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Things To Do & Days Out near Chelmsford
Rockys Fun House Chelmsford (< 1 mile)
Rockys Fun House Chelmsford is the newest addition to Rocky's Fun Houses indoor soft play with two fun filled play structures for children from toddlers up to age 10 to enjoy. Also available for private hire at the weekends.
Essex Police Museum (< 1 mile)
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.
Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre (< 1 mile)
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. A variety of sessions and events.
The Chelmsford Mystery Treasure Trail (< 1 mile)
The Chelmsford Mystery Treasure Trail Discover the delights of Chelmsford and its waterways on this self guided treasure hunt themed Treasure Trail. Solve the clues as you follow the route to reveal where the long lost treasure is buried!
Admirals Park (< 1 mile)
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!
West Park Pitch Putt and Crazy Golf (< 1 mile)
West Park Pitch Putt and Crazy Golf Established 18 hole pitch and putt course set in lovely woodland, with a 9 hole crazy golf course, cafeteria, equipment for hire and a large car park. Kids’ Club every Sunday.
Chelmsford Museum (1 miles)
Chelmsford Museum 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.
Wacky Warehouse Queen B (1 miles)
Wacky Warehouse Queen B offer a plentiful multi level multi color adventure play frame plus dedicated toddler area. Family restaurant on ground floor, play zone on first floor with lift access available.
Sector 7 Laser (2 miles)
Sector 7 Laser Top notch laser tag experience with 4D effects, UV lit arena and cool laser weaponry! The Red Troops and the Green Aliens are at war, with players zapping their opponents with infra red beams and trying not to be shot themselves.
Tenpin Chelmsford (2 miles)
Tenpin Chelmsford 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.
Brook End Gardens (2 miles)
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!
Ceramics on the Hop (2 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.
Baddow Hall Park (2 miles)
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!
Hylands House and Park (2 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.
Chelmer Park (2 miles)
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!
Chelmer Cruises (4 miles)
Chelmer Cruises 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!
Rockys Fun House Billericay (8 miles)
Rockys Fun House Billericay is an indoor soft play centre with two separate play structures for children up to age 10. Also available for private hire exclusive parties at the weekends.
Tropical Wings Zoo (8 miles)
Tropical Wings Zoo All weather fun for the whole family, within acres of attractive gardens with one of the UK's finest tropical butterfly houses. Lively programme of animal encounters, animal feeds and fun activities, plus Monkey Run and Meerkat Lookout!
Creepy Crawlies Play Centre (9 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.
Great Notley Discovery Centre and Park (9 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.
The Cressing Temple Barns (9 miles)
The Cressing Temple Barns Learn about the Knights Templar; explore the knot, nosegay, medicinal and kitchen gardens; cross the moat (repeatedly if you wish, making clip clop noises) and enjoy a picnic. Classic day out material!
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.
Battlesbridge Antiques Centre (9 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!
Cheeky Monkeez (9 miles)
Cheeky Monkeez Family run children's soft play centre for children aged 0 to 7 years, with a separate baby area for non walkers. Strong emphasis on imaginative play. We also have a cafe area for 40.
Madison Lanes (9 miles)
Madison Lanes Tenpin bowling in their Air Conditioned environment with 22 fully computerised Tenpin bowling lanes, in two fun areas.
Sk8rs at Madison Heights (9 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 (9 miles)
Maldon Promenade Park is a local classic, with BMX ramps, splash play area, sandpits, playground, orienteering course, model boating lake and sports facilities. Woohoo!
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park (9 miles)
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!
Blackwater Leisure Centre (10 miles)
Blackwater Leisure Centre - boasts a superb leisure pool incorporating a fun flume ride, a safe swimming area for children and novelty bubble pool! Plus separate Baby Pool for our youngest visitors and lane swimming provided.
Monkey Puzzle at Madison Heights (10 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!
Barleylands Farm Park (10 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, visit the reptile house, run wild in the indoor play or jump aboard the tractor and trailer ride.
Blake House Craft Centre (10 miles)
Blake House Craft Centre A charming family afternoon's worth featuring Mini Golf, Maize Maze, Outdoor Jungle Gym and lots of specialist arts and crafts shops to browse through. Seasonal special events held too!
Braintree Swimming Centre (10 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.
Kelvedon Hatch Nuclear Bunker (10 miles)
Kelvedon Hatch Nuclear Bunker Come and witness the three lives of the bunker starting with its role as an RAF ROTOR Station, then a brief period as a civil defence centre through to its most recent life as a Regional Government HQ. Designed for up to 600 military and civilian personnel, possibly even the Prime Minister!
Epping Ongar Railway (10 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.
Crazy Kids Adventure Play (10 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 its very best and safest.
Namco Funscape Braintree (10 miles)
Namco Funscape Braintree Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. Great family fun!
Cammas Hall Farm (10 miles)
Cammas Hall Farm is a pick-your-own farm that comes with a maize maze, a play area, and walks that the whole family will enjoy!
Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens (10 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.
Hopefield Animal Sanctuary (11 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!
Hollywood Bowl Basildon (11 miles)
Hollywood Bowl Basildon As well as 26 lanes of tenpin you can also find redemption and video arcades here, plus pool tables and the cool Pink Pin Friday sessions where strikes with pink pins in win prizes!
Partyman World Basildon (11 miles)
Partyman World Basildon is an indoor play centre which provides lots of fun and play for everyone on the huge themed play structures, football area, fantastic slides and the UK’s only indoor climbable volcano! There is also a specially designed toddler area for little guests who are under 3 years!
Laser Kombat Basildon (11 miles)
Laser Kombat Basildon Action packed laser tag fun for all the family. A great chance for an exciting run around with hi tech kit that keeps score of hits made and received.
Rockys Fun House Brentwood (11 miles)
Rockys Fun House Brentwood is an indoor soft play centre specialising in great service, a clean venue and maximum fun for your children. Also available for private hire parties at the weekends.
Monkey Madness Play Centre (11 miles)
Monkey Madness Play Centre is a children's indoor adventure soft play centre for babies through to big kids, packed full of fun features to entertain energetic kids! Scramble, hide, climb and slide your way to exhaustion!
Rascal Bay (11 miles)
Rascal Bay You couldn't pack any more adventure into this course with pirates, cannons, waterfalls, moving rafts, dinosaurs, snacks, a volcano and more besides! 18 holes of tremendous fun!
King Georges Playing Fields (11 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, so there's plenty for everybody!
Thorndon Country Park (12 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!
Dropzone (12 miles)
Dropzone Fantastic interconnected trampoline park plus super bounce dodgeball and hero slum dunk features! As a massive bonus there's also a huge adventure play area for 1s through to 13s! Get in!
Colmar Farm Riding School (12 miles)
Colmar Farm Riding School BHS approved all weather facility offering lessons, plus scenic hacks in South Weald Park. Educational facility also offering horse care and qualifications.