Leigh on Sea Beach (9 miles)
Leigh on Sea
Leigh on Sea Beach
Regularly voted in the Top 100 British Beaches, a lovely sandy beach which stretches for 7 miles from Leigh to Shoeburyness, excellent for swimming, windsurfing and sailing.
West Mersea Beach (15 miles)
West Mersea Beach
A sandy pebbly beach great for crabbing, windsurfing and traditional beach days, with sandier shore at the eastern end where there's also a playground and some nature footpaths.
Frinton on Sea Beach (25 miles)
Frinton on Sea Beach
Good swimming with some lifeguard cover, nice sand and excellent fossil hunting territory close by. Deliberately traditional, no arcades, etc.
West Bay Beach (38 miles)
West Bay Beach
Blue Flag Awarded sand and rock beach, with lifeguards during summer season. Good immediate facilities including cafes and shops, accessible toilets, tennis, putting, sailing and windsurfing.
Margate Main Sands (40 miles)
Margate Main Sands
This timeless beach with tidal pool, children's rides and amusement arcades caters for families who want traditional seaside fun and entertainment. Seasonal lifeguard cover.
Botany Bay (42 miles)
Popular for surfing and canoeing this Botany Bay (there are several) is a pure sandy delight with especially well inhabited rock pools to explore.
Joss Bay (42 miles)
Sandy beach with chalk cliffs popular with families, swimmers and surfers with summer lifeguard cover and great immediate amenities.
Ramsgate Main Sands (43 miles)
Ramsgate Main Sands
Long sandy family beach with summer lifeguard cover and children's amusements, arcades and family dining.
Viking Bay (43 miles)
A curved, sandy bay ideal for family trips, with tidal pool, children's rides and surf school beachside, plus cliff top promenade and boardwalk with some children's rides.
Tankerton Beach (48 miles)
Good for swimming but not building castles, this is a pebble and shingle beach with an intriguing natural causeway to explore.
Sunny Sands Beach (49 miles)
Sunny Sands Beach
A hugely popular sandy beach at the eastern end of the Stade and Folkestone Harbour. It is a firm favourite with families throughout the summer, with good facilities nearby including WCs and cafés, pubs and beach shops.
Camber Sands (50 miles)
Mountainous sand dunes and vast expanses so even when it's busy you can find a space for yourselves. Good amenities.
Dungeness Beach (54 miles)
Definitely for exploring, this is a visually dramatic shingle beach with RSPB hides and lots of local wildlife. No swimming, no immediate facilities.
Hastings Beach (57 miles)
Sand and shingle beach with good swimming and lifeguard cover. Many features and facilities at one end, quiet at the other. Connected to Pelham Beach.
Tropical Wings World of Wildlife (2 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...
Belfairs Nature Reserve and Woodland (9 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.
Sealife Adventure (12 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 (17 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 (25 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!
Barleylands Farm Park (8 miles)
Barleylands Farm Park
Get ready for all weather free range family fun. Say hello to cuddly farmyard friends, join in animal activities, meet birds of prey, run wild in the indoor play or jump aboard the tractor and trailer ride or miniature railway.
Hopefield Animal Sanctuary (13 miles)
Hopefield Animal Sanctuary
is a child friendly sanctuary provides a safe haven to animals that need it. They include horses, donkeys, goats, pigs, chinchillas and Max the bull, who loves nothing more than being tickled between his horns!
Boydells Dairy Farm (18 miles)
Boydells Dairy Farm
Provides a fun-packed and educational visit for children and adults alike. Try your hand at milking a cow or sheep, feeding hens, riding a donkey cart or outstaring a llama!
Clacton Zoo (25 miles)
Clacton on Sea
- a children's petting zoo with animals you can feed, stroke and interact with. We have many different friendly animals that the children can learn about including alpacas, goats, micro pigs and various birds. 80 metres from Clacton sea front and 200 metres from Clacton pier.
Lee Valley Park Farms (25 miles)
Lee Valley Park Farms
If you want to get the kids out of the house and are looking for something that is fun, interesting and educational, Lee Valley has all of this and more! With lots of different farm animals to meet and others you wouldn't expect to meet: charming meerkats, cheeky marmosets, reptiles and llamas!
Battlesbridge Antiques Centre (4 miles)
Battlesbridge Antiques Centre
Over 80 dealers housed in a variety of old buildings and courtyards, and a vintage motorcycle museum. Great for quieter kids who'll just love all the mysterious stuff!
Chelmsford Museum (6 miles)
Set in a park with an adventure play area, the museum offers a nice variety of exhibits, from a fine collection of fossils, a living beehive and British wildlife galleries, to the history of the Essex Regiment and the Essex Yeomanry.
Essex Police Museum (6 miles)
Essex Police Museum
Find out about the police and what they do in this fab little museum that is free to visit. Get your fingerprints taken and check out the recreation of a police cell.
The Cater Museum (9 miles)
The Cater Museum
A series of accurately set up Victorian rooms which is great to help kids studying the period visualise it better. They also host displays on local history and have a World War II exhibition room and Victorian garden.
Central Museum (10 miles)
Southend on Sea
Houses the collections of local and natural history and archaeology, and tells the story of Southend’s growth as a major seaside destination. Free to explore!
Castle Point Transport Museum (11 miles)
Castle Point Transport Museum
Home to over thirty old and rare buses and coaches alongside vintage commercials, military and emergency vehicles. Great for kids into all things 'vroom'!
Southend Pier Museum (12 miles)
Southend On Sea
Southend Pier Museum
boasts an exciting range of vintage train and tram carriages plus pictorial memorabilia, penny slot machines and period costumes.
Essex Fire Museum (18 miles)
Essex Fire Museum
A fascinating look into the history of Essex Fire Service with historic engines, uniforms, equipment and photos. Try on different helmets, have a go on the water hose and if you are lucky, climb aboard an engine!
Thurrock Museum (18 miles)
Learn about 250,000 years of Thurrock's past through their fascinating displays and extensive ranges of locally discovered artefacts.
North Weald Airfield and Museum (19 miles)
North Weald Airfield and Museum
Still a very active airfield and on most summer weekends visitors can see some of the veteran and classic aircraft based on the airfield in action. The museum focuses on local service personnel and civilian histories.
Natural History Museum Colchester (20 miles)
Natural History Museum Colchester
Find out about wildlife habitats and climate change in a family friendly environment full of hands on activities, all of which are free! Best bits: crawling through a super sized badger sett and using their microscope!
Colchester Castle Museum (20 miles)
Colchester Castle Museum
Lots of hands on exhibits of appeal to children and adults alike. Displays on castle prisons, medieval and Norman Colchester, lots going on.
Hollytrees Museum (20 miles)
Examine 200 years of clocks, study a dolls house replicating the house you're standing in, interact with the hands on exhibits like period dress up and see if you can spot a live costumed character to talk to!
The Museum of Harlow (21 miles)
The Museum of Harlow
Four galleries focusing on local history within major time frames, plus temporary exhibit gallery. Time Detectives kids' history and archaeology workshops at weekends, plus a walled garden to explore with picnic area.
The House on the Hill Toy Museum (23 miles)
The House on the Hill Toy Museum
This is the largest privately owned toy museum in Europe with over 80,000 individual items
of mixed antiquity toys on display. Plus Palaeontology House and Haunted Manor for older types!
Saffron Walden Museum (28 miles)
Saffron Walden Museum
We are a family friendly museum where you can have fun exploring ancient history, natural history, local history and world cultures. We have an archaeological sandpit, where you can come and excavate, animals to stroke, microscopes to peep through, fossils, quizzes and much, much more.
Blackwater Leisure Centre (5 miles)
Blackwater Leisure Centre
- boasts a superb leisure pool, incorporating the challenging Jungle River ride, a fun flume ride, lazy river ride, a safe swimming area for children and novelty bubble pool! Plus separate Baby Pool for our youngest visitors and lane swimming provided.
Woodup Pool (12 miles)
A very basic salt water bathing pool with an area of sand at one end. Open May to September. It should be noted they do not have lifeguards. Currently undergoing changes, call before going.
Braintree Swimming Centre (13 miles)
Braintree Swimming Centre
Facility includes a great family fun orientated pool, with slide and interactive equipment. Children must be under 8 years to use this pool and acompanied by a parent or an adult.
Colchester Leisure World (20 miles)
Colchester Leisure World
16 family fun features including two thrilling flumes, river rapids, crazy river, waves, geysers, still more slides and family spa pools! Also has standard swimming facilities.
Brightlingsea Open Air Pool (20 miles)
Brightlingsea Open Air Pool
Offering 2 pools, one a 15m paddling pool, and the second a 50m main pool. The season runs from the end of May through to the beginning of September.
Creepy Crawlies Play Centre (2 miles)
Creepy Crawlies Play Centre
We are a fun and exciting place for children under 8 to come and use up all their energy. We have a suitable soft play area for toddlers all on one level. Another softplay section on two levels for toddlers and youngters. Also a baby section with mats, baby gyms and toys.
Cheeky Monkeez (3 miles)
South Woodham Ferrers
Children's soft play centre for children aged 0-6 years with a separate baby area for non- walkers. Strong emphasis on imaginative play. Cafe area for 40.
Emma and Martin took over on July 2012 and have extensively refurbished the venuw, please come and see the changes :)
Dizzy Rascals (4 miles)
is a indoor soft play centre, age 0 to10. Multi level skill building and adventure play equipment. Featuring interactive panels and a three lane 3 storey astra slide. Delicious food, fresh ground coffee and homemade cakes are all on sale.
Monkey Puzzle at Madison Heights (5 miles)
Monkey Puzzle at Madison Heights
There is an amazing giant play frame that is over 6 meters high with a series of exciting climbing structures and educational toys and packed with slides, fun areas to explore and loads more!
Thanks for all the great things to do and Best Beaches near Woodham Ferrers 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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