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Family Fun at The Farm, Forest, Fort & More

Family Fun at The Farm, Forest, Fort & More

Visit Essex residents of the more furry kind before exploring the forest in Upminster. Discover the secrets of a bunker, 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 onsite.

Afternoon - Let the kids loose to roam the Thames Chase Community Forest. Part at the Forest Centre in Upminster and embark on the Zog trail, graduate through Dragon School, have fun in the play park and more! Bikes are available to hire between April and September. Alternatively, head to Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker, the biggest and deepest cold war bunder open to the public in the South East.


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 Intu Lakeside where there really is something for everyone, from the newly opened Flip Out trampoline park and Putt Shack crazy golf to the numerous food outlets, shops and cinema. 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.


Accommodation


Stay at the Holiday Inn Brentwood, home to Marco's New York Italian restaurant, and boasting a fitness centre and indoor pool. They have great child offers too - visit their website for further information. Alternatively stay at the 3* Best Western Thurrock.

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

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  1. Old MacDonald’s Farm

    Brentwood

    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

    Thames Chase Forest Centre

    Upminster

    Yes - £2 in the summer, £1 in the winter

  3. Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker

    Brentwood

    Ex-government HQ nuclear bunker buried 80ft underground. Complete with kitchen, dormitories, power and filtration plant, plotting floor, government administration room, 120 yard long entrance tunnel, communication and scientists room.

  4. Tilbury Fort

    Tilbury

    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.

  5. Essex Fire Museum

    Grays

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

  6. Holiday Inn Brentwood

    Holiday Inn Brentwood

    Brentwood

    A modern hotel on the outskirts of the town and convenient for the M25 motorway and A12 to East Anglia.

  7. Best Western Thurrock Hotel

    Thurrock

    Modern hotel set in its own grounds with 60 spacious well equipped guestrooms and 8 function rooms suitable for meetings up to 250 guests or weddings and private events. Free Parking and WiFi for all our guests. Bar & Restaurant on site.

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Old MacDonald’s Farm (51.62593,0.23565)Thames Chase Forest Centre (51.55016,0.28123)8.11
Thames Chase Forest Centre (51.55016,0.28123)Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker (51.67081,0.25697)12.18
Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker (51.67081,0.25697)Tilbury Fort (51.45236,0.37039)23
Tilbury Fort (51.45236,0.37039)Essex Fire Museum (51.49039,0.31951)4.96
Essex Fire Museum (51.49039,0.31951)Holiday Inn Brentwood (51.6107,0.26872)12.46
Holiday Inn Brentwood (51.6107,0.26872)Best Western Thurrock Hotel (51.48941,0.26699)12.15
Total Distance *72.85 miles
Estimated Journey Time2.34 hours

* Approximate distance by road

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