Best Things To Do & Days Out In Southend On Sea, Essex

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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Hollywood Bowl Watford

  • Watford
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Get a generous serving of good-hearted family fun with a game of tenpin bowling at Hollywood Bowl Watford Woodside. Kids, grandparents and anyone els...

Cineworld Bury St Edmunds

  • Bury St Edmunds
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Bring some excitement into your day with a brilliant new film at Cineworld Bury St Edmunds. Share the magic of the big screen with your whole family...

Vue Watford

  • Watford
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Have a great day out, regardless of the weather! Jump into movie magic at Vue Watford, where you’ll find all your favourites, from exciting action fi...

Mini Mayhem Soft & Role Play1 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Crawley
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Mini Mayhem Soft & Role Play is a clean and friendly soft play area for children aged from 0 to 10 years, located in the County Mall in Crawley....

The Bury St Edmunds Mystery Treasure Trail

  • Bury St Edmunds
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

With clues to uncover and codes to crack, master detectives are what’s called for on The Bury St Edmunds Mystery Treasure Trail. The town is calling...

Moyse's Hall Museum

  • Bury St Edmunds
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Moyse's Hall Museum is an outstanding archaeological collections that carry you back to Bronze Age, Roman and Mediaeval times. More recent histor...

Cheeky Monkeys Play Barn

  • Fulbourn
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Whatever the weather Cheeky Monkeys will guarantee an exciting time for children whether they are whizzing down slides, climbing across rope bridges,...

Hampton and Kempton Waterworks Railway

  • Feltham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

Visit a little-known local attraction on your next family day out and discover Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway - the “secret railway”. It’s...

Bexhill Leisure Pool

  • Bexhill
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Bring your little water rats on down to Bexhill Leisure Pool and they can build skills and increase fitness, plus almost as importantly: whoosh down...

Broad Oak Park

  • Bexhill
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Broad Oak Park is ideal for leisurely walks with a countryside feel. Linking to Little Common Recreation Ground, the site also offers swings and a tr...

Bexhill Leisure Centre

  • Bexhill
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Bexhill Leisure Pool on Ravenside Retail Park offers a great swimming experience for the whole family. The pool has a flume and wave machine making i...

Observatory Science Centre

  • Hailsham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Observatory Science Centre is a great place for your little science fans or indeed anyone who would like to learn some really cool facts! The centre...

Jumbos

  • Bexhill
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Jumbos, based inBexhill Leisure Centre, is an excellent adventure soft play facility for ages 2 to 8 or under 4ft 7 (139.7cm) tall. Jumbo's offers al...

Big Space Indoor Play Centre

  • Harpenden
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

With a whole day of deep sanitisation every week this must be one of the squeakiest cleanest places to play in Hertfordshire! Big Space Indoor Play C...

Manor Farm Ruislip

  • Ruislip
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Enjoy an educational day out at the 22-acre medieval Manor Farm in Ruislip. Explore the Visitor Centre, located within an 18th century Tudor house, a...

Hailsham Leisure Centre

  • Hailsham
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Hailsham Lagoon Leisure Centre offers a fantastic soft play centre for 0 to 10 year olds that is open every day! Classic tenpin bowling, suitable for...

Shepreth Wildlife Park4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Shepreth
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

There are lots of animals to go and see at the award-winning Shepreth Wildlife Park, including tigers, red pandas, birds of prey, otters and lemurs....

Ardingly Activity Centre

  • Ardingly
  • Outdoor
  • Water Sports

Ardingly Activity Centre is a great place for water based activities, whatever your age or ability level. The patient and enthusiastic staff have wil...

Airport Bowl

  • Harlington
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Airport Bowl offers classic family friendly tenpin bowling with gutter guards and bowling ramps to give the kids a better chance! A great activity in...

Planet Laser

  • Bury St Edmunds
  • Indoor
  • Laser Tag

Planet Laser Stalk your friends, family and everyone else through an atmospheric, multi level arena and shoot them with your phasor before they shoot...

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