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IT’S OFFICIAL - Camping makes you richer! Please leave Offsite behind to help the next visitor to enjoy their visit to our area!

Evidence collated by The Camping and Caravanning Club has revealed that camping really does make you richer in mind, body and soul - and campers in the South East agree! (see page 4)

Celebrating 20 years – Clacton Air Show Thursday 25th & Friday 26th August Clacton Seafront 11.OOam - 5.OOpm

01-16pp Offsite July 2011_Layout 1 26/07/2011 17:09 Page 2 A truly authentic Spanish restaurant set in four lovely acres of Essex countryside, La Cascada is well known in the Colchester area for fine food, excellent service and a delightful dining experience. The exterior is modern and kept meticulous by managers Emma and David who are keen to ensure that every guest has a great visit. Inside the restaurant boasts a modern and contemporary decor that creates a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere enhanced by the sumptuous smells emanating from the kitchen, where the chefs source only the best local ingredients for the extensive Spanish menu. Dishes in this stunning menu include paella, tapas, suckling pig, lots of fresh fish and grilled steaks. A selection of fine wines allow special wine tasting evenings and La Cascada is more than capable of hosting those special occasions, with room for large functions. A Tapas garden and lounge bar is well used during the summer months and the large garden creates an excellent summer dining area. Special Events & Functions catered for For further information, menus and special events please call 01206 864030 or visit Sunday lunch includes Traditional Sunday Roast - 3 courses £13.95. Served till 4.30pm

Loyalty Card For regular diners we also offer the La Cascada loyalty card.

Sunday Special One child eats free from the Childrens menu when accompanied by an adult dining.

Menu del dia (Set Lunch meal) 2 courses £9.50 Not available on Sundays or with any other offer. Wine tasting & tapas evening Last Wednesday of month 7.30pm Booking required

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When ordering off the A La Carte menu excluding drinks to a maximum £30 saving (Excludes celebrations and bank holidays)

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To take up this offer you please call 01206 864030 to reserve a table, mention ‘Offsite’ when booking and bring a copy of the magazine along with you.

La Cascada Restaurant & Grill, Fox Street, Ardleigh, Colchester C07 7PP T: 01206 864030 F: 01206 868959 e-mail:

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Fletchers Caravan Park

St Osyth Beach Village

33-37 London Road, Little Clacton CO16 9RN

Tower Estate, Point Clear, Clear Bay CO16 8NG

Beach Road, St Osyth, Essex CO15 2SG

Bentley Country Park

Greenacres Leisure Ltd

Seaveiw Holiday Park

Flag Hill, Great Bentley, Essex CO7 8RF

Low Road, Harwich, Essex CO12 3TS

Sea View Avenue, West Mersea, Essex CO5 8DA

Brightlingsea Leisure Village

Highfield Holiday Park

Seawick Holiday Village

Promenade Way, Brightlingsea, Essex CO7 0LW

Clacton-On-Sea, Clacton, Essex CO16 9QY

Beach Road, St Osyth, Essex CO16 8SG

Chester Camp

Highlands Chalet & Caravan Park

Oakland Holiday Village

Jaywick Lane, Clacton, Essex CO16 8BB

Thorpe Road, Great Clacton, Essex CO15 4NT

Colchester Road, St Osyth, Essex CO16 8HW

Colchester Camping Caravan Park

Homestead Lake Touring Park

Sacketts Grove Caravan Park

Cymbeline Way, Lexden, Colchester CO3 4AG

Thorpe Road, Great Clacton, Essex, CO16 9JN

Jaywick Lane, Clacton, Essex CO16 7BD

Coopers Beach Holiday Park

Hutleys Caravan Park

Tower Holiday Park

Church Lane, East Mersea, Essex CO5 8TN

Beach Road, St Osyth, Essex, CO16 8TB

Belsize Avenue, Jaywick, Essex CO15 2LF

Cosways Holiday Home Park

Lakeside Touring Caravan Site

Valley Farn Holiday Park

Fen Lane, East Mersea, Essex CO5 8UA

Promenade Way, Colchester, Essex CO7 0HJ

Valley Road, Clacton, Essex CO15 6LY

Croft House

Martello Caravan Park

Waldegraves Holiday & Leisure Park

Colchester Road, Colchester, Essex CO11 2RN

Kirby Road, Walton-On-The-Naze CO14 8QP

Waldegraves Lane, Mersea Island, Essex CO5 8SE

Dovercourt Caravan Park

Orchards Holiday Village

Weeley Bridge Holiday Park

Low Road, Harwich, Essex CO12 3TZ

Point Clear Road, St Osyth, Essex, CO16 8LJ

Clacton Road, Weeley, Essex CO16 9DH

Fen Farm Caravan & Camping Site

Polstead Touring Park

Willowmere Caravan Park

Fen Lane, East Mersea, Essex CO5 8UA

Holt Road, Polstead, Essex CO6 5BZ

Bures Road, Little Cornard, Essex, CO10 0NN

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)(1)$50 Fantastic views overlooking Merse

a Beach

Great local attractions... • • • •

Mersea Beach • Colchester West Mersea • Brightlingsea Holland Haven Country Park Mersea Island Vineyard


How to find us Take the A12 and head towards Colchester. Follow the signs for Colchester Zoo. Look for signs to Mersea Island. Follow the Mersea Road on to the island. Bear left into East Mersea. The Holiday Park is 50 metres on the right from the Post Office.


Coopers Beach Holiday Park,


Church Lane, East Mersea, Mersea Island, Colchester, Essex C05 8TN


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IT’S OFFICIAL - Camping makes you richer!


Evidence collated by The Camping and Caravanning Club has revealed that camping really does make you richer in mind, body and soul - and campers in the South East agree!

INETY SIX per cent of adult campers in the South East region are in agreement that camping actually can make you happier! Over 60 research studies reviewed by leading academics at Liverpool John Moores University and an online survey proved conclusively that those people who camp also have closer family relationships, are healthier, less stressed and are more socially connected. ‘Real Richness – The List’ – which includes statistics and stories of those who camp and how camping has in many ways transformed their lives – was released by the Club today. The findings come only months after Prime Minister David Cameron revealed plans to measure the nation’s happiness.

Some of the key findings from the South East region include: ● 96% of campers say camping can make

you happier ● 75% of campers are satisfied with their

quality of life compared to 59% of non-campers ● 25% of campers feel stressed on an average day compared to 35% of non-campers ● 92% of all children say spending time exploring the outdoors with their parents makes them happy ● 80% of children who camp feel their parents are less stressed when they go camping and almost three-quarters say their parents shout less! ● Eight in 10 people agree that camping is accessible to everyone regardless of income ● 71% of kids who have never camped say they would like to ● One in three campers think that camping is a great way to lose weight ● 84% of campers think camping can make you healthier and nearly half think the pastime should be prescribed on the NHS ● 88% of adults suggest camping is something every child should experience and over half say it should be on the national curriculum. The likes of adventurer Ben Fogle, television presenters Julia Bradbury (both 4

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pictured below), Sarah Beeny and environmentalist David Bellamy have all backed the research.

Fogle said: “I’m a big fan of camping I’ve camped all over the world on all sorts of adventures and I often head off to Scotland, Wales and Cornwall to just chill out under canvas. And it’s not just been a solitary affair; my wife and I camped in Sweden and whenever I can I take Inca, my black Labrador with me too! “The findings of The Camping and Caravanning Club research that show campers are richer for it are no great surprise to me. For me it definitely chills me out and I find it’s a fantastic way to switch off from my manic schedule. I can totally see how camping is great for families too and I can’t wait to get my growing family into the camping habit and introduce them to all the joys and fun it brings.  “What I really hope though is that these findings will encourage anyone of any age who hasn’t experienced the joys of camping and caravanning to give it a go. There are so many ways to camp nowadays and so many wonderful places to see, and it doesn’t have to cost the earth - how good is that!” The observation that camping offered greater riches for mind, body and soul was first introduced over 100 years ago by the Club’s founder, Thomas Hiram Holding. Matthew Eastlake, Marketing & Communications Director at The Camping and Caravanning Club, added: “At the Club, we believe that being rich isn’t only about money. We think it’s about a truer kind of wealth. “Because it’s not about how much you’ve got materialistically; it’s about how happy

you feel. We hope that people in the South East will be inspired by our findings and the stories of those who feature within our ‘Real Richness’ document and get out camping in their local area as a result.” A research team led by Dr Kaye Richards, a Senior Lecturer in Outdoor Education at Liverpool John Moores University and Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society, believe advocating ‘access to camping for all’ may now be more relevant than ever before. Dr Richards said: “It seems that something transformational often happens when we camp that doesn’t happen when we just go for a walk, a bike ride or a day out – a greater immersion in nature which we get by being there at dusk (to see or experience the sun setting) and at dawn (to perhaps hear the dawn chorus and see the sun rise) is something that differentiates camping from what others are saying about the benefits of doing other activities in nature. “Camping should be an important consideration in the current climate where we understand mental health, family cohesion and connection with nature to be key influences on an individual’s well-being and quality of life.” One of the many stories the Club gathered about how camping has enriched people’s lives came from an anonymous contributor, who said: “I left my ex-husband after domestic violence over many confidence-destroying years. With less money to spend and three children to entertain on holiday on my own, I hired a motorhome. I had never driven anything bigger than a family hatchback! "We had a wonderful time. One child was in charge of securing everything before we drove, one in charge of hooking up at the sites and the youngest was in charge of entertainment – he chose Status Quo for the entire holiday as this was what he called ‘road movie music’. “The children and I got our confidence back through the responsibilities and freedoms of that first camping holiday and now we camp for sheer pleasure.” ‘Real Richness – The List’ is available to download at from Monday, April 18. Credit: The Camping and Caravanning Club

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The Crown A Traditional Family Run Pub High Street, Thorpe Le Soken, Essex CO16 0DY Telephone: 01255 861296

Come in and meet James, Mark and the team and enjoy our fun and friendly atmosphere Open 7 days a week from 11am onwards Food available 7 days a week Bar Menu available lunchtimes and evening

New Restaurant menu available Tuesday-Saturday evening Children’s play area and Beer Garden Upcoming music, foodie evenings and much more ...

For more information contact us on 01255 861296 Or just pop in for a chat

WEST MERSEA OYSTER BAR Mouth-watering seafood is served 7 days a week at the best possible quality West Mersea Oyster Bar started in 2006 with Michael Dawson as an expansion to his oyster business. It soon became huge success. On April 1st 2010, Chris Avila & Sel Yuzen took over with an improved menu plus much more.

Our Menu

Monday - Wednesday Open / 9am - 5pm Hot food / 12:00pm - 4:30pm Thursday - Saturday Open / 9am - 10pm Hot food / 12:00pm - 8:30pm Sunday Open / 9am - 5pm Hot food / 12:00pm - 4:30pm Also open bank holidays

Starters from £3.00 Main courses – choice from Cod, Haddock, Skate wing, Lobster, Salmon, Scallops, Black Tiger Prawns or Crab from £8.95 Children's menu from £4.50 West Mersea Oysters – choice of World famous Colchester Natives (No.3s) Available from September - April prices from £2.25 for three or Mersea Island Rocks Available all year round prices from £2.10 for three Be sure to check out our daily specials when you arrive! Vegetarian choices also available

Tel: 01206 381600 or visit

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WEST MERSEA OYSTER BAR Coast Road, West Mersea, Colchester, Essex CO5 8LT

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10% OFF IN-STORE VOUCHER on presentation of this advert (This voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer).


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From the Classroom to a Campsite this Summer!


With some more warm weather predicted this summer, evidence gathered by The Camping and Caravanning Club has revealed that camping doesn't just have its benefits for adults interested in the world around them.

ITH THE school holidays on the horizon and some more warm weather predicted, evidence gathered by The Camping and Caravanning Club has revealed that camping doesn’t just have its benefits for adults. Over 60 research studies reviewed by leading academics at Liverpool John Moores University and an online survey showed that 87 per cent of children who camp say camping in the countryside makes them feel really happy. Interestingly, 73 per cent of adults say camping is something every child should experience and 59 per cent of campers say it should be on the national curriculum whilst 84 per cent say it’s good for a child’s health. Meanwhile, 79 per cent of kids who have never camped said they would like to!

“So what better way to spend your summer holiday than on one of he Camping and Caravanning Club Sites or Forest Holidays Caravan & Camping Sites? “Within an hour’s drive of home you can feel the benefits of getting away from it all without any of the stresses of travel or high fuel costs.” The findings form part of the Club’s ‘Real Richness – The List’ – which includes statistics and stories of those who camp and how camping has in many ways transformed their lives. The report was released by the Club in April. Director General Robert Louden said: “Our findings certainly show that camping makes families feel closer – and richer – and at the same time there is a lot of evidence to show that not only can camping improve a child’s behaviour, but it can also make them more attentive and

The Club still has availability on its sites this summer To book a pitch on one of The Camping and Caravanning Club campsites visit or alternatively telephone 0845 130 7633 or 024 7647 5426. To book a pitch on any Forest Holidays Touring Site contact: 0845 130 8224 or book online at ‘Real Richness – The List’ is available to download at Credit: The Camping and Caravanning Club

Visit the Victory at Mersea And enjoy the best in casual dining and get free kid’s drinks* Enjoy award winning, casual dining in the bar, restaurant or garden, all with fantastic views over the Blackwater estuary and let the children play in the dedicated play area. And, if you want to stay over another time, we have superior, en-suite rooms, some with sea views. We are an EnjoyEngland 4 star rated inn.

We pride ourselves in excellent customer service and value for money. Booking is advised at weekends. *A free kid’s drink with every kid’s meal when you mention this advert, conditions apply.

Call 01206 382907 or visit

The Victory at Mersea, 92 Coast Road, West Mersea CO5 8LS “a great place to sink a few”

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About us …




Kean Window & Caravan Solutions specialise in window and door lock refurbishment work, with over 10 years experience. All our work is fully guaranteed. We are based in Essex and cover a large area of East Anglia. Our Specialist repair service can cater for all your double glazing problems. We also install new windows, doors & conservatories. If you're thinking about improving the efficiency or appearance of your glazing, give us a call.


Our Services include ● ● ● ● ●

Full refurbishment and maintainance of all uPVC/Aluminum windows or doors Replacement hinges, locks and handles, patio door wheels, addition locks/bolt Replace broken or misted glass sealed units Cat flap fitting, gutter and UPVC cleaning, supply and fit of new windows and doors Static caravan repairs


Double glazing repairs and installation Kean Window & Caravan Solutions specialise in double-glazing repairs & installation in Essex and the surrounding area. We're happy to come and give you a no obligation estimate. Whether it's new windows, or a repair job you can rely on us to ensure that your glazing problem is solved quickly.


We supply and install UPVC double glazed windows, doors, french door and patio doors. All of our windows and doors are internally glazed which provides extra security and warmth. We only use quality, high security locking systems on all of our installations. Energy efficiency is also an important factor to consider and we choose to install high rated energy efficient glass and frames with planitherm coated glass. The frames we use are steel reinforced and all our doubleglazing comes with a 10-year guarantee. Safety glass can be fitted where required. Fire escape hinges fitted as standard. We can repair faulty locks, misted or broken glass, broken handles and hinges, worn seals, patio door runners, draughty noisy windows, catching windows and doors and offer door re-alignment. Frame finishes – white, light oak, wood grain, rose wood, many other colours are available on request.

Colchester Castle Museum and Castle Park

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The Castle Museum takes you through 2000 years of some of the most important events in British history. Castle Park itself is a site of national importance, this Victorian Park is a landscape moulded by the people of Colchester over many eras.

For the installation of double glazing, replacement doors, fascia repairs, roofing repairs and much more. We have attended jobs at local caravan parks for a number of years now and have a good working relationship with a number of operators and can meet you at your caravan park to provide a estimate for the following repairs: ● ● ●

Glazing repairs and installation Boarding and 'making-safe' Conservatory installation

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Fascias, Guttering and roofing Carpets and flooring repair Kitchen and fixed furniture installation and repair

If you're thinking of adding some space to your home a conservatory can be a cost effective way of doing it. We have many options to choose from and we are happy to offer a bespoke design service.

If you're in a bit of a fix, call us now on our 24 Hour emergency call out number: 07974 260 094

FENSA Registration Number: 28846

Kean Window & Caravan Solutions 1Totlands Drive, Clacton on sea, Essex CO15 4QG Tel: 01255 432 343 Mobile: 07974 260 094 10

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Hollytrees Museum Discover what family life was like for rich and poor people. Hear stories of those who lived and worked in Hollytrees, a beautiful Georgian town house built in 1718. Look out for the dolls' house, a model of Hollytrees House.


Natural History Museum Focusing on the rich natural heritage of north-east Essex, from the open through the salt marshes and beaches to the more familiar urban environments of the park. Discover what rocks lie beneath your feet and what lurks in your garden with a look at local geology.

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Tymperleys Clock Museum 4

Step back in time and visit the 15th century timber framed house, once home to William Gilberd, scientist and physician to Elizabeth I and now home to Colchester's fine collection of clocks and watches.

Bourne Mill A National Trust property, the mill was originally built as a fishing lodge in 1591 and features stepped "Dutch" gables. There is a millpond and some of the machinery, including a waterwheel which is intact and still working.

Colchester Town Hall The Town Hall site has been the focus of civic duties for more than 800 years. The original Town Hall, called the Moot Hall was built in 1160, however the present Town Hall was built in 1844 and was originally a three-storey structure with a stone-faced front.


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There are plenty of shops, restaurants and bars to chose from in Colchester Town Centre, the oldest recorded town in Britain.

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Sport clothing required Drinking water Sunglasses Camera Jacket or Raincoat (depending on the weather)

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Telephone: 01206 386387 Email: Web address:

NURSERY, FARM SHOP and PICK YOUR OWN Seasonal soft fruit and vegetables Visit or telephone 01206 386387 for details Jarman's Nursery, East Road, East Mersea, Essex CO5 8TQ


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Call us now to make your booking

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01206 792333

Served from 12noon – 10.00pm HOUSE MAINS



Homemade soup of the day served with bread.

Baked Goats Cheese, Roasted Pepper £5.95 & Pistachio (V)

8oz Fillet Steak 8oz Ribeye Steak


Grilled Sword Fish


Loin of sword fish grilled to you specification served on a fennel, blood orange and potato salad dressed with aged balsamic reduction.

Steaks are served with pomes frites, roasted cherry vine tomatoes with the choice of stilton cheese sauce, peppercorn sauce or garlic butter.

Traditional baked cheesecake with a red wine biscuit base topped with creamy goats cheese, red pepper

Pan-Roasted Rump of Lamb

& pistachio filling.

Rump of lamb served with a warm roasted vegetable, chickpea & crème fraiche tiane finished with sweet corn and ginger coulis.

Smoked Chicken Avocado & Peach Tiane £6.45 Layers of smoked chicken, peach & red onion bound in tequila mayonnaise topped with avocado mousse & parsnip crisps.

King Scallops


Pan fried in garlic & lemon, served on creamy potato, bacon & caper risotto.

Fennel, Poached Apple, Blue Cheese & Walnut Salad (V) £6.45 Fennel roasted in balsamic vinegar & olive oil, caramelised walnuts, poached apple & crumbled blue cheese.

Smoked Haddock Carpaccio


Finely sliced smoked haddock dressed with a mixed pepper salsa, parmesan shavings & beetroot puree.

Salmon, Skate & Crab Terrine Skate cheeks & white crab meat bound with herbs & lemon in a salmon mousse served roasted mango & dressed leaves.


Breast of Duck

cooked with garlic & shallot, served on toasted brioche & rocket dressed with a sour raspberry.



Duck breast served on panache of roasted artichokes, baby carrots end leeks bound in a lemongrass, coconut and coriander sauce.

Slow Roasted Belly of Pork


Belly of pork slowly roasted for 6 hours served on smoked bacon pomes puree, red cabbage cooked in coca cola finished with wholegrain mustard sauce.

Stuffed Corn-Fed Supreme of Chicken


Warm Smoked Makeral & Welsh Rarebit £13.95 Served on homemade herb potato scones, poached apple and braised celery finished with a worcestershire sauce and sherry dressing.

Steamed Seabass

Seafood Lasagne



A fricassee of fresh fish and seafood bound in a creamy veloute layered with pasta, spinach and cream cheese served with pommes frites and dressed leafs.

Wild Mushroom & Lentil Pie (V)


Topped with cheesy celeriac mash.

Grilled Asparagus (V)


Grilled english asparagus served on tomato and mozzarella brioche pudding served with rocket and hollandaise sauce.

Goats Cheese, Basil Pesto & Roasted Vegetable Linguini (V)


Linguini bound with basil pesto, goats cheese & roasted aubergine, peppers & courgettes.

Breast of chicken stuffed with basil and parmesan mousse served on confit grilled potatoes and frizzy lettuce with warm wild mushroom and tomato dressing.


Locally caught sea bass steamed with almond & thyme butter served on a bed of sugar snap and pea risotto.

Pan Fried Chicken Liver & Bacon Salad £5.95 Pan fried chicken livers & bacon

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Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Lasagne (V) £11.95 A selection of fresh seafood creamed with gnocchi in tarragon cream sauce.

Tiger Prawn & Pineapple Salad


Mixed with rocket & spicy coconut puree served with warm couscous.

Smoked Duck & Chorizo Ceasar Salad


Traditional caesar salad with warm smoked duck and chorizo.

SIDE ORDERS Basket Of Freshly Baked Bread


Pommes Frites


Marinated Olives


Roasted New Potatoes


Mixed Leaf Salad


Rocket & Parmesan Salad


The Old Siege House, 75 East Street, Colchester, CO1 2TS Tel: 01206 792 333

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