Thousands flock to Hockley for wild family fun in the woods!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

More than 4,000 visitors flocked to Rochford District Council’s annual ‘Wild Woods Day’ at Hockley Woods on Saturday [June 3], where they had a chance to try their hand at activities including axe throwing, bush craft, and tent building.

The more adventurous even had a go at ‘parkour workshops’ where they could use the beautiful ancient woodlands as a base to run, climb, jump, vault and roll through the trees.

The younger ones had their faces painted, took part in arts and crafts, and had the chance to meet the ever-popular Rochford District Council mascot Max the Dragon.

The event was organised by the Council’s Leisure Team and was sponsored by Fusion Lifestyle, who also brought their mascot Ollie the Octopus to meet and greet the hoards of excited children

The ever expanding event was run in association with Crouch Valley Scouts, who took over the ‘Wild Zone’ with a pop-up campsite where visitors could learn about activities including pioneering, where they lashed and knotted ropes together.

The stage, sponsored by Wells Legal Solicitors, was hosted BBC Radio Essex who ran competitions throughout the day and introduced performances by local groups, schools and artists.

This year, there were some exciting new zones; the Create & Play Zone sponsored by Amos Estates, Active Zone sponsored by Potters of Hockley and Wild Zone sponsored by Green Gateway Trading Ltd, which were all packed with revellers.


Rochford District Council’s Assistant Director for Commercial Services, Matt Harwood White said: “It is great to see so many families enjoying the stunning surroundings of Hockley Woods and taking part in so many activities which they would probably not get much chance to do.

“This event goes from strength-to-strength with the number of people attending growing every year. I would really like to thank the Rochford District Council staff, the Crouch Valley Scouts, and the sponsors, who have gone the extra mile to make it so successful.”