The cafe is open 7 days a week from 10am to 4pm. Toilets will remain open until the cafe closes.

Outdoor gyms, educational building and children's play areas are open.

In line with the latest government guidelines, you are no longer required to wear face coverings or observe social distancing in council-run facilities. However, we appreciate that you may wish to continue to wear face coverings when visiting for your own safety - and you are welcome to do so.

The government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.

For your safety, we will be maintaining enhanced cleaning in all our facilities and will continue to provide hand sanitisers for your use when visiting.

You will still be able to sign into our buildings using the QR code for track and trace although this is no longer a legal requirement. 

Vehicle height restriction

We have a height barrier of 6 feet and 6 inches at the main entrance of Riverside Country Park.

If you are planning to visit us with a vehicle that is over this height, please call us on 01634 337432 so we can meet you and open the barrier.

Riverside Country Park Green Flag award

Opening times

Opens at 8am Monday to Sunday. Closing times vary depending on seasons and sunrise/set times.

Park is locked in the evenings:

  • January to February - 5pm
  • March - 6pm
  • April - 7.30pm
  • May to August - 8.30pm
  • September - 7.30pm
  • October - 6pm
  • November and December - 5pm

From November until the 1 March, Sharps Green car park will close at 4.30pm. 



Contact details

To request a management plan for this park, email

If locked on site, please phone 0845 850 0319.



333 Lower Rainham Road

  • visitor centre
  • education room
  • café
  • picnic area
  • ranger service
  • sustrans cycle path
  • trails
  • car and coach parking
  • venue and meeting room hire
  • bee garden
  • bug hotel
  • nature plant area.

There's also a children's play area with:

  • climbing unit
  • slide
  • swings with toddler seats
  • swings with swing boat seats
  • hopscotch
  • play houses
  • climbing and balance trail.
Disabled access
Locked in

Our country parks are locked:

  • January and February at 5pm
  • March at 6pm
  • April at 7.30pm
  • May, June, July and August at 8.30pm
  • September at 7.30pm
  • October at 6pm
  • November and December at 5pm

If you find yourself locked in one of the sites you should phone 0845 850 0319.


Walkway and grass