Free Essex Days Out – Great Notley Country Park

Free Essex Days Out
Beautiful scenery and so many things to swing, climb and slide down!

We all need some free days out don’t we?

And Great Notley Country Park is a fantastic place to do this.

Free Essex Days Out
So many things to climb and swing on







Having only moved to Essex only a few months ago, I’m still learning about the area and what’s on offer for little ones – especially at the weekend.

We had a spare few hours free one Sunday afternoon in the summer and decided to look up parks in the local area – and we stumbled upon Great Notley Country Park.

And what a place it is!

There is so much to entertain and engage children of all ages.

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Not sure who is the biggest kid? My daughter or my other half?!










And it’s big! Easy to loose a day there, not just a few hours.

There were things to climb, swing and jump on everywhere!

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What this picture doesn’t capture is the speed we were being spun at! It’s the tiny things that entertain us!










And when I say everywhere – I mean it. With 1.2km of play things to explore, there was literally no shortage of things to engage with. So much so, that we didn’t even finish the trail.

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Lots of water and gadgets to play with









 Where else would you need to go?!

Great Notley Country Park near Braintree covers some 100 acres of open space. The site is home to Sky Ropes and Essex’s longest play trail – 1.2km – including a giant see-saw, climbing forest, tyre swings, sand pits, rope climbers, slides, forts and a water play area, making it a great place for all ages to explore.

In addition to this, the park is also popular for birdwatching, walking, cycling, fishing, horse riding, football, picnics and kite-flying.

One of the big highlights is the Sky Ropes section.

Now Isla is too little for this at the moment, but it looked like a whole lot of fun!

With your session last for 75 minutes, I have no doubt that you’ll have earned your exercise points by the end!

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Sky Ropes









You have to -re-order your Sky Ropes experience and there are some restrictions:

  • Children over 1m in height can participate if accompanied by a chaperoning adult.
  • One adult per child.
  • Chaperones also need a separate ticket.
  • Once measuring 1.22m (4ft) or over, you’re able to go on the course unaccompanied.

Of course, if your children are little like ours, there is still no shortage on things to do, whether this is utilising the slides or the sea-saws.

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Free Essex Days Out

We also quite enjoyed walking and wandering the pathways – the countryside is beautiful to look at and there is plenty to take in.

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Beautiful Dandelions along the route









There is also a cafe on site and you’re more than welcome to bring picnics with you too. And of course it is dog-heaven! So much for them to run through and enjoy.

We had such a great afternoon and I have a feeling this is going to be a firm favourite in our household!

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Beautiful huts to sit in and explore
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