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Gruffalo trail

Came with my husband and 3 kids, 1, 3 and 10. Parking meters either weren’t working or there was an... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Sophlou237
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A lovely family wander

A great place to walk with all the family at different times of the year. In the summer the trees... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
4forT
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“gruffalo trail”(122 reviews)
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This beautiful country park contains a diverse range of habitats and is managed both for people and for its precious wildlife. There are some fantastic walks through ancient woodland and historic deer parks which lie close alongside recently planted...more
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The Avenue, Brentwood CM13 3RZ, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Came with my husband and 3 kids, 1, 3 and 10. Parking meters either weren’t working or there was an issue with the card reader so was a bit of a pain as we only had enough change for 2 hours. Second time we have...More

Thank Sophlou237
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A great place to walk with all the family at different times of the year. In the summer the trees offer good shade.

Thank 4forT
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great day with friends and family. We went into the picnic area where the park were running free sessions of bubble play. Lovely for the children to run chasing bubbles as well as getting involved making the bubbles themselves :-) We also walked the Gruffalo...More

Thank DebbieRVN
thorndoncountrypark, Manager at Thorndon Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you very much for your kind review. T he bubbles have been a huge hit this year! Look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Today we visited Thornton country park to take the kids on the gruffalo trail. We parked up and paid for over 3hrs parking (£5.50) Before we hit the trail we decided to stop off at the cafe,shop for some food. A round of bacon sandwiches...More

Thank nigelg848
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited both the gruffalo trail and the stickman park. What a fabulous place for children . Paid for parking . We loved this place . The kids could run and play .

Thank Hayzjohns
thorndoncountrypark, Manager at Thorndon Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. Look forward to welcoming you again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First time me and my husband have been here. I loved the size of the park, so much of it and kept so well. Lots of dog walkers there and several guided colored walks. We started from the North entrance and I wanted to go...More

Thank Dawn T
thorndoncountrypark, Manager at Thorndon Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave a lovely review. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your vist and hope to welcome you again soon.

Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

We absolutely love it here. So calming, so peaceful and very relaxing. Our little one loves it as much as we do. We love exploring as a family!

Thank chanelk91
thorndoncountrypark, Manager at Thorndon Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2018

Thank you for taking the time to leave a lovely review. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

Reviewed 5 July 2018 via mobile

Have been coming here since I was a little girl. Beautiful big lake and you can bring along your own BBQs! Wonderful place to just get lost and very family friendly! Great for dog walking and late night strolls in the summer!

Thank Paula R
thorndoncountrypark, Manager at Thorndon Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2018

thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Please note for anyone reading this BBQ are only permitted in the south part of the park.

Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

Charging for parking for a country park is discussing. The woods belong to the common people not the council. Just another tax. The park is lovely.More

Thank mark w
thorndoncountrypark, Manager at Thorndon Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2018

I have passed your comments on to Essex Country Parks who own and manage the park. The car park fees do go back in to the country parks to enable them to run. Country parks are extremely expensive to run and maintain everything from the...More

Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

A lovely huge expanse, good job we had a map available and online google maps!!! Easy to get lost. Enjoyable, varied terrain fairly rough and changeable,

Thank 412Jen
thorndoncountrypark, Manager at Thorndon Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2018

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review.

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Emma M
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Response from thorndoncountrypark | Property representative |
Please contact Essex County Council who will be able to answer this for you as they operate that part of the park.
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Hi, I Will speak to the rangers for you and come back to you once I have some answers.
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Response from ray1896 | Reviewed this property |
CM13 3RZ, is the correct postcode. CM13 3RU is Thorndon Park, which is the original country house that the park surrounded but is now upmarket flats, near Thorndon Golf Club.
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