What a find!
My best friend has been trying to get me to ‘her neck of the woods’ to visit The Discovery Centre at Great Notley and last week we finally had the chance to go and visit and we had a ball!
Despite the cold weather, we managed to stay and play for over three hours! There is so many different ‘park’ apparatus on Essex’s longest park trail at 1.2km including tyre swings, climbing forests, sandpits, forts, giant see-saw and spinny bits and so much more. Every corner you turn there is something new to explore and Frankie loved charging about seeing what was round the next corner.
In the summer they have a water play area, which was closed as it is January & in the single digits! But it looked fantastic and I can’t wait to visit in the Summer. They also have Sky Ropes, a high ropes adventure course from 2 years+ up to Mummy and Daddy which looked fun, I’ll definently be booking for us soon Sky Ropes – Great Notley Country Park
You can also follow a cycling / horse riding route cut around the park which boasts up to 1.8km as well as fishing, a games area and a football pitch.
We took a packed lunch on this occasion and ate on one of the many picnic benches dotted around the trail but they do have a lovely cafe at the beginning of the park called ‘Lily’s that we got a lovely hot chocolate & despite my best efforts trying to sway Frankie away on such a cold day, an ice lolly too! They offer a lunch menu including paninis, jacket potatoes, cakes etc.
There is also a park area for children with learning disabilities, which was pointed out to me but I am afraid I don’t know much else but the website is below for more information.
Lastly, you do have to pay to park which could be quite steep but if you spend a few hours & take into consideration that the money made is used to maintain the park which is visible upon walking round, I saw so many different groundsmen, who are all friendly, which was fab!
Braintree Shopping Outlet is also just up the road to explore the discounted outlet shops & have a meal afterwards if you wanted to.
Looking forward to Summer & coming back to spend our days splashing in the water play area and in the parks!
The Discovery Centre, Great Notley Country Park, Braintree, Essex, CM77 7FS