Editor's Pick - The Best Sites in the East of England
From coastal campsites to those close to historic towns, this selection of top sites is perfect for exploring the east of England
- Colchester Country Park, Essex
Just a few minutes from the historic town centre of Colchester, this holiday park has hardstanding and grass pitches both with electric hook-up, with super pitches also available. There are three amenity blocks on site with toilets, showers and privacy cubicles. Other facilities on the park include a dedicated disabled unit, dishwashing and laundry. There is a large play area for children, and ample space to exercise pets. New holiday lodges for sale within a secluded area of the park. Nearby attractions include Colchester Zoo, the coastal resorts of Clacton and Frinton on Sea, Mersea Island, the steam railway at Chappel, and Castle Hedingham.
- Run Cottage Touring Park, Suffolk
Situated on Suffolk's heritage coast, near the small market town of Woodbridge, this adult only, family-run campsite is in a pleasant parkland setting. Run Cottage Touring Park offers 45 pitches, all having electric hook-ups. 6 hardstandings are available, as are seasonal pitches and glamping pods. There's attractive landscaping throughout, with flower beds and an ornate lily pond. This lovely, rural site is ideally situated for walking, cycling and bird watching. It has a dog exercise area and superb modern toilet block. The village shop and pub are within easy walking distance. The campsite is just 1½ miles from a shingle beach and close to the fantastic RSPB Minsmere coastal nature reserve and the National Trust's Sutton Hoo historical site.
- Highfield Farm Touring Park, Cambridgeshire
Quiet and beautiful touring park located five miles west of the city of Cambridge offering 120 touring pitches. Set in eight acres of grounds, landscaped with conifers, hedging and trees, it offers excellent toilet and shower amenities and the careful siting of pitches around the perimeter gives a wonderful feeling of spaciousness. A 1½ mile walk around the farm provides views across the peaceful Cambridgeshire countryside. There is a Park and Ride service nearby or a bus stop can be found a short walk away. Facilities on site include four modern toilet/shower blocks, a laundry, dog exercise area and motorcaravan service point.
- Searles Leisure Resort, Norfolk
Searles Leisure Resort is a five star award winning holiday resort located just 200 metres from
the beach in Hunstanton, on the North Norfolk coast. You will never be at a loss for something to do, guests have access to exclusive facilities which include, indoor and outdoor pools, children's splash pool and entertainment. You can rent bikes from the hire shop, visit the seals of the Wash on a sea tour, play golf or relax with a drink in one of the many venues. Set within picturesque landscaped grounds you will find various specifications of pitch to suit your needs, including main service with 16-amp, water, waste and TV hook-ups, service pitches with 10-amp and standard non-electric. Camping pods are also available. All pitches include up to eight free passes for entertainment and swimming pools.
Fen Farm is a rural, family-run campsite, set in 20 acres, protected by well-established trees and hedges. On-site there is a superb large toilet block, plus excellent laundry, dishwashing, disabled facilities and shop. There are 90 static pitches, 40 seasonal touring pitches, 60 camping/touring pitches, with or without electric hook-up. Fen Farm has held a David Bellamy Gold Award for Conservation since 1999 and also Platinum Loo of the Year Award for the last six years. As well as dogs walks on site including a wild-flower and conservation area, a short walk will take you to a long stretch of unspoiled dog-friendly beach. If you are lucky you may even see red squirrel or two around the site.