Wat Tyler Country Park, owned by Basildon District Council, attracts some 250,000 visitors per year. It currently offers a variety of attractions such as an adventure playground, a miniature railway, a motor boat museum, a series of historic buildings, a RSPB centre, bird hides and country walks.
This summer, a new Visitor Centre will open to accommodate general public and education groups. The Centre will have a large cafe with views of the park and an engaging display which tells the story of the site which is a former munitions and gunpowder factory.
The Parklands funding will continue the development of the park around the Motorboat Museum where a Sustainability/Eco Centre will be created highlighting the best sustainable techniques in building construction, wind turbines, solar panels, biomass wood burners etc. In addition the funding will improve the entrance and path in network the north of the park.
Wat Tyler has attracted large amount of funding from Heritage Lottery Fund, Veolia Cleanaway Pitsea Marshes Trust, in addition to the Parklands funding.