20 Best Things To Do In Essex Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Essex

From big thrills to animal days out and historic landmarks, Essex is packed with fun things to  do with your kids all year round!

 

If your perfect family day out involves lots of furry, fluffy and feathered pals, your must-visit attraction in the region is Colchester Zoo where you can meet over 260 species of animals. They even have Red Pandas!  For traditional, laid-back farmyard fun, check out Old MacDonalds Farm or Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park - acres of farmlands, rides, games and lots of hands-on fun in the barn await. 

Into thrill rides and theme parks? Adventure Island Southend-on-Sea should be next on your list of places to visit in Essex. If you’d rather unwind with a relaxing family day out at a beautiful historic house, Audley End House and Gardens is our top recommendation. While you’re in the area, you should also take the kids to Audley End Miniature Railway - a leisurely ride through the woodlands is good fun for all ages. 

We couldn’t talk about family days out in Essex without mentioning Promenade Park. It’s the most popular park in the region, especially in the summer, as it features a large water play area. Best of all, it’s free! 
Before you start planning your next outing with the kids, check out the Essex school holidays dates - those could come in handy!

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Some kids playing mini golf at Mr Mulligan's in Basildon

Mr Mulligan's Basildon

  • Basildon
  • Indoor
  • Crazy Golf

Up for a game of crazy golf with the kids? Head out to Mr Mulligans Basildon and enjoy a putterly awesome experience for the whole family. You’ll hav...

Two kids sat on a bench doing a treasure trail

The Chelmsford Mystery Treasure Trail

  • Chelmsford
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Salty seafarers, unite! The Chelmsford Mystery Treasure Trail is calling out for seasoned explorers to get a whiff of the scent and uncover buried lo...

Vintage cars at The Cressing Temple Barns in Braintree

The Cressing Temple Barns5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Braintree
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The Cressing Temple Barns is the largest of the Knights Templar's Essex based landholdings boasts the oldest known wooden structure in the world! So,...

Girl on swing in playground at Great Notley Discovery Centre and Park in Braintree

Great Notley Discovery Centre and Park

  • Braintree
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Finding something that’s fun for teenagers as well as toddlers can be a real challenge! More often than not, you’re pleasing one at the expense of th...

Canal boats at Chelmer Cruises in Chelmsford

Chelmer Cruises

  • Chelmsford
  • Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

Chelmer Cruises is a charming place that is also known as Paper Mill Lock Cruises and Victoria Cruises. Whatever you call it, it's got all the potent...

RHS Hyde Hall

RHS Hyde Hall

  • Chelmsford
  • Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

RHS Garden Hyde Hall in rural Essex is a place where you can unwind in stunning natural surroundings while your kids run around, play and explore. To...

Cineworld Braintree

Cineworld Braintree

  • Braintree
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Discover the latest hit films from around the globe at Cineworld Braintree. Share the magic of the big screen with your whole family at this wonderfu...

Walking trail at Brook End Gardens in Chelmsford

Brook End Gardens

  • Chelmsford
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

The Green Flag Awarded Brook End Gardens is a simple but pleasing community greenspace ideal for wending away summer afternoons with the kids. There'...

Inflatable obstacle course on swimming pool at Braintree Swimming Centre

Braintree Swimming & Fitness1 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Braintree
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Splish and splash around in this super, interactive water haven. Braintree swimming centre invites you for a day of indoor fun splashing around with...

Indoor soft play frame at Crazy Kids Adventure Play in Braintree

Partyman Braintree

  • Braintree
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Crazy Kids Adventure Play has one of the biggest play towers in Essex, plus 2 giant multi-level frames for kids of different ages, ensuring that olde...

Namco funscape Braintree Overview

Namco Funscape Braintree

  • Braintree
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Head out to Namco Funscape Braintree for a great family game of bowling with loads of scope for surprise victories! Kids under 6 can use a rolling ra...

Partyman World Braintree

Partyman World Braintree

  • Braintree
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Who here fancies some fun? Great, because Partyman World Braintree is full of it with face painting, ball ponds and plenty of tasty tuck. Get kids st...

Entrance to Essex Police Museum in Chelmsford

Essex Police Museum

  • Chelmsford
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Essex Police Museum has a collection of objects, photographs and objects that tell the history of the force from 1840 until present day. You and the...

Bench at Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens

Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens

  • Braintree
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens has 5 acres of formal public gardens incorporating some 250 trees so it's a lovely green space for a family outi...

Outside view of Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre in Chelmsford

Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre

  • Chelmsford
  • Indoor
  • Ice Skating and Rollerskating

The latest in sound and lighting effects combine with a lively disco atmosphere for fun sessions at Riverside's ice rink. There are also public skate...

Family watching Tour De France at Admirals Park in Chelmsford

Admirals Park

  • Chelmsford
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Admirals Park is linked with Tower Gardens and the adjoining West Park, covering an area of approximately 30 hectares and a wonderfully disparate var...

ODEON Cinema room

ODEON Chelmsford

  • Chelmsford
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Calling all movie fans! Take a trip to the wonderful world of cinema and see film stars in their natural habitat, at ODEON Chelmsford. With 8 screens...

Outside view of Blake House Craft Centre in Braintree

Blake House Craft Centre

  • Braintree
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Arts and Crafts

There's plenty to do at Blake House Craft Centre starting with an excellent 9 hole miniature golf course with kid friendly features including fun ram...

Golf hole at West Park Pitch Putt and Crazy Golf in Chelmsford

West Park Pitch Putt & Crazy Golf

  • Chelmsford
  • Outdoor
  • Crazy Golf

West Park Pitch Putt and Crazy Golf has a rather modest Crazy Golf 9 hole course available, plus a mature 18 hole pitch and putt course, as well as a...

Kids cycling at Baddow Hall Park in Celmsford

Baddow Hall Park

  • Chelmsford
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

The highlight of Baddow Hall Park is the new BMX track, with circular run and varying grades of slope and slalom, it's great for kids who love biking...

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