Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre opens in Hornchurch Country Park
PUBLISHED: 13:49 05 October 2015 | UPDATED: 13:49 05 October 2015
Performances, games and a fun-filled dog show were held in celebration as a £1.4million visitor centre was unveiled.
Grand opening of Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Steam traction engines at the event
Youngsters keep an eye out for a Spitfire
The new visitors centre at Ingrebourne Valley park
Mayor Cllr Brian Eagling at the event
Springwatch presenter Iolo Williams
Cllr Mervyn Wallace and Iolo Williams unveil the plaque
Kerry Kettleton with her telescope
Children play board games on the grass
Adam Robson with pc Michael Sheppard
Children at the animal centre
Singers entertain the crowds
The Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre, in Hornchurch Country Park, was officially opened at the weekend by Iolo Williams, BBC Wildlife presenter and naturalist, following a 12-month wait since work on the building began last year,
More than 3,500 park-goers showed up for the event to mark the opening of the centre where there were stalls, farmyard animals and plenty of activities for families to enjoy.
The centre is a partnership project between Essex Wildlife Trust and Havering Council.
World War One themed performances, an exhibition and a spitfire launch was also featured as part of the event to commemorate RAF Hornchurch’s vital role in the Battle of Britain, 75 years ago.
The centre, which will be run by the trust, will provide community and educational facilities for its visitors.
Cllr Melvin Wallace, cabinet member for culture and community engagement at Havering Council, said: “The superb visitor centre offers a range of excellent facilities to the public, which will improve their visitor experience at Hornchurch Country Park.”