This afternoon we went to Holland-on-Sea beach for a couple of hours. I haven’t been here before and I can’t believe what a beautiful sandy beach there is! It’s got to be one of Essex’s best kept secrets.
We parked at Haven Country Park, where there a views across the fields for miles and a nature reserve for countryside walks. The car park was pay-and-display and was still quite busy when we got there at 3pm. There’s no card machine but you can call up to pay, or pay with cash.
The beach is easily accessible with a pushchair as there’s a ramp down to the sand and a walkway along the back of the beach. We didn’t go far though as there was plenty of space on the beach - nothing like some of Essex’s more well-known beaches. We sat near Gunfleet Boating Club and J and I took a stroll over to the sea defences where we could see Frinton to the left a couple of miles away.
The boys had a great time digging in the sand and trying to build sandcastles. The sand is really soft and there’s hardly any shingle until you get down the the sea edge. D wasn’t sure about paddling though... the North Sea might be a little cold for him!
I didn’t notice any public toilets at the beach or country park although there was a row of beach huts at the back of the beach so there can’t be ones too far away. I also didn’t see anywhere to buy any food so if you’re coming for more than a couple of hours you’ll definitely need to bring a picnic or be prepared to walk. There were quite a few people having BBQs back at the Country Park which smelled glorious and got us in the mood for fish a chips!
🚗 Parking was £2.50 for 2 hours
1 hour is £1.50, 2-4 hours £4, over 4hours £5.