoor Pools
Children’s Paddling Area
FREE Water Confidence
FREE Fun Inflatables*
Time to get active
FREE Coke FC Football Coaching
More for everyone
Direct beach access
Boating Lake with Boat Hire*
All-Weather Bowling Green*
Coarse Fishing Lakes*†
Pitch & Putt*
9-Hole Golf Course (over 14’s)*
From toddlers to teens
Little Cubs for 1-4’s
Club R&B for 5-11’s
T-Co Zone for 12-16+
Family FunTIme Shows
Shops and Services
SPAR Convenience Store with Bakery & Off Licence
(* Moderate extra charge applies)
Food and Drink:
Eat, drink & enjoy the Show
Mash and Barrel: Lounge-Bar-Café
Papa John’s Pizza (delivery service available)
Traditional Fish and Chips
Ferryboat Inn with Bar Snacks & Meals
- Clacton-on-Sea Sandy beaches, safe bathing, a Victorian pier and traditional seaside vitality. 5 miles
- Brightlingsea A simple, unpretentious resort with a small sandy beach and bright bathing huts. 10 miles
- Walton-on-the-Naze If you love traditional seaside resorts with many original features, stroll along... 14 miles
- Colchester Zoo Visit the animals at one of Colchester's most popular attractions. 17 Miles
- Colchester Castle Museum Discover Camulodunum, Britain’s first town, with Roman remains. 15 miles
- Dedham Vale Beautiful English countryside painted by Constable, plus Flatford Mill Visitor Centre. 23 miles
- Mersea Island Access this small island across a causeway and experience a vineyard, sandy beach and shellfish. 23 miles
- Jimmy’s Farm As seen on TV - a working farm with rare breeds, nature trail and farm produce. 34 miles
There are lots of places to visit near our park - here are some of our favourites for a great family day out:
Clacton-on-Sea 5 miles
Brightlingsea 10 miles
Walton-on-the-Naze 14 miles
Colchester Castle Museum 15 miles
Dedham Vale 23 miles
Colchester Zoo 24 miles
Based on 1 review(s)
County Durham 31 May 2011
Firstly I have to say that this was unfortunately not our first choice of site - however we were holidaying with friends from Swindon but hoping to find a site somewhere in the middle but we were limited with dates so ended up going to this site as they had availability for those particular dates. Initially we were all very disappointed but thought we would simply make the best of it, afterall at least we were still getting away for a few days! We needn't have worried!
The site itself was a lot larger than we thought it would be and it was very relaxing to have the ducks (and a pheasant!) wandering around the caravans.
The site was very well laid out, and for the most part, clean and tidy (however some people had thrown rubbish bags under the caravan or onto their steps quite needlessly when there were enough bins and recycling points for glass, paper and card etc)
All of the staff that we spoke with were friendly and polite.
There was a wide a variety of activities available for children, including sporting activities such as water walking, archery, fencing (some of which were available for families to partake in together. There was also the usual arcade - slots, videogames. The kids had lots of fun on the 2p machines and were extremely excited to win lots of tickets and be able to exchange them for giant bubbles - which of course then led to hours of fun in the sun the next day!
We only visited one of the pubs on the site 'The Mash & Barrel' and we found the prices to be reasonable and the food was quick, yet tasty and the children were allowed to stay with us with no time limit imposed, which was nice!
However I wouldn't recommend the walk to the beach promenade. It is signposted as if it were just around the corner, but in fact it was quite a long walk....and when we got there it was all stones and dirt really. Nice to sit in the sunshine, but not good for excitable children who have packed their buckets and spades!! :)
But if you do pop down and you get rather grubby...don't worry as there is a laundrette on site too!! :)
Anyway at the end we all agreed that it was worthwhile. Despite the long drive everyone had a fab time and we would go back again!