Leigh on Sea Beach (< 1 mile)
Leigh on Sea
Leigh on Sea Beach
When the tide comes in it is excellent for swimming, windsurfing and sailing, but has no lifeguard cover at any time. Next to a town so all facilities nearby. Voted in the Top 100 British Beaches - lovely sandy beach which stretches for 7 miles from Leigh to Shoeburyness
Made by You Pottery Painting Studio (1 miles)
Leigh On Sea
Broadway Superbowl (2 miles)
Leigh on Sea
10 lane family friendly tenpin bowling centre with ramps and gutter guards to give them a sporting chance!
Rayleigh Indoor Karting Stadium (2 miles)
Rayleigh Indoor Karting Stadium
Suitable from age 10, the Arrive and Drive sessions provide a great introduction to karting and a chance to compete with the whole family.
Hadleigh Castle (2 miles)
Striking castle remains great for photos and sketches, overlooking some great play and picnic territory. Be warned though it's a little isolated, and there are no toilets or facilities nearby.
Rayleigh Megazone (2 miles)
Home of Megazone Laser Tag, MegaPlay Soft Play, Music Rooms, Theatre and S-Kape Youth Centre.
Rayleigh Mount (2 miles)
An early medieval motte and bailey castle site, which offers sweeping views across the Crouch Valley. Make the most of your day by visiting the adjacent windmill to explore historical exhibitions.
Rayleigh Windmill (2 miles)
Try a charming little stop at an award-winning tourist and educational attraction which contains an accredited museum, an exhibition space and information about Rayleigh Mount.
Southend Planetarium (3 miles)
Presents a range of talks about astronomy and the night sky. All presentations are given live, giving plenty of opportunity for any questions you may wish to ask, and are generally suitable for ages 7 to adult.
Hockley Woods (3 miles)
No loos, no shops, no playground - just a tremendous amount of ancient trees, stunning wild flowers and local wildlife for an old fashioned family ramble. Way marked trails.
Central Museum (3 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.
CJs Bowling (3 miles)
12 tenpin bowling lanes with free entry kiddie soft play area also on site. Cafe plus pro shop.
Monkey Bizzness (3 miles)
Traverse climbing wall, 4 Lane waterfall Astra slide, Canon soft ball shootout guns, 5-a-side football and basketball court, separate under-5's area with mini cars, ball juggler, educational key panels etc
Castle Point Transport Museum (3 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'!
Adventure Island (4 miles)
Southend on Sea
Situated on Southend Seafront on both sides of the world famous pier, the park boasts over 40 rides and attractions!
Rollacity (4 miles)
offers a classic, healthy family zip about on quad or inline skates. Great for balance and skill building, good exercise, plus they offer varying session types with differing music and games.
Legacy XS Centre (4 miles)
Legacy XS Centre
A 4,500 sq ft indoor skate park and 5,500 sq ft outdoor park containing a 6ft volcano, 90° and 45° hips, 8ft quarter-pipe, vert wall and more!
Off Road Action Park (4 miles)
Off Road Action Park
A unique outdoors activity centre providing a wide range of activities including a high ropes course, quad biking, archery, army assault course and many more for the whole family to enjoy. Now with new discounted wristbands!
Sealife Adventure (4 miles)
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.
Kids Kingdom (4 miles)
Southend On Sea
Kids Kingdom has approximately 8,000 square feet of play including a 14 foot vertical drop slide and their own 14 foot JELLY MOUNTAIN as well as obstacle course climbs and runs.
Southend Marine Activities Centre (4 miles)
Southend On Sea
Southend Marine Activities Centre
Nationally recognised watersports courses, including introductory courses in Sailing, Canoeing, Windsurfing, Powerboat Driving and Jetskiing. They also offer a wide range of beach based activities.
Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf (5 miles)
Southend On Sea
Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf
18 hole crazy golf course with fun features and amusing challenges for the whole family to play together.
Battlesbridge Antiques Centre (5 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!
Marsh Farm Country Park (5 miles)
Marsh Farm Country Park
With so many different play activities across 20 acres of fun, there’s just so much to do! From the outdoor adventure play area to milking demonstrations or the tractor and trailer ride, there really is something for all the family at Marsh Farm.
Cheeky Monkeez (6 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 :)
Creepy Crawlies Play Centre (6 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.
Tropical Wings World of Wildlife (6 miles)
Tropical Wings World of Wildlife
- prides itself on its reputation for providing 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 this along with great competitions to enter ensures there’s something for everyone
Gloucester Park (7 miles)
Plenty of green space for an active family day, with facilities for tennis, netball, football and cricket, plus the sports village attached if the weather misbehaves.
AMF Hollywood Bowl Basildon (8 miles)
Basildon Bowl and Quasar (8 miles)
Basildon Bowl and Quasar
20 modern tenpin bowling lanes, fully sanctioned by the BTBA and a Quasar Elite Arena, all with a great family atmosphere.
Small Monsters (8 miles)
is an indoor adventure play area for the under five's and their parents.
Tumbletown Children's Indoor Play Centre (8 miles)
Wam Bam Boomerang (9 miles)
Burnham On Crouch
Wam Bam Boomerang
Indoor play and party centre, offering dedicated toddler area and much excitement and craziness for the bigger ones.
Barleylands Farm Park (9 miles)
Barleylands Farm Park
A farm park, craft village and bird of prey centre. We have two indoor play areas and two outdoor adventure playgrounds, one with a giant bouncy pillow and zip wire.
Sheerness Swimming Pool (10 miles)
Sheerness Swimming Pool
Kids' inflatable fun session at the Sheerness swimming pool every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm till 3pm. Great fun for the whole family.
Stay and Play (10 miles)
Stay and Play
is a ball pool and adventure play centre with sliding, climbing, sports court and adventure maze, plus dedicated toddler area.
Bartons Point Coastal Park (10 miles)
Isle of Sheppery
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.
1st Bowl Billericay (11 miles)
1st Bowl Billericay
Classic family friendly tenpin bowling offering 14 fully automated lanes plus pool and amusements.
The Cater Museum (11 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.
Tilbury Fort (11 miles)
Spend a great family day out here as you explore the magazine houses used to store vast quantities of gunpowder or enter the bastion magazine passages and feel what it was like for the soldiers who lived here.
Thanks for all the great things to do in Southend 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 Berkshire can enjoy the great day out as well.
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