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Waldegraves Holiday & Leisure Park
Waldegraves Holiday Park
Waldegraves Lane
West Mersea
Essex   (Browse area)
Tel: 01206 382898
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Pitches: 150
Open: 01/03/2024 to 30/11/2024

Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 126 Reviews
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Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   Freezer / Fridge    Motorhome Point   Wifi Access 
 Shop On Site   Bar On Site   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway On Site 
 Kids Playground   No TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing On Site   Wild Swimming <1 mile   No Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool On Site 
 Horse Riding <5 miles   Cycle Hire On Site   Golf On Site   Tennis <5 miles 
 Beach On Site   Watersports <1 mile   Boat Launch / Mooring On Site 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed 
 Lakeside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  Offroad Dog Walk On Site or Direct Access 
 Electric Car Charging Point

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Date of Visit: August 2023  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 5 Travelling as:  Family with young children
Reviewer: Sarah9 1 review from this member

 The site was so clean n tidy.

The pool was very nice temperature for the babies we had too.

Driving range was fun snd the sweet shop was so good kids loved it. Our very first time camping.

Looking forward to maybe going back next year when we know if they are redeveloping the field we stayed in as it was so close to everything where as the others are little walk. 
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Date of Visit: May 2023 Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 8 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Kath54 1 review from this member

 Lovely site, beach easily accessed, entertain fine, facilities good,

Local town Colchester steeped in history, colchester zoo worth a visit, vineyard in Mersea also worth a visit for real ale and a good selection of local wines,

Good as base to explore this part of Essex 

Date of Visit: May 2023  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Steven 1 review from this member

 Great 4 nights away clean and tidy, and staff were so helpful on arrival and are stay.

Great toilets and showers plus food shop well stocked and very clean and helpful,

Many thanks for a lovely weekend. 
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Date of Visit: October 2021 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Family with young children
Reviewer: Lozzorella 2 reviews from this member

 First visit to Waldegraves in October Half term and have booked to come back this Easter!

We went with friends and had a great pitch facing out to a grassed/hill area, great for kids to run around. Check in etc all smooth. Campsite toilets/showers clean.

Great playground area, optional softplay £2 a go for younger kids. Lots of tables and heaters outside for those with dogs or watching kids.

Clubhouse was great, just what you want for a few evening drinks and kids entertainment and bingo. Was quite busy so had to time it to get a seat for us all. As it was Halloween there was lots of children's activities, a treasure hunt, fancy dress comp, build a bear or kite, wild birds visiting, arcades, mini golf, driving range and there's an outdoor pool which we can't wait to use in the summer.

There's a restaurant but we didn't have time to eat in there, ordered some pizzas to the clubhouse bar which you could do, as we didn't want to miss the bingo! :) they were nice. Hopefully will will eat in next time. There's a well equipped shop and separate traditional sweet shop which was a novelty.

From the site you can walk along a lovely beach walk and to the pastel beach huts and there is a pub/restaurant with playground (think its attached to the next site) and cafe/chip shop along the way.

We also drove into Mersey to the oyster huts and had lunch in a lovely restaurant, there's a few to choose from. We also went to Colchester zoo for the day.

Overall I think its a family orientated site, maybe not if you like the quiet life. There are static caravans there so you do get a mix of people, but for us in our first caravan with the kids a cheaper than Haven for few days away but still with activities/entertainment you want with a more friendly feel. 

Date of Visit: August 2021 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 5 Travelling as:  Extended family
Reviewer: Bridol 2 reviews from this member

 Been to this site for a few years and will go back as it feels like I am a long way from home when I am not!

I like the way you can group together when going with friends and not fixed in pitches. (we go non electric).

The bathrooms and showers are generally clean and mostly enough not to be busy (although not always with a plug so you might want to pack one). Definitely more staff around cleaning more often this year due to Covid which was reassuring. Washing up facilities reasonable with hot water although can struggle with water pressure.

If there is a group that is noisy do report it to security, they do come down and sort it out, but only had this problem one year.

There is kids play area and swimming pool (although it was shut this year due to Covid) and the site is right on the beach which is nice - walk to the right for easier access and a more sandy bit.

There is evening entertainment of a sort, never used it as we prefer watching the camp fire and chatting ;) but it seems popular. There is a launderette, place to charge phones if desperate and freezers to freeze ice blocks (no charge for freezer). Reception staff always been helpful. Remember to take £10 for the deposit for the car barrier key which is refundable

If you are planning arrival time or outings watch for high tide as The Strood does go under water and make the island a real island.

Nice quiet break from the rat race, just shame about the tropical storm this year which was a bit of a nightmare and we had to repitch the tent in a less exposed location on day 2, never had this problem before. 


Date of Visit: June 2021 Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 5 Travelling as:  Family with young children
Reviewer: Twillingham 2 reviews from this member

 Appallingly Noisy! Waldegraves has rules about noise and (unusually for a campsite) security staff who patrol from time to time. The rules were not enforced. On our second night our motorhome was on a pitch next to someone who had brought along a mobile sound rig with 3 or 4 huge speakers, complete with disco lighting, playing outside their van all day up to midnight. It was loud enough at times and had enough bass to shake our motorhome walls, When we complained the next day, we were told that we should have phoned security. Surely security should be proactive against a noise which could be heard throughout the whole site. We moved to a different pitch the next day, but that night we had neighbours playing loud music and having a singsong until 1:30am. We couldn’t phone security because there was no mobile reception, so we went to another part of the site to phone. Only after that did the noise stop. This was not my idea of a restful few days away!  

Date of Visit: September 2020 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 6 Travelling as:  With friends
Reviewer: RobbieRedcote 17 reviews from this member

 Stayed here last weekend (4th Sept) and COVID planning in the restaurant, bar and shop well exercised, in general and the staff were trying to ensure customers adhered, but on the Sunday control was lost in the bar when a group of lads (20 - 25), with their dads on the next table, were just manic, one even seemed to have wet himself and was keen to pull his mates faces into his lap.

Bar staff were efficient though in serving to table as required.

Restaurant staff were efficient and food was promptly served at good prices.

Blaming COVID, (what will be blamed for inefficiencies when COVID is beat) seems a new rule introduced that tourers not allowed onto site until 3:00, even though their pitches were empty.

Understand this was not implemented from July 4th but a "New Management" directive last 2 weeks.

By 1:30 there were 12 units parked down the road and eventually at 2:05 the reception staff relented and took the sensible decision to let people onto their pitches. Crass earlier management directive clearly.

Toilets and showers were very clean and regularly cleaned. 

Date of Visit: July 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Family with older children
Reviewer: Tonyt6 1 review from this member

 We had a really good time, very clean site and a very good price.

The kid were either fishing playing golf or playing football.

The restaurant done lovely food,

We loved it here and will be returning. 
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Date of Visit: July 2020 Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: MR GCD WALKER 1 review from this member

 Massive site well presented on arrival.

Lots of issues on site cars speed about above the speed limit for site.

Green quad bike being driven about possibly staff/ owners young girl on it one day.

Speed boat in waste water disposal site (public area) engine running with props spinning flat out as owners spray water over it.

Young lad 13/14 driving a white 4x4 music pounding out.

Massive kick off in field behind fishing ponds at 1am, car reving and being driven by drunk person. Security eventually arrived after 15mins.

Too busy for what I am used to so won't return EVER.

16th to 18th July 2020 hell not relaxing 
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Date of Visit: March 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Static
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Carola 1 review from this member

 Excellent gold rated caravan, only let down was the amount of room down the side of the beds if your slightly disabled like me.

Plenty of facilities on site and the fishing was excellent had nine carp all in the high teens to twenty pounds.

Be aware though not much to do near by if you like visiting houses or castles at least a hour away.

But I would still give it 8 stars. 
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