The 40th ANNUAL VEGAN CAMP at Waldegraves Holiday Park, Mersea Island, ESSEX.   2021

May 2021: BECAUSE OF CORONAVIRUS AND OTHER FACTORS, IT HAS NOT BEEN POSSIBLE TO UPDATE MANY OF THE WEBSITE PAGES. The camp description below is due to occur again at some future date.

Dear campers

It is anticipated that our 40th event will take place in the summer of 2021 at the same Essex venue, Waldegraves, Mersea Island near Colchester. Dates are still to be confirmed but are likely to be in the two full weeks beginning Friday 23rd July 2021. So those booking annual holidays should pencil in the last week in July and the first week in August 2021. It is also expected to be held over the 17 days as indoor bookings at this site need to begin and end on either Mondays or Fridays. Of course you can attend for any amount of time you want. Booking in advance will of course be mandatory with new booking forms and bookings will open as soon as the campsite gives their agreement, expected this month.

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In 2021 we will celebrate the 40th annual camp which will take place on the rally field adjacent to the boating lake at Waldegraves Holiday Park, Waldegraves Lane, Mersea Island, near Colchester, CO5 8SE  ESSEX U.K. where you can view facilities and site map.

See Bookings page on this site or our Facebook group for Booking Forms (early 2021)

Families, Couples & Singles all welcome. You can come for any period of time between Friday 23rd July and Monday 9th August 2021 – more current  information can be found at

The campsite is located about 12 miles from Colchester, on the Mersea Island peninsula in the county of Essex. The area offers a full range of activities such as country walks or exploring, visiting places, on site indoor pool, entertainment and facilities, visiting colorful villages and towns and general places of interest near the roman town of Colchester.

Most people camp or caravan but some will stay in luxury self-catering caravans on an adjacent site. Please make general enquiries to the camp Principal Organiser Dan Strettle (contact details below)

Camping costs: see the ‘Booking Information and Booking Forms’ page on this site or our Facebook site. Concessionary rates by the 31 July  You save £2 per night but only if you pay at least s deposit by 14 August 2019

Per adult (over 17’s) from £11 per night (if paid in advance by 31st Dec. 2019) or £13 per night thereafter.

Per Child aged 5 -17 years  £6  (if paid in advance by 31 July 2019) or £8 per night thereafter.

This year’s (2020) camping balance must be paid before 31 July 2019.

We usually have around 100 to 150 people come to stay over the 2 week period.  Many of us have been coming for 15 years or more.  We often have communal meals (sometimes with a talent show), sing songs, camp fires (if allowed) and just general lounge-about’s. We enjoy going on outings to the beach, country walks, have picnics & visiting local places of interest.

We are a diverse group with ages from baby up to the 70’s. Some people come every year and some come when we are in their area. What is consistent is the friendly, helpful and fun atmosphere, which you will find at these camps. We are able to draw on the many talents and enthusiasm of some of those attending to put on events which in the past has included such things as circus skills workshops, first aid lessons, raw and wild food workshops, rock climbing, surfing, orienteering, meditation, talent shows, yoga etc. We would always welcome new skills or offers and suggestions.

We have many children attending each year with young people making up some 25% of the total amount of campers and it is an ideal time for them to meet other vegan children and to see that they are not the only one.  Children and adults form many lasting friendships at Vegan Camp.

Please send refundable deposits of £20 per adult, £30 per couple, £40 per family before 31 July 2019; guaranteeing your camping at the advance, lower rates.  Late bookings / turning up on site with completed booking forms is fine, at the higher rates, up by £2 per night per adult or per child, if space allows which we should have! Please see the 2020 Booking Form (viewable on this site)  for nominal Group Insurance contributions.

Please send enquiries for site and under canvas camping to Vegan Camp UK  Principal Organiser Dan Strettle at: 0191 262 8844 or mobile 07932 978 123 (calls / texts before 9 pm)

For Enquiries to Vegan Camp UK about Indoor Accommodation Bookings to Linda at  mobile 0777 373 1208  (calls / texts before 9 pm)

Postal enquiries (Booking Forms, payments and enquiries by snail-mail, email to:  Gordon Forrest, 9 Seymour Street, North Shields, NE29 6SN TYNE AND WEAR  (calls / texts before 9 pm)

This camp is organized by Vegan Camp UK please do not contact the camp directly except in emergency

To report Website errors please contact Kelvin at  or mobile phone 07581 374 352

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