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Belfairs Woodland Centre is the gateway to the beautiful and ancient Belfairs and Daws Heath Living Landscape. This is an area of around 1160 acres which is vital for nature conservation. Essex Wildlife and their partners use traditional woodland management techniques to maintain the area and this has improved the variety of wildlife in the reserve.

We have a sculpture trail and the famous “Seven Woods Walk”, which is a 51/2 mile trail around the whole Living Landscape. Whilst you are out you may be lucky enough to see one of our important resident population of Dormice or a Heath Fritillary butterfly, also nationally rare. A large amount of our woodland work is done to promote these key species.

We have a welcoming shop and café on site serving teas, coffees, pastries and light lunches. This is staffed by our friendly volunteers. We also act as an Education Centre for a number of local schools. If you wish to arrange a school visit please contact the Centre directly.

During the school holidays we offer a variety of wildlife themed events for children of a range of ages. Simply go to our website or our Facebook page for all the details.



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site light refreshments


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

COVID-19 Response

  • 2m distancing in place
  • Clear signage
  • Contactless payment possible
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • COVID-19 staff training completed
  • Face mask essential (not provided)
  • Floors clearly marked for social distancing
  • Food available during COVID-19 restrictions
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
  • Hygiene screens in place
  • One way system
  • Open now
  • Outside seating
  • Queuing system
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets

Target Markets

  • Coach parties accepted



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    Belfairs is sign-posted from both the A127 and A13.

    Accessible by Public Transport: Leigh-On-Sea station is 2 miles away.

    Belfairs Woodland Centre

    Type:Nature Reserve

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

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    Opening Times

    Open New Year

    * February – October 09:00 – 17:00 November – January 09:00 – 16:00
    We are closed 25th and 26th December.

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