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You would never know this huge green space existed in the centre of Colchester. You can while away... read more

Reviewed 25 November 2014
James A
Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Really enjoyed our visit here. Grandchildren loved the open space to run wild and ride their bikes... read more

Reviewed 18 November 2014
Colchester, United Kingdom
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High Woods Country Park is one of Colchester's beauty spots. The Country Park includes woodland, open spaces (ideal for picnics) a lake and wildflower meadows. Along with marshy areas, hayfields and scrubland, High Woods provides the right habitat...more
Visitors Centre Turner Road, Colchester CO4 5JR, England
+44 1206 853588
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Reviewed 25 November 2014

You would never know this huge green space existed in the centre of Colchester. You can while away a couple of hours following the trails or just contemplating nature. The only criticism I have is that the roads in Colchester are congested making it somewhat...More

Date of experience: May 2014
4  Thank James A
Reviewed 25 November 2014

I love having Highwoods on my doorstep. There are lots of dog walkers and 99% of them respect the ark and pick up. It also feels very safe. I love this park in the Autumn as its peaceful. I do wish the parking was free...More

Date of experience: November 2014
3  Thank RinaBina
Reviewed 18 November 2014

Really enjoyed our visit here. Grandchildren loved the open space to run wild and ride their bikes. They loved the wooden play area. Facilities was good as well

Date of experience: September 2014
1  Thank Will5473
Reviewed 10 November 2014

Great place to walk a dog or go for a walk. Very large country park with a large lake in the middle. You can also vary your route each time you visit.

Date of experience: October 2014
4  Thank leescordis
Reviewed 4 November 2014

Whether an organised activity by the park or just a stroll through the woods or around the lake, this is a beautiful park all year round. There's a great children's playground which is split into an older and younger area, plus a climbing wall. Picnics...More

Date of experience: October 2014
1  Thank Jane H
Reviewed 30 October 2014 via mobile

We love coming here for a few hours or even longer. Walk through the woods, visit the pound or meadow for a picnic. There's 2 playgrounds for young children and the park is massive. Just remember the car park costs 50p for 2 hours.

1  Thank DanWoodruffUK
Reviewed 14 October 2014

Aside from a small (50p) parking charge in the main car park, this country park is free. There is a large wooded area with an adventure playground and den-building opportunities, a dipping pond, and lots of walks. There is also a large meadow area with...More

Date of experience: October 2014
1  Thank MomaSud
Reviewed 1 October 2014

excellent on on a nice day plenty of space for kids to run around can always find a lovely secluded spot to picnic lake for fishing perfect for lazy sunny days or charging round with the kids, could do with a few more picnic tables...More

Date of experience: September 2014
2  Thank pelly d
Reviewed 22 September 2014 via mobile

Great wooden adventure play in the middle of a beautiful forest. Suitable for all ages. Lovely lake and walks. Easy to find a good picnic spot too. Even better - 50p to park for 2 hours. Can't beat it!

1  Thank Choppette2000
Reviewed 19 September 2014

Took the kids here,only expected to be there for a short while,but kids enjoyed it so much.We finished up spending almost the whole day here.What a wonderful cheap day out.

Date of experience: September 2014
14  Thank bigbarryEssex
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Jenny T
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Response from bruce543210 | Reviewed this property |
A few miles
24 August 2017|
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Response from Pandora998 | Reviewed this property |
Certainly - there are two excellent play areas that cater for younger and the more adventurous opposite the path from each other just down from the visitor centre.
Sharon T
26 August 2016|
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Response from Colchester B | Property representative |
Yes there is a Visitor Centre located at the turner road entrance. The Visitor Centre can provide tea, coffee, cold drinks, ice cream as well as a selection of confectionary and souvenirs. the Visitor Centre is a cash only... More