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Essex School Holidays 2019: Things to do, activities and ideas

Dela Lozanova

30 August 2019

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Looking for things to do with the kids during the 2019 Essex school holidays? 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

  • Term Starts: 4th September 2019
  • Autumn Term: 4th September 2019 - 19th December 2019
  • October Half Term: 28th October - 1st November 2019
  • Christmas Holidays: 20th December - 3rd January 2020
  • Spring Term: 3rd January 2020 - 5th April 2020
  • February Half Term: 17th February - 21st February 2020
  • Easter Holidays: 6th April - 17th April 2020
  • Summer Term: 23rd April 2020 - 24th July 2020
  • May Half Term: 25th May - 29th May 2020
  • Summer Holidays: 23rd July - 1st September 2020

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 are, ofcourse, 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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Dela Lozanova

30 August 2019

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Dela is the Content Editor at Day Out With The Kids. Originally from sunny Varna on the Bulgarian seacoast, she now lives in Coventry and travels regularly throughout Europe to escape the rain.

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