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Essex School Holidays: Things to do, activities and ideas

Posted 26 April 2022
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Looking for things to do with the kids during the Essex school holiday dates? Let’s get some advice from other parents in your region! We’ve found the top 5 most-visited attractions near you on our site last year and we’re ready to share them with you. However, let’s not get ahead of ourselves! First, we’ve got the Essex school holiday dates all listed for you.

Essex School Holiday Dates 2020/21

  • Term Starts: 2nd September 2020
  • Autumn Term: 2nd September - 18th December 2020
  • October Half Term: 26th October - 30th October 2020
  • Christmas Holidays: 21st December - 1st January 2021
  • Spring Term: 4th January - 26th March 2021
  • February Half Term: 15th February - 19th February 2021
  • Easter Holidays: 29th March - 9th April 2021
  • Summer Term: 12th April 2021 - 21st July 2021
  • May Half Term: 31st May - 4th June 2021
  • Summer Holidays: 22nd July - 31st August 2021

Essex School Holiday Dates 2021/22

  • Term Starts: 1st September 2021
  • Autumn Term: 1st September - 17th December 2021 
  • October Half Term: 25th October - 29th October 2021
  • Christmas Holidays: 20th December - 3rd January 2021
  • Spring Term: 4th January - 1st April 2022
  • February Half Term: 14th February - 18th February 2022
  • Easter Holidays: 4th April - 18th April 2022
  • Summer Term: 19th April - 22nd July 2022
  • May Half Term: 30th May - 3rd June 2022
  • Summer Holidays: 25th July - 31st August 2022

Kids having fun in the park during the school holidays

Top Things to do in the Essex School Holidays

Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, South Woodham Ferrers

Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park prides itself on offering all-weather entertainment for families with kids. The main attraction is, of course, the animals. Your tiny farmers-to-be will have the chance to meet, feed and pet the animals; even groom a pony. There’s also a bird aviary to walk through and an animal trail to explore.

In addition to the animal-related activities, you’ll also find large indoor and outdoor play areas, plus a theatre if you fancy watching a live show. If you decide to come during the summer holidays, there will also be bouncy castles, bouncy pillows and a maize maze!

Great Notley Discovery Centre and Park, Braintree

Here’s something free to do during the Essex school holidays! At Great Novelty Discovery Centre and Park you’ll have the opportunity to explore Essex’s longest play trail, all 1.2km of it! Climbing, sliding, playing with sand and swimming on the tyre swings - your kids will enjoy every bit of it! Not to mention there’s also a water play area and forts….

Since the park spreads across 100 acres of open spaces, it’s a great place to do all your favourite outdoor activities, including cycling, fishing, football, picnics and kite-flying. It’s also a wonderful spot for bird spotting enthusiasts.

Lee Valley Farm Parks, Waltham Abbey

Lee Valley Farm Parks is home to all sorts of creatures, including farmyard animals, exotic animals and birds of prey. This means you can see a bearded dragon, watch a falconry display and feed pigs, goats and tortoises all on the same day.

Animals are just the tip of the iceberg - explore 5 adventure play zones (featuring a toboggan run and dinosaurs), go on a family tractor ride through the farm and cheer along at the lamb and goat races. That’s how you make the 2019 Essex school holidays unforgettable!

Old MacDonalds Farm & Fun Park, Brentwood

Already singing the popular kids tune in your head? You’re in the right spirits; time to visit Old MacDonalds Farm & Fun Park and meet all 200+ animals who live there! With over 30 species on-site, the farm doesn’t have just donkeys, goats and pigs. There also are some exotic creatures to be seen, including alpacas, wallabies and meerkats.

Ready for adventure? The theme park rides for little ones will bring a much-needed dose of excitement into your day out. From facing the heights of the Gigantic Snake Slide, to operating a digger at the JCB Construction Zone, to swinging in the air on the Thrilling Crazy Barn Ride - your tiny daredevils are sure to go back home satisfied.

Blackwater Leisure Centre, Maldon

How about some indoor fun? Pull out your swimsuits and get ready to dive into the fun at Blackwater Leisure Centre in Maldon! You can learn to swim, or practice your stroke in a 25-metre pool, but if you’re all about the fun you’ll head straight to the fantastic flume and make a splash.

During the Essex school holidays the centre runs a holiday activity programme for kids aged 5-12, so why not use the opportunity to keep the kids busy and maybe even discover their new favourite sport?

We know you can’t fill in all the Essex school holidays with just these 5 attractions, no matter how awesome they are. Don’t worry though! There are lots more ideas and things to do in Essex for you to explore on Day Out With The Kids. Just enter your postcode, press “Search” and be ready to be inspired.


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