Category: Mini Breaks
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 Chris Gosling

Static caravan holiday parks can be islands of tranquility outside of school holidays - and if you are able to decide at the last minute, pack and go, you can find some real bargains. Join me for a look at Steeple Bay Holiday Park, near Maldon, Essex, where 4 night breaks in 2016 start from about £69 for the caravan - that's 4 nights for up to 6 people . .



Static caravan at Steeple Bay, Essex

5 nights accommodation for a party of up to 6 people for as little at £69?

A few years ago, we discovered that holiday park short breaks, in comfortable static holidays caravans, were surprisingly cheap, as long as you go outside school holidays, and avoid the weekends. Over the course of a year, we spent 4 or 5 Monday-to-Friday stays at parks on the east and south coasts, and we enjoyed all of them.

We used a company called Park Holidays, checking up on sites and booking via their website at

You do need to take your own bed linen (duvet cover, sheet and pillow cases) and towels, but otherwise the caravans are well equipped, including heating and cooking equipment.