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Despite being a stone’s throw from the bustling city of London, Thurrock has many spaces for its residents to relax and unwind.

The Thames is home to a vast array of resident wildlife and provides an over-wintering ground for 300,000 waterfowl.

The Thurrock Thameside Nature Park features an innovative visitor centre built on a former landfill site, with breath-taking views over Mucking Flats and the Thames Estuary. The park offers 120 acres of nature and is great for bird watching, ship watching and stunning views.

Grays Town Park, located in the centre of Grays, is also well-used by the local community. Its 2.5 hectares include a large family play area, a basketball court and a tennis court.

On warm, summer days, Canvey Island and Southend-on-Sea offer the perfect, picturesque beach relaxation spots.

If you’re looking to get active, Thurrock is home to the longest and fastest go-karting track in Essex for adults, children and families. Also nearby is the East London Paintball Centre, a venue regarded as one of the best in the country, offering amazing facilities and game zones, including a jet aeroplane, four double-decker buses, armoured vehicles, forts and jungle environments.

To see more of the leisure offer in Thurrock explore the links below: