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.