Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Forest Centre opening times:

Summer (peak) - open 10:00am to 5:00pm

Off peak - 10:00am to 4:00pm



Main car park Dawn to dusk
Main car park Dawn to dusk
Main car park Dawn to dusk
Main car park Dawn to dusk
Main car park Dawn to dusk


Main car park Dawn to dusk
Main car park Dawn to dusk

How to find us

How to find us
Pike Lane, Upminster, Essex
Sat Nav Postcode: RM14 3NS
By Car

The Forest Centre entrance is situated on Pike Lane just off St Marys Lane leaving Upminster.

OS Grid Ref

51.552001, 0.2826942

Parking and prices

Please note there is a 2m height restriction at the car park. 

Parking Charges

The money you pay for parking helps us to look after the forests. Read how
Peak £2.00
Off peak £1.50

Additional information

Number of accessible parking spaces: 8

Facilities and access

Assistant dogs welcome
Dogs allowed
Easy access trail
Picnic area

Contact details

Discover a world of adventure at Thames Chase

Thames Chase Forest Centre & Broadfields offers lots of features and bags of room for an exciting family day out.

The Thames Chase Trust runs the Thames Chase Forest Centre, providing the perfect venue for a quick snack or wholesome lunch, as well as the opportunity to purchase local crafts and gifts. Among the Thames Chase Forest Centre buildings, you can still see the original 17th century Essex Barn, stables and farm house.

Formerly called Broadfields Farm, Thames Chase is now home to a variety of surfaced trails, ponds, meadows and even an orchard planted with traditional Essex apple and pear varieties.

Scattered around the site are several environmental play areas for children, including the Snake Stepping Stones and the Hollow Logs, which also offer beautiful views across the whole site.


At a glance

  • Walking trails
  • Cycling trails
  • Nordic Walking
  • Play areas - closed
  • Picnic area
  • Café - closed
  • Cycle hire - closed
  • Dogs welcome
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