Waldegraves Holiday Park

Colchester, Essex

4.0 stars out of 10 reviews

Offers available
・Book the entire 6 weeks summer holiday with your tourer, tent or motorhome and receive 10% discount!

・FREE Fishing for the duration of your stay in our holiday homes! Applicable on special fishing breaks only. A rod license is compulsory to fish in our lakes.

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Open from
Touring season - 1st March to 30th November
Colchester, Essex, East England, CO5 8SE
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Last updated
25 Jan 2024
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Motorhome pitches
(£20.00 - £45.00)
Touring pitches
(£20.00 - £45.00)
Tent pitches
(£20.00 - £45.00)
Serviced pitches
Seasonal pitches
Motorhome pitches60£20.00-£45.00
Touring pitches100£20.00-£45.00
Tent pitches100£20.00-£45.00
Serviced pitches
Seasonal pitches100

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Holiday homes30
To buy
Holiday homes200

The award-winning Waldegraves Holiday Park on Mersea Island in Colchester features stunning views over Blackwater Estuary, a private beach and a heated swimming pool.

Family-run and owned, Waldegraves features a choice of holiday homes and attractive touring pitches for caravans and motorhomes, and camping pitches for tents.


Choose from well-maintained standard grass pitches or a limited selection of hardstanding and serviced pitches, many with hedges for a greater level of privacy during your stay.


Book a stay in one of the luxury static caravans, which are fully-equipped for a holiday or short break with all the comforts of home. The park also features a range of new and pre-loved holiday homes for sale so you can return again and again.

Waldegraves is a dog-friendly holiday park in Colchester where pets on leads are welcome on site and have their own exercise area.

The park has access to a private beach and also features a lovely outdoor heated swimming pool, a restaurant, bar and shop.

For families, there is a children’s play area, an entertainment venue and a family arcade. There are also four fishing lakes, pool tables, a dog walking area, crazy golf, footgolf, a driving range and an 18-hole pitch ‘n’ putt course. Waldegraves also now has electric vehicle charging.

Please enquire now to check availability and book your holiday or find out more about holiday homes for sale in Colchester at Waldegraves Holiday Park.

More about the parkHide
  • Allow rallies
  • Disabled access
  • Family park
  • Pets allowed
  • Children's play area(s)
  • Chemical disposal point
  • Electric hook-ups
  • Laundry
  • LPG stockist
  • Sanitary block(s)
  • Shop
  • Swimming pool(s)
  • Take away food
  • Visitor parking
  • Washing up facilities
  • Water hook-ups
  • Wireless internet
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Cafe
  • Club house

Waldegraves Holiday Park has an outdoor, heated swimming pool with poolside takeaway. We provide entertainment weekends and every day during children's holidays. We have kids club while the schools are on holiday every day with regular visits from park characters Sammy the Seagull and Bonnie the Boxer. There is an 18 hole golf Pitch & Putt course, Crazy Golf and 10 bay undercover driving range plus four coarse fishing lakes available for use on the park.

Waldegraves is situated on the beautiful Mersea Island and boasts its own private, south-facing beach. The beach is perfect for swimming & watersports and there is a boat slipway for guests wishing to bring their own boat or jet-ski. Please get in touch for details.

This park also now has electric vehicle charging.


Waldegraves Holiday Park (www)

Waldegraves Lane, West Mersea, Mersea Island
Essex, East England
United Kingdom


From the A12, exit at junction 26 & follow signs from the first roundabout to Mersea Island. Join the B1025 to Mersea Island. Cross the strood Channel via the causeway and then take the left fork to East Mersea. Take the second turning to the right and follow the brown and cream Tourist signs to Waldegraves.

Nearby attractions

  • Beach
  • Boat launch
  • Cycle hire
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Horse riding holidays
  • Sailing
  • Swimming (Indoor)
  • Swimming (Outdoor)
  • Tennis
  • Organised Entertainment
  • Sports Ground
  • Water Sports
  • Internet Access
  • Games Room
  • TV Room
  • Gym access
  • Snooker/Pool
  • Sauna
  • Leisure Centre

Things to do in Colchester

• Colchester Zoo
• Hollytrees Museum Colchester
• Colchester Castle
• East Anglian Railway Museum
• Marsh Farm
• Layer Marney towers
• Audley End House
• Go Bananas (one for the children)
• Mersea Island Vineyard
• Colchester Leisure World
• Jump Street




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Overall rating

4.0 stars

Based on 9 review(s)

5.0 stars

Lovely well maintained site, staff are exceptional and go out of their way to help in any way. The swimming pool is lovely and clean with tables, chairs and sun beds laid out ( although not good if weather is bad) an indoor pool would be ideal. The toilets & showers were spotless, the swimming pool was amazing & it was loving seeing so many lifeguards keeping an eye We will definitely be returning!

5.0 stars

Great touring facilities, dog friendly site, enjoyed walking routes and outside swimming pool. As the weather was brilliant there was no need to leave the park, everything what you need for your holiday was on site. Also good price food in the restaurant

Property manager response (01 Jul 2016)

Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback about your recent stay with us. Best wishes, Waldegraves Team

5.0 stars

This is a very family friendly site.
Tent pitches are large with small hedges either side for privacy. Shop has all that is needed and onsite pub is well priced and child friendly.
When you are there have a look around at other pitches so you can pick one to suit you next time.There is fantastic crabbing about 5 miles away which is a great way to spend a day or two! There is crazy golf which keeps the kids very happy!! The only downside was the weather.

Property manager response (01 Jul 2016)

Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback about your recent stay with us. Best wishes, Waldegraves Team


5.0 stars

We have just returned from a weeks holiday
at Waldegraves, the caravan was clean with no issues. We were made to feel welcome on arrival, staff very polite and helpful and the entertainment was superb! Already booked for next year


2.0 stars

My husband & myself have been going camping for over four years. We usually go to camp sites where people stay for a weekend or maybe a week or two. But, as we we’re taking away two of our grandchildren age 4 & 7 for the weekend we decided to go to Waldergraves so they would have plenty to do. The pitch was well maintained & a good size, the park was clean & tidy. On the pitch next to ours was a touring caravan which stays there all season. On Friday night we were fast asleep to then be woken up at 12.50am by a very drunk lady from the caravan swearing & shouting. This went on until gone 1.30am, luckily our grandchildren slept through it. The following day I was in the shower block with them both, my husband overheard her telling one of her friends that a man had asked her to keep the noise down as they were trying to sleep, she told her friend that she told him to f**k off & stuck her middle finger up at him!! There was no disturbance on Saturday night. But, I went to the loo just after 4.00am and could hear people speaking very loudly in a season touring caravan on the row behind us at the very end! We was then woken at 6.50am by cars pulling up & the doors opening & shutting followed by loud talking & laughing by fisherman! The shower & toilet blocks were very clean but in desperate need of modernisation. The showers are all in one long row in the block with an open gutter running along behind them, when I took a shower on Friday morning I saw soapsuds with blood in floating past, not very nice. The washing up area backs onto the men’s toilets which isn’t very nice or hygienic when someone opens a window!! On the plus side, the three children’s entertainers were great & work really well with the children. The bar staff were very efficient & polite. We will definitely stick to campsites that only allow people to stay short term and everyone has respect for each other.


1.0 stars

We booked an electric pitch at Waldegraves to spend the Easter weekend with our two children and two avid camping friends. Our friends arrived on the Wednesday and we joined them late on the Thursday. The amenities seemed good, clean toilets and plenty of hot water in the showers. There was a bit of noise from those returning from the Granary but our friends had eaten there on their first night and we were looking forward to eating our final meal there on Monday night.
We went out for the day on Friday to explore the island and when we returned there had been a noticeable increase in caravans and tents. This is when the problems started. The electric tripped out around 7 o’clock so we checked our own fusebox and found that it had not tripped. The electric tripped in and then out again until about 10 o’clock when it went off and stayed off. The following morning we went to reception and were advised that they were working on the problem and that they were taking phone number to update guests. I left my mobile number but am still awaiting a call. We again went out for the day but when we returned again no electric. When we eventually found the duty manager he was working in the kitchen and was in no hurry to deal with the growing number of disgruntled guests wanting answers about the electricity. The duty manager couldn’t sort the problem, told us it was down to individual pitches overloading the system, refused to call the owner down to speak to us and used the word hopefully far too often. He even told us that the supply wasn’t up to the amount of pitches on the site and that’s why it kept overheating and tripping. We went to bed cold and without a hot drink.
Sunday morning a large group of unhappy campers assembled at reception at 9 o’clock and requested that the owner, who lives next to the site, attended the site. He refused and instructed his staff to hand out customer feedback forms. The owner eventually arrived at 11 o’clock but refused to accept that the problem was with the site. He wouldn’t apologise or offer any kind of recompense. He refused to offer a refund to anyone and a large number of people were packing up as we left the site two days early.
In short the site has some good facilities, but do not go when it will be busy, as it appears that the electricity supply cannot cope with the amount of pitches. CUSTOMER SERVICE IS NON EXISTANT ESPECIALLY FROM THE OWNER. We will not be returning to this site, ever.


1.0 stars

Extremely dissapointed. web site never stated that pool was every closed. very hot day yesterday and was pool was closed as from middle of septemeber. my main reason for booking here was the fact that the site offered an heated pool. My children and myself were very unhappy and our stay was ruined. Would NOT go back again. Food of a very low standard drinks expensive and staff unhelpful


5.0 stars

Essex is not all white stilletoes and boy racers. If you have watched "The Only Way Is Essex" and think that Essex and its people are like that, then come and spend some time at Waldegraves holiday park on the beautiful Island of Mersea, which is approximately ten miles from historic Colchester. You will soon realise that Essex it a wonderful place to holiday.

What can I say but Waldegraves is fantastic. Being novice tourers , we only purchased our caravan this summer, we asked for a pitch that was easy to get the caravan into, and we happily obliged. The site is safe and secure, with entrance being via an electronic barrier that is opened via a tag that you receive at check in. Each pitch is seperated by hedges giving a very private feel, and you also have your own tap!

This site a must for people of all ages, we went with out two young children but there were people of all ages enjoying themselves.

Waldegraves has its own private beach, so our children were happy to while away the hours playing happily on the sand. Once they had had eno9ugh of the beach it was along to the swimming pool for a quick dip. Even though it is an outside pool it is heated, but it's still chilly when you get out. We were also really pleased to find a seperate area for walking the dog, which our little pooch enjoyed.

The shop is very well stocked with food, newspapers, toys, fresh bread and any camping kit that you may have left at home. It is a veritable Aladdin's Cave which the children loved.

If you don't ant to cook the Granary restaurant on site is brilliant. We really loved their breakfast which set us up for the day. My daughter wants to go back to the restaurant for her birthday meal as she loved it so much.
Also if you get fed up with BBQ's they also have a takeaway selling pizza, chips, pies and sausages.

After busy days at the beach and pool we were ready for our beds, but we did pop along for the evening entertainment a couple of times. The Wheatsheaf Bar has two halves, a grown up side with pool tables and television, and a family entertainments side, where the little people can bop along to the junior disco while you unwind with a well deserved drink. My two children aged 3 and 7 loved Waldegraves two children's club characters "Sammy the Seagull" and "Sonny the Dog" who make regular appearances in the Wheatsheaf during the early evening. I even won £30 on Bingo one evening the first time I had ever played. At 9pm though the entertainment changes to something for the grown ups such as a singer or a great tribute group.

Returning to our caravan in the evening we could hear the calming sound of the sea and smell its beautiful aroma. We were all so tired we slept past 7am for the first time in years - hurrah. But when we did wake up the view from the caravan was spectacular, with the sun glinting off the sea, and the waves gently rippling.

You need never leave the campsite, but if you want to explore, Mersea Island is a beautiful place with a museum, great seafood restaurants and pubs and a lovely beach. Colchester the oldest recorded town in the country is only a 20 minute drive away, with its historic castle, great park and a lovely shopping centre.

We had such a wonderful time that as soon as we got home we rebooked, and there couldn't be a better advertisement for a site than that.


5.0 stars

We stayed in a lovely caravan, very clean and well equiped. the staff are really nice and friendly, we have stayed several times now and each time we go into reception they are helpful and always have good information. same too with the restaurant, which has excellent pub food at a really great price and suitable for kids. bar and restaurant over look the pool which is nice to sit and relax and enjoy your meal and drink, not open at that time as too early in the season, the staff are really helpful and friendly and nothing was too much trouble for them. it was the Easter break the kids club was in operation and the children really enjoyed themselves and it was a nice break for us for a few hours to relax on our own. lovely walks along the beach and surround area, they have fishing lakes and we spoke to some fiherman using them and they said they use them all the time, it was well looked after with lots of different fish, great for anyone who loves to fish. we also had a go at pitch and putt, that was great fun for all of us and the green is kept really nice, we saw people using the golfing range, seemed to be very popular and people enjoying themselves. the main clubhouse is great for anyone wanting to join in with all the fun and games but they also have a bar next door which has great character for people just wanting a quiet drink. my husband joined up with some people to play pool, which is great to get away from the kids for a while, over 18s only upstairs above the bar area.
Waldegraves Holiday Park, Essex

Guestbook reviews

An excellent site that is very clean and well set out. We travelled in 2 motor homes (friends) and all agreed it was one of the best motorhome sites we have stayed on this year. We try and go away for a couple of days every month. Showers were warm and clean - all facilities were excellent and the shop even though it is out of season was well stocked. Highly recommend.
Vicki R


Waldegraves Holiday Park

An amazing little gem of a campsite, have already booked again.
Warren M


Waldegraves Holiday Park

Playground: Lovely clean play areas for all ages
Restrooms: Extremely clean and well maintained
Dog-friendliness: Very dog-friendly site and brilliant walks
Heidi G


Waldegraves Holiday Park

An absolutely lovely site with amazing staff, an immaculate caravan (Gold) with its own balcony and seating. A lovely welcome pack was present within the caravan including complementary biscuits and tea/coffee, toilet roll and washing up bits.
the bedding was lovely and clean, easy to fit, good selection of cooking utensils and microwave/oven. Good WiFi within the caravan.
The reception staff were very considerate and humble, bar staff upbeat and friendly.
I would definitely recommend the site for anyone wanting a short or long break, camping or caravan and I will be returning.
David M


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