Our parks and places
Explore country parks and heritage places and plan your perfect day out
Our parks and places
Because of the great work and dedication of all of our staff, we're pleased to announce that the Essex Country Parks, Cressing Temple Barns, Essex Record Office and Jaywick Martello Tower have all been granted the ‘We’re Good To Go’ marque. This means they’ve completed a COVID-19 risk assessment and confirms that all the above parks and places have met, and are adhering to, government and public health advice and legislation - so you can have an enjoyable and safe experience when visiting.
Discover some of the best parks and places for a great family day out in Essex. The mix of open spaces, kid's play areas, lakes and woodland in the Essex Country Parks provide the perfect spaces to walk, run and play whatever your age!
We've pulled together some top tips on how to visit safely and sensibly, including follow current government guidance at all times.
From 29 March more rules are changing:
You will be able to meet outdoors either in a group of 6 (from any number of households), or in a group of any size from up to 2 households (each household can include existing support bubbles, if eligible).
Do keep a 2-metre distance from others
Do use the cashless parking payment option where possible to reduce contact with the payment machines.
Do wear a face mask when using any indoor facilities, such as the toilets and cafes.
Do use hand sanitiser before and after using the children’s playground equipment.
Do leave plenty of time to exit the car park before the closing time (dusk).
Do be mindful of the time you visit the parks – our busiest times are between 11am-1.30pm.
Do keep your dogs under control and always clean up after them.
Do check our FAQs page to plan your visit.
Don’t park on verges, public highways or park outside of designated parking spaces.
Don’t leave rubbish behind – help us keep the parks clean for everyone.
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The Essex Outdoors centre at Bradwell is a coastal outdoor education centre, based on the River Blackwater Estuary, a lovely stretch of sheltered tidal water on the east coast of Essex. Delivering high-quality residential and day-based outdoor education programmes, Bradwell is recognised as a leading provider of sailing, yachting and water sport activities. The small waterside site packs in a lot: full residential facilities in our main building plus extra spaces in our new onsite tent village.
- Waterside Road, Southminster, CM0 7QY
Danbury offers a wide variety of programmes including activities such as aerial trekking, canoeing, climbing and mountain biking. Duke of Edinburgh and expedition leadership courses are also run from this site. Danbury’s 70 acre site offers many options for your accommodation, conferencing and room hire needs – catered or self-catering.
- Well Lane, Danbury, CM3 4AB
A Specialist climbing and paddle-sports centre. Essex Outdoors Harlow also boasts 'The Lock' -one of the largest indoor climbing walls in the South East. You can access miles of tranquil waterways, the ideal environment to learn to canoe, kayak, stand up paddleboard or even try your hand at ‘bumble’ – our unique urban version of coasteering!
- Burnt Mill Lane, Harlow, CM20 2QS
With over 60 acres of beautiful grounds and commanding far-reaching views across the estuary, you can discover many thrilling adventures at Essex Outdoors Mersea. The coastal location is quite special. The surrounding marshes and beaches make it the ideal environment for shore-based studies with access to a small field study centre in a creek nearby, only reachable by boat. A new Lake will also be available to our customers in 2020!
- Rewsalls Lane, Colchester, CO5 8SX
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Save money with your Explorer Pass
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, 2 or 1 on Sky Ropes, priority booking on specific events, and 10% discounts at many cafes and visitor centres.