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Family Fun at The Farm, Forest, Fort & More

Old MacDonald's Farm

Climb aboard a fire engine in Grays and more in this jam-packed itinerary.

Day 1 

Morning - Start your family adventure with a visit to Old Macdonald's Farm. With a fantastic range of animals, amusements, and activities, you're sure to love your time at this petting farm. Enjoy a bite to eat at the Farm Cafe on site.

Afternoon - Let the kids loose to roam the Thames Chase Community Forest, part at the Forest Centre in Upminster, and have fun following the trails and in the play park.  Bikes are available to hire between April and September. 

Old Macdonald's Farm

Day 2

Morning - Explore Tilbury Fort, managed by English Heritage, which has protected London from the 16th century through to WWII. Henry VIII built the first fort here, Elizabeth I rallied her army nearby upon threat from the Armada and today, learn what it is like to be a soldier who lived there.

Afternoon - Drive to Lakeside where there really is something for everyone, from crazy golf to cinema as well as great brands at numerous shops and popular food outlets.  From here, visit the Essex County Fire & Rescue Service Museum in Grays. Discover how firefighting has changed over the years through their collection of historic fire engines, fire fighting equipment, uniforms and photographs.

Essex Fire Museum


Stay at the beautifully presented tudor manor house, Marygreen Manor or if you prefer self-catering, there are plenty of options at Lee Valley Campsite, Stewardstone and Lee Valley Caravan Park, Dobbs Weir.

*Please book ahead of your visit and quote Visit Essex.

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  1. Old MacDonald’s Farm


    An award winning Educational Farm Park in the Essex Countryside on the outskirts of east London with farmyard favourites and exotic animals plus indoor and outdoor leisure activities. Open all year round.

  2. Thames Chase Forest Centre


    The Forest Centre offers lots of features and activities for a fun family day out with cycling and lots of environmental play areas scattered about.

  3. Tilbury Fort


    Henry VIII built the first fort here, and Queen Elizabeth I famously rallied her army nearby. The present fort is much the best example of its type in England, with its circuit of moats and bastioned outworks.

  4. Essex Fire Museum


    A history of the Essex Fire Service with items from the 18th century to today including appliances, uniforms, photos and WW2 memorabilia.

  5. Lee Valley Campsite, Sewardstone


    Lee Valley Campsite, Sewardstone is less than 40 minutes from central London and is close to the scenic Hertfordshire and Essex countryside. It’s a great place for camping or caravanning.

  6. Lee Valley Caravan Park, Dobbs Weir


    Lee Valley Caravan Park, Dobbs Weir is just 30 minutes from London by train and is surrounded by the picturesque countryside of Hertfordshire and Essex. Perfect for camping, caravanning and glamping to enjoy a short break in the Lee Valley.

  7. Marygreen Manor


    Beautifully presented and centrally located, just minutes from M25/J28, our Tudor Manor House, with a selection of period function and meeting rooms, provides the perfect backdrop for any occasion.

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Old MacDonald’s Farm (51.62593,0.23565)Thames Chase Forest Centre (51.55194,0.28258)7.97
Thames Chase Forest Centre (51.55194,0.28258)Tilbury Fort (51.45258,0.37431)11.48
Tilbury Fort (51.45258,0.37431)Essex Fire Museum (51.49082,0.32114)5.07
Essex Fire Museum (51.49082,0.32114)Lee Valley Campsite, Sewardstone (51.65515,-0.00717)26.25
Lee Valley Campsite, Sewardstone (51.65515,-0.00717)Lee Valley Caravan Park, Dobbs Weir (51.75356,0.00137)9.88
Lee Valley Caravan Park, Dobbs Weir (51.75356,0.00137)Marygreen Manor (51.61268,0.27865)22.27
Total Distance *82.9 miles
Estimated Journey Time2.67 hours

* Approximate distance by road

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