Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens (< 1 mile)
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.
Crazy Kids Adventure Play (1 miles)
Crazy Kids Adventure Play
A massive, air conditioned, modern warehouse fitted out for high adventure and excitement on the multi-level activity areas in a controlled environment. This is children's playtime entertainment at it's very best and safest.
Namco Funscape Braintree (1 miles)
Namco Funscape Braintree
Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. Great family fun!
Braintree Swimming Centre (1 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.
Great Notley Discovery Centre and Park (2 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.
Blake House Craft Centre (3 miles)
Blake House Craft Centre
Challenge your friends to a round of crazy golf on the 9 hole minigolf course and then test your wits against 'The Original Great Maze' challenge! Plus browse their great range of specialist arts and crafts shops.
The Cressing Temple Barns (4 miles)
The Cressing Temple Barns
This year we have a calendar packed with great events to suit everyone. We have jousting knights, history brought alive with re-enactors from down the ages. Smell the cordite with Sharpe's Rifles and clash swords with the Vikings. Be transported to Tudor times with sound and taste or be enthralled by the...
Gosfield Lake Resort (4 miles)
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.
Boydells Dairy Farm (5 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!
Coggeshall Grange Barn (6 miles)
Coggeshall Grange Barn
13th-century monastic barn. One of Europe's oldest timber-framed buildings, it has a cathedral-like interior and is linked to a local Cistercian abbey. Inside the barn hosts an exhibition of local woodcarving, tools and a collection of agricultural carts.
Coco Nuts Play Ltd (7 miles)
Coco Nuts Play Ltd
Multi tiered frame indoor play facility with dedicated toddler areas and varying bonus features! Outside play area with bouncy castle open May to September. Parties hosted in animal themed rooms.
Colne Valley Railway (8 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.
Hedingham Castle (8 miles)
Bring a picnic and explore the beautiful gardens and lakes then take time to explore the 110ft tall Norman Keep. Many special events are held throughout the year from jousts to outdoor theatre productions from the Globe theatre.
Chelmer Cruises (9 miles)
Take a leisurely hour long cruise on Caffel, or hire a row boat or open canoe and explore the canal yourselves! Public tours and private hire.
East Anglian Railway Museum (9 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
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!
The Gardens of Easton Lodge (10 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.
Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre (10 miles)
Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre
The latest in sound and lighting effects combine with a lively disco atmosphere in Riverside's ice rink to get some great family skating done.
Admirals Park (11 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.
West Park Pitch Putt and Crazy Golf (11 miles)
Layer Marney Tower (11 miles)
Layer Marney Tower
A great place to visit whether you are planning to exhaust the children in the play area or enjoy the tranquility of the garden. The view from the roof shows the church, outbuildings, play area, gardens, estate and wildlife walk.
Wacky Warehouse Queen B (11 miles)
Wacky Warehouse Queen B
offer a huge multi level multi color adventure play frame which features all the classic fun features and padded equipment one expects, plus dedicated toddler area.
Baddow Hall Park (12 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.
Chelmsford Museum (12 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.
Ceramics on the Hop (12 miles)
Ceramics on the Hop
Ceramics on the Hop now also run clay workshops during the school holidays and are able offer potters wheel for older children and adults, although this is a bookable activity.
Tenpin Chelmsford (12 miles)
is a bowling centre located in Widford Industrial Estate. We have 36 modern fully computerised lanes, American and English Pool tables, Amusement Arcades all catered towards families and kids. There is also the Beach Road Cafe Bar for some delicious meal and snack options.
Dizzy Rascals (12 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.
Colchester Zoo (12 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.
Monkey Puzzle at Madison Heights (12 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!
Madison Lanes (12 miles)
Tenpin bowling in their Air Conditioned environment with 22 fully computerised Tenpin bowling lanes, in two fun areas.
Sk8rs at Madison Heights (12 miles)
Sk8rs at Madison Heights
Family friendly roller rink and skate hire, an excellent fun and healthy activity for the whole family. Other activities available on site.
Maldon Promenade Park (12 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.
Blackwater Leisure Centre (12 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.
Promenade Park (12 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...
Chelmer Park (13 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!
Hylands House and Park (13 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.
Jungle Adventure (13 miles)
Huge jungle themed indoor adventure play offering terrific features like aerial glides, ball pools it rains in, cannons, trampolines, assault course and more. In the toddler sensory zone everything apparently comes to life, including a talking tree!
Abberton Reservoir Nature Reserve (13 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 (13 miles)
Abbey Fields Play Park
Fenced in playpark with plenty of climbing frames, slides and classic features to entertain and exhaust the kids.
Hatfield Forest (13 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.
Blue Owl (13 miles)
is a paint your own pottery studio and gift shop. You can come in anytime and choose from a wide selection of pottery pieces that you can paint in a variety of colours. Baby hand and foot prints can also be taken. All ages are welcome.
Clare Castle Country Park (14 miles)
Clare Castle Country Park
is a beautiful quiet area to relax, play, get close to nature and learn about Clare's fascinating history concerning the remains of the 13th Century stone castle keep set upon its 70ft high motte overlooking the town.
The Giggles Factory (14 miles)
East Town Park Countryside Centre (14 miles)
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.
Strikes (14 miles)
Child friendly ten pin bowling with an exciting laserquest facility also on site.
Kidzone Haverhill (15 miles)
Multi-level climbing and adventure area with lots of different areas to play in in this great indoor play centre in Suffolk.
Crafty Mums (15 miles)
is a Handmade Gift shop and Craft workshop. Offering a regular programme of craft workshops for children and adults. We also offer creative kids’ birthday parties, with a range of activities from Ceramics, Felt making, sewing, paper-craft and much more.
Childsplay Adventureland (15 miles)
For the older children there are three ball ponds with slides, a large spooky area fitted with special effects, aerial glide, spiders webs, giant rapids and a cascading ball foundation for them to explore.
Woodup Pool (15 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.
The House on the Hill Toy Museum (15 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 on display, based on the collection of one man who started in 1946 by buying a Hornby train set with his pocket money.
Thanks for all the great things to do in Braintree 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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