A Tranquil Campsite on Mersea Island
With no club and no pool, people who come to Fen Farm do so for the tranquil atmosphere and children often surprise themselves by finding an occupation that does not involve anything being switched on or booted up!
There are always the play areas with swings, seesaws, climbing frames etc. In addition to this, children enjoy ‘crabbing’ in the creeks, playing on the beach or in the sea. We also have an open field for ball games, flying kites or just walking the dog.
Dogs are welcome and there are dog walks all around the park. There are also many footpath walks nearby as well as a dog friendly beach. Ideal for people looking for a quiet family retreat, situated by the sea and close to a country park in a small village on Mersea Island.
The Farm has been owned by the Lord family since 1918 and the first tents were pitched in 1923, so the park has grown rather than been developed.
Wildlife at Fen Farm
We have been awarded the David Bellamy Gold Conservation Award for the work we have done to protect the environment in and around the campsite. This includes leaving some areas to grow wild, planting Red Squirrel friendly trees and adding a wild flower area.
A local keen Birdwatcher has kindly given us some pictures of birds he has taken around the site and in East Mersea. They are displayed in our reception. Fen Farm is the ideal location for the birdwatcher or Nature lover to stay. Situated on the east of the island and with easy access to the beach, Country Park and footpaths it’s great for the beginner and expert alike. It’s often a pit stop for newly arrived migrants in the spring and autumn, which are often found in the hedges and scrub around the caravan park and surrounding areas. Waders can be seen feeding along the shingle beach and on the mudflats as the tide recedes, A swooping Marsh harrier or a Peregrine Falcon are always a familiar sight disrupting these flocks as they scurry along the beach feeding like clockwork toys.
Over the years this area has produced some great rarities for the twitcher, with species such as Broad-billed Sandpiper, Bluethroat, Penduline tit and Glossy Ibis to name all but a few being seen. Abberton and Fingringhoe nature reserves are also within easy reach and these Essex wildlife trust reserves are renowned for producing Good rarities.
In addition to the main toilets/showers we have our ‘Family Room’ designed for use by families with young children and an Accessible Room (Key cards available from the office, Fully returnable deposit).
The whole site is covered by a Wi-Fi network, so you can connect to the internet. Details of how to log on will be emailed to you before arrival.
We supply Camping Gaz and Calor Gas at the reception, there isn’t a shop on site, but Mersea Island Holiday Park next door has one and there are a range of shops and take aways in West Mersea.
There is a freezer in the laundry room for freezer blocks, to keep your cool boxes or picnics nice and cold.
"Fantastic! Lovely site, beautifully kept grounds, immaculate showers and toilets. Not squished and squashed with lots of room to camp and the kids to play. Very Friendly staff and lovely touches like colouring and a treasure hunt for the children. Thank you for a great weekend. "
Cathy & Family.