Easter Egg Hunt Hockley Woods

Easter Egg Hunt Hockley Woods & Face Painting – Wednesday 1 April, 10am-12pm £7 per child

There is an Easter Egg Hunt taking place in Hockley Woods. The Easter Holiday Activities Brochure is now available to download at www.rochford.gov.uk/holidayactivities

Easter-Egg-Hunt-Hockley-WoodsThe Rochford District Council Leisure Team works in partnership with Rochford Extended Services and Fusion Lifestyle to deliver a variety of sports, arts and leisure activities during the school holidays for children, families and teens in venues across the Rochford District.

A nature trail through Hockley Woods looking at various topics including (but not limited to): animals / birds, plants, seeds, den building and arts & crafts.

Lots of interesting things to see and games to play! Get your face painted like an Easter / woodland animal and hunt for an Egg.

Email Rochford Extended Services extendedservices@kes.essex.sch.uk


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Wild Woods

Wild Woods Day in Hockley Woods organised by Rochford Council

The annual Wild Woods Day for 2014 is taking place in Hockley Woods on Saturday 7 June 2014. This is run by the District Council and is always a great family day out. Events start at 11.00am and carry on throughout the day, finishing at 4.00pm.

As explained on the Council website:

Entry is free to this family-friendly event which has a focus on ‘green’ themes including recycling, sustainability and protecting the local environment. A pop-up market will offer local produce and upcycled and recycled products. Visitors can try out a pedal-powered smoothie maker and have a go at geocaching.

Other activities include a range of arts and sports including archery, axe throwing, mini golf, ‘make and take’ art workshops, woodlands crafts and live music.

Selected activities require a £2 ‘Wild Stamp’ which you can purchase on the day. Only one stamp is required per person and this is valid for a range of activities that can be accessed more than once throughout the event. Terms and Conditions apply.

Mark Aldous says “Wild Woods Day Family Fun Day took place on Saturday 1st June 2013 and was the 10th Anniversary of the event and the day regularly attracts over 2500 visitors”.

Wild Woods Fun Day Itinery

Wild Woods Day in Hockley – Saturday 1 June 2013
11am to 4pm at Hockley Woods
Sponsored by Virgin Active
Information: Leisure Team on 01702 318191
Email leisure@rochford.gov.uk
Council Website www.rochford.gov.uk/wildwoodsday
Join us to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Wild Woods Day
Enjoy a day of discovery in Hockley ancient woodlands
 Live Music
 Rare Owls
 Chainsaw Wood Carving
 ‘Make and Take’
Art activities
 Climbing Wall
 Under 5’s area
 Pop-up Market
All activities subject to change.
No on-site parking. Free parking and shuttle bus
service from Hockley Community Centre (SS5 4XD)
Alternatively, take the train to Hockley
(Southend Victoria Line) or the No.7 Bus.
Train and Bus information: 0871 200 22 33.
No need to book, just turn up!
Free event
Children remain the responsibility of parents/guardians throughout the day.
This event will be photographed and filmed for publicity purposes
Lots of your favourite activities from the past 10 years will be returning along with many new attractions!
. . . and much more!

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Spring Health Walk

We are inviting residents who would like to enjoy some gentle exercise and see the flourishing spring flowers in Hockley Woods to take part in their FREE ‘Spring Health Walk’.


Spring Health Walk Organised by The Council

The walk will be taking place on 25 April at 10:45am meeting in Hockley Woods car park and will last approximately 2 hours. Not only will walkers be able to marvel at the flourishing spring flowers whilst getting plenty of exercise, they will also get to hear some fascinating tales about the 10,000 year old woodlands and the enchanting folklore of ghosts and fairies that live within.

The walks, organised by the Council, are run by qualified Volunteer Walk Leaders and have proved successful in encouraging the community to get out and enjoy exercise.

Rochford District Council’s Woodlands Officer, Richard Bond, said: “These free walks are ideal for people who want to do a bit more exercise. They’re also a great opportunity for people to talk as they walk and make new friends.

There are lots of different walking routes available within our District so taking part is a great way to see some of the spectacular scenery we have on our doorstep especially now as the spring flowers are beginning to emerge”.

The flower bloom in Hockley Woods is an incredible sight and one not to be missed, so please feel free to let our Leisure Services Team know if you’re coming by calling 01702 318121″

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Hockley Living Magazine

Hockley Living Magazine have published an article about my Hockley Woods website!

Hockley Living Magazine Issue 4, November 2012 click below!


I was thrilled and delighted when I picked up Issue 4, November 2012 and found my Hockley Woods website screen shot and a lovely accompanying write up. The increased exposure that Hockley Living Magazine will bring to my community website is most welcome. As Hockley Woods Dot Com is still very much in it’s infancy, it gives local people of Hockley a hand in shaping this website for the future, with local news, articles, pictures, and ideas. It’s a website written about the people, for the people. I would like it to grow, and benefit residents of Hockley and Hawkwell, together with those people who haven’t yet paid a visit to Hockley Woods. Onwards and upwards!

If you would like to get in touch with me regarding Hockley Woods Website you can contact me on 07802 195204 and Hockley Living Magazine on 079277 18969



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Map of Hockley Woods

On my website you will find a map of Hockley Woods, along with other links to maps of Hockley footpaths. These maps are on the Rochford Council website too.

Submit your own map of Hockley Woods or favourite walk

Do you have a favourite walk and would like to share it with others? Simply drop me a line and I will publish it! Share your map of Hockley, Rayleigh or Rochford walks here. Email me at

geoff at geoffgrove.com

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Rambling Clubs


I’m still looking out for local Rambling Clubs in the Rayleigh / Rochford / Woodham Ferrers area to display links to on my web site. If you know of, or are a member of a group you think well deserves a mention, please contact me. I will give them a free advert!

Charge for parking in Hockley Woods Car Park

I’m also interested in any local issues to do with Hockley Woods and surrounding areas, so again, if you have anything to share, please get in touch.
I’ve not seen the parking machines yet in the main car park area, but imagine they are now installed. Does anyone have further details as to when they will be operational, and how much the fees will be?
You can also follow local info on the Facebook page ‘Hockley Essex’, post your own info too. Here’s the direct link..
Hockley Essex

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Gusted Hall Woods

Gusted Hall Woods, Gusted Hall Lane, SS5 4JLGusted-Hall-woods

Many people may wonder where Gusted Hall Woods are. They back on to The Keddies Estate, aka The Lawn, Rochford. Don’t go into the well fenced off area as they do paintball and you might get shot! 🙂 You may come across Bluebell Wood with it’s thick blue carpet in spring. They also link up with Hockley Woods, and Grove Woods. In fact you can walk from Hockley to Eastwood by cutting through this area, flanked by oil seed rape fields of golden yellow.Gusted-Hall-Lake

Access is just off the Main Road, near Potash Nursery. You will see a long straight road heading up into the fields, this is Gusted Hall Lane, Postcode SS5 4JL. Just follow this, and you will find limited parking at the end of this road. Walk straight down the main path through the trees, and turn left as soon as you walk over a bridge and stream.

Take the wrong path and you will have a fence to negotiate!












This will take you past a nature reserve area, and on to a recently created lake! New bridleways link this area to Cherry Orchard Way.Gusted-Hall-Lake-Ducks
Enjoy exploring!

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Dog Microchip Event Free

Dog Microchip Event Free Microchipping

If your dog is not microchipped there is a free dog microchip event on Sunday 20th May at Sweyne Park (Downhall Park Way) Rayleigh, Essex, where there will be Free Dog Microchipping available.

Its from 12noon til 3pm. (There are also other family activities!)
I would recommend getting it done if your dog isn’t chipped, it doesn’t hurt them, and it could be a Godsend if they are lost or stolen.

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Rambling Clubs and Walking Groups

Gusted-Hall-Bridge-1Ramblers Clubs and Walking Groups

When this rain eventually stops and warm sunshine makes us dash outdoors, you might want to explore your area in greater detail.
Hockleywoods.com has a dedicated page for Ramblers Clubs and Walking Groups in the Hockley and Rochford area. If you would like to view some of the walks and timetables take a look!
If you run a group and would like it to be included on my page please get in touch!
There are lots of new pictures added of Hockley Woods, Gusted Hall and Grove Woods. I took these while out with The Rayleigh Dog Walking Group
Like a set of nice pictures of your dog at play? Look through the gallery, I can accompany you on a walk, snap away, and present you with a CD packed with high resolution images that you can have printed, or share with friends and family.
Geoff Grove 07802 195204

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