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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Ashen, Essex

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 928 fun things to do in Ashen for you and the family to discover, including indoor and soft play areas, museums and art galleries and tourist attractions. What's more, the weather shouldn't be a problem – 614 of the attractions are indoors. Finding the right Ashen day out for your family is easy – simply explore the links below or use the filters at the top of the page to plan your next adventure.

Want to know what to do with the nature lovers in your family? Walk on the wild side and visit our Animals listings for zoos, safari parks and wildlife parks. Or are you looking for nearby places to visit in Ashen with a culture vulture? We've picked the best children's museums, discovery centres and historic locations in the Sightseeing section.

If you're after a big day out during the school holidays, we can tell you where the nearest theme park, water park or ski slope is. For quieter days near home in term time, we can help you find the best soft play, leisure centre or pottery cafe.

For teachers planning the next class trip, many places are educational and suitable for all ages, from babies and toddlers to teens. Never be stuck for what to do with the kids again!

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Clare Castle Country Park

  • Sudbury
  • Outdoor
  • National Parks

Situated to the south of the picturesque, historic town of Clare, just two minutes' walk from the town centre, Clare Castle Country Park is a beautif...

Colne Valley Railway

  • Castle Hedingham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

Bring your family to come and sample the vintage atmosphere and take a charming hour long ride on an award winning period country Colne Valley Railwa...

East Town Park Countryside Centre

  • Haverhill
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

East Town Park Countryside Centre is a country park to the east of Haverhill on the very edge of town. The 38 acre park is the centre for a network o...

Hedingham Castle

  • Castle Hedingham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Hedingham Castle's Norman keep, 110 feet high, was built c.1140 by Aubrey de Vere and is still owned by one of his descendants, Jason Lindsay and his...

Cineworld Haverhill

  • Haverhill
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Immerse into the wondrous world of cinematic adventures with the latest family-friendly films at Cineworld Haverhill. Share the magic of the big scre...

Haverhill Leisure Centre

  • Haverhill
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Kid City is the great little soft play zone tucked inside Haverhill Leisure Centre. There's a main adventure play frame spread over several levels gr...

Long Melford Country Park

  • Long Melford
  • Outdoor
  • National Parks

Sun’s out, weather’s gorgeous and you just want to spend the day outdoor? At Melford Country Park you’ll find over 8 hectares of grassland, woodland...

Boydells Dairy Farm

  • Braintree
  • Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Boydells Dairy Farm is a small, family working farm that specialises in sheep milking. Open to the public there’s a guided tour with lots of hands-on...



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Kentwell Hall and Gardens

  • Long Melford
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Come and explore the extravagant Kentwell Hall and Gardens, explore inside the luxurious traditional mansion and discover the friendly animals at the...

Kingfisher Leisure Centre Sudbury

  • Sudbury
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Kingfisher Leisure Centre The leisure pool is ideal for a family visit as it not only has a nice fast flume for the big kids there's a toddler flume...

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...

Essex Pottery Studio

  • Halstead
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Let’s admit it - adults love painting just as much as kids do! Share one of your favourite activities with your tots at Essex Pottery Studio and colo...

Lavenham Treasure Hunt Trail

  • Lavenham
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Pirates come in all sorts of packages, so get your band of mini marauders out on the Lavenham Treasure Hunt Trail. The hunt will be full of code bust...

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...

Linton Zoo

  • Cambridge
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Linton Zoo was born out of a family’s love for and concern for wildlife in the world. The zoo and all of its inhabitants came to Linton in 1972 and h...

The Spotted Giraffe5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Cambridge
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

The Spotted Giraffe offer a 3 level multi color adventure play frame which features loads of the classic physical play fun features and superbly padd...

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...

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...

East Anglian Railway Museum

  • Colchester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

East Anglian Railway Museum has a great collection of steam engines, carriages, and wagons to discover, plus a mini rail you can explore. There is pl...

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...

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