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Things To Do & Days Out near Southend
Southend on Sea Treasure Hunt Trail (< 1 mile)
Southend on Sea Treasure Hunt Trail Get the whole family out and about exploring in the fresh air as you solve the clues on this treasure hunt themed self-guided adventure! Follow the Trail and solve the clues!
Southend Cliff Lift (< 1 mile)
Southend Cliff Lift Take a pleasurable journey on an iconic feature of Southend's rich heritage with fantastic views of the pier and estuary. It runs between Western Esplanade and Cliffton Terrace and will take pushchairs.
Central Museum (< 1 mile)
Central Museum 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!
Adventure Island (< 1 mile)
Adventure Island Situated on Southend Seafront on both sides of the world famous pier, the park boasts over 40 rides and attractions!
Southend Pier and Train (< 1 mile)
Southend Pier and Train Apparently the longest pleasure pier in the world, featuring pier train and transport museum, fishing and sightseeing.
Southend Pier Museum (< 1 mile)
Southend Pier Museum boasts an exciting range of vintage train and tram carriages plus pictorial memorabilia, penny slot machines and period costumes.
Sealife Adventure (< 1 mile)
Sealife Adventure 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.
Southend Marine Activities Centre (< 1 mile)
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 (1 miles)
Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf A long established 18 hole crazy golf course with fun structure features like the waterwheel and the lighthouse, plus loads of ramps, dips and hazards. Can you win a free game by sinking the 19th hole?!
Southend Planetarium (1 miles)
Southend Planetarium Presents a range of talks about astronomy and the night sky. All presentations are live, suitable for ages 7 to adult, and you're allowed to ask questions!
Kids Kingdom (1 miles)
Kids Kingdom Under new management this year and boasting 8,000 square feet of play including huge vertical drop slide and crazy 14 foot JELLY MOUNTAIN as well as obstacle course style fun and other activities besides.
Made by You Pottery Painting Studio (2 miles)
Made by You Pottery Painting Studio is a Pottery Painting and Craft Studio, where people of all ages and all abilities can paint , create and have fun, we offer parties and school holiday sessions too.
Leigh on Sea Beach (2 miles)
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.
Fun Factory Rochford (3 miles)
Fun Factory Rochford 7m high 5 level play structure, kiddie quads track, rock climbing wall plus a synthetic ice arena with penguin skate aids.
Rollacity (3 miles)
Rollacity Great venue for a classic, healthy family zip about on quad, or inline skates. Ideal for balance and skill building, good exercise, plus they offer varying session types with differing music and games.
Leigh Heritage Centre (3 miles)
Leigh Heritage Centre Interesting museum with local history artefacts, plus the new Leigh On Sea Heritage Trail starts nearby.
Belfairs Nature Reserve and Woodland (3 miles)
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.
Castle Point Transport Museum (4 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'!
Hadleigh Castle (5 miles)
Hadleigh Castle 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.
Base Jump (5 miles)
Base Jump with 185 interlinked trampolines; Trampoline Half Pipe, Ninja Challenge course, Battle Beam, huge 5 lane foam and airbag pits, 3 dodgeball Courts and a basketball 'Slam Dunk' lane. Over 35,000 square feet of fun for all the family.
CJs Bowling (5 miles)
CJs Bowling 12 tenpin bowling lanes with free entry kiddie soft play area also on site. Cafe plus pro shop.
Monkey Bizzness (5 miles)
Monkey Bizzness 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.
Hockley Woods (5 miles)
Hockley Woods A tremendous amount of ancient trees, stunning wild flowers and local wildlife for an old fashioned family ramble. Plus playground and way marked trails.
Rayleigh Megazone (5 miles)
Rayleigh Megazone Home of Megazone Laser Tag, MegaPlay Soft Play, Music Rooms, Theatre and S-Kape Youth Centre.
Rayleigh Indoor Karting Stadium (5 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 plus there's a new feature for 2016!
Megazone Laser (5 miles)
Megazone Laser Harmless but thrilling war game play in an atmospheric 2 storey arena, zapping each other with cool zero impact laser phasors! Staff marshalled and right beside an indoor play palace. Awesome!
Rayleigh Megaplay (5 miles)
Rayleigh Megaplay Home of awesome atmospheric Megazone Laser Tag, plus MegaPlay Soft Play, Music Rooms, Theatre and S-Kape Youth Centre! Loads!
Rayleigh Windmill (6 miles)
Rayleigh Windmill 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.
Rayleigh Mount (6 miles)
Rayleigh Mount An early medieval motte and bailey castle site great for exploration, which offers sweeping views across the Crouch Valley. Make the most of your day by visiting the adjacent windmill to explore historical exhibitions.
Legacy XS Centre (7 miles)
Legacy XS Centre Huge facilities indoor and out, with a 6ft volcano, 90° and 45° hips, 8ft quarter pipe and loads more! Plus cool laser tag, multi use sports zone, modern dance studio with lessons.
Sheerness Swimming Pool (7 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.
Wam Bam Boomerang (8 miles)
Wam Bam Boomerang Indoor play and party centre, offering dedicated toddler area and much excitement and craziness for the bigger ones.
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park (8 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!
Bartons Point Coastal Park (8 miles)
Bartons Point Coastal Park A miniature railway, fishing and crabbing lake, model flying field, pitch and putt golf course, and a great new adventure play area too!
Cheeky Monkeez (8 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.
Battlesbridge Antiques Centre (8 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!
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.
Wat Tyler Country Park (9 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.
Tropical Wings Zoo (9 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!
Partyman World Basildon (10 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 (10 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.
Small Monsters (11 miles)
Small Monsters For under 6s: bouncy castle, ball pools, soft play equipment and fine motor skill activities, plus musical crash mat and soft toys in the Baby Corner.
Dropzone (11 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!
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!
Arethusa Climbing Centre (12 miles)
Arethusa Climbing Centre Indoor and outdoor climbing options plus bouldering wall, wheelchair abseil and loads more features. Elsewhere on site adventure play, high and low ropes, orienteering and archery. Wow!
Monkey Madness Play Centre (12 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!
Strand Leisure Pool (12 miles)
Strand Leisure Pool Open late May to early September, this nice outdoor pool has a lazy river and slides in the pool, as well as having crazy golf, water zorbing and a miniature railway dry side!
Barleylands Farm Park (12 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.
Dickens World (12 miles)
Dickens World is a 90 minute journey of discovery. Your personal guide will walk and talk you through the amazing life and story of Charles Dickens as well as the tales of Victorian England. It is a chance to meet all of the nice and nasty characters that Charles Dickens loved and wrote about in his novels and short...
Monkey Puzzle at Madison Heights (13 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!