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 is a great location for regular and one-off visits – providing an oasis of calm in an increasingly hectic world. 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. Perfect for all-day family visits, group activities, dog walkers, acting as a community hub for the Community Forest.

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 in winter, and £2 for all-day parking in the summer. Pike Lane can be accessed from St. Mary’s Lane (B187) and Ockendon Road (B1421).

Access by public transport
The closest station is Upminster. A number of bus routes get close to the Centre (248, 346, 347 and 370), and are only a short walk away. The entrance is via Pike Lane.

Disabled access
There are a large number of car parking spaces for disabled access. All areas are flat or ramped with no stairs. There is an adapted bathroom facility and quiet room, accessible during opening hours.