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.
Great Notley Country Park is delighted to be voted runner up in the Best Outdoor Activity Venue category by readers of Primary Times in Essex.
If you are travelling on public transport to get to one of the Essex Country Parks – take a look at the Traveline journey planner.
8am to dusk
See opening hours
Up to 30 minutes £1
Up to 1 hour £2.20
Up to 2 hours £3.50
Up to 3 hours £5
Over 3 hours £6.50
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. Meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 9.15 at Rayne Village Hall to get involved and learn conservation skills – you might find yourself helping to construct fencing or even a bridge! Contact Wendy Moss on 01376 329245 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.
Reception is located on the ground floor and is open 9am to 4pm daily. Call 03330 132900.
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.
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 03330 132900 or email email@example.com.