Eastbrookend Country Park
We understand that the borough’s parks are vitally important for both physical and mental wellbeing. Therefore, our green spaces will remain open at this time.
However, the government’s social distancing guidelines now apply. This is a priority and not a choice. While you can currently still go for a walk or exercise outdoors, you must stay more than 2 metres (6 feet) from each other and not use children’s playgrounds or outdoor gym equipment.
We have taken the difficult decision to close the Discovery Centre at Eastbrookend Country Park.
For the latest information on changes to our park facilities and services, including opening times and social distancing, please check our updates page:
Eastbrookend Country Park officially opened in 1995 and provides local people with the chance to experience the pleasure of the countryside on their doorstep.
The country park is adjacent to and connects directly with The Chase Nature Reserve. Along with Central Park to the North, and Beam Valley and Beam Parklands to the South, these parks form the ‘Dagenham Corridor’ which provides people and wildlife with over 250 hectares of green space in the borough.
The car park entrance is located off Dagenham Road, RM7 0SS (the turning is shared with Eastbrookend Cemetery).
- Sports and leisure
- Cafe in the park
- Access for disabled users
- School visits
- Room hire at Eastbrookend Discovery Centre
- Community activities and involvement
- Opening hours
- Directions by public transport
- Eastbrookend Discovery Centre (with education room)
- wildlife areas including woodlands and wildflower meadows
- community orchard
- self-guided nature trail (circular route)
- fishing lakes (managed by Bardag Angling Association)
- bicycle racks and cycle ways
- a cafe
- public toilets
- an accessible toilet and baby changing facilities
Sports and leisure
Eastbrookend is available for everyone to enjoy and visitors to the country park can take part in a range of self-lead recreational activities, such as walking, cycling and angling.
There are 4 lakes in the park, 3 of which are available for day-ticket fishing, and they are managed by Bardag Angling Association.
The Eastbrookend Discovery Centre, an environmentally friendly visitor centre, opened in Eastbrookend in 1997 with funding from the Millennium Commission and was designed to demonstrate best practice in environmental construction. It is the base of operation for the Parks Ranger Service.
Cafe in the park
The Eastbrookend Discovery Centre Café (currently operated by students from Barking and Dagenham College) offers a wide range of hot and cold drinks, delicious freshly-prepared food, and a selection of other snacks. Dogs are welcome, as long as they are kept on a lead inside the building.
The Rangers Service deliver an interesting and exciting annual programme of events and activities including:
- themed family fun days and community events
- educational walks and talks
- Eastbrookend Country Fair (now a biennial event)
For full information on forthcoming events please check the Park Rangers Eventbrite page:
Access for disabled users
For information about access for disabled users, visit AccessAble.
We offer a year-round programme of outdoor learning at Eastbrookend with our Outdoor Classroom environmental education and outdoor learning sessions.
Room hire at Eastbrookend Discovery Centre
The Education Room is available for hire by community groups and members of the public for meetings, celebrations and talks.
This large, versatile space has sliding glass doors which overlook and open directly onto the country park, via a covered patio area. It has a capacity of:
- 40 people standing
- 30 people sitting theatre-style
- 20 people boardroom style (sitting around a table)
Hire costs for the classroom are £22.90 per hour. There is a minimum booking of 1.5 hours.
For information on room hire, please call 020 8227 2332.
Community activities and involvement
We are keen to involve park users and the local community in our decision making. You can:
- attend Ranger Service events and activities
- join the Friends of Eastbrookend and The Chase group
- volunteer and become involved in nature conservation work
For those who want to broaden their experience volunteering at Eastbrookend, we can assist with obtaining further work in:
- nature conservation
- park management
The car park gates will be locked at:
- 9.30pm in Spring and Summer (April to September)
- 6.30pm in Autumn and Winter (October to March)
Directions by public transport
- District Line train to Dagenham Heathway Station.
- Turn left out of station to bus stop.
- Bus number 174 to The Chase.
- Cross road using pelican crossing.
- Enter Country Park via squeeze gates.
- For Eastbrookend Discovery Centre, turn left at the corner of the Community Orchard and follow path behind the Farmhouse Venue until you see the Discovery Centre in front of you.
- District Line train to Dagenham East Station.
- Turn left out of the station to the bottom of the slope.
- Cross over the road towards the Pipe Major, keeping the pub to your right hand side.
- Immediately after the pub, and before the row of shops, turn right into Footpath No 43 (leading to Hornchurch / Dagenham Road)
- Stay on footpath with playing fields to your left and new buildings to your right.
- After you pass the large car park on your left, turn left into Footpath No 20 (Leading to Dagenham Road)
- Follow footpath into Eastbrookend Country Park, passing Wheelers’ Pond on your left.
- For Eastbrookend Discovery Centre, follow the path straight on past the woodland, you will see the Discovery Centre over to the right, across the meadow (look for the wind turbine).