The 10 Best Things to Do in Hornchurch, United Kingdom (UK)

November 22, 2017 Brandee Mangan

Hornchurch is a suburban town in the London Borough of Havering, East London, England, 15.2 miles (24.5 km) east-northeast of Charing Cross. Historically an ancient parish in the county of Essex, that became the manor and liberty of Havering, Hornchurch shifted from agriculture to other industries with the growing significance of nearby Romford as a market town and centre of administration. As part of the suburban growth of London in the 20th century, Hornchurch significantly expanded and increased in population, becoming an urban district in 1926, and forming part of Greater London since 1965. It is the location of Queen's Theatre, Havering Sixth Form College and Havering College of Further and Higher Education.
Restaurants in Hornchurch

1. Room Lockdown

40 North Street | Crown House, Hornchurch RM11 1EW, England +44 1708 471710
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5 based on 85 reviews

Room Lockdown

WELCOME TO ROOM LOCKDOWN Escape Rooms are a unique experience The increasingly popular Live Escape Game has arrived in Hornchurch, Essex! Do you and your team have what it takes to escape our themed rooms You have just 60 minutes to find hidden clues and solve puzzles in order to escape Testing your problem solving and mind skills, teamwork is needed for you to survive! Great Alternative to a night out, something different and exciting, not to mention it's fun for everyone, families, friends, work colleagues and tourists!

Reviewed By Zaklina M

First time going to an escape room. Wasn’t sure of what to expect. From arriving to departing the visit was brilliant with friendly and welcoming staff- got met by an enthusiastic reception staff who then passed us to our host (Brad) who was very helpful and kind. When we started, I was clueless of what to do but eventually us 3 girls got there in the end. We did need some clues throughout the experience well maybe more than a few! But with team work you can ESCAPE!
Get ready for darkness and a bit of crawling!
We had many different emotions from frustration to excitement and happiness.
Would definitely recommend and will be back for other escape rooms!
We got out with 5.35 minutes to spare!

2. Raphael Park

Parkway, Romford RM2 5PA, England +44 1708 431982
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4.5 based on 199 reviews

Raphael Park

Reviewed By John J

After visiting the park, was greeted by a beautiful Fountain, and pleasant to see people fishing, a old house with a Cafe over looking the Blacks Lake.
This park even has its own dedicated Police Officers which is amazing, they are very knowledgeable,
Well done Havering.

3. Thames Chase Forest Centre

Thames Chase Trust Centre, Broadfields Farm, Pike Lane, Upminster RM14 3NS, England +44 1708 642970
Excellent
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4.5 based on 127 reviews

Thames Chase Forest Centre

The Thames Chase Trust aims to make the Thames Chase Community Forest an inspirational example of landscape regeneration through cost effective environmental improvements that changes lives and demonstrates these values through exemplar community led management at the Thames Chase Forest Centre. Thames Chase Forest covers 40 square miles of countryside around the London/Essex borders. Thames Chase Community Forest encompasses countryside in Barking and Dagenham, Brentwood, Havering and Thurrock. Within its boundaries there has been a concerted effort, over the last 20+ years to re-generate despoiled landscape and enhance the natural environment for the benefit of local people and wildlife.

Reviewed By Tracey M - Romford, United Kingdom

Such a lovely place for a walk or to sit and have a drink. Food was ok and staff friendly. Nice day out with friends/kids/partner.Thank you for your review, we hope you visit us again soon!

4. Rainham Hall

Rainham Hall Broadway, Rainham RM13 9YN, England +44 1708 525579
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4 based on 83 reviews

Rainham Hall

Rainham Hall is a charming and remarkably fine example of a Queen Anne house, built in 1729 by an enterprising merchant and ship's captain, John Harle. The hall and its cluster of associated buildings were a focal point for his trading activities, which were a factor in the development of Rainham Village in the 18th century. It is a rare surviving witness of the river trade which forms an important part of local and regional history. The hall is nestled in the heart of Rainham village on the far eastern fringes of London. Surrounded by a contrasting landscape of big skies, wild marshland and thriving industry, Rainham Hall has been quietly biding its time. We are now undertaking a major restoration project to restore and bring to life the Hall, its Stableblock and the Coach House. Building work started in February 2014 and should be completed by our opening in October 2015. We successfully applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant of £1.46 Million which combined with grants from Veolia North Thames Trust and Biffa Award, has allowed us to push ahead with delivering an exciting project built on understanding, community involvement and innovation.

Reviewed By John H - Hitchin Herts

A neat little Queen Anne style townhouse out in the country. We had a short intro to the house covering its history and then were free to wander. The current exhibition deals with WW2 day nursery life since the house was an Essex CC nursery from 1943 to 1950s. The exhibition and items of oral history are to be found throughout the house. For us it awoke some memories, while the grandkids found lots of intersting bits as well. It is not for younger childen (our GCs are 11 and 13).
The Trust has done an excellent job in making the house talk, despite not having much that relates to the occupants over the years. To have an essentially self guided tour is a challengr that they have stepped up to. Gardens are interesting, and the new developments fit within the context of the property. Developing an Amphitheatre in the lowest garden but keeping a rolling slope is a great idea. Two features of the garden to look for, both contemporary to its foundation - a mulberry and a medlar, both unusual trees in todays Gardens.
Dropped into the cafe for a drink after our visit. Pleasant place with good service.

5. Rainham Marshes

Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, Thurrock RM19 1SZ, England +44 1708 899840
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4.5 based on 163 reviews

Rainham Marshes

Reviewed By Pds1 - West Sussex

We stumbled up0n this by accident and am so glad we did. The staff were brilliant. Every single one of them so helpful and obviously very passionate about their work.
We took the 2.4 mile circular walk stopping off at all the hides. I particularly enjoyed the dragon fly pool.
We spent over 2 hours here and could have easily spent longer but as we hadn't been overly prepared we're starting to get hungry and thirsty so headed back to the information centre.
The cafe on site was lovely (with the most amazing shortbread!)
Again staff were extremely helpful while my husband bought some binoculars and we then decided to sign up for monthly payments to visit again at this or any other of the rspb centres around the country.
Can't wait to go again (armed with sun cream, hat and water!!)
Cannot recommend this highly enough

6. Queens Theatre

Theatre House Billet Lane, Hornchurch RM11 1QT, England +44 1708 443333
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4.5 based on 348 reviews

Queens Theatre

The Queen's Theatre Hornchurch is a vibrant producing theatre in the London Borough of Havering, serving East London, Essex and beyond since 1953. As a registered charity and the cultural hub of the region, over 200,000 people enjoy the theatre's programme every year, including the best in home-produced theatre, visiting live entertainment and inspiring Learning and Participation projects. Behind the scenes almost all of our sets and costumes are all lovingly created on-site by our highly skilled carpentry workshop, scenic artists and wardrobe department. The Queen's receives regular funding from the London Borough of Havering and is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. This helps us put theatre at the heart of the cultural life of the community we serve.

Reviewed By Freddie R - Rayleigh, United Kingdom

This venue sadly lacks atmosphere. It is difficult to become totally engrossed in the Performances. Also a problem is parking close to the theatre.

7. Stubbers Activity and Adventure Centre

Ockendon Road, Upminster RM14 2TY, England +44 1708 224753
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4.5 based on 60 reviews

Stubbers Activity and Adventure Centre

Since 1996 Stubbers Adventure Centre has been an independent centre set up as a not for profit company with charity status.The centre is ideally situated to the East of London where the suburbs become greenbelt countryside. Even so Upminster tube station is 5 minutes from the centre and 25 minutes from the city on the District Line. The 370 bus stops right outside the main gate. The M25 is a mere 10 minutes drive away (junction 29) and the Dartford crossing 15 minutes drive.The centre covers 130 acres of green belt land. The site has been landscaped specifically for the purpose of outdoor pursuits. We are able to deliver a full multi activity programme without needing to go off site. We have a residential building that accommodates 48 clients. In the summer up to 220 clients can be accommodated in camping villages.The activity facilities at the centre include two 22-acre lakes for sailing and motor sports with a smaller lake for paddle sport training. Water based activities include Jet ski driving, Sailing, Stand up paddle boarding and Kata Kanu’s. Towers activities include two outdoor climbing walls, two High Ropes Courses and a Zip Wire. Land based activities include All Terrain Boarding and Laser Tag and finally our Motor sports activities include 4x4 dual control Land Rover Discovery’s and 8 wheel Argocats.Schools and Youth organisations comprise the main body of our clients and in the holidays there are activity camps, which are very popular with the local children. We provide programmes for special need groups including behavioural difficulties. The centre also provides outdoor development programmes and fun events for adults and companies too.

Reviewed By natasha w - Basildon, United Kingdom

Beautiful location with good clean facilities. We camped here for the weekend really reasonable price for the family and all activities included. Which were Laser combat, Bush craft skills, Paddle boarding, archery, shooting, open air cinema and a beach party. We had an amazing time and the staff were fab so helpful.

8. Bedfords Park

Bedfords Park Broxhill Road, Romford RM4 1QH, England +44 1708 748646
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4.5 based on 74 reviews

Bedfords Park

Reviewed By StaplefordSue - Romford, United Kingdom

A beautiful child friendly, dog friendly country park steeped in history and overlooking London; what more could you ask for! Oh and free parking! There is a Visitors’ Centre, which includes a shop and tea room. It also caters for children’s birthday parties complete with guide and outdoor activities. There are some lovely walks and a fishing lake too. I believe the park and surrounding area was used for hunting in Tudor times.
Whatever the season, Bedford’s Park has something to offer, definitely worth a visit!

9. Weald Country Park

Weald Road, Brentwood CM14 5QS, England +44 1277 261343
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4.5 based on 218 reviews

Weald Country Park

Reviewed By sweetgems - London, United Kingdom

Take your wellies and leave the buggy behind, this is a beautiful country park which can get very boggy in the fields and squelchy underfoot!
There are animals to see, lots of ducks, and some Stickman attractions (play areas and his house) but some of the paths were tricky to navigate when we visited.
Beautiful views from some of the higher points.
Car park closes at 4:30 - you wouldn't want to be roaming the park as it gets dark.

10. Essex Wildlife Trust Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre

Hornchurch RM12 6DF, England +44 1708 520364
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4.5 based on 30 reviews

Essex Wildlife Trust Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre

Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre is situated in Hornchurch Country Park and has fantastic views over the Valley which gives it its name. The visitor centre has a café offering light refreshments, a gift shop, an education space and offers regular events.

Reviewed By Mike G - Hornchurch, United Kingdom

The country park was already very good with paths, play equipment, exercise equipment, grass areas, ponds, woodland. Lots of birds, wildlife, and flora,
The visitors centre is a great addition, not only does it house toilets and a very good cafe (we had lunch) but also wildlife information and also a room telling you about the wartime history of the area when it was a fighter station and you can see some remnants of this history within the park. Like most country parks not ideal on a wet day but loads to see on a nice day. There are even a pair of kestrels who hunt over one of the open areas.
There is generous amounts of parking near the centre.

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