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“Surprising”
Review of Grays Beach

Grays Beach
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Surprising”
Reviewed December 17, 2012

What a brilliant young children's play beach in such an unfashionable location. People come from miles around to enjoy this imaginative and innovative facility

Visited August 2012
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Grays Thurrock, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A great place to take children”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

I've lived in Grays all my life but have always avoided Grays Beach, but when I went to visit it I was really pleasantly surprised. Firstly though: it's not a beach. It's a really lovely little park next to a 'beach'.

The (extremely muddy, but that's to be expected for this part of the Thames) beach can be accessed over a very high concrete wall which borders one side of the park. There are proper barriers all across this wall, and the path up is high enough and steep enough that there's no chance of a child escaping over the top and getting into the river without being noticed - so there are no fears on that front.

There's a café area (complete with toilets) next to the large playground for children. The entire playground is on sand and there are some really good bits of play equipment there which cater to a wide age range (I would imagine one year olds up to younger teenagers) - it's also really well thought through, in that lots of the smaller bits of equipment for younger children mirror some of the features used in the bits for older children. The showpiece is the giant pirate ship at the far end of the playground, which is really good fun.

As well as this playground there are small fields (one of which contains a zip wire!) and bits of different habitats for people to walk through (meadow, woodland etc.). Also, next to the playground there are some swings etc. and there's even a swing for young people who are in wheelchairs. The park was lovely and clean.

The reason I've not given this park five stars is that it's currently lacking in a few areas due to what seems to be poor maintenance/lack of a maintenance budget. The crazy golf bit for small kiddies is closed off and dilapidated, there's a big electronic games wall which wasn't working and looked like it hadn't been working for a very long time, and the meadow/woodland areas weren't being looked after brilliantly - they were still enjoyable, but a little bit more work on them would make them great. (Things like the official path through the woodland section had been re-topped for a couple of metres at the entrances visible from the field, but inside no work seemed to have gone into the path at all). That said, I would still recommend you visit the meadow and woodland bits, because they were good fun to look at.

Parking is limited, as we couldn't find a car park. We managed to find a space in a road very nearby and walk for about thirty seconds only, but I would imagine it can get very difficult to park nearby when it's busy.

Visited July 2012
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Grays Thurrock, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Excellent for young children”
Reviewed September 10, 2012

Great place for kids, lots of climbing frames to play on and a great big galleon ships with slides. Small paddling pool with water fountains which is great for kids in the hot weather. Bouncy castles and massive field for football and have a picnic. Free day out unless you spend money in the cafe which isnt expensive. Great for an afternoon.

Visited April 2012
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Stanford le Hope, England, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“not just sand”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

Big sand pit filled with all sorts of climbing things and other seaside bits, the climbing galleon with slides is great for the kids and there is a water splash place with little paddling pool and fountains of water to run under and a bouncy castle both of which you do have to pay extra for but if you pay for the carpark there is a voucher for money off and you dont have to go in them. we didnt and still spent 3 hours watching the grandkids climbing around and playing in the sand

Visited August 2012
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