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Thorndon Nature Discovery Centre is situated in Thorndon Country Park. There are some fantastic walks through ancient woodland and historic deer parks which lie close alongside recently planted woodland and a landscape of small pastures.

Thorndon is home to the Gruffalo trail! Come and discover the magic of the deep dark wood, a self-led trail searching for the amazing hand-crafted carvings of the Gruffalo characters. Head into the centre to purchase your trail map, pathways are buggy friendly.

Walk, explore and play on site, there is something for everyone to discover!

*Woodland walks

*Gruffalo sculpture trail – purchase your trail map in the centre.

*Accessible Footpaths

*Café offering hot drinks and refreshments

*Shop – Nature based books & gifts, binoculars and bird food

We run an exciting range of events for all ages across our Nature Discovery Centres, please visit our Facebook pages for the most up to date information and booking details.

Car park and toilets on site with disabled and baby changing facilities.

Essex Wildlife Trust is the county’s leading conservation charity, committed to protecting wildlife and inspiring a lifelong love of nature. We value your support, all income generated from our sites enables us to continue this great work – thank you.

Guide Prices

Essex Wildlife Trust is a conservation charity - suggested donation is stated at the welcome desk



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for hearing impaired

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

COVID-19 Response

  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • COVID-19 staff training completed


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

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality


  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Onsite Catering
  • Public toilets
  • WiFi or internet access

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted



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      Thorndon Nature Discovery Centre

      Type:Visitor Centre

      Thorndon Park North, The Avenue, Brentwood, Essex, CM13 3RZ

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