Top Ten Things to do in Brentwood

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Brentwood is a treasure trove of days out, history and interesting experiences. To save time trawling websites and finding things to do in Brentwood, we have compiled a list of the top ten. So, less time searching websites and more time enjoying Brentwood!

Old MacDonald’s Farm and Fun Park

Old MacDonald’s Farm and Fun Park is a fantastic place to visit in Brentwood, no matter the weather. This place has it all, from rides for the family to enjoy, to spectacular animals to meet.

Just outside Brentwood, off junction twenty-eight of the M25, this is a beautiful day out for all the family and friends. There are amusements and rides to suit all ages and indoor soft play areas for the kids to enjoy while you have a hot drink and snack. There are also fantastic outdoor play areas, giant slides, sandpits and tractor rides.

There are over thirty species of animals at Old MacDonald’s farm, including donkeys, rabbits, horses, cows, ponies, sheep, pigs, meerkats, wallabies, birds, alpacas, and reindeer. Check the Old MacDonald’s Farm website for booking information.

Weald Country Park

Weald Country Park comprises over 520 acres. This includes woodland, lakes, meadows, a deer park, wildflowers and beautiful views. You will also find the well-known Stick Man trail, a great family activity covering two kilometres of the park.

The park is home to lots of lovely creatures, including deer, herons, cattle, ducks and even peacocks. Duck food and deer food are available to purchase in the visitor’s centre so you can feed the animals using the feeding chutes provided. Brentwood’s Weald Country Park also has several play areas for climbing, swinging and crawling.

Visit the Explore Essex website for more information on Weald Country Park, Brentwood.

Thorndon Country Park

Thorndon Country Park offers over five hundred acres to explore. Woodlands, wildlife and the famous Gruffalo trail await at this beautiful area of nature and fun. This is the ideal place for family days out, long walks, dog walks and romantic strolls.

The tranquil setting of Thorndon surrounds Childerditch pond, which is home to many species of birds and fish. Spring brings the beautiful bluebells, and the woodlands are a stunning scenic space.

Why not pack a picnic and enjoy some outdoor fun with friends and family at Thorndon Park? There are plenty of open spaces and hills as well as woodland walking tracks. Thorndon is also home to the Thorndon Park golf club. Visit the Thorndon Park website for more information.

Hopefield Animal Sanctuary

Hopefield Animal Sanctuary cares for over five hundred animals. It is a non-profit organisation that has homed mistreated and unwanted animals for 35 years. It is supported by volunteers and the public domain, with many Brentwood residents and businesses visiting and donating.

Animals at Hopefield Animal Sanctuary include donkeys, goats, pigs, chickens, horses, sheep, cats, ducks, reptiles and alpacas. You will also find a lovely tearoom as well as a children’s play area. Hopefield host various open days. You can find out more information about this beautiful animal sanctuary in Brentwood by visiting the Hopefield website.

King George’s Playing Fields

King George’s Playing Fields is a great day out for all the family. It boasts a large playing field for picnics, sports and activities, a splash play area with fountains, a park with equipment to suit children of all ages, and a golf course.

Explore the wooded area of King Georges and enjoy a stroll with the family, friends or canine buddies. You can always stop at the café for a spot of lunch, a drink and an ice cream. There are toilets and changing facilities on-site as well as a golf shop. With adequate parking and two entrances, King Georges is an excellent example of the beautiful days out Brentwood has to offer. There are no official websites for King Georges, but opening times and the address can be found on Google.

Brentwood Park Ski & Snowboard Centre

Brentwood Park overlooks fifty-four acres of stunning woodland. The ski slope and snowboarding Centre has a variety of dry skiing and snowboarding activities to offer for all ability levels. The ski and snowboard school is rated among the best in the UK, providing courses and lessons to beginners through to professionals. The Brentwood Park Ski and Snowboarding Centre website has all the information you need.

Brentwood Karting

Brentwood Karting has a circuit that is an impressive 8m wide and 825m long. This is a fast, smooth circuit, suited to both beginners and experienced karters. With several racing lines and many overtaking opportunities, this circuit is a fantastic and fun challenge for all.

You can book practice laps, racing events or even your own karting party. Visit the Brentwood Karting official website for information on the deals, prices, events, and opening times.

UK Golf Academy at Brentwood Golf Range

Brentwood Golf Range includes a retail outlet, practice range, golf lessons and golf club fitting studio. They offer competitive prices and an honest approach, with customer satisfaction a priority. For information on custom fitting, visit the UK Golf Academy website.

Kelvedon Hatch Nuclear Bunker

The nuclear bunker is sited at a house in the country just outside of Brentwood. It is now a Cold War Museum and known as the ‘secret nuclear bunker’.

This bunker had radio, generators, telecoms equipment and air-con, meaning hundreds of people could have survived here for some time. Now a popular visiting attraction with an audio tour, the bunker has all equipment in place and is a wonderful piece of history with a story to tell.

Ingatestone Hall

Ingatestone Hall is a resplendent Tudor mansion dating from 1539-1556. With long ornate chimneys and stepped gables, Ingatestone Hall is a stunning piece of history. Featuring original oak-panelled rooms, furniture, art and priest holes, this is a fantastic guided tour. Visit the Ingatestone Hall website for more information.

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