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East Essex Hackspace is a charity hackerspace in Hawkwell, Essex: a community-run workshop where people come to share tools and knowledge.

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About Us

East Essex Hackspace is a community based workshop, located in Hawkwell, Essex.
We provide metal & wood workshop facilities, a wet lab, a computer lab with an electronics workbench and 3D printers. We also have a dedicated laser room with our Mantech 9060 laser cutter. Finally we have our social space with projector for lectures and workshops.
The space has been provided by Rochford District Council with a lease until October 2027.

Membership and Subscriptions

Lifetime membership is just £5 and enables voting rights.

Subscriptions provide access to the workshops and all funds go to paying bills, consumables and equipment.

Why Subscribe?

  • 24/7 access - some restrictions on noisy tools - please remember our local residents!
  • Access to excellent workshop facilities
  • Input to tool procurement with space funds.
  • Free/Reduced software for space machinery including:
    • Lightburn Laser Software licence £16pa for use on space laser(Usually $90)
    • (Coming soon!) Free access to VCarve Pro for use on space CNC
    • Access to fully supported AutoCAD on space computers
    • Access to SolidWorks on space computers

If you find yourself using the space and getting real value out of it, you can pay an optional additional contribution which we can, if you are eligible, claim gift aid on increasing your donation by 25%.

How to join & subscribe

If you're not sure, visit us on a Tuesday evening from around 8pm to get a workshop tour/induction & meet some of the members!

Join at and pay your £5 lifetime membership

Get an induction (Tuesdays from 8pm!)

Subscribe at and setup a £10pcm card payment.


East Essex Hackspace CIO
Hawkwell Pavilion
Park Gardens
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Google Maps LocationLat:51.596974 Long:0.672686

How to get there


There is plenty of parking at the space for cars, the car park is free, but can be locked outside of park sociable hours of 9am to 4:30pm. We have keys for the gate should you get locked in. You are encouraged if you intend to leave later than 10pm to park outside the gates, they are very, very squeeky. Please respect our neighbours!


We have no shower facilities, but we do have a cycle rack. There are very few cycle paths in our part of Essex, but several back roads and a bridle way from Hockley Station. Greater Anglia runs regular services (20 minutes off peak, 10 minutes on peak, 30 minutes at weekends.


The nearest train station is Hockley and is served by Greater Anglia (sometimes even regularly). The station is within walking distance but there is a hill between the space and the station. Last train times:

  • HOC to LST Mon-Sat: 23:12, Sun: 23:06
  • HOC to SOV Mon-Sat: 01:41, Sun: 01:40


Two Taxi Firms serve Hockley regularly -

  • Alpine (01702) 531531 which are based on the london bound station side and
  • Andrews (01702) 200200.


Editing of the Wiki is restricted to members of East Essex Hackspace, you can request an account on our Discord chat. Consult the User's Guide for information on using the wiki software.

East Essex Hackspace is a Registered Charity No. 1190927. Registered as a Company limited by guarantee in England & Wales CE023644. Registered office at Park Gardens, Hockley, Essex SS5 4HF.