Hainault Forest • Vision RCL

Hainault Forest

CUSTOMER NOTICE: All our parks currently remain open however the following facilities are closed with immediate effect: cafes, play areas, outdoor gyms, tennis courts, basketball courts, multi use games areas and public toilets.

For updates please check COVID-19 Impact on Services. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Hainault Forest is one of our Green Flag Award open spaces. It is a large park with woodlands and a variety of activities to take part in. In May 2019, Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure secured funding of £4.2m from The National Lottery Heritage Fund on behalf of the London Borough of Redbridge for the restoration of the forest to its former natural and wild state. The money will also be used to help threatened species thrive, including eleven species of bat. See the article in the purple side bar on the right of the page for more information.
While visiting the forest, why not walk through Woodhenge behind the lake which features wood sculptures by local artists and follow the sculpture trail.


Orienteering is a great sport for runners, joggers and walkers who want to improve their navigation skills or for anyone who loves the outdoors. Use the maps to navigate the course at your own pace, maps cost £1 and are available from the Visitor’s Centre open Monday to Friday.

Our Walking for Health Group meets regularly at Hainault Forest for more see our Walking for Health page.

For more information on regular activities taking place at Hainault Forest Country Park, see the timetable.

Car Parking

Car parking available at this site, payment via RingGo. No cash payments accepted.
There is no allocated parking for coaches at Hainault Forest. If you wish to bring a coach party you will need to notify the park in advance by emailing hainaultforestcountrypark@visionrcl.org.uk