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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Southend On Sea

Discover a whole lot of fun things to do in Southend-on-Sea and make the most of the dramatic seaside setting on your next day out.

Start your day swimming with the fishes at Sealife Adventure. The South East’s number one aquarium has got every kind of sea creature from sharks and stingrays to seahorses and sea anemones. See lionfish, foxface and leaf fish swimming around in the ‘Most Venomous’ tank and be grateful that you’re not the one who has to clean it!

Remember to bring your swim stuff for a Southend-on-Sea family day out as you’ll be getting wet at the Marine Activities Centre! Have a go at all types of watersports from sailing to canoeing, windsurfing or jet skiing. There are trained instructors to tell you everything you need to know, so take the opportunity to get out there and carve up some waves.

The Southend Pier and Train go at a significantly more leisurely pace. Take your time travelling up the longest pier in the world as you soak up the view. Continue to travel in style as your board the Southend Cliff Lift. Climb 57 feet from Western Esplanade and Clifton Terrace and enjoy stunning views over the pier and estuary.

Adventure Island is bound to be a huge hit with the whole family. Overlooking the Southend seafront there are a total of 40 rides and attractions from the 75ft rollercoaster with the vertical drop to plenty of choices for smaller ones. The challenge will be getting them to leave!

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Leigh Heritage Centre

  • Leigh-on-Sea
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Leigh Heritage Centre is a fascinating wealth of local historical artefacts and memorabilia with educational value. Outside nearby you can also pick...

Belfairs Nature Reserve and Woodland

  • Leigh-on-Sea
  • Outdoor
  • National Parks

Get interactive and learn about the ancient woodlands of south Essex at Belfairs Nature Reserve and Woodland. The 1160 acre landscape is perfect for...

Castle Point Transport Museum

  • Canvey Island
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Canvey Island's vintageCastle Point Transport Museum is now home to over 35 tremendously old and rare buses, coaches, vintage commercials, military a...

Hadleigh Castle

  • Hadleigh
  • Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

When you're preparing the kids for a stop at Hadleigh Castle, it's best to clarify for them that they are ruins: it's a very different castle experie...

CJs Bowling

  • Hockley
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

CJs Bowling have 12 Ten pin bowling lanes and cater for all ages plus all the facilities for the disabled. So whatever the occasion come along and en...

Base Jump

  • Rayleigh
  • Indoor
  • Trampoline Parks

Base Jump is the largest trampoline park in the entire South East, boasting over 185 interlinked trampolines and 35,000 square feet of fun for all ag...

Monkey Bizzness

  • Hockley
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Monkey Bizzness has a traverse climbing wall and awesome 4 Lane waterfall Astra slide, Canon soft ball shootout guns, 5 a side football and basketbal...

Hockley Woods

  • Hockley
  • Outdoor
  • National Parks

Hockley Woods offers no loos, no shops - just a tremendous amount of ancient trees, stunning wild flowers and local wildlife for an old fashioned fam...



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The MegaCentre Rayleigh

  • Rayleigh
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

The MegaCentre Rayleigh is the home of Megazone Lasertag, MegaPlay Soft Play, Music Rooms, Theatre and a Youth Centre. MegaPlay is a Soft Play Area s...

Rayleigh Indoor Karting Stadium

  • Rayleigh
  • Indoor
  • Go Karting and Driving

Rayleigh Indoor Karting Stadium Arrive and Drive sessions provide a great introduction to karting, where anyone over 10 can be taught to handle their...

Leisure Island Fun Park

  • Canvey Island
  • Outdoor
  • Theme Parks and Funfairs

Leisure Island Fun Park is a little world of fun, made especially for the youngest adventure-lovers (from 18 months to 9 years). Located on the beaut...

AllHallows Beach

  • Rochester
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Looking for a great beach in Kent? Head over to AllHallows beach, a quiet little beach spot with a great amount of golden sand - it’s the perfect spo...

Isle of Grain Beach

  • Rochester
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Looking for a great beach? Head down to Isle of Grain, where you’ll find the perfection combination of a sandy and shingled beach for the whole famil...

Rayleigh Windmill

  • Rayleigh
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The Rayleigh Windmill is an award-winning tourist and educational attraction, and popular venue for weddings and civil ceremonies. It is a Grade II l...

Rayleigh Mount

  • Rayleigh
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The dramatic Rayleigh Mount is the atmospheric remnants of an early medieval motte and bailey castle site, built by Sweyn of Essex if you're taking n...

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...

Legacy XS Centre

  • South Benfleet
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Sports Centres

In short, the Legacy XS Centre is awesome!  Boasting a 4,500 sq ft indoor skate park and 5,500 sq ft outdoor park, some of the star features include...

Sheerness Swimming Pool4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Sheerness
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Sheerness Swimming Pool offer a fun packed day for the whole family on Saturdays and Sundays. Inflatable fun session in the pool and our very own ind...

Wam Bam Boomerang

  • Burnham-on-Crouch
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Wam Bam Boomerang's exciting and innovative play features are set across a multi-level environment aimed at encouraging discovery and exploration. Th...

Bartons Point Coastal Park

  • Sheerness
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

The stunning Bartons Point Coastal Park is located on the edge of Sheerness with large grass areas for walking and recreation. The lake features crab...

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