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ALL ABOARD The Thomas Train at Hainault Forest Country Park

Are you looking for a fun-filled day out in Essex that the whole family can enjoy? Well, look no further than Hainault Country Park! This park offers a plethora of activities guaranteed to make your day memorable.




As parents, we understand the importance of finding family-friendly attractions, and Hainault Country Park certainly delivers on that front. One of the highlights of this park is the delightful Thomas the Tank Engine Train ride (also known as the Hainault Express), a perfect adventure for little ones and grown-ups alike.

Where is the Hainault Forest Express?

📍Hainault Forest Country Park

Romford Road

Chigwell

IG7 4QN 


The train runs from opposite the playground area.


🅿️ Parking - Where to park for the Hainault Forest Express

There is a car park close to the playground

Up to 1 hour: £1.40

Up to 2 hours: £2.40

All day: £5.20

Cashless parking - RingGo


When is the Thomas Hainault Forest Express open?

The Hainault Forest Express runs every weekend and weekdays during the school holidays (weather dependent). The Thomas train runs between 10am and 5pm.


How much does the Thomas Hainault Forest Express cost?

The Hainault Forest Express costs £3 person. The train journey takes approximately 20 minutes

Thomas Hainault Forest Express tickets

No prebooking. Tickets available from opposite the playground area. Queue length and time vary, can be long during peak periods.


Thomas Hainault Forest Express Route

The train ride travels through woodlands and around the lake.


Playground at Hainault Country Park

The playground at Hainault Country Park was refurbished in July 2023. The playground is suitable for children of all ages.


The playground is wooden and has climbing frames with a tube slide. There is plenty of climbing and balancing equipment. Read More about the playground HERE.


What else is there to do at Hainault Country Park?

Aside from the enchanting train ride, Hainault Country Park boasts various amenities that cater to families. Did you know there is farm at Hainault Forest Country Park? You can visit Foxburrows Farm for FREE, donations are very welcome to support upkeep.


Kids will love the playground at Hainault Forest Country Park, picnic areas and there is no shortage of spaces for your children to run, play, and explore.


For those in search of family-friendly days out in Essex, Hainault Country Park should be at the top of your list. Whether you're looking to enjoy a laid-back picnic, explore the park's playground, or embark on a magical train journey, this park offers something for everyone.


Other playgrounds close to Hainault Park


Post last updated June 2024

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