Caravan holiday for 6 from £98 Isle Of Sheppey Kent UK
With UK budgets very tightly squeezed this year most people are leaving going on holiday and staying at home. But if you do need to get away and want to get the cheapest UK holiday deals then caravanning works out far less.
Where to book;
Last minute UK caravan holidays from around half the normal price are available from park holidays.com and they offer different holiday sites throughout the UK.
At the time of writing a 4 day Caravan holiday for 6 people on the Isle of Sheppey, nestled in the Thames estuary, on the Kent coast, is advertised at £98 from 15th July to 18th July. This price includes accommodation, a full kitchen, gas, electric, color TV and entertainment passes.
The school holiday prices kick in from 20th July until 2nd September from when you can get some super low priced bargains.
A closer look at the Isle of Sheppey, Kent (MAP)
OS MAP HERE
Fifty miles from London, a small Island dotted with sheep, after which the isle is named, and is ideal as a quiet place to relax and unwind, there’s also plenty to do for the more active or those with younger children.with literally thousands of free awesome things to do.
What else you need to budget for:
Food & drink.
Half-hourly trains with a change from Sheerness to London St Pancras (90 minutes), Canterbury (54) and Rochester (50), but it's quicker to drive locally: Medway towns half an hour away, M2 15 minutes and M20 half an hour.
Sheerness the largest town on Sheppey has an Aldi store so no rip off food prices to pay for. There are also a huge Tesco, Co-Op and a Morrisons is nearly completed.
What to do there;
Elmley Marshes RSPB National Nature Reserve;
It is a wild and desolate landscape with fantastic views and a wide variety of wildlife. Free parking and free entry with donations gratefully received.
The whole of Sheppey is surrounded by award winning, Tidy Britain Awards and fly the Blue Flag beaches, with many miles of both pebbles and sandy desolate beaches to stroll along. Click here for photo views which make you feel a million miles from anywhere. The beach at Leysdown you can drive your car onto the beach for £1 and park it right next to where you are sunbathing, you can have a proper BBQ and listen to the radio. There are also free car parks at Leysdown along the Shellness road where you can park on hard grass right next to the sea. A small very reasonably priced coffee bar and cafe is on one of the car parks should you fancy refreshments.
This 'official' naturist beach is located near Leysdown-on-Sea at the far eastern end of the Isle of Sheppey HERE
By Minster Lee's / Bartons Point on the Isle of Sheppey - great surfing because the wind can howl but the sea stays calm so you can really get some speed on.. VIDEO
Very popular Minster and Warden Bay coastal Paragliding flights along the Thames Estuary on the Isle of Sheppey. VIDEO
Boats can be hired from an hourly to daily basis. The sailing club is situated at Sheerness on the island's north coast, with direct access at all states of tide in an Olympic quality sailing area. HERE
CANOEING AND KAYAKING
Minster is a popular location HERE
Minster, Isle Of Sheppey, Kent (Weather guide)
Indoor swimming pools;
There are 6 holiday parks with a swimming pool in Isle of Sheppey;
Sheerness Holiday Park Visit Website ;
Shurland Dale Visit Website ;
Warden Springs Visit Website ;
Ashcroft Coast Visit Website ;
Harts Holiday Park Visit Website ;
Shurland Dale Holiday Park Visit Website ;
Has an RNLI Lifeguard service part time from 4th May then full time 13th July - 8th September 2013. This is a sandy beach bounded by flood defenses and backed by a promenade.
RNLI Lifeguard service from 4th May part time then full time from 13th July - 8th September 2013A substantial sea defense wall, which forms the promenade, is a distinctive characteristic of this gently sloping sand and shingle beach at the mouth of the Thames and Medway estuaries.
Minster Leas Sheerness
RNLI Lifeguard service to commence part time on 4th May then full time 13th July - 8th September 2013A long sand and shingle beach facing northeast backed by marshes and the small historic town of Minster.
RAF Eastchurch was a Royal Air Force station near Eastchurch village, on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, England. The history of aviation at Eastchurch stretches back to the first decade of the 20th century when it was used as an airfield by members of the Royal Aero Club. The area saw the first flight by a British pilot in Britain. An aviation memorial is located in the centre of the village, opposite the All Saints (1437) village church. At the centre of the village is the large and extravagant church,
Fossils and Geology;
Warden point to Minster has such a vast range of various fossils that can be collected, often something different every time you visit. View here
Cliff top and country lane walks;
Sheppey is nice for walks on the eastern and southern side of the Island.
Warden Bay Cliffs. The clifftop dirt track is an interesting walk where many houses have dropped off this cliff and only recently the Post office at Wardenpoint went over. Take care as some areas are signed as dangerous but most pathways and walks are safe providing you don't stand too close to the cliff edge.
North Sheppey Cliff erosion study HERE
Sheppey walk (MAP) Total distance: 6.01 miles. A lovely coastal and countryside walks around the Swale National Nature Reserve. Bird watchers will not be disappointed.
Leysdown; The beaches go for miles and are a delightful walk on a mixture of sand and shingle.
Tea rooms Flynns Bee Farm is lovely
Car parking at the Retreat tea house which is next to the beach on Shellness road.
16th Century Grade II listed building steeped in unique early aviation history.
-First pilot’s licence issued from Muswell Manor Club House-In 1909, aircraft manufacturers Short Brothers constructed the first factory in the world to manufacture aircraft-The first British-built aeroplane flown by a British aviator-The first circular mile was flown in a aircraft built by Short Brothers and flown by British aviator John Brabazon-Icarus II – first pig in the world to be taken up in an aeroplane-Famous pioneer aviators, the Wright Brothers, visited Muswell Manor
A commemorative exhibition of these events and connected famous aviators is displayed in our Bar. HERE
Back in time;
Sheppey has a lot of history from the WW2 era. The feeling of being back in the 40's and 50's makes Sheppey an ideal place for people who live in the past or for those who want to experience it.
The Criterion Music Hall
Sheppey 144-year-old music hall is restored to its former glory HERE
The Blue Town Heritage CentreThe Centre is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 3pm and is also open on Bank Holidays HERE
Blue Town was once the home of the young Charles Dickens. Here
Sheerness co-operative movement
The seeds of the co-operative movement were laid in Sheerness in 1816 when a small group of dockyard employees, disenchanted with the high prices and sharp practices of the local purveyors of provisions, banded together to supply for themselves some of the essentials of everyday living. HERE
Of the Isle of Sheppey including a tour of the Dockyard are available and run at 9.30am on the last Saturday of each month at Bluetown Heritage Centre. Each tour will start and visit the following locations: Sheerness Dockyard, Queenborough, Sheerness, Minster Abbey Gatehouse Museum, Eastchurch, Harty Church and Shurland Hall. HERE and VIDEO
Sheerness Heritage Centre;
Discover lots that you may not have known about Sheerness and the surrounding areas. HERE
History of Sheppey;
From AD 161 the first known date for which authentic records of the island can be found to 1987when Hurricane force winds devastated the Island. History lovers will be able to discover the detailed history of the Island, and visit the site of the first Danish invasion in 798. See more.
Minster Abbey, not easy to find which dates back to the 12th Century, with its gate house museum is a good family day out.
The old naval pubs by the Sheerness dockyard: if walls could talk…
Harty Ferry Inn The Ferry House Inn. Harty Ferry Road, Harty, Kent, ME12 4BQ. Tel: 01795 510 214 Not open on Mondays HERE
Rose & Crown. 6 Leysdown Road, Leysdown-on-Sea, Sheerness ME12 4RD, 01795 510523 HERE
Photo slideshow of the Isle of Sheppey bbc.co.uk/uk-england-kent
Picture postcards of Sheppey; Here
You cant find anyone anywhere selling Sheppey postcards due to the suppliers wanting orders of at least 1000.
Sheppey web links; Here
Sheppey people; A collection of old photos and postcards of Sheppy people. Here
Blue Town; Photo galleriy HERE
Move further afield onto the Kent mainland and you find even more attractions like historic Canterbury with it’s beautiful cathedral, Chatham and it’s historic dockyards, Maidstone’s Leeds Castle, Aylesford Priory, wonderful sandy and shingle beaches at Margate, Herne Bay and Whitstable or head down to Dover or Folkestone to catch a ferry or train over to France!
Isle of Sheppey Newspaper; HERE