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Hainault Forest Country Park

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“outdoor fun”(2 reviews)
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Romford Road, Chigwell IG7 4QW, England
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All reviews animal farm outdoor fun buy ice cream wood carvings mini zoo flying kites hot drinks dog walking great place to take the kids portion of chips small farm nice sunny day cup of tea small animals lovely walk run around meerkats
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Reviewed 15 November 2018 via mobile

Beautiful woodland with a lot of paths. Remarkably easy to get away from traffic noise! SSSI with interesting wildlife: I saw 2 green woodpeckers and a young Jay. Good carving of tree stumps too. Muddy in parts, so take suitable footwear.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank RichardA3246
Reviewed 26 October 2018

The coffee is amongst the worst I have tasted at any price. The service is at best poor and with the litter lying around this makes for a very poor experience.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Paul R
Reviewed 3 October 2018

The Peoples Republic of Redbridge have decided to employ a company to oversee the parking the result of which you can now only pay by phone which is inconvenient for some people. The main reason for this is that parking machines can be vandalised. I...More

Date of experience: June 2018
3  Thank Brian B
Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

This place is lovely for long walks and picnics. There is a farm with lots of animals which the children enjoy and often visit. There is also a nice shop/cafe where you can buy ice cream and hot drinks. Recommended if you are in the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank IlknurAydemir
Reviewed 17 September 2018

With such a large area and a cafe as well. This is a great place to take the kids as you have the small pet zoo within the park as well as a great place to walk or take the dog. You have to pay...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank bobbyp205
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

Great country park with lots to explore,there's a little animal farm,you can't really get close enough to pet the animals but looks to look at,meercat enclosure could do with an update,there's a reasonable priced cafe and car parking is to pay by phone only,as we...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank LondonScooter
Reviewed 12 September 2018

There's a small farm/zoo that needs some TLC. The meerkat enclosure is just sad. The forest walks and area around the lake are nice . If you walk up the hill you get a good view of Central London. The little cafe is great for...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Jo-Sfhl
Reviewed 7 September 2018

Since coming to this park a few years ago it seems to have gone downhill, drastically. Firstly you have to download and log onto parking app, Ringo, as there are no pay machines. This is okay for people who are computer wise. The charge is...More

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank Steve C
Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

If you want a nice walk it’s lovely, but look for a play park for over 8’s, or boats on the lake or a visitors centre and you’re out of luck. All are advertised on maps in the park and on line. The farm is...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank VictoriaEssex
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Very disappointing was a nightmare trying to park the car was on the phone for at least 15 minutes trying to register with company. Disappointed with farm hardly any animals and they all looked rather sad !!! Play area for kids awful considering size of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank Tracey B
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Amie L
29 July 2018|
Response from Ree D | Reviewed this property |
When we were there recently there were visitors on the water so I assume that you can.
Georgina C
27 June 2018|
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Peter G
17 September 2017|
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Response from Victoriaimagine | Reviewed this property |
I've walked through here in the night time. Sometimes they do guided bat walks late in the evening