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Polstead Camping and Caravanning Club Site

Woohoo the Summer holidays are well underway and ours started off in perfect style with a camping trip to Polstead Camping and Caravanning Club Site in Essex which is 6 miles from Sudbury and 9 miles from Colchester.  The weather was definitely on our side as we pitched up for our first camping trip of the Summer.

FINDING THE SITE

Polstead Camping and Caravanning Club Site

The journey to Polstead Camping and Caravaning Club Site was a pretty easy one, we approached from the A14 to Bury St Edmonds and then followed the A134, turning onto the A1071 after Cornard Tye.  From here the campsite was signposted and very easy to find.

CHECKING IN

Polstead Camping and Caravanning Club Site

We arrived at 1pm and there were two people ahead of me in the queue but we were all checked in very quickly and received a lovely welcome from the on-site Managers.  I had requested a pitch close to the children’s play area and they confirmed that this wouldn’t be a problem.

FACILITIES

Polstead Camping and Caravanning Club Site

Amenities Block – There is one central amenities block on the site which plays home to the mens and ladies WC and wash rooms, family/disabled bathroom, washing up facilities and laundry area.  To the side of this (see image above) is the Motor Home Service Point.

Polstead Camping and Caravanning Club Site

Water Points, Refuse Disposal and Fire Points – we were in the family field which is at the back of the site close to the camping field.  There was a water point here and a fire point but the refuse disposal is in the front corner of the site close to the main house.  The children didn’t like going to the water point in the family field though because it had lots of wasps coming out from the slabs below so perhaps there is a nest there.  We saw further fire and water points around the site when we walked around.

Polstead Camping and Caravanning Club Site

Play Area – the play area ran down the centre of the family camping area.  This made it quite nice for us since it was right outside our tent so the children could come and go as they pleased.  Campers with children elsewhere on the site would bring their children over for short stints and then go away again.  We did worry that it might be a little noisy around bedtime but it was quiet from about 8.45pm.

Information Area – the local information was displayed on a large noticeboard between the doors to the men’s and ladies washrooms.  There is a further information stand in the Dishwashing room and a little more in the main Reception.

Night Lights – This was perhaps my only bugbear with the site as there were very few lights around so the site felt very dark at night.  To access the WCs at night you have to pass through the camping field and through a little path into the main area.  The camping field only had one very dim light in the corner which offered little to no light and there were no lights at all along the narrow path.  We definitely needed to use our torches to move around at night.

Polstead Camping and Caravanning Club Site

Dog Walking Area – there are two designated dog walking areas on site, the top left image shows the very short walk away from the camping field and the other three come off the side of the back left pitches with hard-standing.  The path appears to be an old road which leads a short walk in both directions.

Disabled Facilities/Pot Washing/Chemical Toilet Disposal – as mentioned above all of these are situated in the main amenities block.

Wi-fi – I was told that free Wifi is available on site however it would be unlikely to work where we were pitched.  The Duty Manager said that I was more than welcome to sit on the benches outside of Reception if I did need to access the wifi at all.  I took my own portable modem which worked a treat instead.

GENERAL THOUGHTS

Polstead Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Polstead is a beautiful site quite unlike any other Camping and Caravanning Club Site we have ever visited before.  The site is divided into four main camping and caravanning areas, each as pretty as the next.  Their pitch sizes are extremely generous which we really liked, for the hard standing pitches they were each divided further by a row of bushes so everyone feels like they have their own private garden and privacy.  This perhaps comes from the fact that the owners actually live on the site too in a large bungalow.  They gave up their jobs in education to fulfil their dreams of owning a campsite which they would like to stay on and this stands out in the design (just the night lights need a bit of a tweak).
Polstead Camping and Caravanning Club Site
We chose to visit Polstead Camping and Caravanning Club Site because it was the closest we could find to the Essex beaches at Holland-on-Sea as we love them so much.  It was still a good 45 minute journey each way but this didn’t bother us as we hoped the children would sleep for some of the journey (they didn’t).  We tried following the sat nav but found this wanted to direct us down some very narrow country lanes which proved quite taxing when my large van met with oncoming traffic.  Over the course of the week we found it was easier to go back on the A1071 and continue on the A134 to Colchester to join the bigger roads once more.

NOISE LEVEL

Polstead Camping and Caravanning Club Site
I would have said that the site was probably about 85% full the majority of the time that we were there with a good mix of families and elderly couples travelling.  The evenings settled down very quickly once it became dark and there was some road noise as the site is very close to the A1071 but throughout the night it was pretty close to silent which was very peaceful indeed.  The noise levels didn’t trouble us.

STAFF/CLEANLINESS

From what I could tell there was only one couple managing the site as well as the owners.  The site was always kept very clean and there was regular maintenance going on like trimming the bushes and emptying the bins.  You could tell that Polstead was well cared for.

LOCAL AREA

Polstead Camping and Caravanning Club Site

As I mentioned above, we specifically chose Polstead because we hoped to spend the week on the beach enjoying the sunshine and we did just that.  We spent our days playing in the water and on the beach, retreating to Clacton Pier, the fair and the arcades or shops when the heat became too much.  We popped to the local town of Hadleigh to do some shopping on a couple of afternoons but that was about it for us.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Polstead Camping and Caravanning Club Site is situated close to the towns of Sudbury and Colchester.  When we spoke to fellow campers, the majority of them had been exploring Sudbury, Colchester and Manningtree.

  • Colchester Zoo
  • Colchester Castle
  • Lindsey St James Chapel
  • East Bergholt Place Gardens
  • Gainsborough House, Sudbury
  • Kentwell Hall
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