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Interactive Interpretation Centre

A place for all ages to learn about the woodland

Family Friendly


Uncover the wonderful woodland world of Hainault Forest, past and present, through our family friendly forest discovery space.

Connected to the 1856 café, our hands-on activities explore the habitats, history and wildlife of the forest and are perfect for curious minds, young and old!

  • Listen to the magical birdsong found beneath the canopy of the trees.
  • Enter a miniature forest world – climb through our small play area; what will you find…?
  • Peek through our 3D binoculars to spot the animals of the forest.
  • Discover the fascinating life cycle of a tree

1865 Cafe

The perfect pit stop

With our 1856 Cafe being only a few steps away from our Interactive Interpretation Centre, a relaxing and warming drink is just within reach.

The perfect setting for friends and families to relax after exploring Hainault Forest and all it has to offer.


We need you!

We will be recruiting people to help volunteer at our Interactive Interpretation Centre!

If you’re the kind of person looking for a way to spend a few days of your week, or just enjoy giving back to your community, take a look at our volunteer page.

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