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Hainault Forest Country Park

Discover woodlands and fun family activities you can take part in including a boating lake and Foxburrows Farm.

You’ll find there is so much to do and enjoy at Hainault Forest. From discovering woodlands to fun family activities, there is more than you think to do. 

Foxburrows Farm

Foxburrows Farm wil be reopening in Summer 2023.

There will be changes to the surrounding landscape which now connects with the rare breed British farm animals associated with the history of the forest.

New animals will be arriving on the farm over the coming months. You can expect to see alpacas, chickens, donkeys, duks, ferrets, goats, peacocks, pigs and much more. 

Find out more about Foxburrows Farm 


You can hire a boat at the boating lake where you can get up close and personal with the wildlife and enjoy the great views of the park.

Visit Hainault Boats website

Outdoor adventure play

Kids can play for hours in our new outdoor adventure space. A brand-new climbing frame has been installed and features a huge slide and three separate towers all made from natural wood taking inspiration from the surrounding forest and its royal history.

You can find it just next to the Forest Centre so toilets, parking and refreshments are all nearby, along with the visitor centre and the family friendly indoor interpretation space.


Hainault Forest has nine waymarked trails. There are easy to spot posts on the ground so exploring the forest couldn’t be easier.

You can pick up a leaflet to help navigate the trails around the forest. 


Interactive Interpretation Centre

Learn about the woodland and the world of Hainault Forest, past and present, through the family friendly forest discovery space.

Connected to the 1856 café, our hands-on activities explore the habitats, history and wildlife of the forest and are perfect for all ages. 


1856 Café

Need a break and rest to refuel again? Then visit the 1856 café.

The renovated 1856 barn is set against a backdrop of stunning forest views. The prefect place for you to grab food and a drink.

Visit 1856 Cafe 

The Visitor Centre

The Hainault Forest Visitor Centre, run by the Woodland Trust, is a one-stop shop to find out everything you might need to get the best out of your day at the forest.

Find out what’s on in and around the forest, and what wildlife highlights to look out for when stepping out into the woods.

You can also pick up a leaflet to help navigate the nine marked nature trails around the forest. 

Wellbeing walks  

Why not try the wellbeing walks at Hainault Forest. It's a great way to get some exercise and make new friends.

Meet at the car park adjacent to Global Café every Wednesday at 11am for the walk.  

Would you like to volunteer? 

Come and join us in looking after the forest.

There are a number of regular volunteering roles currently on offer at Hainault Forest – if you spot something that takes your fancy, get in touch. 

More information about volunterring opportunities