When I was researching our family holiday this year I saw a review that was raving about the refurbishment that had happened at Parkdean’s Naze Marine in Walton on the Naze and I was intrigued. Over the past few years so many people have recommended Walton on the Naze as a great beach to visit, so why not make a week of it?
Our stay at Parkdean Resorts Naze Marine, which is what this review is based on, was self-funded, but I am also an affiliate for them. Any bookings made via their website may earn me a small commission, at no additional cost to you.
Parkdean Resorts do have different types of accommodation available across their various sites. At Naze Marine they have caravans and lodges. When you’re booking through the website you might get a caravan that’s owned by Parkdean, or you might get a privately owned one that they’re renting out on the owner’s behalf. We had a look around the lodges and I think they’re all new – they looked very swish! Does anyone say swish anymore? This site seems to have a lot of privately owner caravans, more than other sites I’ve been to, and some of them are HUGE.
We were staying on the Backwater part of the park. I’d been told it was quiet despite the caravans being quite close together. Even though we were there during May half term it was sooo quiet!
This is typical of the kind of accommodation we’ve tended to book at Parkdean sites over the years. We always go for a 3 bed with central heating and usually go for an extra wide if it’s available.
The on-site facilities
Parkdean have recently completely renovated all of the facilities at Naze Marine and they’re amazing. They’re particularly family focused, but that’s because Naze Marine is a family friendly caravan park. It’s also very dog friendly BTW. This is one of the few Parkdean sites where you could actually spend the whole day on site without getting bored.
As well as the usual arcades, restaurant, food kiosk, swimming and sports court you would expect at any Parkdean sites, Naze Marine has a ton of extras you wouldn’t. There’s bungee trampolines, a very impressive crazy golf, brand new play area, sports arena, hire carts and craft den. Most of these have additional charges, but there are also some really good value passes that you can buy to bring the costs down.
During the day there’s a full program of activities and kids clubs, again aimed at kids of all ages. Some of them are free, and some are chargeable. You can pre-book them in advance via the app or just pop into the kiosk.
They have a variety of entertainment each night. The stuff for the youngest kids starts quite early (about 5pm). There is, of course, also the obligatory bingo games. But there’s discos and games and appearances from the Starlander Gang that the kids absolutely love. They’ve got an outdoor stage, but don’t worry it’s covered if the weather is less than great!
The swimming pool
The swimming pool here is an indoor one. It isn’t as big as ones they have on other sites, but it’s nice and clean. Ruda for example is vast by comparison and at Kessingland they have both indoor and outdoor pools. It is warm and it is included so there’s not that much more you can want from a pool really. Check out the pool timetable as there are lots of activities that take place in the pool.
One thing that is particularly great about Naze Marine caravan park is that it’s right next to Walton on the Naze. You can walk from The Hub (Naze Marine’s entertainment center) to the beach in about 5 minutes, even with the kids. There’s also a great playground along the way!
In terms of beaches, you’re spoilt for choice. There’s over 2 miles of sandy beach at Walton on the Naze. Do keep an eye on the tide times though because the beach totally disappears at high tide in all but the odd spot. At the Frinton end of the beach you’ll find lots of beach huts and the pier. The middle section is quite quiet and Naze beach is perfect for fossil hunting. There’s also Naze Tower and nature reserve to explore
It’s definitely worth popping into Colchester to check out the castle, natural history museum and zoo.
We do love a bit of crabbing and apparently Walton on the Naze is good for that. Near the cafe at the very top of the beach (near Naze Tower) and near the rocks off the East Terrace are good spots. We also went into Brightlingsea which had the best crabbing we’ve ever done!
Our Naze Marine Holiday Park Review
Naze Marine caravan park has so much to do, even if you exclude what’s available in Walton on the Naze itself. There’s an Aldi and M&S food hall in the town. Tollgate Fisheries is an excellent chippy. I was surprised how quiet it was for the school holidays. There were plenty of people on-site but it didn’t feel cramped. Apparently the beach is pretty much always comparatively quiet and it’s so nice to have all of this on the doorstep.
This review of Parkdean Resorts Naze Marine Holiday Park, Essex is based on our experiences at the time of our visit. Things can change over time, including the facilities available. If you have any specific requirements such as access it’s always best to check with the site directly before visiting. If anything I’ve said in this review is no longer accurate then please do let me know. Thank you.
Book your holiday
To check availability, and to book, visit the Naze Marine Holiday Park website
The earlier you book, the bigger the discount you can get. They also quite often do discounts and offers throughout the year so it’s worth checking what’s available.
How to get there
Address – Naze Marine Holiday Park, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8HL
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