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Explore Thames Chase Forest Centre & Broadfields
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.8/5)

Thames Chase play trail tipisManaged by the Forestry Commission, Broadfields is a community woodland surrounding the Thames Chase Forest Centre, offering lots of features and bags of room for more than enough activity for a family day out.

The Thames Chase Trust runs the Thames Chase Forest Centre, providing the perfect venue for a quick snack or wholesome lunch, as well as the opportunity to purchase local crafts and gifts. Among the Thames Chase Forest Centre buildings, you can still see the original 17th century Essex Barn, stables and farm house.

Thames chase children climbingFormerly called Broadfields Farm, the Forestry Commission site is now home to a variety of surfaced trails, ponds, meadows and even an orchard planted with traditional Essex apple and pear varieties.

Scattered around the site are several environmental play areas for children, including the Ants Nest (pictured above), Snake Stepping Stones, Hollow Logs and the Trusty Oak, which offers beautiful views across the whole site.

For information about organising events and activities please click here

To download a map of Broadfields & Thames Chase Forest Centre please click here

Please note there is a height barrier in operation.  More information available here

What do other visitors say?

Hello! Is there the possiblity of BBQs on this site? We were thinking of holding a 40th picnic party in your forest: is that a also a possibility? We used to use High Lodge in Thetford for such occasions, but have since moved south! Thanks for your help!

Gemma, 9/Apr/2017

Hi Gemma Unfortunately we do not have BBQ facilities available at Thames Chase Forest Centre. Community Ranger

Forestry Commission Response

I am invited to a private function to be held in the barn. Can you tell me if there is access to toilets, electric sockets and wi fi. Many tbanks

Sonya, 4/Sep/2016

There is access to both toilets and wifi in the visitor centre

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

An excellent family day out. Our 2 year old loved the sticks, puddles and playgrounds. Baby loved the sights and sounds, doggy adored running around. Mum and dad devoured the delicious cake served by friendly staff. The day ended perfectly listening to Brentwood school big band in the sunshine. A fantastic day out for all.

Lisa , 26/Jun/2016

Thankyou for your lovely comments!

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Last updated: 6th December 2017

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What's Here?

  • Cafe
  • Cycling
  • Easy Access
  • Educational
  • Picnic
  • Play area
  • Shop
  • Walking
  • Visitor centre
  • Toliets
  • Wildlife
  • Cycling Hire
  • Cycle hire is available from April to October.
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • 1 all day 1st Nov - 19th March
    2 all day 20th March - 21st Oct
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Location

OS Grid ref: TQ585859
Postcode: RM14 3NS

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Contact

Community Ranger

01708 642964
thameschase@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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Opening Times:
Visitor Centre closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Car park and site open 365 days a year.
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1 all day 1st Nov - 19th March
2 all day 20th March - 21st Oct

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