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Open for fishing. Essex Wildlife Trust and the woodlands are closed untill August. Follow our Facebook and website for further information.

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. It is an ideal place to view the wildlife within the nature reserve and to receive the latest sightings news. The centre has full disabled access as does the Lyster Bird hide that is a short distance away and there are a further three bird hides. There are approximately two and a half miles of beautiful walks in mature woodlands. There are lots of gifts in the centre shop and a full range of binoculars and telescopes, as well as books and refreshments. So while you're enjoying a nice warming drink you can take time to enjoy the stunning view over the water and browse the display.

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Sunday, 22nd November 2020 - Sunday, 22nd November 2020

Optics Day (Extra dates)Come and look at our range of binoculars, telescopes, eyepieces, tripods and accessories. Expert advice on hand to help you choose your ideal optics.
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  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted



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    By Road:
    From the A12, turn off at Chelmsford and take the A1245 through Howe Green. Continue for approx 4 miles until you reach 'The Bell' pub in a dip and turn in South Hanningfield Road. Go to end of South Hanningfield Road, then turn right. Visitor centre is a few hundred yards on right hand side.

    Accessible by Public Transport: Wickford station is 3 miles away.

    Hanningfield EWT Visitor Centre

    Type:Nature Reserve

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

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    Opening Times

    * Open daily 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

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