Thorndon Country Park

This beautiful country park contains a diverse range of habitats and is managed both for people and for its precious wildlife.

Thorndon Country Park North

In spring, the woodlands of Thorndon North are filled with the scent and colour of bluebells, anemones and other woodland flowers. The woods are rich in birdlife and attract many species of migrant and over-wintering birds including bramblings, siskins and redpolls. Childerditch Pond is both beautiful and tranquil. Please note: Thorndon Country Park North car park is the best way to access the Gruffalo Trail.

Thorndon Country Park South

The open parkland at Thorndon South is busy with families enjoying barbecues and picnics, whilst drinking in views reaching out across countryside and into the heart of Canary Wharf. It’s a great place to fly a kite.


Car parking charges


8am - dusk. Closing times advertised at gates.

Thorndon Country Park North
The Avenue
CM13 3RZ

Thorndon Country Park South
Thorndon South, Arterial Road, Brentwood Essex CM13 3LW

01277 211250


No upcoming events at this location


Pay and display:
Dogs: Allowed
Picnics: Yes
BBQ: Yes
Green Flag Award: Yes

Pebble Walk

The Pebbles at Thorndon Country Park’s old gravel pit have had a long and eventful history. ‘Naturally recycled’ from previous geological deposits, they provide evidence of massive global climate changes. Pick up a leaflet in the Country Park Visitor Centre.

Gruffalo Trail

A self-led trail around the woods, searching for carvings of the Gruffalo characters. Activity maps available from the Countryside Centre, at a cost of 50p. Come to Thorndon North, The Avenue, Brentwood CM13 3RZ. Daily, Centre opens at 9.30am. Keep dogs on a lead. Wear wellies  as it could be muddy!


We have a fixed orienteering course, designed by Havoc. Call in to the Countryside Centre to buy a map, costing £2.50.


Fishing is only permitted at Old Hall Pond, the lake in Thorndon South. We operate a day ticket system: Rangers patrol the lake, throughout the day and issue tickets.

Opening times: 8.00am to 30 minutes before park closing time, all year round.
Day ticket prices: Adult £6.00 per rod
Concession £3.00 per rod (proof of eligibility required)

  • Note: You must have an Environment Agency rod licence.
  • You can have a maximum of two rods.
  • The full list of rules is displayed in the noticeboard by the lake.

Fishing season tickets: annual season tickets are available by appointment from the Ranger’s office at Thorndon North. Call 01277 211250.


Essex Country Parks offers a range of fantastic walks through a number of habitats, with astounding views and plenty of interesting features.


The parks are fantastic for cyclists as they take you through the beautiful Essex countryside. We have designated routes for you to follow on our downloadable map.

Cycle hire

Trailnet run the cycle hire.

Opening hours:
Easter through October: 10.00am to 4.00pm weekends and school holidays
Call 07754 032579
November to Easter: By appointment only. Call 01277 811012

Horse Riding

The park has designated routes for horse riding which can be followed on our downloadable map.


Opportunities for volunteers are extensive; each park offers a unique experience and widens individual understanding, knowledge and involvement in the local community.

Public Rights of Way

For information and printable guides on public rights of way go to:


Countryside Centre jointly owned and managed by Essex Wildlife Trust, has a shop and information display area.


Light refreshments available opening times Summer: 9:30am until 5pm Winter 9:30am until dusk


Public toilets are available within the park, including disabled and baby changing facilities.

Birthday Parties

We offer a range of birthday parties from themed fairies and wizards parties to adventurous mini beast hunts or simply room hire. To book your bespoke birthday party please contact the park.

Room hire

Essex Country Parks offers a range of conference facilities and our unique surroundings set us apart from other conference providers.

Thorndon Guardians

If you are interested in volunteering to help in the park, join our Community Group, Thorndon Guardians


Let our Educational Rangers release your imagination and provoke creativity in outdoor classrooms across the county.

Thorndon Country Park South

Pavilion Café

Offers light meals and refreshments. Opening times: weekends, Bank Holidays and school holidays – 10am to 4pm (weather permitting)


Public toilets are available within the park, including disabled and baby changing facilities.

Barbecue area

We have an area next to the car park at Thorndon South where barbecues are allowed.

Cost for participating in the barbecue area:

                                                                                   April – September 

                                                       Monday – Saturday                   Sundays and Bank Holidays

                                                          £2.00 per person                                      £15 per car

                                               (Does not include parking fee)                 (Includes parking fee)

                                                                                     October – March

                                                                                     Monday – Sunday

                                                                                          £2.00 per person

                                                                               (Does not include parking fee)

                                                                          Charges payable at all times

                                                                                Children under 5 free

Essex County Council reserves the right to change the charging system according to the number of visitors on site

Large groups: groups of more than 40 people must telephone the park on 01277 211250 in advance to book.
Coaches: There is no coach parking available on site.

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