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Great Notley Country Park, Great Notley

Categories: Playgrounds, Fun & Games, Nature & Parks
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4.3/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web
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  • Dogs welcome. Great for children of all ages, really nice walk around the lakes and great activities in the park. Sculptures and climbing frames, zipper line and cafe. Shame about the high priced car ...  read more »
  • Really good route with groups of equipment on the way. Well maintained and kept. Not just the usual play equipment - some very different interactive play parks suitable for a wide age range. Good the ...  read more »
  • Think this is a lovely, well laid out park. Love the way there are little groups of play equipment everywhere on the route around, it means that nothing gets too crowded (even on a very hot day) and a...  read more »
  • A lovely Park. Be it for a walk or a picnic there's plenty else to do. The kids will love the Play Trail, a kind of assault course spread around the park, or there's the Sky Ropes, a 2 story building framework for you to climb and swing on - with safety harnesses of course. There's also a running circuit with exercise posts. And a cafe if you need a cuppa.
  • Great place for family outing. Kids all ages love it. Had a lovely day out for family. Kite flying. Rope climbing.
  • The ideal place for a day's outing with the family! The only issue we have is the cost of parking. It is now automated with CCTV, so you have to buy a ticket from the machine by entering your reg number. Forget, and it will still let you out but you get a fine in the post. It's not cheap, starting at £3 (some would argue this is good value for a day trip, but not if you plan on going regularly). For the venue though, it's got a bit of everything. It has two massive fields for picnics, ball games and kite flying; one of these often becomes a car park in the summer but hardly affects things. There is also a lot of other green space throughout the park, intermingled with fun obstacle course activities. There are high ropes, balance beams, trust games and huge swings - not the best for toddler, but it means the teenagers aren't bored - or the dads! There are tamer attractions too, with sand pits & play areas, lots of water structures that enable you to channel/block water using different methods. Great fun to watch, and lovely seeing kids playing with new-found friends without any electronic gizmos in sight! The park has a decent fine-gravel path throughout, so you won't need wellies even on a wet day (although some of the lesser-walked areas are prone to flooding - not a huge issue). While all outside, the Discovery Centre is a super place to eat, hire bikes, grab flyers for local attractions and ask the park rangers any queries. The only drawback, like with most touristy places, is the cost of food. Again, as a one-off treat I doubt many would have an issue with the prices, but the lollies, drinks and snack food in the cafe are much dearer than equivalents in Tesco....which is less than a five minute walk away. On that note, Tesco also allows a 90-minute parking allowance so if it's a quick walk or cycle-ride you can always park there (pedestrians can walk straight there with no issues). Another jewel in the crown of the GNCP is its proximity to the Flitch Way country park (a stunning path from Braintree to Bishops Stortftod, courtesy of Mr Beeching in the 60s). By negotiating just one very quiet village road, cyclists, dog walkers etc can get all the way to the GNCP. As Braintree residents, we often cycle from home via the Flitch Way with young children and it is a very safe and pleasant journey. So, easy to access, loads to do, ample amusement for all ages (provided you're an active sort), and designed to provide a great time in the fresh air regardless of the weather You could easily stay here for the whole day....provided you can afford the parking!
  • Fantastic park with enough to do to last you the whole day. £2.75 for a large filter coffee is a bit steep. The skyropes is very good value for money.
  • Lovely place, lots to do. Love it a lot. Great for dogs, children and alike.
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