Explorer pass

Save with your Explorer Pass

Explorer pass

Save money on car parking and more with our Explorer Pass.

Save with your Explorer Pass

More than just a car parking season ticket . . .

Modern lifestyles can mean we don’t get out as much as we perhaps should. But the benefits of exercise to both adults and children are huge. There is lots of research to show that regular exercise boosts mood and self-esteem as well as reducing risk of illness. Studies also show that ‘green exercise’ in natural surroundings has the biggest impact on mood.

At the Explore Essex group of parks and places there is plenty of space to get out and about and let yourselves run free. Dress up warm, and take a stroll along beautiful footpaths, or run wild across the rolling grasslands. Discover all that nature has to offer throughout the seasons. Jump in puddles, build dens, and spot wildlife.

Get your kids out and set their imaginations free as they play, climb and soar in beautiful outdoor locations. Specially designed, natural and unique play equipment has been commissioned and developed at many of the parks. Great Notley Country Park for example boasts the longest play trail in Essex and is also home to Sky Ropes.

Our annual Explore Essex Pass will give you and your family the freedom to explore some of the incredible places and green spaces that Essex has to offer, as many times as you like throughout the year, with free parking at seven country parks and 10% discounts at many cafes and visitor centres.

Your pass will entitle you to:

  • Car Parking at 7 country parks for a whole year – Belhus Woods, Cudmore Grove, Danbury, Great Notley, Hadleigh, Thorndon and Weald.
  • 2 days free parking for family or friend
  • 10% discount at The Barns Tiptree Tea Room at Cressing Temple Barns
  • 10% discount at the Wiggly Bush Weald Café at the visitor centre
  • 10% discount at the Nightingale Belhus Café at the visitor centre
  • 10% discount food and drink at the Skylark Café (minimum spend £5) at Great Notley Country Park
  • 2 for 1 on tea and coffee at Thorndon Country Park (valid after 1.30pm, Mon-Fri, term time only, excludes bank holidays)
  • 10% discount from Stick Man Merchandise in the Visitor Centre at Weald Country Park.

*Please note that some visitor centres and shops are currently closed, Stick Man merchandise is not currently available at Weald.*

*Most cafes are currently only serving takeaway*

The cost of the pass per year: £75/car or £50/car for over 60’s/blue badge holders.

If you are regular visitor to the parks, or are thinking of visiting more frequently it makes a lot of sense to invest, it's just £1.44 a week for a full priced pass so you'll save money and be incentivised to get out more.

You can purchase the Explorer Pass through MiPermit, or at the parks’ visitor centres.