Brightlingsea Open Air Pool (3 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.
Push Kiting (3 miles)
Kite boarding, kite buggying, kite flying and kitesurfing lessons can be taken up by all ages from 8 to 80 years, so if you're interested in a great outdoor sport then come and have a go.
Clacton Zoo (3 miles)
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.
Clacton Pavilion (3 miles)
Exciting fun park choose from Adventure Golf, Dodgems, 5D Cinema, Terror Tower, 360 Dance party, Bungee Trampolines, Gold Mine Roller Coaster, State of the Art Ten Pin Bowling and fabulous Bar & Restaurant
Frinton on Sea Beach (3 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.
Seaquarium at Clacton Pier (3 miles)
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.
Clacton Pier (3 miles)
Experience 360 Meters of All Weather all year fun and Rides including The new Lanes Tenpin Bowling. From Tiny Tot Rides to The return of The Stella Rollercoaster Families will have hours of fun and memories.
Space Kingdom (4 miles)
Top notch space themed adventure facility with multi level play frame, go karts, sports arena, drop and spiral slides, Toddlers' Milky Way Centre and very much more! Awesome decor too.
Robbie Rascal Party and Play Centre (4 miles)
Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve (5 miles)
Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve
Set in a spectacular position overlooking the Colne Estuary the visitor centre provides stunning views even on the dullest days It offers the visitor real peace and quiet. Out on the reserve you will find a picnic area, nature trails and bird hides.
Cudmore Grove Country Park (6 miles)
Cudmore Grove Country Park
Tucked at the eastern tip of Mersea Island, the park includes a pleasingly sandy beach backed by a large expanse of open grassland perfect for summer games and picnics plus woodland to explore too. The information station offers maps… and parties!!
West Mersea Beach (7 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.
Walton Pier (9 miles)
Take a ride on the Red Baron, be thrilled on the Waltzer, ride into the sunset on the Gallopers, release that road rage on the Dodgems or play some classic tenpin bowling. Fun whatever the weather, it’s all undercover!
Walton Pier Bowl (9 miles)
Walton Pier Bowl
Set beside the pier's funfair and amusements, this family friendly bowling centre is a refreshing break out of the sun and a great excuse for a few games!
Bourne Mill (9 miles)
Set in tranquil grounds next to a bubbling stream this picturesque mill still has a rare working waterwheel. It's a short stop, but unusual and educational, and kids with a sketchpad or camera will certainly get something from it.
Rollerworld (9 miles)
Classic family friendly roller skating offering Roller Disco, plus separate sessions for Family, Over 8s and Adults Only. Plus cool laser tag arena for zero contact combat gaming!
Rollerworld Quasar (9 miles)
Classic laser tag, the no contact combat game played with infra red, plus family friendly roller skating.
Hollytrees Museum (10 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!
Natural History Museum Colchester (10 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!
Naze Tower (10 miles)
An historic 86ft (26.2m) landmark, with several floors exhibiting local artwork and interesting fossils and artefacts. Amazing views of up to 30 miles away from the top with 111 steps to reach it!
Colchester Castle Museum (10 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.
Crafty Mums (10 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.
Castle Park and Gardens (10 miles)
Castle Park and Gardens
Features include a children's play area, crazy golf and putting green, children's boating lake, cricket ground, traditional cafe, riverside walks, and Hollytrees Museum.
Mistley Place Park (10 miles)
Mistley Place Park
Animal sanctuary and tea rooms. An educational day out where you can feed the animals and teach the kids something important.
Colchester Leisure World (10 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.
Tenpin Colchester (10 miles)
is a bowling centre located in Cowdray avenue, Colchester. We have 24 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.
Jump Street (10 miles)
New to the UK and taking bookings now: 125 interconnecting trampolines across 5 main activity zones including dodgeball and basketball courts, stunt landing foam pit and epic free bounce zone! Your over 5s' new favourite place, guaranteed!
Go Bananas Indoor Soft Play Centre (10 miles)
Go Bananas Indoor Soft Play Centre
Enormous play zone with terrific design and atmospheric play features on top of the usual fare, including vertical drop waterfall slide, bouncy Aztec Ruins and a spooky cavern with smoke machines and light effects! Plus a bigger than implied Tiny Town for the under 4s too. Awesome!
Woodup Pool (10 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. Free to use!
Abberton Reservoir Nature Reserve (11 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!
High Woods Country Park (11 miles)
High Woods Country Park
Includes 3 superb adventure play areas plus woodland, open spaces, lakeside and wildflower meadows. Great for fishing, picnicking, hiking, cycling and general exploring!
Jungle Adventure (11 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!
Colchester Zoo (11 miles)
One of the finest zoos in Europe with over 260 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 Butterfly Glade exhibit for 2015!
Alton Watersports Centre (12 miles)
Alton Watersports Centre
A water sports centre for sailing, kayaking and windsurfing. Also a good spot for walking and cycling. Classes available or bring your own craft. Racing and junior events held throughout the year.
Layer Marney Tower (12 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.
Dovercourt Skate Rink (12 miles)
Dovercourt Skate Rink
is a family friendly outdoor roller skating rink! One of the only ones left in the UK!
Felixstowe Museum (14 miles)
14 galleries full of displays about the social and military history of Felixstowe with lots of interesting things to see such a models of aircraft, ships and tanks, uniforms, Roman jewellery and coins plus Victorian toys and fashion.
Wild Raspberry Ceramic Cafe (15 miles)
Wild Raspberry Ceramic Cafe
Come along to paint your own ceramic and textile pieces, also now introducing enamelling jewellery parties and Decopatch. Enjoy some home made cake with a good coffee in a relaxed atmosphere.
Blue Owl (15 miles)
- is a paint your own pottery studio, coffee 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.
Jimmys Farm (15 miles)
An exciting day out for all the family. We are a working farm and breed rare breed pigs but also have cows, sheep, chickens and more! We have a nature trail, butchery and shop, cafe and playground. We hold farmers markets on 1st Saturday of every month.
Funtasia (16 miles)
Soft play facility for children up to 130cm tall including classic friendly features like ball pit, slide, tunnels and more. Great for under 6s!
East Anglian Railway Museum (16 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. Museum and Event days throughout the year.
Suffolk Ski Centre (16 miles)
Suffolk Ski Centre
Special sessions provided for absolute beginners over 4, general access to slopes is at age 7. Activities include kindergarten ski play, race training, ski toboggan and snowboard parties, and Ringos!
Wam Bam Boomerang (16 miles)
Wam Bam Boomerang
Indoor play and party centre, offering dedicated toddler area and much excitement and craziness for the bigger ones.
Ipswich Transport Museum (17 miles)
Ipswich Transport Museum
A small and friendly museum with a great collection of vehicles to explore inside and out. There are over 90 different including a fire engine and police car, buses, bikes and prams plus lorries, lawnmowers and a hearse!
Chantry Park (17 miles)
Spacious parkland and great adventure play areas with rope and trampoline climbing structure and zip wire, plus nice new swings, slides and roundabouts too!
Blackwater Leisure Centre (17 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.
Coggeshall Grange Barn (18 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.
Maldon Promenade Park (18 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.
Promenade Park (18 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...
Thanks for all the great things to do in St Osyth 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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