“It's easy to spend a whole day here exploring.” “One of the few places that can entertain teenagers as well as littlies.” “Around every corner, there is something else to try.” - Reviews from TripAdvisor
Great Notley Country Park near Braintree covers some 100 acres of open space. The site is home to Sky Ropes and Essex’s longest play trail – 1.2km - including a giant see-saw, climbing forest, tyre swings, sand pits, rope climbers, slides, forts and a water play area, making it a great place for all ages to explore.
The park is also popular for birdwatching, walking, cycling, fishing, horse riding, football, picnics and kite-flying.
If you are travelling on public transport to get to one of the Essex Country Parks – take a look at the Traveline journey planner.
If you live in the Braintree District area, we would love to hear your views and feedback on Great Notley Country Park. Please spare us 10 minutes to complete our online survey. You can also find hard copies of the survey at the park.
8am to dusk
See opening hours
Up to 30 minutes £1
Up to 1 hour £2
Up to 2 hours £3
Up to 3 hours £4
More than 3 hours £5
Season parking and more
Money from parking is used to maintain the park and protect its wildlife.
Looking for a thrill and an unforgettable adventure with family and friends? Try Sky Ropes - Great Notley Country Park’s new high ropes experience. There’s also Sky Ropes Junior, suitable for children from 2 years.
Our 1.2km play trail for children features a giant see-saw, climbing forest, tyre swings, sandpits, rope climbers, slides, forts, a water play area and much more. Bringing swimwear, towels, buckets and spades with you can add to the fun!
A 1.8-km cycling and horse-riding route cuts North-South through Great Notley Country Park. A fairly flat, hard-surface track, it’s perfect for cycling as a family and a great place for younger children to become more confident on their bikes.
You can fish in the large lake in the south of the park every day from 8am until dusk. Fishing is free, and you need an Environment Agency rod license.
The park’s 3G (3rd Generation) artificial turf football pitches are suitable for playing in all weather. There’s full and half pitches, and a multi-use game area (MUGA) for tennis, basketball, netball and more.
To hire our football pitches or games area, call Braintree District Council on 01376 332326.
Our walking paths are relatively flat, hard surfaces, perfect for every member of the family, whatever their age. As well as walking around the lakes, you can see wild orchids and ox-eye daisies in our beautiful wildflower meadows and spot wildlife like skylarks and owls.
Our designated horse-riding route cuts North-South through the park. Bring your own horse, and please stick to the bridleway. You can even park your horse box in our carpark.
Our volunteers work with Friends of the Flitch Way and Associated Woodlands. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved and learn conservation skills – you might find yourself helping to construct fencing or even a bridge! Contact Tom on 01376 347134 for more information.
Public toilets in the park’s Discovery Centre are open 10am to 5pm summer and 10am to 3pm winter, including accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.
Great Notley also has a Changing Places facility, located on the ground floor at the rear of the Discovery Centre. It is open every day from 8am until dusk.
The Centre and toilets are open 10am to 5pm during summer and 10am to 3pm during winter times. Call 01376 347134.
In the Centre, Lilys at Notley has indoor and outdoor seating, and serves paninis, sandwiches, salads, hot and cold drinks, scones, cakes and biscuits, with menus changing seasonally. The cafe is open 9:30am to 4pm, often later during busy times. Call 01376 329303.
Lilys Cabin – a little kiosk serving hot and cold drinks and snacks - is open at peak times.
Our Outdoor Learning Team run curriculum-linked activity days, designed release children’s imagination and provoke creativity, across all Essex Country Parks. Find out more about educational activities at the park.
Our modern conference room in the Discovery Centre has fantastic views across the park. It seats 20 people boardroom-style or 30 people theatre-style, with a projector and whiteboard available. This inspiring space is great for conferences, meetings and parties alike. If you would like to book or make an enquiry call 01376 347134 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.