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. 


People's Choice Award 2019 - Vote now!

From 1 to 30 September, you have the chance to put Redbridge Parks on the UK map by voting for your favourites in the People’s Choice Awards! Nine of our Green Flag parks qualified for automatic entry this year, including Hainault Forest!

Show how much your favourite park means to you by casting your vote now. Voting couldn't be easier, with just a click of a button you can show your support. Simply click on the link below to be directed to the Green Flag Award page where you can vote by clicking the 'vote for this site' button on the right hand side of the page.

Vote now for Hainault Forest Country Park

For a full list of parks entered into the awards, please visit our Green Flag page.


Latest News

In May 2019, 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. 


Essex Outdoor Cinema
Saturday 14 September - Mamma Mia (PG) 

Bring a blanket, bring a picnic, bring your friends and join us for a magical evening under the stars. Join us for an evening of cinema and wonderful pre-show entertainment.

To book your tickets visit the Essex Outdoor Cinema website.


Woodland Trust Mobile Visitor Centre 
18 to 28 July and 10 August to 5 September

The Woodland Trust's mobile visitor centre is coming to Hainault! The centre will offer visitors a base to get more information about the site, nature detective activities and learn about what we are up to both locally and nationally. Come along and get to know the team!

Nature Detectives LIVE at Hainault Forest - Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 August

Are you ready to solve a  wild mystery?

Join us in the country park for a puzzling whodunit, plus tree tracking, bug hunting and badge making. Suitable for young explorers under 13 years.

10.30am to midday and 1pm to 2.30pm (timed sessions)

Ticket booking to open soon for more information on Nature Detectives visit the Woodland Trust 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.

Please visit the Hainault Ancient Forest Public Consultation page to let us know your opinions on the designs for the project we have so far. For more information about our designs 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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