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Become a #CountryParkExplorer

Post a picture of your great trip to an Essex Country Park and you could win a prize. Essex County Council is running a competition on social media encouraging people to share photos of their fun at one the Council’s country parks. Six six-monthly Essex Country Parks season tickets worth £40 are up for grabs […]

12th May 2015

Half-term fun with Essex County Council

Dragons, pirates, amazing animals, fairytales, Harry Potter, Ancient Egyptians and activity centre adventures are all on offer to children in Essex this half-term. Essex County Council has organised half-term fun in the Council’s Country Parks, Libraries and Essex Outdoors centres. Events are taking place across the county – and many are free of charge. Cllr […]

6th February 2015

Great Notley Country Park scoops star award

The readers of Primary Times in Essex have officially crowned Great Notley Country Park as the finest park in the entire county. The annual Primary Times Essex Star Awards, now into their second year, champion the best places and best businesses within Essex for families with young children. All the winners are selected solely by […]

6th February 2015

Come to the Essex Country Parks this Christmas for our best Santa’s Grottos yet and additional seasonal family fun

From our Magical Christmas Grottos which will enchant and entertain the whole family to fabulous seasonal markets and a more traditional Mid-Winter Festival, there is something for everyone to enjoy at the Essex Country Parks and Cressing Temple this Christmas. Events and activities are taking place throughout December. For further details and booking call: 0845 […]

10th November 2014

Halloween fun in the Country Parks

If your little ones are looking for ghosts, ghouls and large helpings of Halloween fun this October half term, look no further than the Essex Country Parks and Cressing Temple.

9th October 2014

Tell us what you think

Essex Country Parks have launched a brand new visitor survey online. Please take a few moments to give us your feedback, opinions and ideas so that we can serve you even better at future visits to the parks.

19th August 2014

Children should play outdoors more says new Essex Country Parks survey

Eighty-six per cent of parents with children aged 18 or under agree that children should be playing outdoors more – says a new survey commissioned by Essex Country Parks. The survey results are being released to coincide with the start of Essex Country Parks’ full diary of fun outdoor events for the Easter holidays. Using […]

1st April 2014

Easter Holiday fun in Essex Country Parks

  Children can ‘let their imagination run free’ in the Essex Country Parks during the Easter holidays – thanks to a bumper selection of 18 events taking place across the county. Take a look at the list of activities and start planning in your Easter holiday fun .

14th March 2014

Changes to car park charges in Country Parks

Having undertaken a review of car parking charges across our Country Parks, Essex County Council (ECC) will be making the first changes in three years effective from the 1st April 2014. The County Council is committed in continuing to deliver its services whilst making savings of £215million over the next three years, due to reductions […]

14th March 2014

Special visitor to Hadleigh Farm and Country Park

Hadleigh Farm and Country park is home to lots of wildlife, such as the Deptford pink- a now rare beautiful pink flower, families of badgers, bees, adders and much more. Special visitor to Hadleigh Farm and Country park Recently the team at Hadleigh caught on camera a very special visitor popping by- the Muntjac Deer. […]

5th March 2014