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We made an application recently for a new bike park and wow, just look what we've got! A heart shaped bike park funded by ParkThatBike Initiative. They are a small, highly professional consultancy specialising in cycle parking initiatives and specialise in the operation of schemes that provide secure and convenient cycle parking. We are really pleased with our heart shaped racks, a welcome addition at the entrance of the decking. Remember to bring your lock to keep cycles safe in the park .

Stop press: New dates

Saturday 13th October

Relax and unwind at Henry our Star Pamper Evening in Aid of Little Roo Neonatal Fund.

6pm to 10pm - Tickets £2 - Free Bubbly on entry

More info on Facebook and our website shortly.

Thursday 4th October

Adult Board Games Night including Cribbage -  7pm to 11pm Age 16+ - £1 donation to Hardie Park.


Our Free Prize Draw Winner!

During our summer events programme we offered our cafe customers and park visitors the chance to enter our free prize draw for Afternoon Tea for 2 at the cafe.

Well thanks for taking part! The lucky winner Emma from Stanford-le-hope was drawn this week from over 150 entries. She had entered the draw whilst attending one of our many bounce days. We look forward to seeing her at the cafe soon.

If you would like to book an Afternoon tea the cost is £12.95 per person.

With Christmas coming soon it might also make a nice gift for someone? Gift vouchers available.

Cake donations welcome!

We're hosting our own coffee morning on Friday 28th September - 10am onwards to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support . Come on down to the park, it's buzzing on a Friday with our Gardeners, Shedders and Petanque crew meeting too. There will be tea, coffee, cake and a chat on offer. If you are a baker, or wish to donate any cakes for the event they would be gladly received nearer the date.


Volunteer recruitment at the Orsett Show

Thanks to everybody who took the time to speak to us at the Orsett Show this year. Our main purpose was to recruit and engage people with the concept of volunteering. We also managed to speak to hundreds of people about what our park has to offer. We can't wait to welcome new visitors over the coming year. Such a positive day and a great opportunity for us to tell the world about Hardie Park!

A couple of our new Orsett Show recruits, brother and sister Sam and Sophie have already completed their first shift over the weekend. What stars they are!

If you are interested in volunteering or maybe have a young person that would like to enhance their CV by learning new skills you can apply online here. If you prefer to call and discuss volunteering opportunities give our Volunteer Co-ordinator Pam a call on 07714 661888.


Reach out for Mental Health

Reach out for Mental Health's crisis cafe will open at Hardie Park on Wednesday 3rd October (evening). All of the details you'll need are on the flyer. CLICK the image for a larger version.  Please tell people about the service, anyone you're concerned about. Start a conversation. If you're worried, ask them if they're having suicidal thoughts. You won't put the idea in their head.  If you're having suicidal thoughts, tell someone, tell Reach Out, tell anyone. (Just to avoid any confusion, the service does not operate during cafe opening hours)

Getting all revved up for a re-furb of the cafe

Next time you visit the cafe you might notice a larger space. We haven't had an extension but a wall has been removed. What a difference!

Ideas are bouncing around re the design, watch this space for progress or pop in to the cafe and see for yourself.


Privacy Policy

Our Privacy Policy is available on our website but we just wanted to highlight it here. The security of your personal information and privacy of your data is important to us. The link below explains how we collect information, what we do with your data and how we keep it secure.

Our Privacy Statement

If you wish to discuss further please contact our CEO Rob Groves on 07803 295374 or email us on info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk


Equipment hire

If you need to hire any equipment to make your own events run smoothly please get in touch. Items for hire can be used in the park or at your own venue.

Please call café direct to book on 07935 868835


4.5m x 3m: £10 in the park  £15 at home   6m x 3m: £15 in the park  £20 at home

4ft folding tables: £2.50 in the park £5 at home

Chafing dishes: £5 each

6 hour chafing fuel (purchase only) £2 each (2 per tray required)


American and Vintage Car Show

The next date for our Men's Shed fundraiser is Sunday 14th October. A car show with an American Car twist!

To exhibit it's £2 in advance and £3 on the gate.Entrance is free for visitors. These events prove to be a great day out for the family. Use of the park facilities and some amazing cars to reminisce over. There will be some craft stalls too on site. Hope to see you all there! Men’s Shed have a Facebook page if you are a social media fan. Find them @hardieparkmensshed

Here's some images from the recent 16th September Classic Car event. (photos courtesy of CM Photography)

Click here for our 2018 event calendar

We're recruiting for our EVENTS team

As you can see from the entries in this newsletter alone there's quite a schedule of events to plan at the park. If you are organised and forward thinking and would like to get involved we are actively seeking to expand our events team! Give Rob a ring on 07803 295374 or pop into the café for a chat. We'd love to have you on board!

Would you like a stall at one of our events? CLICK HERE
Fancy volunteering? Sign up here!
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Hardie Park Cafe

Hardie Road


Essex  SS17 0PB

07803 295374


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