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Nature Reserve:Chafford Gorges Nature Park

Nature Reserve

Chafford Gorges Nature Park

Chafford Gorges Nature Park


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


The centre is set in a spectacular position overlooking Warren Gorge. The park offers 200 acres of green space for wildlife and people. A network of pathways take you around the lakes, meadows and woodland. You can get up close and personal with the wildlife, history and geology of the site. The visitor centre provides information about the park to help you make the most of your visit.

Visitor centre facilities

The gift shop includes hot and cold refreshments, cake and snacks. We also sell toys, books, bird feeders & feed, greeting cards and much more. The toilets are wheelchair accessible and include baby changing facilities. A hearing loop is available.

Whilst enjoying a drink on the deck, you can watch the birds at the feeding station. Some routes around the reserve are wheelchair friendly. Please contact the visitor centre for more information. The visitor centre offers fun and exciting events for children of all ages.

School holiday activities include family events , drop off and pick up sessions for 8+ and pre-school activities for under 5's
Birthday parties …Are you looking for an exciting and hassle free party with a difference? We offer wildlife-themed birthday parties for all ages. The sessions are packed with activities such as pond dipping, shelter building, treasure hunts, natural crafts and much more. Children will explore the natural world and play games with the guidance of an experienced and enthusiastic leader. Birthday parties run for two hours and are suitable for any age group from 4 years old upwards. The last ½ hour is set aside for the birthday cake and party food. You provide the food, we provide the fun!

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic siteAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencing

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedGuided tours for groups

Thurrock Business award winners in 2007,2010,2011,2012 and 2013

Opening details

Open Monday to Sunday 9am - 5pm (November, December & January 9am - 4pm)

Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day


Donations are requested.



Plan route to Chafford Gorges Nature Park using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: TQ 602795  Lat: 51.49257 Long: 0.30764

Once on Drake road follow the road till you see the Essex Wildlife Trust flay and the carpark is on your right, drive into carpark, disabled parking is the paved area closest to the centre, walk down the slope to enter the visitor centre.

Parking: free

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Chafford Hundred station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups

Thurrock Business award winners in 2007,2010,2011,2012 and 2013