High Woods Country Park | Day Out With The Kids

High Woods Country Park

Colchester, Essex, England

Attraction Information

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Ages: all ages

Venue type: Outdoor

Covering woodland, marshland, lake and wildflower meadows, High Woods Country Park boasts a wealth of explorable terrain with intriguing nature walks, vast spaces for traditional play and ideal for hiking and cycling. There are 3 cool play areas spread about with fun adventure play equipment suitable for everyone from toddlers to teens and including naturalistic style features to make it an atmospheric woodland play experience.

It's worth visiting the Community Gardens (between 10am and 1pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and alternate Saturdays) for a bit of opportunistic secret schooling! This sustainable and Green Flag awarded area is lovingly tended by loads of local volunteers (with more always welcome!) who then share out the produce between them. It's a nice little educational element that older kids can apply to get involved with if so inspired.

Coarse fishing is available in the lake, subject to obtaining a permit as the number of fisherfolk are limited daily to keep it peaceful. It's worth noting that while their Forest School program sounds terrific it's for school groups only.

Image "Carrion Crow" copyright Postman.Pete via Flickr / Image cropped vertically from original.


  • Restaurant Restaurant Onsite
  • Snacks Snacks Available
  • Picnics Picnics Allowed
  • Toilets Toilets Available
  • Baby Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Disabled Toilets Available
  • Wheelchair Wheelchair Friendly
  • Parking Parking Available On-site

Getting There and Contact Information


Turner Road, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5JR, England


Click here to visit High Woods Country Park's website
01206 853588

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Generally daylight access year round. Fishing is allowed between 7.30 am and 9 pm (or dusk if that is earlier) during the fishing season from 16 June to 15 March.


No admission fee to area. Parking may charge.

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