intu Lakeside has 13 car parks with 12,500 spaces, including disabled and parent and child spaces. Passenger lifts and escalators give easy access from each car park directly to the shopping centre. Disabled shopping bays are located in 4 of our car parks.

Motorbikes are welcome in the centre car park, and can be parked in any of the ground-level outdoor car parks, or alternatively in Car Park Green, Yellow and Mauve which have no barrier. Bicycles are not permitted within the centre, however bike racks are easily accessible and are located throughout the centre.

All our parking is free.

Leisure development

We’re spending £95 million on 173,000 sq ft of new and improved leisure facilities! As we continue to build this exciting new development we wanted to keep you in the picture with changes to our car parking areas.

Update: Construction work is nearly complete. Please note that the closest Car Park for Debenhams is Car Park Blue, and Car Park Green for The Boardwalk and VUE Cinema. 

View our leisure development car park guide

Parent and Child

All our car parks provide easy, safe and direct access into the centre for shoppers with little ones. There are 38 Parent and Child spaces in Car Park Red, over Levels 1 & 2, plus 8 more spaces in Car Park 5.

Disabled parking

We also have 305 spaces reserved especially for disabled shoppers inCar Park 10/Blue (behind Debenhams), and other dedicated spaces in Car Park 3..

Car Charging

We have changed the way that Electric Vehicle charging works at intu Lakeside. The SourceLondon network has been de-commissioned and we are now working with Chargemaster and their POLAR network to provide EV users with a more reliable and up to date charging network.

There are now 4 standard charging points located in Car Park 10/Blue (behind Debenhams) and we also have 2 rapid chargers in Car Park White and Mauve. The EV charging bays are painted green so that they are easy to locate.

You will need to be a POLAR member to use the charging points. More information about how to join the Chargemaster POLAR network is available at

If you would like to discuss this in more detail please contact intu’s Sustainable Travel Manager on 01708 869933.

Shopping trolley parks

If you've been food shopping, you'll find trolley parks throughout the car parks to return your trolley to once you have unloaded your shopping. Don't forget your £1 coin!

Safety and security

When visiting intu Lakeside don’t be surprised if one of our members of staff approaches you to see if you need any help. It’s all part of our world class service. Our shoppers safety is our number one priority, which is why intu Lakeside operates a 24/7 CCTV operation centre wide, including all of our car parks. Coverage is for the purpose of public safety and crime reduction, where we work in partnership with Essex Police.

Further details about our Customer Parking

• No overnight parking except on the authority of Centre Management

• Please do not park in a manner that causes an obstruction to other users

• Please park wholly within an authorised and marked parking bay

• Marked disabled bays are for disabled blue badge holders only

• A valid disabled blue badge must be clearly displayed at all times

• Designated Parent and Child bays may only be used by motorists accompanied by children under 16

• No parking on yellow lines

• Display a valid permit where required

• By failing to comply with any of these conditions you agree to pay a Parking Charge Notice of £50, reduced to £25 if paid within 14 days.