Opening times

Opens at 8am Monday to Sunday. Closing times vary depending on seasons, and sunrise and sunset 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 1 March, Sharps Green car park will close at 4.30pm. 


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

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

Contact details

To request a management plan for this park, email

If locked on site, please phone 0333 0155 777.



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

Yes, the car park has a height restriction. 

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 0333 0155 777.


Walkway and grass