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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Barnston, Essex

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 1194 fun things to do in Barnston 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 – 799 of the attractions are indoors. Finding the right Barnston 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 Barnston 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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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...

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...

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...

Cammas Hall Farm

  • Bishops Stortford
  • Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

If your kids need a country adventure, take them to Cammas Hall Farm. You can even get them to pick their own pudding! With a riot of berries availab...

Hatfield Forest5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Bishops Stortford
  • Outdoor
  • National Parks

No other forest on earth evokes the atmosphere of a medieval hunting forest so completely. The ancient trees of the forest are like magnificent livin...

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...

Daisy May’s Farm

  • Elsenham
  • Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Meet more than 200 animals, including sheep, goats, ducks, chickens, and pigs at Daisy May’s Farm. A rescue centre and a working farm, it’s home to b...

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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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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

Mountfitchet Castle

  • Stansted Mountfitchet
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Mountfitchet Castle is a fun and educational open-air museum where you and yours can travel back in time over 900 years and witness life in a cool me...

The House on the Hill Toy Museum

  • Stansted Mountfitchet
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The House on the Hill Toy Museum is the largest known privately owned toy museum in all of Europe with more than 80,000 fascinating items of mixed an...

Hallingbury Hall Equestrian Centre

  • Bishops Stortford
  • Outdoor
  • Horse Riding and Stables

BHS approved Hallingbury Hall Equestrian Centre specialise in children's riding, dressage lessons, experienced riding tuition, jumping lessons, nervo...

Ceramics on the Hop

  • Writtle
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Want a unique day out with a splash of creativity? Take all the family down to Ceramics on the Hop and make something special to keep forever! Take a...

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...

Maple Pollard Riding Centre

  • Bishops Stortford
  • Outdoor
  • Horse Riding and Stables

BHS approved Maple Pollard Riding Centre specialises in group children's lessons and training for Pony Club, BHS and NVQ exams. They have a range of...

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