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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!

Find your perfect day out

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...

Bocketts Farm5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Leatherhead
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Bocketts Farm is a working family farm set in the beautiful Surrey countryside. Exploring the farm means meeting all the friendly animals along the w...

Ruislip Lido

  • Ruislip
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Looking for a family-friendly, entertainment-packed beach for your next day out in London? Well, look no further than Ruislip Lido Beach at Ruislip W...

Barrow Hall Stables

  • Bury St Edmunds
  • Outdoor
  • Horse Riding and Stables

Whether riding a horse has always been a dream for your little ones, or they just want to try it out on holiday, Barrow Hall Stables is the place to...

Tilgate Park

  • Crawley
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Tilgate Park is a lot more than a slide and a singular swing set. This outdoor expanse of lakes, lawns and gardens is also home to miles of woodland...

Cheslyn House and Gardens

  • Watford
  • Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Cheslyn House and Gardens is a beautiful place to relax and perhaps have a picnic. Kids will love running on the grass, looking at fish, newts, frogs...



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Logan's Den

  • Baldock
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Let your little-lions free at Logan’s Den in Hertfordshire. This is the perfect place for little animals to run free and enjoy a wild and wonderful d...

The Ruislip Lido Railway4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Ruislip
  • Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

The Ruislip Lido Railwayis a 12 inch (305mm) gauge railway that is operated entirely by volunteers, and is the longest exact railway of its kind in t...

Ceramic Cafe

  • Hersham
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Unleash the artist within at Ceramics Cafe Hersham and create beautiful, lasting keep sakes and gifts or personal masterpieces, all with your own uni...

Cassiobury Park

  • Watford
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

You've all been there in the summer holidays when pennies are tight, yet the children need to get out of the house. It’s times like these that you re...

North Herts Leisure Centre3 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Letchworth
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

North Herts Leisure Centre has a Tropical Wave Pool perfectly designed to relax and unwind in. Slide on down the wacky Water Flume or enter the super...

The Playground

  • Bury St Edmunds
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Fan of Stone Cold’s Broken Skull Challenge? Time to find out how tough YOU really are on a 25-obstacle outdoor assault course. Kids as young as 7 are...

Blackberry Farm5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Lewes
  • Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Blackberry Farm is set in 18 acres of the Sussex countryside in a village called Whitesmith. This family run farm is open all year-round and home to...

Piglets Play Centre3.5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Hersham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Welcome to Piglet's Play Centre for children! Located in acres of beautiful greenbelt, in Hersham Surrey, they have purpose built indoor soft play an...

K2 Crawley

  • Crawley
  • Indoor
  • Activity Centres

K2 Crawley offers loads of fun ways to get active whatever your age or ability level. Facilities include a 12 badminton court hall, an 8 lane floodli...

Egerton Park

  • Bexhill
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Egerton Park is located within a few minutes' walk of Bexhill's seafront and town centre. It offers something for everyone from leisurely walks aroun...

Bexhill Museum

  • Bexhill
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Bexhill Museum Newly refurbished and extended, the displays and exhibitions have something for everyone to enjoy. Main galleries include Costume and...

National Stud

  • Newmarket
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Interested in horse racing, horse breeding, or simply horses in general? Then a visit to the National Stud is a must! After all, it’s the only commer...

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