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Back at base, you'll find a comfortable retreat that's worlds away from the traditional camping experience. Glamping is all about the finer side of the great outdoors, with real beds, cosy furnishings and your own decked terrace. Kelvedon Hatch campsite is a great spot that's with showers, a parent and child room, children’s play area and plenty of handy facilities.

Tucked away in a quiet corner of rural Essex, glamping at Kelvedon Hatch places you within easy reach of so many fascinating and beautiful places. Hold up a finger and go wherever the mood takes you. Local favourites include the pretty village of Kelvedon Hatch where, believe it or not, is a secret Cold War bunker and a Regional Government HQ. It's now a museum, so you can take a revealing tour and learn about its little-known past as a would-be nuclear hideaway. The leafy town of Brentwood (better known for its starring role in The Only Way is Essex) is just four miles away, offering a hubbub of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. Somewhere in the midst of Brentwood's perfectly dressed shop windows and bars are the ruins of a 12th-century chapel in the centre of town. Other local must-sees include Mountnessing Windmill - a restored, working mill built in 1807 - and Old MacDonald’s Farm, a children's petting farm with indoor play centre.

Our Essex glamping site boasts a cracking location for day trips. Over near Toot Hill is the beautifully kept Greensted Church, which bears the remarkable title of the world's oldest wooden church. Half an hour's drive away is RHS Garden Hyde Hall, one of the finest gardens in the East of England with fantastic panoramic views of surrounding hills and farmland. Rich in biodiversity, Hyde Hall is a sprawling 360-acre estate with glorious surprises to explore around every corner.

The beaches and amusements of Southend-on-Sea are less than an hour's drive from Kelvedon Hatch. This seaside resort offers a great day out with seven miles of seafront, an Aquarium and Adventure Island. The Essex coast is also home to numerous Blue Flag beaches including Shoebury beach and Canvey Island in the Thames Estuary.

For a day in London, there are regular trains from nearby Brentwood to Liverpool Street Station. Buses to Brentwood stop half a mile from Kelvedon Hatch campsite with trains departing every 10 minutes to the city.

Kelvedon Hatch Camping and Caravanning Club Site, Warren Lane, Doddinghurst, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 0JG