Southend Cliff Lift (6 miles)
Southend On Sea
Southend Cliff Lift
Take a pleasurable journey on an iconic feature of Southend's rich heritage with fantastic views of the pier and estuary. It runs between Western Esplanade and Cliffton Terrace and will take pushchairs.
Chelmer Cruises (11 miles)
Take a leisurely hour long cruise on Caffel, or hire a rowboat or open canoe and explore the canal yourselves! Public tours and private hire. Free for kids under 12months!
Barnards Miniature Railway (14 miles)
Barnards Miniature Railway
- is a miniature railway that runs steam trains and diesel trains through the Essex countryside and woodlands. It has a picnic area and places for the kids to run round.
Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway (19 miles)
Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway
A scenic miniature gauge train journey with behind the scenes tour, big model railway in the museum, plus outside museum walk with insect hotel. Choo chop!
Epping Ongar Railway (19 miles)
Epping Ongar Railway
The longest heritage railway in Essex, and closest to London: running mainline steam and diesel trains and a heritage bus service to Epping Underground station. Step back in time and enjoy the romance of travel with our great value ticket, offering three heritage transport experiences.
The Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway (22 miles)
The Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway
With infinite train rides included in admission your little trainspotters are in for a treat! Plus LGB model railway, woodland walks and picnic areas near working track. Blissful!
East Anglian Railway Museum (22 miles)
East Anglian Railway Museum
Go back in time and come and explore the museum. Learn about railways and the people who worked and traveled on them.
Have rides on our Mini Rail during the school holidays.
Check for details on our website for whats happening
Swanley New Barn Railway (26 miles)
Swanley New Barn Railway
is a miniature railway in Swanley Park giving rides over a ½ mile of track. The park itself contains: Paddling pool; Water jets; Family Boating Lake; Kiddies' electric bikes; Sand pit play area; Large playground and Cafe. These attractions have independent opening times.
Barking Park Light Railway (26 miles)
Barking Park Light Railway
Delightful 7.25 inch gauge trains take you on a journey just under 1 quarter mile from Park Gates Station to Lakeside Halt.
Colne Valley Railway (27 miles)
Colne Valley Railway
Sample the atmosphere and take a ride on an award winning period country railway. A pretty line, relocated station buildings, signal boxes and bridges all lovingly restored and rebuilt.
Air Line Cable Car (29 miles)
Air Line Cable Car
Enjoy regal views of London in the new cable cars flying at up to 90 metres above the Thames! The journey is less than ten minutes so perfect for even the smallest sightseer.
Canterbury Historic River Tours (29 miles)
Canterbury Historic River Tours
40 minute historical boat tour with light hearted informed commentary and pleasing features for kids to look at, including going under bridges,
Lee Valley Boat Centre (31 miles)
Lee Valley Boat Centre
In a week you can cruise into London on a narrow boats, or in just an hour you can navigate the river by electric pleasure craft, pedalos or rowing boats.
East Herts Miniature Railway (32 miles)
East Herts Miniature Railway
A 7 and a quarter gauge miniature railway with several different train types lovingly maintained. Open weekends for family jaunts up and down the line.
Audley End Minature Railway (34 miles)
Audley End Minature Railway
A delightful 1.5 mile ride on Lord Braybrooke's private 10 and a quarter inch gauge railway through Estate woodland. The children all enjoy looking out for the teddies that live in the woods!
Harry Potter London Bus Tour (34 miles)
Harry Potter London Bus Tour
Join the Harry Potter Tour of London Locations and take a magical fun packed bus tour of the film locations and inspirations in the muggle capital.
London RIB Voyages (35 miles)
London RIB Voyages
Fast, fun sightseeing speedboat trips for all ages. The whole family will love this fast paced adventure whilst our comedian guides make learning about our great city entertaining. Toddlers, children and their grannies will all love this capital experience. Great idea if you're after fun things to do in...
City Cruises (35 miles)
Take a leisurely cruise through London's illustrious history from a half an hour to a whole afternoon, with informative commentary, plus refreshments and the necessary facilities available. Great idea for fun things to do in London with kids.
Brockwell Park Miniature Railway (35 miles)
Brockwell Park Miniature Railway
is a 7 and a quarter inch gauge ride on railway for children and adults. The railways runs for a quarter mile return trip between the Herne Hill Gates and the World Famous Brockwell Lido.
London Waterbus Canal Trips (35 miles)
London Waterbus Canal Trips
Trips of varying length on traditional canal narrow boats, three with Historic Ship Certificates, and all with weather protection and large opening windows for sunny days.
Kent & East Sussex Railway (37 miles)
Kent & East Sussex Railway
Enjoy 10 miles of pure nostalgia on England's finest rural light railway. Beautifully restored coaches and locomotives dating from Victorian times enable visitors to experience travel and service from a bygone age. The picturesque line weaves between Tenterden and Bodiam terminating in the shadow of the...
East Kent Railway (38 miles)
East Kent Railway
- is a volunteer run heritage railway operating vintage trains on an ex colliery railway. Plenty of attractions for kids including miniature and model railways and special events all year round! Fantastic country atmosphere and friendly volunteers. Hot and cold food and woodland walks.
Spa Valley Railway (38 miles)
Spa Valley Railway
The South East's friendliest steam railway! Heritage steam and diesel trains run for 5 and a half miles through the picturesque Kent and Sussex Weald between Eridge and Royal Tunbridge Wells, stopping off in between at Groombridge and High Rocks. Take a journey through time along this classic English...
Elham Valley Railway Museum (40 miles)
Elham Valley Railway Museum
Step back in time to the 1930's. Come along and visit the Elham Valley Railway Museum at Peene,
just off the A20 at Folkestone, Kent, England. Leave the M20 motorway at junction 12, just after
signs for the Eurotunnel.
Dover Sea Safari (44 miles)
Dover Sea Safari
Let the kids put on their pirate outfits for an exhilarating RIB boat trip from Dover Harbour. Spot the smugglers caves along the bottom of the White Cliffs or venture onwards to see the friendly seals that can only be accessed by boat.
Our Skipper and Crew will provide a professional fun and interactive...
Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway (45 miles)
Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway
is the world’s smallest public railway where families can travel 13.5 miles from the picturesque Cinque Port of Hythe, near the channel tunnel, to the fishermen's cottages and lighthouses at Dungeness. There are six stations and our station at Dymchurch is only a 5 minute walk away from the Beach.
Thames Ditton Miniature Steam Railway (46 miles)
Thames Ditton Miniature Steam Railway
Live steam miniature railway with open days when you can ride some of the trains. A labour of love created and run by a team of enthusiastic volunteers.
Malden Miniature Railway (46 miles)
Malden Miniature Railway
2 independently set miniature railways, both passenger hauling, for family enjoyment. Limited opening.
The Ruislip Lido Railway (48 miles)
The Ruislip Lido Railway
A charming 12-inch gauge railway which runs through the woodlands skirting the lake from Woody Bay Station beside the beach, all the way round to Ruislip Lido.
Mid-Suffolk Light Railway (48 miles)
Mid-Suffolk Light Railway
This is the only railway museum in Suffolk, where the former Mid Suffolk Light Railway is recreated. Many original station buildings and steam locomotives on display along with lots of photographs and memorabilia in the museum.
Bluebell Railway (52 miles)
Great Steam engine journeys through the Sussex countryside and offer many seasonal specials which appeal particularly to children.
Cliff Railways (52 miles)
The charming West Hill Lift is the UK's steepest funicular railway and a source of immense local pride.
East Hill Cliff Railway (52 miles)
East Hill Cliff Railway
Provides access to Hastings Country Park which overlooks the Old Town and Rock a Nore. The lift provides views over the Stade, home to the largest beach launched fishing fleet in Europe.
The Lavender Line (54 miles)
The Lavender Line
The line is now just a mile long and starts at Isfield station, stopping at the new Little Horsted station before returning.
Great Cockcrow Railway (54 miles)
Great Cockcrow Railway
Take a trip behind one of our 7 1/4 scale steam engines through woods, over bridges, through a tunnel and perhaps even through the Jungle. Watch out for the animals! A choice of two routes, why not do both?
Beech Hurst Park Miniature Railway (54 miles)
Beech Hurst Park Miniature Railway
Half a mile track of 5" gauge train track which is elevated: the kids love it!! Only runs on weekends. Great idea if you are looking for family days out in west sussex.
The Race Hut (55 miles)
The Race Hut
is a Race Car simulation venue with 16 professional simulators. You can race the whole family in these amazingly realistic simulators in a wide selection or race cars and circuits from around the world. So take on your family and friends and show off your driving skills!
Salters Steamers (56 miles)
As one of the longest established firms on the Thames they own one of the largest and most exclusive fleets operating on the river. Cruises combine traditional style, contemporary comforts and the highest modern standards.
Windsor Duck Tours (56 miles)
Windsor Duck Tours
It’s Time for Splash Down in our New Amphibious Vehicle: Fun Tours of Windsor by Road then with a SPLASH on The River Thames! Live guides include information on Windsor Castle, The Great Park and other sights around Windsor. Suits Groups, Families, Children of All ages.
Fancott Miniature Railway (56 miles)
Fancott Miniature Railway
7¼ inch Miniature Railway based within the grounds of The Fancott Pub and Restaurant. The railway is ¼ mile in length and circles around our playing field; we also have a small play area on site.
Summerfields Miniature Railways (56 miles)
Summerfields Miniature Railways
On public running days children and parents alike can come and watch and ride on real miniature steam trains. There are three separate outdoor tracks for different gauges of train. It is run by the Bedford Model Engineering Society.
Bressingham Steam Experience (56 miles)
Bressingham Steam Experience
Whether you choose to explore one of Europe's leading steam collections, take a ride on Bressingham's famous Victorian 'Gallopers', journey over five miles of narrow-gauge steam railway, wander through beautiful gardens, or visit the only official "Dad's Army" exhibition in existence,...
Mizens Railway (59 miles)
A passenger carrying miniature railway with station, depot and picnic area. All aboard for a kid sized retro day out with a number of locomotives, including a few steam engines.
Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway (59 miles)
Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway
Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway Adventure Park. One eighth scale Steam and diesel train journeys for nearly a mile around the beautiful park.
Belfairs Nature Reserve and Woodland (4 miles)
Leigh on Sea
Belfairs Nature Reserve and Woodland
Get away from it all at this nature reserve and woodland centre and enjoy the wildlife and scenery. Lots of plants and animals to see, plus exhibits and displays in the woodland centre.
Tropical Wings World of Wildlife (4 miles)
Tropical Wings World of Wildlife
All weather fun for the whole family, it is set within acres of attractive gardens and features one of the finest tropical butterfly houses in the UK. Throughout the day the Zoo offers a programme of animal encounters, animal feeds and fun activities, plus Monkey Run for older children and Meerkat Lookout for...
Sealife Adventure (6 miles)
Southend on Sea
From sharks to seahorses, starfish to stingrays, it’s all here in a family friendly environment with fascinating talks and presentations by their knowledgeable aquarists throughout the day.
Colchester Zoo (19 miles)
One of the finest zoos in Europe with over 250 species of animals set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes. Includes the unique chance to help feed the elephants and giraffes yourself, plus the new Bears of the Rising Sun exhibit for 2014.
Seaquarium at Clacton Pier (24 miles)
Clacton on Sea
Seaquarium at Clacton Pier
An informative, educational, fun learning opportunity to appreciate from an up close perspective some of the intriguing creatures surrounding our coastal areas.
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park (3 miles)
South Woodham Ferrers
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park
Meet all your farmyard friends, Tractor and Trailer Rides, Indoor and Outdoor Play, Animal Interactions, Pesky Pet Show, Birds of Prey, Pet Barn, Milking Demonstrations and much more!
Thanks for all the great things to do and Railways and Transport Attractions near Hockley with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Essex can enjoy the great day out as well.
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