Thames Chase Forest Centre

Thames Chase Forest Centre is at the heart of the Community Forest in a group of historic farm buildings with a stunning wooden framed visitor centre.

Key Facts Built in 17th centuryGrade II listed
Key Facts
Built in 17th century
Grade II listed

Facilities: Dogs allowedRestaurant / CafeWheelchair accessible

Thames Chase Forest Centre offers lots of features to provide more than enough activity for a family day out. A perfect venue for a snack or wholesome lunch, also opportunity to purchase local crafts and gifts. Formerly a working farm, locals know the woodland as Broadfields. The site is now home to a variety of surfaced trails, ponds, meadows and an orchard.

The 17th century Essex Barn is one of the best preserved in the London area. The Ford education room converted from the farm cart shed is used by schools and community groups for study, as a conference centre and for private celebrations.

Location and Access

When attempting to visit the site using a satellite navigation device, be sure to check that your route goes via Pike Lane.

Access by car
Access via Pike Lane, car parking is £1 for the whole day. Pike Lane can be accessed from St. Mary’s Lane (B187) and Ockendon Road (B1421).

Access by public transport
The closest station is Upminster. You can take the 346 bus to Pond Walk. The entrance is via Pike Lane.

Disabled access
There is a large number of car parking spaces for disabled access. All areas are flat or ramped with no stairs.