What’s on Mersea?

Fen Farm is in East Mersea, a village on Mersea Island off the coast of Essex and a short drive from Colchester.


The campsite is ideal for people with an interest in wildlife as Cudmore Grove Country Park is very close by and is one of the best nature reserves in Essex. If you are lucky enough to meet the ranger, Dougal, and he has some time to spare, he can point out the geese, flocks of golden plovers and widgeons that regularly graze on the fields behind.

At the highest cliffs on the island, a mere fifteen feet, fallen oaks litter the beach below, signifying their retreat by a metre a year. The river gravel in the low cliffs is 300,000 years old and is the site where bones of elephant tusk, narrow-nosed rhino, bears and giant deer were discovered early last century.

Food and Drink

Mersea is famous for Oysters and no trip to Mersea would be complete without a visit to either the famous Company Shed or The Oyster Bar to sample this local delight.

The ‘Dog & Pheasant’ public house is a few minutes walk, and serves food most of the time. In West Mersea there a number of pubs selling food and the Art Cafe where you can grab a coffee or lunch.

Mersea Island vineyard with its Courtyard cafe is within a few miles, where you can sample wine and beer made on the Island along with lunch or a piece of cake.

If you don’t fancy cooking and want to stay in, some local takeaways will deliver to the site including Chinese, Indian and Pizza. If you want to cook, then Cocks Butchers, Island Supermarket, The Mixing Bowl Delicatessen and The Co-op and  all have local produce available.

Geocaching on Mersea

For the Geocachers amongst you, there are nearly 20 caches on the Island itself and over 500 within 10 miles of the site.