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The Stena Line ferry from Harwich International Port to the Hook of Holland is the most direct route to Holland from the south of England. Travel in luxury onboard one of the brand new Superferries sailing direct to Holland. Stena Hollandica & Stena Britannica. 

The Harwich – Hook of Holland timetable has two crossings so that you can choose between day and overnight sailings. Fares to Holland start from £49 single for a car and driver or just £49 single for a dutchflyer rail and sail ticket to and Dutch rail station.
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Children who go camping do better at school!

13 Jun

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Children who camp in the great outdoors at least once a year go on to do better at school, as well as being healthier and happier, according to their parents.
That’s the finding of a UK study carried out by the Institute of Education at Plymouth University and The Camping and Caravanning Club, who collaborated to discover perceptions of the relationship between education and camping.
Parents and children around the UK were asked a series of questions which looked at the educational, psychological and social benefits of the camping experience to children of all ages.
The research led by Sue Waite, Associate Professor at the Plymouth Institute of Education, found that more than 4 out of 5 parents thought camping had a positive effect on their children’s school education.
It showed that 98% of parents said camping makes their kids appreciate and connect with nature; 95% said their kids were happier when camping; and 93% felt that it provided useful skills for later life.
Some parents (15%) reported that escaping technology (laptops, tablets, mobiles, etc) is a good thing for their children and one of the benefits of camping. A fifth of parents (20%) said camping gives their kids freedom, independence and confidence; and more than two thirds (68%) felt camping helped their children to enjoy learning in the classroom, because they can share their camping adventures and experiences such as visiting exciting educational or historical sites.
Sue Waite said; “Interestingly, the parents surveyed believed camping supported the key curriculum subjects of Geography, History and Science and actually, that stacks up because the most common camping activities were natural – such as rock pooling and nature walks – where children were getting to understand ecosystems and identify lifeforms, respecting nature and the environment.”
The children who took part in the research were asked what they love about camping and the most common themes were making and meeting new friends, having fun, playing outside and learning various camping skills. Children also recognised camping’s value for curriculum subjects and for problem solving and working together.

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Things to do around Colchester

26 May

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Brightlingsea Museum

Brightlingsea 01206 303286

A representative collection of objects, photographs and pictures illustrative of the social and economic history of the town and its immediate surroundings over the past 700 years.

Jaywick Martello Tower

Martello Tower

Clacton-on-Sea 01255 822783

Built originally as a Napoleonic Fort in the early 19th century the tower now acts as a central hub for the local community & visitors. There are regular arts & heritage exhibitions, talks & events.

Colchester Castle Museum

Colchester 01206 282313

Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe. Constructed on the foundations of the Temple of Claudius. The Castle Museum today reveals many fascinating layers of history to visitors.

Hollytrees Museum

Colchester 01206 282313

An important part of Colchester’s rich history with three centuries of fascinating toys, costume and decorative arts displayed in an attractive Georgian town house from 1718.

Natural History Museum

Colchester 01206 282313

Discover and interesting ‘hands-on’ perspective on the local natural environment from the Ice Age right up to today. Explore the garden trail and stag beetle exhibition, free entry.

The Munnings Art Museum

Sir Alfred Munnings Museum

Colchester 01206 322127

Explore the life and work of renown British artist Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959) in his former home and studio.

Wilkin and Sons Ltd – Tiptree Tea Rooms

Wilkin and Sons Ltd

Colchester 01621 814524

Tiptree is the home of the Wilkin family – where from 1885 the first Tiptree jam was made. Delightful museum, tea room and gift shop.

Harwich Lifeboat Museum

Harwich 01255 502872

Museum contains the last Clacton off-shore. Oakley Class Lifeboat 34ft and a history of the lifeboat service in Harwich.

Mersea Island Museum

Mersea Island 01206 383372

Exhibits of Mersea’s social history, natural history, archaeology and fishing industry, including a fisherman’s cottage display. Special exhibitions and gift shop.

Top tips for reversing a caravan or trailer

25 Apr

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Come an visit Grange Farm Campsite in Thorpe Le Soken, for a camping experience close to the sea, Clacton just 10 minutes away, Colchester just 25 minutes away, jump on the train from Thorpe Le Soken and be in London within 1 hour, try Harrys Bar for a drink and some nice food, drive to Harwich and observe Felixstowe Docks across the water or jump on the foot ferry to have a real close up, visit Colchester Zoo, play golf or tennis at Frinton On Sea, try sea fishing at Walton On The Naze, take the children to Clacton Pier, pop to Tescos for your BBQ food, enjoy our fantastic sun sets whilst listening to the birds, take the wife to the Lifehouse Spa across the road or if she prefers a little shopping try Clacton Shopping Village?

If you struggle with reversing your caravan or trailer tent have a read of this rather helpful article ……….


What better place to camp than Grange Farm Campsite #essexcamping

18 Apr

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Don’t get too engrossed in your book on the train if you’re farming yourself and family out to this Essex coast campsite from London: you’ll be there in a jiffy. An hour and a quarter from Liverpool Street lands you at Thorpe-le-Soken, a miniscule quarter of a mile along a rural footpath to the acreage at Grange Farm Campsite. Arriving from elsewhere? The farm is at the end of the A133 from Colchester 20 minutes away by car, although personally we’d get someone else to drive so we could get on with our holiday reading…

Although it’s within ten minutes’ drive from the coast at Clacton, Frinton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze, the atmos at popular Grange Farm is all pretty peaceful, set deep in the Essex countryside with room galore for pitches. Horse-riding is a canterable mile away; and tennis courts, a golf course and a heated indoor pool four miles away – just in case you don’t fancy braving Essex sea waters before summer.

Walkies abound from Thorpe-le-Soken village through the rural surroundings: to the coast, to Landermere, to Beaumont Quay, to Holland Haven Country Park; for the uninitiated, to the village fish and chip shop… Speaking of fish and chips (always), a chippy, takeaways, three restaurants (Chinese, Indian, Italian), three pubs, a petrol station and a Tesco Express are at the village; all three pubs dish up nosh.

Facilities on site at Grange Farm Campsite – showers, loos, chemical disposal point – are basic but kept very clean; the loo and shower block was refurbished in 2014. There’s no laundry block on site, but a launderette is three miles away.

Barbecues are allowed on site and dogs are welcome.

Birdwatching and beaches, seaside towns, coastal constitutions and the city of Colchester are all close to hand from Grange Farm Campsite – if you should tire of these (tsk), Orford and the Suffolk Heritage Coast await you a little further north.

The sands of Holland-on-Sea are four miles from the farm and are quieter than the main Essex seaside towns of Clacton-on-Sea, Frinton-on-Sea and Southend-on-Sea: like most of the surrounding countryside, this is birdwatching land to have twitchers all of a-flutter. Holland Haven Country Park between Clacton and Frinton covers over 100 acres of coastal birdwatching landscape to spy migrant birds, sandpipers, warblers and the like; elsewhere, several nature reserves are around for nature ramblers including Great Holland Pits, Soken Woods, The Naze at Walton-on-the-Naze, Howlands Marsh at St Osyth and the RSPB Stour Estuary reserve at Wrabness.

The Tendring Peninsula’s biggest town is Clacton-on-Sea and hums with visitors in the summer months, who come to amuse themselves at the arcade, SeaQuarium and funfair on the pier. Boat trips depart from the pier for scenic sailings along the Thames, and many a day tripper settles down with fishing rod on Clacton Pier to hook whiting and bass – get a day fishing ticket from the office at the pier car park.

Clacton Airshow

15 Apr

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Thursday 27th & Friday 28th August 2015
West Greensward, Clacton Seafront, CO15 1NW
Event opening times: 11.OOam – 5.OOpm

The 2014 event saw record crowds of around 200,000 who came to support the event over two sunny days! The 2014 flight line up alone wowed the crowds and included a memorable display from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and Canadian Lancaster which was thrilling, unforgettable and emotional and certainly a “once in a lifetime event”. Fabulous displays took to the skies such as the Vulcan as well as the world famous Red Arrows and a special appearance both days by the Typhoon

The 2015 event will see 24 fabulous years of the annual Clacton Airshow based in the stunning Tendring District along the award winning Essex Sunshine CoastThe event organised by Tendring District Council, is a well established FREEevent and promises to “wow the crowds”. We will also see a much welcome return of Titan the Robot who is back this year by popular demand!

Our award winning seafronts and west greensward are transformed over the two days into a fun filled event site and viewing area.  Impressive aerobatic displays take to the skies whilst a whole host of exhibition, trade stands, food court and on-site entertainment are available at ground level.

In addition to this year’s Airshow, continuing with the thrill of the event into the bank holiday weekend the Clacton food and drink festival will take place on Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th August on the same site located on the stunning West Greensward! For more information log on to Food & Drink Festivals UK.

Brilliant holiday - Would recommend it to everybody

20 Sep

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The reviews keep coming in…….”The site has a number of fields; we stayed on the Club Field. We don’t fancy driving much, so made good use of the nearby station to go to the coast and to the city of Colchester. The countryside around the site is very beautiful. There is a couple of miles for easy dog-walking around the site. The facilities on the Club Field were good, clean and adequate. Hot showers and hot water for hand-wash all worked well. Brilliant holiday – would recommend it to everybody. To cap it all the owner gave us a generous supply of fresh vegetables from their kitchen garden (I suppose we came at the right time of year)”

Spacious pitches, lots of wildlife

10 Sep

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Another happy camper leaving another good review “Spacious pitches, lots of wildlife, thoughtful benches, great dog walking, lovely staff, village within walking distance with lots of pubs and a Tesco Express”

We have recently updated many of our facilities and have plans for further improvements

There is a wide varieties or activites to do and tourist attractions to see.

There is a wide range of pubs and eateries catering for a wide range of culinary tastes in and around the area.

We welcome many different pets in our campsite.

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