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  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Nature Reserve, £1-£2

Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre

Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre


This 125 acre nature reserve is situated on the banks of the River Colne with a magnificent saltmarsh. It has a diverse range of habitats which include heathland, woodland, scrub, ponds and lakes with 8 nature watching hides (New 82 acre intertidal + 2 hides opens July 2016)
The visitor centre: includes a well-stocked gift shop, Nightingale Tearoom which offers a range of hot and cold refreshments, some locally made. Easy access toilet & baby changing facilities.
Activities and Events: Children’s activities are available during every school holiday. Children’s outdoor birthday parties and weekly toddler group available throughout the year.
In the wildlife garden there are some chickens that visitors can feed and at certain times of the year we have Trust lambs and sheep that can be fed.
We have a room that groups can hire 12 boardroom style or 20 adults conference
Refreshments for room by arrangement.
Ample coach/car parking

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsWelcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Opening details

Open Daily 9am - 5pm (1st Feb - 30th Nov)
Open Daily 9am - 4pm (1st Dec - 31st January)
Closed Christmas & Boxing Day


Entry by suggested donation:
Adult £2
Child £1
Family £5 (2 adults & 2 children)

Events at this Venue

date event
Fri 28 Oct Fingringhoe Fledglings
Fri 28 Oct Potions lesson
Sat 29 Oct Halloween by Firelight
Sun 30 Oct Willow Lanterns
Sat 3 Dec Natural Christmas Wreaths
Sat 10 - Sun 11 Dec Mrs Claus’ Rustic Christmas


Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve

01206 729678


South Green Road,



See location of Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TM 047192  Lat: 51.83457 Long: 0.97100

Signposted off B1025 Colchester to Mersea Island road.

Parking: free


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking provided for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • Surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance is:
    • YesGravel
  • Route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesFlat (ie without steps)


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to restaurant / cafe
  • YesLevel access (ie no steps or thresholds), or access by ramp or lift to the toilets
  • YesLevel access (ie no steps or thresholds) or access by ramp to a specially adapted toilet for wheelchair users
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesVegetarian
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesRestaurant / café well lit and suitable for people with sight impairments
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children


  • YesEntrance is well lit