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Best Parks and Playgrounds In Essex

We've rounded up the best parks and playgrounds in Essex in our quest to discover brilliant family attractions and places to visit near you. There are 139 Essex parks and playgrounds to pick from. Find the perfect places to go with your kids and get out on your next adventure!

All the parks and playgrounds we list are rated according to the ages they are suitable for, facilities and whether they are suitable for rainy days or best when the sun is shining.

Many of the places we list are historic or educational in nature and would be suitable for class trips or as ways to keep the learning up whilst having fun over the school holidays.

Find your perfect day out

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...

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'...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Chelmer Park

  • Chelmsford
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Chelmer Park offers a generously sized adventure play area at it's heart with loads of play equipment for 3 to 12 year olds and outdoor gym equipment...

Hylands House and Park

  • Chelmsford
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Hylands House and Park has plenty for the family to enjoy, with 574 acres of parkland, including recreational ancient woodland, grassland, lakes, pon...



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Promenade Park

  • Maldon
  • Outdoor
  • National Parks

Promenade Park is the District's most popular park and has undergone a major refurbishment programme in recent years. Promenade Park offers the follo...

Gosfield Lake Resort

  • Halstead
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Gosfield Lake Resort is a private family run leisure park, set in the heart of rural Essex, close to Constable Country and right on the Essex Way. Th...

The Wind in The Willows Sculpture Trail

  • Billericay
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

If your kids love The Wind in the Willows, take them to Hanningfield Reservoir and bring their favourite story to life with the Wind in the Willows s...

Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park

  • South Woodham Ferrers
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Cute critters, action-packed activities, magic shows and more? Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park really pulls out all the stops, so make sure you brin...

Abberton Reservoir Nature Reserve

  • Colchester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

The huge expanse of Essex and Suffolk Water's Abberton Reservoir Nature Reserve is one of Europe's top wetland sites and a great trip for families ei...

Barleylands Farm Park

  • Billericay
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Barleylands Farm Park is a popular place for schools, as it knows exactly how to bring the curriculum to life with their award winning themed days. T...

The Gibberd Garden

  • Harlow
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

At The Gibberd Garden the softly designed glades, pools, lawns and alleys provide settings for some eighty varying sculptures, large ceramic pots and...

King Georges Playing Fields

  • Brentwood
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Amongst other things the under-titled King Georges Playing Fields features a really unique garden designed for the blind, with many specially selecte...

The Play Barn

  • Sawbridgeworth
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Take a turn off the beaten track and visit The Play Barn in Hertfordshire. Bring your little ones to a soft play centre that’ll have your tiny-toddle...

Thorndon Country Park

  • Brentwood
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Thorndon Country Park contains rare areas of heathland which are being carefully managed and restored in the most traditional and effective manner: b...

Castle Park and Gardens

  • Colchester
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Castle Park and Gardens is a town centre oasis: terrific to retreat to with the family for an afternoon, featuring loads of things to see and do with...

Weald Country Park

  • Brentwood
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Weald Country Park offers an idyllic day out alongside nature, and although there are no physical play facilities there are still plenty of things to...

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