Hainault Forest Country Park



Hainault Forest Country Park is one of our Green Flag Award open spaces. It is a large park with woodlands and a variety of activities to take part in. 


Latest News

Earlier on this year, Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure secured funding of £4.2m from The National Lottery Heritage Fund on behalf of the London Borough of Redbridge for the restoration of the forest to its former natural and wild state. The money will also be used to help threatened species thrive, including eleven species of bat. See the news article  in the purple side bar on the right of the page for more information. Keep up-to-date, sign up for our monthly newsletter. 



Hainault Forest & Farm Maintenance Fridays

18, 25 October & 1 November 10.30am-2.30pm
Meet at Second car park, Hainault Forest Country Park, Romford Road IG7 4QN

We are Halloween Festival

Saturday 26 October 
11am til 10:30pm (last entry 6:00pm)
Entry price from £39.50 (Additional fees may apply)
No advance tickets are available to purchase for this event. For more information visit Skiddle website.

Please note: On Saturday 26 October the car parks at Hainault Forest Country Park will be closed for public use due to the We Are Halloween Festival. There will be some restrictions within the park, however many areas will be open for public use. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Walking for Health 

31 October
11am Free, just turn up

Bat Walks

Saturday 19 October, 6pm
£5 per person, booking required 

Woodland Trust: Spooky Walk

Thursday 31 October all ages
5pm, 6.15pm & 7.30pm £4 per person / under 3s free booking required

For more information or to book a place on these events please visit the Vision website.

Boating lake

You can hire a boat to take out on the lake and get up close and personal with the wildlife and enjoy great views of the park. View more information on boat hire and training

Foxburrows Farm and zoo

Our farm within the park keeps a whole range of animals for you to come and visit for free, including farm animals, meerkats, owls and exotic birds. Check the board on arrival to see which animals are available for that day. Open 7 days a week until 5pm during the summer months and 3pm during the winter months. Free entry.


Global café is located within the park and has a great selection of food and beverages. If you would like more information about the café such as opening times or what they have to offer, please contact them directly on 020 8500 0935.

Other facilities 

  • adventure play areas and woodland trail behind the lake
  • fishing lake
  • guided walks 
  • nature trails, sculpture trail and forest nature trail
  • Nordic walking
  • Woodhenge
  • bridleways
  • dog free picnic area
  • public toilets
  • Segway

Hire the park


Our parks and outdoor spaces including park buildings are available to hire for large or small events. 

Apply to hire the park 

Training businesses

If you would like to use the park for training businesses such as bootcamps, personal training or sports coaching you will need to apply for a permit. For prices and more information, please contact parks and open spaces on 020 8708 3141 (open 5 days a week from 8am to 5pm)

To apply for a permit, please complete an application form (PDF 54KB)  and return it to the address given on the form.


View information on car parking and charges

There is no allocated parking for coaches. If you wish to bring a coach party to Hainault you will need to notify the park in advance by emailing hainaultforestcountrypark@visionrcl.org.uk


The Hainault Forest restoration project will be looking to bring back a natural and wild ancient landscape, restoring the Forest to a time prior to deforestation in the 19th century and helping it become a premier destination in the South East.

For more information on the project please view our full consultation plans (PDF 5.1MB). If you would like to discuss any of the items further, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the project manager, Francis Castro on 020 8559 2316 or francis.castro@visionrcl.org.uk


Look out for further project updates via the nature conservation mailing list



You can help us look after the forest. Come to regular conservation volunteer sessions with the Hainault Forest rangers. Email us for more information


How to find us

View Hainault Forest Country Park on our map


Information for all parks

Redbridge parks and opens spaces are managed by Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure. To view their privacy policy visit the Vision RCL website.


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