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Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre

Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, RM12 6DF

tel: 01708 520364

Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre is situated in Hornchurch Country Park and has fantastic views over the Valley which gives it its name.

 
Naze Visitor Centre

Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE

tel: 01255 679379

The Centre is open all year round and houses an education room as well as a café and gift shop. There are a number of displays including fossil and geology displays and information regarding bird migration and sightings.

 
Bedfords Park Visitor Centre

Bedfords Park, Broxhill Road, Havering-atte-Bower, Romford, Essex, RM4 1QH

tel: 01708 748646

The visitor centre is in the middle of the 215 acres of Bedfords Park, open 7 days a week 9-5, 9-4 in the winter. It has a gift shop, seating area and a small cafe offering refreshments.

 
Belfairs Woods by Gillian Crosby

Belfairs Woodland Centre, Eastwood Road North, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS9 4LR

tel: 01702 477467

A modern, attractive and welcoming Visitor’s Centre set in the ancient Belfairs Woodland. We have a small café, an education facility and an interesting shop. We offer a number of walks, talks and events throughout the year.

 

Main Rd, Dovercourt, Essex, CO12 3HJ

tel: 01255 553610

 
Chafford Gorges Nature Park

Chafford Gorges Nature Park, Drake Road, Chafford Hundred Grays, Thurrock, RM16 6RG

tel: 01375 484016

Chafford Gorges visitor centre is set in a spectacular position over looking Warren Gorge. Chafford Gorges nature park offers 200 acres of green space for numerous wildlife and recreation for the 12,500 people living in Chafford Hundred.

 
Colchester Zoo

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Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex, CO3 0SL

tel: 01206 331292

Colchester Zoo is home to 240 species set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes! They are proudly listed as the 11th best zoo around the world and in the top 2 zoos in the UK as part of the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Attractions.

 
Epping Forest Visitor Centre

Green Flag Award

Epping Forest, Paul's Nursery Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 4AE

tel: 0208 5296681

Epping Forest is of national and international conservation importance with two thirds of it being designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation.

 
Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve

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South Green Road, Fingringhoe, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN

tel: 01206 729678

Stunning 200 acre nature reserve situated on the banks of the River Colne. Visitor centre includes gift shop, tearoom, toilets and baby changing facilities.

 
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre

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Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT

tel: 01268 711001

A warm welcome will always greet you at Hanningfield reservoir visitor centre.The visitor centre is set in mature woodland and offers superb views over the 870 acre Hanningfield Reservoir.

 
Hopefield Animal Sanctuary

Sawyer Hall Farm, Sawyer Hall Lane, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9BZ

tel: 01277 201110

Hopefield Animal Sanctuary is a non-profit organisation that cares for over 400 sick, unwanted and mistreated animals throughout Essex.

 
Langdon Visitor Centre

Essex Wildlife Trust, Lower Dunton Road, Basildon, Essex, SS16 6EJ

tel: 01268 419103

Set in a stunning nature reserve of 461 acres which comprises woodland, meadows, lakes and former plotland gardens. There are beautiful wildlife gardens and a museum of Plotland Life.

 
Lee Valley Park Farms

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Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF

tel: 01992 892781

Let the kids go wild, Lee Valley Park Farms where there’s so much to see and do one visit is never enough!

 
Old MacDonald’s Farm

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Weald Road, South Weald, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5AY

tel: 01277 375177

An award-winning Educational Farm and Leisure Park in the Essex countryside - on the outskirts of East London, with farmyard favourites, rare breeds and exotic animals, plus indoor and outdoor leisure activities.

 
Redwings Ada Cole Visitor Centre

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Epping Road, Roydon, Nazeing, Essex, EN9 2DH

tel: 0870 040 0033

Redwings Ada Cole is home to around 70 horses, ponies and donkeys. Visitors can enjoy walking tours and horse care demonstrations, followed by hot drinks and tasty bakes from the café.

 
Sea Life Adventure

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Eastern Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 2ER

tel: 01702 442200

Sea Life Adventure is the South-East’s premier aquatic attraction with over 40 unique displays featuring sea life from all over the world.

 

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Pike Lane, off St Mary's Lane, Upminster, Essex, RM14 3NS

tel: 01708 642970

 

The Avenue, Brentwood, CM13 3RZ

tel: 01277 211250

Thorndon Country Park Dog Activity Trail offers dogs and their owners the chance to interact and get fit at the same time. The trail features 10 stand-alone obstacles across 500m, all inspired by obstacles found on dog agility courses.