Location is arguably one of the most important factors to consider when selecting your retirement base at a park home site. For this reason, we believe the county of Essex to be a great location, providing not only a seaside escape, but bustling towns to keep you entertained during your next chapter. With park homes available in Clacton-On-Sea, a traditional seaside that thrives in the summer months and acts as a warm haven community in the winter, read more to find out what the nearby cities in Essex have to offer to consider if this is the perfect retirement location for you.


Being one of three cities under the county of Essex, Chelmsford provides a thriving atmosphere, perfect for those who want to escape the big cities but not be isolated. Spoilt with attractions and things to do, living around this area will accommodate for a social retirement, a perfect location to meet with friends and family.

Things to do and see

For those who like a wonder, take a visit to the prestigious Hylands House, a grade II listed building which hosts a café, an information point, art gallery and shops. If you’re a wildlife lover, then get yourself down to RHS Garden Hyde, a picturesque Dry Garden providing panoramic views from the top of the hill down onto the city. Being just an hour out of London, Chelmsford is a great small city to be located near which will never leave you short of things to do.


Another thriving city within Essex, Colchester is rich in history and culture, providing a plentiful day out. Acclaimed to be Britain’s first city, Colchester is spoilt with a selection of attractions, pubs, restaurants, shops and events to keep you busy.

Things to do and see

For those looking to explore the local history, take a visit to Colchester Castle, a huge Norman castle dating back to the eleventh century which acted as the foundations of a Roman temple.  If you’re looking somewhere to eat and drink that immerses you in the local history, then stop for Tea at The George, an Iconic hotel in Colchester which captures Victorian elegance and electric design. Finally, for those looking for a family day out, Colchester Zoo is fitting for all ages, with a vast selection of species from around the world.


Last but not least is the city of Southend-On-Sea, a resort town on the Thames Estuary in Essex. Famous for its Victorian Pleasure Pier and mile long railway, Southend hosts seven miles of beach and plenty of seaside attractions, with something there for everyone. Stroll along the beach, soak up the local atmosphere and visit some of the family friendly attractions, Southend-On-Sea is the ideal city to have on your doorstep during retirement.

Things to do and see

If you’re seeking some local culture, take a visit to Prittlewell Priory, a stunning Grade I listed building dating back to the early 12th century, which hosts a monastery, private house and a museum. Take the opportunity to explore some local artwork dating back to the 17th century at the Beecroft Art Gallery and browse a 2000-piece collection of contemporary art. Lastly, of you’re looking for picture-perfect beach huts, then get yourself down to Thorpe Bay Beach, the idyllic beach providing an escape from the thriving city centers.

The county of Essex really does provide something for everyone with its vast choice of attractions, local culture and seaside escapes. With homes based at Sacketts Grove Park and Sandpiper Gardens, book a visit to browse our available homes and scope out the area, we know you’ll love it. 

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