Wat Tyler Country Park (3 miles)
Wat Tyler Country Park
Nature walks and wildlife, multi media and interactive educational exhibits in the 2 centres, sculpture trail and great summer activities.
Hockley Woods (5 miles)
A tremendous amount of ancient trees, stunning wild flowers and local wildlife for an old fashioned family ramble. Plus playground and way marked trails.
Chelmer Park (8 miles)
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!
Baddow Hall Park (8 miles)
Baddow Hall Park
Popular with families and dog walkers this area offers plenty of open space for games and a great children's adventure play area.
Hylands House and Park (9 miles)
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.
Thorndon Country Park (9 miles)
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!
King Georges Playing Fields (9 miles)
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.
Brook End Gardens (10 miles)
Brook End Gardens
Children's play area, formal gardens and recreational gardens. Not huge, not fancy, but just the thing for a couple of hours on a sunny afternoon. Take a ball!
Admirals Park (10 miles)
A wide range of facilities; football and cricket pitches, pitch and putt golf, bowling green, tennis courts, angling, canoeing and play areas offer recreational opportunities.
Thames Chase Visitor Centre (11 miles)
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.
Promenade Park (11 miles)
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...
Maldon Promenade Park (11 miles)
Maldon Promenade Park
Summer time splash park plus tree trail and orienteering, skate ramps and BMX area, formal sports facilities (managed independently) plus model boating and crabbing lake.
Weald Country Park (11 miles)
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.
Grays Beach Riverside Park (11 miles)
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.
Bedfords Park Visitor Centre (14 miles)
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Bedfords Park Visitor Centre
Offers visitors a really warm welcome and the opportunity 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!
Bartons Point Coastal Park (15 miles)
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Bartons Point Coastal Park
Large grass areas for recreation, a miniature railway, model flying field, pitch and putt golf, and a great new adventure play area too.
Beacon Wood Country Park (16 miles)
Beacon Wood Country Park
Ideal territory for hunting mini beasts, including green woodpeckers, sparrow hawks, foxs, squirrels, butterflies and colourful dragonflies.
Great Notley Discovery Centre and Park (18 miles)
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.
Bluebell Hill Picnic Site (18 miles)
Bluebell Hill Picnic Site
A simple, pleasing site on which to take a family ramble, spot some mini beasts and enjoy a picnic with excellent views.
Danson Splash Park (19 miles)
Danson Splash Park
Wet and dry play areas with interactive water features and adventure playground combinations. Perimeter fencing and good facilities.
Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens (20 miles)
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.
Swanley Park (20 miles)
A traditional town park with play areas, paddling pool, sandpit, boating lake, railway, cafeteria, bouncy castle and battery bikes all set in 60 acres of parkland.
Abberton Reservoir Nature Reserve (21 miles)
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
Abbey Fields Play Park (21 miles)
Abbey Fields Play Park
Fenced in playpark with plenty of climbing frames, slides and classic features to entertain and exhaust the kids.
The Gibberd Garden (21 miles)
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!
Parndon Wood Nature Reserve (21 miles)
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.
Epping Forest and Visitor Centre (21 miles)
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.
Harlow Town Park (21 miles)
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.
Hatfield Forest (22 miles)
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.
The Gardens of Easton Lodge (22 miles)
The Gardens of Easton Lodge
Plenty of beautifully tended green space plus simple but fun wildlife activities for younger visitors, such as Scavenger Hunts for which they are rewarded with stickers; also craft activities.
Cudmore Grove Country Park (22 miles)
Cudmore Grove Country Park
Located at the eastern end of Mersea Island, the park includes a sandy beach backed by a large expanse of open grassland, perfect for summer games, picnics and taking in the views.
Waltham Abbey Gardens (23 miles)
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!
Clare Park (23 miles)
The first park in Maidstone with a green flag award; ideal for picnicking plus play on the tennis courts, multi purpose games area and the children's adventure play area.
Gosfield Lake Resort (23 miles)
Gosfield Lake Resort
The activities on site are wide-ranging from the gentle relaxation of Fishing, to the excitement of Water Skiing together with a variety of other leisure activities all catered for at one location. A pleasant safe environment for family fun and relaxation.
Lee Valley Regional Park (24 miles)
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, Lee Valley Regional Park has so much to explore.
Greenwich Park (24 miles)
One of the Royal Parks, boasting over 180 acres of grassland, the observatory and a children's adventure playground.
Victoria Park (25 miles)
is one of London’s most important historic parks and its oldest public park. It has been used by millions of Londoners for nearly 170 years as a place of healthy recreation, sports, play and relaxation.
Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve (25 miles)
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.
Castle Park and Gardens (26 miles)
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.
Clissold Park (26 miles)
Extensive facilities including children's play area, basketball and tennis courts, conservation and woodland areas including a deer enclosure, organic nature garden and butterfly tunnel. They also have a paddling pool.
Basildon Park (27 miles)
This impressive Georgian mansion, surrounded by glorious parkland, was lovingly rescued from ruin by Lord and Lady Iliffe in the mid 1950s. There are waymarked trails through the historic parkland and gravel paths around the gardens.
High Woods Country Park (27 miles)
High Woods Country Park
Had three superb adventure play areas and also includes woodland, open spaces (ideal for picnics) a lake and wildflower meadows.
Finsbury Park (27 miles)
New facilities in the recent revamp of this iconic park include an enclosed, dog-free play area with an exciting water feature -designed by children, for children, and a skate park.
Knole Park (27 miles)
- is a historic house and medieval deer park situated in the market town of Sevenoaks. Just minutes from the High Street, you enter a landscape hardly touched for hundreds of years. With a large number of free attractions on offer, including the Visitor Centre, Park Experience room, several exhibitions and the entire deer park, a visit to Knole makes for a wonderful, fun and affordable day!
Holland Park Adventure Playground (27 miles)
Holland Park Adventure Playground
This great adventure playground has swings, aerial runway, mini climbing wall, climbing frames. Next to the adventure playground is an enclosed play area for little ones.
River Hill Himalayan Gardens (28 miles)
River Hill Himalayan Gardens
Discover the Everest trail in this magical, listed garden with incredible views across the Weald of Kent. Let your Little Sherpas' imaginations run wild in our new Himalayan Hideout, spend time building dens together, lose yourself in the Himalayan maze and perhaps even spot the elusive Yeti. NEW for 2013 is the much awaited opening of the Walled Garden following renovation.
Corams Fields (28 miles)
has a wide variety of activities including extensive lawns for free play (and very suitable for family picnics), artificial turf sports pitches, a paddling pool, sandpits, a flying fox and other slides, a city farm with pets corner (with sheep, goats, ducks, hens and more), vege cafe, a nursery and drop-ins for under 5s andl lots of other organised activities.
Belair Park (28 miles)
Facilities include four tennis courts, a skate park, a play area, a lake, sports pitches and a wildlife area.
St James Park (29 miles)
St James Park
One of the Royal Parks offers a children's adventure play area, a way marked royal history walk and great cycle and hike routes.
The Regents Park (29 miles)
The Regents Park
One of the Royal Parks offering iconic landscaping, boating lake with pedalo hire, natural wildlife garden and London's largest Rose Garden.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Play Parks and Great Outdoors near Wickford 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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