The Pretty Thing Touring, Camping & Glamping in Essex

Welcome to The Pretty Thing

CoVid 19 Lockdown August update

We are open and operating with some important changes.

We have been open and offering full shower and toilet facilities since the 4th July. Our guests have been amazingly supportive in helping us maintain our cleaning regime.

Our larger caravan field has been extremely popular and fully booked for most of the time we have been open.. We still expect all our guests to respect social distancing measures and have only had to remind a few who have been overly enthusiastic. 

We ask that everyone books in advance, we are so busy at the moment that this is a sensible precaution anyway. Please call us when you arrive and we will guide you to your lodge, bell tent or pitch, from a safe distance. 

Where booked, fire pits and wood will be left for "no contact" collection and these should now be booked in advance to ensure that you are not disappointed.

Showers and toilets are steam cleaned 3 times daily. Please be patient if there is a short queue while Barry, our hard working cleaner finishes his tasks.

We ask our guests to respect the well being and safety of others by wiping down any areas touched with the antiseptic wipes provided. Also use the sanitiser in the Toilets, showers pods and bell tents after washing hands. Thanks so much for your help.

If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know on by phone: 

07549 316301 or email: 

(if you prefer we are also available on facebook or twitter)

We look forward to seeing you all soon and hope you have a great summer.


Come & visit The Pretty Thing, our beautiful, peaceful, glamping, camping and touring park. Teeming with wildlife, perfect for bird watching by day and star gazing at night. If you like animals, you can often see our resident horses, Antham and Shamrock enjoying their well earned, peaceful, retirement...

Relax, unwind & enjoy our friendly park close to the historic town of Colchester and the beautiful seaside resorts of Frinton, Walton, St Osyth and Clacton.  The Pretty Thing is a perfect base for exploring all that the area has to offer.

The Pretty Thing is set in over three acres of land, and we offer a well equipped touring caravan site, spacious camping field, (Buttercup Meadow), and Philomena's Garden, which is exclusively for Glamping. We can assure you of a pleasant stay, whilst enjoying peace, quiet and holidaying as it used to be.

There is something to see throughout the year and we are especially popular in August to enjoy Clacton Airshow & the CAMRA real ale & cider festival, as well as many other attractions. We can also tailor theatre breaks through the Westcliff Theatre.

We offer you, your family and pets a very warm welcome, don’t just take our word, come & see for yourself, we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Phil Sharlott

We welcome all pets and responsible owners

Please keep your pets on a lead

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