Chantry Park Spacious parkland and great adventure play areas with rope and trampoline climbing structure and zip wire, plus nice new swings, slides and roundabouts too!
Christchurch Park Plenty of space for traditional play and picnicking, tennis, adventure playground, 400 year old trees and many events and activities held all year round by The Wildlife and Education Rangers.
Holywells Park A beautiful park with 67 acres of rolling grounds, ponds and woodland. There is a large well maintained play area for juniors and a summer paddling pool.
High Woods Country Park Includes 3 superb adventure play areas plus woodland, open spaces, lakeside and wildflower meadows. Great for fishing, picnicking, hiking, cycling and general exploring!
Castle Park and Gardens Features include a children's play area, crazy golf and putting green, children's boating lake, cricket ground, traditional cafe, riverside walks, and Hollytrees Museum.
Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve Set in a spectacular position overlooking the Colne Estuary the visitor centre provides stunning views even on the dullest days It offers the visitor real peace and quiet. Out on the reserve you will find a picnic area, nature trails and bird hides.
Abberton Reservoir Nature Reserve Great for rambling, bird watching and nature photography; there's also a visitor centre. In the spring there is the unusual sight of Cormorants nesting in trees, one of the few places in Britain where they do this!
Cudmore Grove Country Park Tucked at the eastern tip of Mersea Island, the park includes a pleasingly sandy beach backed by a large expanse of open grassland perfect for summer games and picnics plus woodland to explore too. The information station offers maps… and parties!!
Gosfield Lake Resort The activities on site are wide-ranging from the gentle relaxation of Fishing, to the excitement of Water Skiing and banana boat rides. Or Just come and enjoy our lakeside picnic area and watch. A pleasant safe environment for family fun and relaxation. Camping facilities available.
Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens 5 acres of formal public gardens plus tennis courts and a pretty good children's play area. To make the most of the trip take bats (or rackets!) and balls, sketchpad and camera.
East Town Park Countryside Centre The car park and children's play area for two to 12 year-olds are near to the centre and there is an easy access trail that takes you around some of the interesting features on the landscape and introduces you to the wildlife in the park. Regular events held.
Great Notley Discovery Centre and Park A whole day's worth, including a sensory trail, endless play equipment suitable for multiple age groups, cycle hire centre, fishing, visitor centre and bistro, sports and educational facilities, plus an extensive events programme.
Knettishall Heath Country Park Lovely for nature hikes and picnics, with plenty of local flora and fauna to spot, from lizards and butterflies to fallow deer and wild ponies. Very peaceful. Unless you take the kids!
Maldon Promenade Park is a local classic, with BMX ramps, splash play area, sandpits, playground, orienteering course, model boating lake and sports facilities. Woohoo!
Promenade Park Formal gardens, splash park, adventure playground, sandy play area for children, picnic, play and recreation areas, maze, tennis courts, shops and cafes, a large model boating lake, skateboard park and much, much more...
Brook End Gardens Green Flag Awarded community play space with family assault course, formal and recreational gardens and a huge treasure sculpture in the middle. Ideal spot for kite flying!
High Lodge Thetford Forest Centre Offers loads of outdoor play equipment, a variety of family oriented trails and orienteering courses to keep you busy, plus high wires, giant animal sculptures and more!
The Gardens of Easton Lodge is a 23 acre Grade II listed historic restoration garden that welcomes families. We have children’s craft and nature activities and loads of space to run around and play.
Baddow Hall Park Popular with families and dog walkers this area offers plenty of open space for games and picnics and a great children's adventure play area too!
Admirals Park Cool facilities for active families including football and cricket pitches, pitch and putt golf, bowling green, tennis courts, angling, canoeing and play areas!
Dunwich Heath Coastal Centre and Beach Guided walks, family nature trails, Tracker Packs, smugglers' and history trails, tea-room events, sea-watching and wildlife identification charts and telescopes. Children's play area next to tea-room.
Chelmer Park An adventure play area, outdoor gym equipment, football pitches, netball and tennis courts, plus oodles of green open space to play and picnic in so take your frisbees, bats and balls!
Hylands House and Park 574 acres of parkland, woodland and lakes surround this sumptuously ornate building, both of which are a delight to explore. Their adventure playground is extensive and has a special focus on disability friendly equipment.
Hatfield Forest Extraordinary woodland involving trees of up to 1200 years old. Great for outdoor play, hiking and picnicking. Please note the adjacent car park has seasonally limited opening.
National Dragonfly Project One of the best places in the country to see dragonflies with 22 species recently recorded on the fen. Plus informative visitor centre and educational boards outside. Please note the limited opening dates.
Hockley Woods A tremendous amount of ancient trees, stunning wild flowers and local wildlife for an old fashioned family ramble. Plus playground and way marked trails.
Wandlebury Country Park A natural adventure playground: explore the Iron Age Ring ditch and romp in 100 acres of woodland and meadows! Space to picnic, play games, walk on gentle chalk hills and enjoy the wildlife.
Milton Country Park Features include 2 miles pf accessible pathways, an adventure playground, wildlife observation platforms, fishing spots, seasonal events and loads of space for picnicking and play.
Lammas Land Pool Adventure playground with a large shallow paddling pool free to use throughout the summer. A short walk away is another free, outdoor pool a bit deeper with lifeguards! Plus the delights of the Fen Causeway nearby too.
Cambridge University Botanic Garden A family friendly place of peace to study plants from all over the world in 40 acres of beautiful gardens and glasshouses. Kids should take a camera or sketchbook to get the very most out of it.
The Gibberd Garden Younger children will adore spotting all the little features and hidden sculptures throughout the gardens, and they'll all love the children's moated castle with drawbridge!
Wat Tyler Country Park Nature walks and wildlife, multi media and interactive educational exhibits in the 2 centres, sculpture trail and great summer activities.
Gooderstone Water Gardens & Nature Trail A restful place for a stroll, with waterways and ponds, several paths and trails to follow plus a bird hide to help you find the kingfisher, and a trout stream. Children under 16 can visit for free.
Harlow Town Park A grand adventure playground plus large paddling pool (open in the summer) and a Pets’ Corner home to a variety of animals including fish, sheep, llamas and reindeer.
Eaton Park Great kids' play area, skate park, public access tennis courts and model boating pond, bowls, croquet, pitch and putt and new mum fitness classes. Plus oodles of well maintained space for all the classic family outdoor games!
King Georges Playing Fields Features a unique garden for the blind with many flowering and non-flowering plants which appeal to senses other than sight. They also offer crazy golf, a skatepark, children's adventure play area and paddling pools, so there's plenty for everybody!
Thorndon Country Park This beautiful all access country park contains a diverse range of habitats and is managed both for people and for its precious wildlife. Get out your bug and bird books, binoculars and sketchbook and have a great old fashioned family nature walk!
The Plantation Garden Peaceful, quirky, fascinating. Features include Gothic style fountain, medieval style walls and superb creative planting. Woodland paths. One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Norwich with kids.
Weald Country Park 500 acres of glorious parkland that's over 700 years old! Ranger led activities for children vary from investigating flowers and insects to kite making and Halloween walks plus see the fallow deer in the visitor centre!
Bartons Point Coastal Park A miniature railway, fishing and crabbing lake, model flying field, pitch and putt golf course, and a great new adventure play area too!
Parndon Wood Nature Reserve A haven for flora, fungi, birds, minibeasts, small mammals and deer, waiting for you to explore and discover. During school holidays activity sessions are run for children too!
Thames Chase Visitor Centre Set in a vast and unique community space, the visitor centre at it's heart offers three children's play areas, family rambles, plus a great range of events, workshops and other entertainments.
Bedfords Park Visitor Centre A great place to find out about the wildlife within the 215 acre park, which includes many valuable species rich habitats. So take your magnifying glass and sketchbook or camera for the kids to identify mini beasts!
Lee Valley Regional Park
Lee Valley Regional Park The 10,000 acre Park has hundreds of great days out for all the family. Whether it's a day out at the farms, athletics, golf, horse riding, ice skating, fishing, cycling, bird watching, camping or simply exploring the countryside.
Memorial Park There is a small lake, a children's play area, tennis and basketball courts and cricket and football pitches plus a host of new equipment from the recent revamp.
Grays Beach Riverside Park Great play equipment like their giant sand pit, adventure trail, aerial slide and the famous Grays Beach play galleon are open all year round and during the summer months there's a whole treasure trove of activities, competitions and special events.
Epping Forest and Visitor Centre As well as being a popular area for recreation and enjoyment it is also of national and international conservation importance with two thirds of it being designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation.
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden 131 acres of beautiful ancient woodland and water gardens to take a rambling explore through. To make the most of it, take binoculars, camera and sketchbook. Or even some teddies to plant for the kids to find!
Waltham Abbey Gardens Wander around the remains of what was once one of the largest Augustinian Abbeys in the country. Discover this truly magical heritage site where dragonflies flock!
Canoe the Broads A charmingly intimate way to explore some of the 200km of navigable Norfolk waterways. A tidy range of beginner friendly multi passenger vessels are a available at differing spots, including Bungay, Burgh St Peter, Geldeston, Hickling, Martham, Potter Heigham, Salhouse Broad, Sutton Staithe, Wayford Bridge...