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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.

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Chris Gosling
Who Am I?

Born what sometimes seems like a long time ago, I had a conventional career in sales and marketing, with a bit of freelance writing on the side, and a five year diversion as a marketing consultant.

At the tender age of 51, while working as a sales manager, I had a small heart attack which changed my life . . for the surprisingly better.

After recovering from the heart attack and a divorce, and returning to work, I decided this wasn't the life - so I quit and went sailing for a year, celebrating my 54th birthday in a nice bar beside a french canal! After returning to the UK, I started making TV programmes about caravanning and boating, and made about 180 of these in five years before retiring again.

I now make videos about life as I enjoy it, ships and shipping, and I do a little news reporting online around my home town of Felixstowe. In a return to my youth, when I spent six months on a pirate radio station, I now also produce and present a weekly news show on community radio.

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