The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army has been a part of the Hadleigh community since 1890. For 122 years, Hadleigh Farm, and later Hadleigh Training Centre, has been a place where The Salvation Army has trained, helped and educated men and women who have experienced difficult times, enabling them to further themselves both personally and professionally.
The Salvations Army’s Hadleigh Farm has evolved over the last 120 years. Today they are a commercial farm, a place of natural beauty, committed to environmental and social progress, and home to an English Heritage site. Given the long standing heritage and history, the Salvation Army request that Hadleigh park is promoted as alcohol free.
As well as being the host venue for the London 2012 Mountain Bike Course, Hadleigh Farm offers a number of attractions for the whole family. The guided walks offer a fascinating insight into the Hadleigh Farm area, including the historic 14th century Hadleigh Castle and the Salvation Army’s commercial farm.
The tea rooms are renowned throughout the local community and beyond for the quality of food and the atmosphere. You will be served by trainees from the Hadleigh Training Centre which works to re-train people with special educational needs. Next to the tea room is the Farm Shop where you will find a unique range of homemade goods and produce.
Hadleigh park is of great significance to The Salvation Army as it was here, in 1891, that the land was purchased by William Booth and saw the start of his vision for Hadleigh Farm. The role of Hadleigh Farm changed slightly after the Second World War, and during the 1950’s, the farm helped to train former youth offenders and boys on probation. In 1990, the Hadleigh Training Centre was opened on the site of, and in conjunction with, the farm. The centre works with local authorities to train people with special educational needs in contemporary subjects such as IT skills, carpentry, and life skills.
For more information on the what’s on offer at the Salvation Army, visit https://www.hadleighfarm.org.uk
Hadleigh Park & Essex County Council
Since London 2012, Essex County Council, along with Active Essex, have been developing Hadleigh Park into world-class sporting venue with one of the best mountain bike courses in the country at its heart. The Active Essex team at Essex County Council have been working closely with the local community to preserve this great sporting legacy which, along with the bike trails, boasts a brand new Hub that includes a 400 space car park, a cafe, bike shop, bike workshop, rangers office, a multi-use room and an outdoor children’s play area and seating.
There’s plenty of activities available for the whole family to enjoy at the park ranging from Archery, Kayaking, Paddle boarding Parkour and of course the extensive mountain bike trails which are free to ride. Should you wish to book activities at Hadleigh Park, these will need to be booked via Hadleigh Park and booked separately, Please note that no one will be permitted to partake in activities under the influence of alcohol and all events are promoted as alcohol free.
For more information on Hadleigh Park visit https:www.hadleigh-park.co.uk