Camping Checklist with Asda

If you love the outdoors then you’ll love camping in the summer time. It’s a great way to get a break and let the kids run free. Whether you’re taking a trip up to the countryside or you’re a family of festival go-ers, camping is the perfect solution to enjoy a short break without having to leave the country. Asda have a huge range of products that will make the experience easier, so we’ve picked our favourites below to get you started.

First and foremost, the tent is the most important thing. Depending on your family size, you can always upgrade your old one to an inflatable tent that will make setting up and packing away a breeze, which can then be transformed into a durable storage bag for easy transportation. Tents start from as little as £20 for a 2 person tent right up to a massive 6-person tent for only £100. 

Family campers may wish to indulge in airbeds that will give you a refreshing night’s rest if sleeping bags aren’t your thing. It easily deflates for easy transport and storage leaving enough room to carry pillows and light weight blankets in case it gets chilly during the night. What's more, you can grab an ozark trail double bed for only £13!

Cooking on a camping stove can be a major challenge. A smart solution will be to take pre-made frozen dinner, tinned food and snacks. Just make sure you bring other essentials such as knives and forks, plates and cups. Asda have a great range to choose from, including our favourite the colourful 12 piece tropical picnic set. 

Don't forget to pick up games to keep the kids entertained, including the little tikes clear bowling set for £20 or the jumbo badminton rackets and ball for only £8. 

Visit our Asda Colchester in store at Tollgate Shopping venue today!

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Tollgate Colchester Store opening times may vary. Food will be open later – please check retailer websites for further details.

Please note that some retailers may vary from these times.

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Getting here

Tollgate West
  • Car

    Tollgate is found to the west of Colchester on Tollgate West, which can be aproached from the Tollgate Road to the east or from B1408 London Road to the north. If using Sat Nav or a routefinder service, just use postcode CO3 8RG as the destination code.

  • Train

    The nearest train station to Tollgate is Marks Tey, which is a regular stop on the hourly services from London Liverpool St to Colchester and Ipswich.  Both Marks Tey and Colchester stations are just a 10 to 15 minute taxi journey from Tollgate. Please visit National Rail for further details.

  • Bus

    For Tollgate take services 65, 70 and 71 from Colchester Town Centre until the stop marked Tollgate Sainsbury's, which is on the north side of Tollgate West. Tollgate is clearly visible on the south side of the same road.


There are over 489 free parking spaces at Tollgate, including bays for disabled drivers and parent & child. Parking is free, and there are no time limits in place.

We are proud that our car park has been issued the Park Mark, an award given by the Police to car parks that have achieved the standards of the Safer Parking Scheme, designed to reduce crime in car parks.

There is a cash machine outside the Customer Service Hub behind Costa.

The Hub contains baby changing facilities, toilet facilities and a seating area with a TV. There is a cash machine outside the Hub behind Costa.

We have POD Point Open Charge electric vehicle charging located outside Harvey’s.

  • There are a total of 4 charging bays.
  • Each has a Type 2 connector and a power rating of 7kW.
  • The charge points are free to use.

You can start charging and check live availability by searching ‘Tollgate’ on the POD Point Open Charge app:

For usage instructions please visit:

Toilets can be found within the Customer Service Hub, McDonald's and Costa. A Baby Change can be found in the Customer Service Hub.  


Some stores within Tollgate offer a click & collect service. Please see individual store pages for further information.

Tollgate offer a free Wi-Fi service to all customers.