Essex holiday park set to receive a £1m birthday gift

West Mersea Holiday Park complex
This is what the £1 million complex will look like

A popular holiday park on Mersea Island is to receive a one million pound birthday present from the company which acquired it exactly a year ago.

Park Holidays UK is to spend £1m on building a new entertainments complex for West Mersea Holiday Park after it enjoyed a sell-out season this summer.

Essex Sunshine Coast

The group bought the park last November, and says the new development will help make it one of the most sought-after destinations on Essex’s “sunshine coast”.

“We were delighted to add West Mersea to our portfolio of thirty-plus parks last year, and were desperately sorry when the pandemic forced it to close in March,” said director Tony Clish.

“But when parks were allowed to re-open in June, we were staggered at the volume of bookings we received – and even had to disappoint some families because we were full.

“That’s why we’ve decided to make West Mersea one of the main focuses of our investment programme this winter, kicking off with a brand new entertainments centre.

“We’ll also be increasing the volume of accommodation, not least because the park’s 2021 bookings are already streaming in,” said Mr Clish.

Exciting holiday times at Mersea Island

The complex will comprise a family restaurant-cafe and bar, booth seating, an electronic games area, and facilities for staging live professional shows.

There will also be an outside play area with activity equipment for youngsters of all ages.

Expected to be completed by March next year, the complex will have direct access to the sandy beach beside the park which is in the sought-after western quarter of Mersea Island.

The park provides around 260 privately owned holiday lodges and caravan holiday homes.

There are also 120 pitches for motorhomes and touring caravans within the 30 acres of landscaped grounds., plus 125 stylish beach huts on the seafront.

Popular too are the park’s weatherproof and heated camping pods to which ten more have been added following their successful introduction last year.

Feefo Trusted holiday park award

Park Holidays UK now owns six seaside parks in Essex, and this year received the 2020 Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award, based on the number of glowing reviews posted by park guests.

“We’ve seen bookings continue to rise for 2021, even during the present lockdown, and are forecasting the busiest-ever year coming up,” said Mr Clish.

“This will be great news for everyone, including Britain’s tourism economy and the many small businesses in Essex which rely on the spending of visitors.”

More details about West Mersea Holiday Park and the group’s other UK parks are available on the company’s website at

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