Parndon Wood Nature Reserve | Day Out With The Kids

Parndon Wood Nature Reserve

Harlow, Essex, England

Attraction Information

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Ages: all ages

Venue type: Indoor and Outdoor

Recorded as a woodland for at least 900 years, the Parndon Wood Nature Reserve is a haven for flora, fungi, birds, minibeasts, small mammals and deer. Visitors can follow the guided trail around the wood or simply enjoy the surroundings. There are observation hides to sit quietly and watch for deer, or birds setting down by the ponds.
The wood offers a fully accessible conservation centre, a laboratory, informative displays and a reference library for those who wish to know more. During school holidays and at other times, activity sessions are run for children and young people.
This is a beautiful and peaceful place to wander whether on your own, with family or with friends. With over 50 acres of beautiful oak and hornbeam woodland, come and explore the natural wildlife, make nest boxes and meet the rare species!


  • Restaurant Restaurant Onsite
  • Toilets Toilets Available
  • Baby Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Disabled Toilets Available

Getting There and Contact Information


Parndon Wood Road, Harlow, Essex, CM19 4SF, England


Click here to visit Parndon Wood Nature Reserve's website
01279 430005

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Bank Holiday Mondays 11am to 4pm All other Mondays Closed Tuesday Closed Wednesday 11am to 4pm Thursday 4pm to 9pm Friday 11am to 4pm Saturday 9am to 4pm Sunday 11am to 4pm


Free for general walks, charges apply for organised activities and events.

More Information


We have full accessible toilets.

Baby food facilities

Baby Changing facilities are available.

Eating information

Parndon Wood now has a cafe selling hot drinks, cartons, water and snacks.