Hinchingbrooke Country Park remains open and the toilets are open daily 10am - 4pm. The cafe is open 11am - 3pm Tuesday to Friday, 10am - 3pm at weekends and is closed on Mondays. Please note there is no seating currently inside and the cafe may close in bad weather conditions. Pre-packed food and drinks are available.
You will see screens and queuing systems and we ask that you please remember to stay 2 meters away from staff and other members of the public. Masks should also be worn inside the cafe.
The electric powered wheelchairs are available to use 10am – 3pm during the winter months. Please telephone to book.
The play area is open and we ask that you are considerate and follow the guidelines including maintaining social distancing at all times, washing hands and not using the play area if you or anyone in your household has symptoms of coronavirus.
Reduced numbers of staff are working on sites and we would appreciate it if you could take any litter home with you.
Thank you for your support.
Hinchingbrooke Country Park covers 170 acres of open grasslands, mature woodland and lakes. It is a great place to visit for families, nature spotters, dog walkers and those who wish to enjoy the great outdoors.
Since 2018 Hinchingbrooke Country Park has held the Green Flag Award, which recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces in the country.
The park has a wealth of wildlife, whether you are armed with a camera or binoculars! All three species of British woodpecker can be seen here, along with nuthatch and marsh tit or you may be lucky enough to spot an otter or a kingfisher.
Whether you are walking the dog, exploring with your children, having a picnic or enjoying tea and cakes or ice creams from the cafe, we are sure you will enjoy your visit.
Directions to the park can be found in our information leaflet [PDF].
There are a variety of ways in which you can volunteer at Hinchingbrooke Country Park.
Work parties are held each week on Wednesdays and Thursdays when volunteers come in to help the rangers with outdoor practical tasks. This can involve vegetation clearance, path maintenance and grassland management.
We hold regular events and an extra hand is always needed with setting up, directing cars and litter picking. Some family events are themed (for example, Christmas Grotto) so there is the opportunity to get dressed up and make the day extra special for the families taking part.
The country park is visited by school groups, mostly during spring and summer. Volunteers help the rangers lead nature activities such as pond dipping and den building.
The cafe at Hinchingbrooke is very popular, so we often need a bit of extra help to serve customers, prepare food and help with the washing up.
Site checks involve walking around the park along a set route and checking that the structures are safe, the paths are accessible and the signs and lifebelts are present, for example, benches are not broken and trees aren’t obstructing the paths.
We would also like to carry out regular wildlife surveys across the country park for as many groups of flora and fauna as possible. Most of the recordings of different wildlife come from ad hoc sightings and, although these are still valuable, it would be even better if we could do more regular monitoring of what lives in the park and where. People of all expertise are welcome and surveys can be very valuable if you want to learn about the wildlife in your area. You don’t need to be an expert!
For further information please contact Robyn Staddon (Volunteer Co-Ordinator) at Robyn.Staddon@huntingdonshire.gov.uk, download an application form [DOCX, 61Kb] or pick up an application form from the Visitor Centre at Hinchingbrooke Country Park. Please note, due to a high volume of application forms received by Countryside Services during the pandemic, there may be a slight delay in processing your application and some volunteer roles at some of the sites currently have a waiting list.