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Hanningfield Reservoir visitor centre is nestled in a100-acre mature woodland reserve overlooking the 870 acre Hanningfield Reservoir.
It is a wonderful haven for nature and an ideal place to view the wildlife, it is amongst one of the top places in the country to watch both woodland and wetland birds. The site is run by Essex Wildlife Trust in partnership with Essex & Suffolk water and you can walk through the reserve to the Essex & Suffolk Fishing Lodge and the café on the water.
The centre is open daily 9am - 5pm except Christmas day and Boxing Day and offers events, courses and activities for children and adults all year round.
There are lots of gifts in the centre shop: binoculars and telescopes, books, greetings cards, a huge range of wild bird care and wildlife gardening products.
Refreshments, seating and toilets are available and the centre has full disabled access. Dogs and cycles are not permitted on the reserve.
Essex Wildlife Trust is a charity and relies on donations to carry out its work for the wildlife and people of Essex. There is Suggested Entry donation of £2 for Adults £1 for children and £5 Family. Group visits are welcome for which booking is required. With easy accessibility by road, free parking for cars and coaches, picnic areas, woodland walks, leisure facilities and breath taking scenery the Essex Wildlife Trust Hanningfield Reservoir visitor Centre makes a great day out!

Guide Prices

Full day hire 9am -4.30pm - £100
Half day hire 9am-12.30pm or 1pm-4.30pm - £50
Hourly hire - £15

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Catering

  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site

Children

  • Baby changing facilities

Groups

  • Coach parking - Coach parking located next to visitor centre (room for 2-3 coaches)
  • Drop Off Point - Outside visitor centre
  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for Coach Driver - Visitor centre facilities
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups
  • Typical visit duration - 9

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality

Parking

  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

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 Reservoir Visitor Centre Group Visits

Type:Group Travel Visits

Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
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