Essex is a fantastic place to visit. It boasts sandy beaches, vast countryside, bustling market towns, historic cities and exciting attractions. There’s plenty of things to do, whether you want to take it easy or get active. All kinds of outdoor adventures are waiting. Here is our guide to the best glamping sites in Essex.

Tey Brook Orchard

Tey Brook Orchard is a secluded spot tucked away between an apple orchard and 20 acres of woodland. Despite just 50 minutes outside London, it’s an ideal place for a countryside getaway. There are a range of unique accommodation options, including bell tents, Mongolian yurts and a shepherds hut. Facilities include a fully equipped onsite kitchen, three hot showers and three toilets, marquee and games area. Tey Brook Orchard is dog-friendly, so you won’t have to leave your four legged friend behind.

Layer Marney Tower

Layer Marney Tower is a Tudor palace dating back to 1520. As well as buildings, gardens and parkland, the palace is also part of Featherdown Farms which has six glamping tents on its grounds. Each tent sleeps six people and includes a toilet, running water, indoor and outdoor cooking, and a large living space which leads onto a veranda. Three of the tents have hot tubs. There’s plenty to do onsite, from climbing the tower to hiring canoes to feeding the farm animals. There is also a small shop where you can buy the essentials.

Osea Meadows

Situated by the Blackwater Estuary, Osea Meadows offers a large range of glamping options surrounded by open countryside and coastal pastures. The campsite has pods, safari tents, a tree house, tipis and shepherds huts. The pods, safari tents and shepherds huts have private toilets and cooking facilities. The tree house and tipis have access to a field kitchen and shared toilet and shower facilities. There is a bar and family friendly restaurant onsite.

Woodchests Glamping

Located at Hunts Hall in North Essex, Woodchests Glamping has three luxurious safari tents nestled in a peaceful area near mature woodland. The tents sleep up to six guests and include a double bedroom, bunk bedroom, raised double cabin bed, open plan living area, fully equipped kitchen and an outside decking area with table and chairs for alfresco dining. Each tent has a bathroom which includes a hot shower, basin and eco toilet. You’ll also find an outdoor pizza oven, fire pit and a small honesty shop.

Hadleigh Park

Essex Glamping at Hadleigh Park is a partnership between RW Leisure and Glamping Limited and Essex County Council. The safari tents offer stunning views of the Thames Estuary, and there are plenty of walks and cycle routes which stretch across the country park. Each tent sleeps six people and includes a double bed and two bunk beds. A toilet block and shower facilities are just a short walk away, and the kitchen areas are fully equipped.

Lee Wick Farm Cottages and Glamping

Located in rural North Essex, Lee Wick Farm is a peaceful glamping spot suitable for couples and families. A quiet shingle beach is just a few minutes walk away. The site offers a range of glamping cabins and pods, many of them with a private hot tub. There’s underfloor heating, mood lighting, TVs, DVD players, outside seating, a fire pit and a charcoal BBQ. The glamping pods each have their own toilet and shower.

Rockinghams Farm

Rockinghams Farm is a great base to explore Essex, and is within walking distance to the historic Layer Marney Tower, not too far from Colchester and close to Southend-on-Sea. The glamping pods at Rockinghams Farm sit on the riverside close to the Abberton Reservoir. There are only two pods, guaranteeing you privacy and plenty of space. The pods are fully furnished and you’ll have access to a shared kitchen and bathroom facilities.

The Pretty Thing

The Pretty Thing is a peaceful campsite close to Colchester and the seaside towns of Frinton, Walton, St Osyth and Clacton. There are a range of furnished bell tents and pods to choose from, complete with comfy double beds, and indoor and outdoor seating. Outside, there is a modern toilet and shower block and a children’s play area. Fire pits are available to hire and logs are available for purchase.

The Shepherds Hide

The Shepherds Hide is home to two luxury shepherds huts in a peaceful spot on a family farm. Each hut sleeps two and comes with a king size bed, fully equipped kitchen, log burner, electricity, water, ensuite shower room and toilet. Located within an AONB, the huts are surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes and plenty of wildlife. There are many walks leading from the huts, including to the Colne Estuary.

Kelvedon Hatch Camping and Caravanning Club Site

Right in the heart of rural Essex, Kelvedon Hatch is close to both coast and city. The site has stylish and spacious safari tents which sleep up to six people. There are full beds, bunk beds, a sofa and dining facilities in each tent. You’ll also find plenty of storage and cooking facilities. Outside, a deck area is perfect for alfresco dining. The village of Kelvedon Hatch is best known for its once-secret nuclear bunker, which is now a museum with plenty of activities for all ages.