Car parking - Essex Country Parks

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Why do we charge for parking at some of our parks and places?

It’s not widely known but the money made from car parking at Essex Country Parks goes back into maintaining the parks and protecting their wildlife. From looking after paths and play equipment to ensuring trees and plants are safe and healthy, there’s a lot of work to make sure Essex Country Parks are great, safe places to visit. This couldn’t be done without the income from car parking.

How much does it cost?

To find the cost of parking at your local park, find the park under places to go. Costs are also displayed at each of the parks on the tariff boards by each payment machine.

Great news for our visitors
Our car parking machines have recently been updated by our supplier and can now accept the new £1 coin instead of the old one. Several of our parks can also now accept contactless payment. This will continue to be rolled out across all of our Essex Country Parks. We have also taken the opportunity to simplify the parking tariffs.

Find opening times and details of great events at each location.

  • Costs apply to all vehicles, including Blue Badge holders and tax-exempt vehicles. There are Blue Badge discounts on season parking tickets.
  • Coaches and minibuses of over 15 seats are charged £15 a day.
  • Motorcycles park free.

Season parking ticket

With our season ticket you can enjoy unlimited car parking across all our parks. There’s no need to visit the car parking machine – stay as long as you like.

There's always something new and exciting happening at Essex Country Parks. Visit the Stick Man Trail or bring your own vegetable cuttings and feed the deer at Weald Country Park. Discover the Gruffalo Trail at Thorndon or rise to the challenge with Sky Ropes at Great Notley Country Park.

You can buy your season ticket from your local park. Simply complete the Car Park Season Ticket Application Form (PDF - 180 KB) and take it with you on your next visit.

It costs just £65 for the whole year.

Standard season parking pass

6 months: £40
12 months: £65
Second pass for same address: £10
Change of registration or replacement pass: £5

Over 60s and Blue Badge holders

6 months: £30
12 months: £45
Second pass for same address: £10
Change of registration or replacement pass: £5