Walton Pier (1 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 (1 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!
Naze Tower (2 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!
Robbie Rascal Party and Play Centre (4 miles)
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.
Frinton on Sea Beach (5 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 (6 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 (6 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.
Clacton Pavilion (6 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
Clacton Zoo (6 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.
Dovercourt Skate Rink (6 miles)
Dovercourt Skate Rink
is a family friendly outdoor roller skating rink! One of the only ones left in the UK!
Push Kiting (6 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.
Felixstowe Museum (7 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.
Funtasia (9 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!
Brightlingsea Open Air Pool (10 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.
Alton Watersports Centre (10 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.
Wild Raspberry Ceramic Cafe (11 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.
Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve (12 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.
Jimmys Farm (14 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.
Cudmore Grove Country Park (14 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!!
Suffolk Ski Centre (14 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!
Ipswich Transport Museum (14 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!
Rollerworld (15 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 (15 miles)
Classic laser tag, the no contact combat game played with infra red, plus family friendly roller skating.
Bourne Mill (15 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.
Snakes and Ladders Ipswich (15 miles)
Snakes and Ladders Ipswich
Snakes and Ladders is a huge indoor playground filled to the brim with climbing frames, ball ponds, cargo nets and slides. Plus there's our Mini Play Street and toddlers separate safe play area. Kids can really let off steam while parents relax on comfortable leather sofas in our cafe.
The Science Project Discover Centre (15 miles)
The Science Project Discover Centre
Hands-on science fun for all the family. Build a body, operate the Crazy Crane and solve the mystery of the Treasure Chest and so much more. Discover over 30 fascinating interactive exhibits illustrating simple scientific principles. Under the same roof as the Indoor Adventure Playground and included in one...
West Mersea Beach (15 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.
Hollytrees Museum (15 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!
Holywells Park (15 miles)
A beautiful park with 67 acres of rolling grounds, ponds and woodland. There is a large well maintained play area for juniors and a summer paddling pool.
Natural History Museum Colchester (15 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!
Colchester Castle Museum (15 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.
Colchester Leisure World (15 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 (15 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.
Castle Park and Gardens (15 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.
Wacky Warehouse Punch and Judy (15 miles)
Wacky Warehouse Punch and Judy
Historic pub with indoor play facilities plus patio. All the usual fun features spread over several level with a dedicated toddler zone too.
Play2Day Indoor Play Centre (15 miles)
Play2Day Lazer Tag Arena (15 miles)
Play2Day Lazer Tag Arena
a high-tech fast action lazer game adventure played in a double level arena, conveniently located in the same building as Play2Day Indoor Play!
Kingpin Bowling Centre (15 miles)
Kingpin Bowling Centre
Classic family friendly tenpin bowling, plus cosmic bowling area with disco lighting. Gutter guards, light balls and ramps help give the kids a chance.
Area 25 Skatepark (15 miles)
Area 25 Skatepark
An indoor skate park with facilities for skateboards, BMS, scooter and inline skates. Mini ramp for youngsters and novices. An innovative place to improve your skills, whatever your ability, with a good atmosphere.
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.
Jump Street (15 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 (16 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!
High Woods Country Park (16 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!
Chantry Park (16 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!
Christchurch Park (16 miles)
Plenty of space for traditional play and picnicking, tennis, adventure playground, 400 year old trees and many events and activities held all year round by The Wildlife and Education Rangers.
Crown Pools (16 miles)
The leisure pool is the ideal facility for the family and children with a beach area, wave machine and water fountains, which are all set amongst tropical planting. Open for casual use throughout the facilities operational hours you are guaranteed a relaxing fun time.
Namco Funscape Ipswich (17 miles)
Namco Funscape Ipswich
Kids love bowling, especially Glow Bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards to even the odds! With an arcade, pool tables, a ping pong table and birthday parties too.
Beacon Rally Karts (17 miles)
Beacon Rally Karts
Outdoor off road karting centre for all children aged 5 and over. We have three separate tracks and 4 sets of karts, for complete safety we never mix our karts, Your child will only race children of a similar age. No need for large numbers, minimum booking 1 driver.
Anglia Indoor Kart Racing (17 miles)
Thanks for all the great things to do in Walton-On-The-Naze 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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