Best Things To Do & Days Out In Essex

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 1164 fun things to do in Essex for you and the family to discover. Popular towns and places to go include Basildon, Billericay and Braintree. What's more, the weather shouldn't be a problem – 777 of the attractions are indoors. Finding the right Essex 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 Essex 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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Chelmsford Museum

  • Chelmsford
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Chelmsford Museum Set in a park with an adventure play area, the museum offers a nice variety of exhibits, from a fine collection of fossils, a livin...

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...

Chelmer Park

  • Chelmsford
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Chelmer Park offers a generously sized adventure play area at it's heart with loads of play equipment for 3 to 12 year olds and outdoor gym equipment...

Hylands House and Park

  • Chelmsford
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Hylands House and Park has plenty for the family to enjoy, with 574 acres of parkland, including recreational ancient woodland, grassland, lakes, pon...

Coggeshall Grange Barn

  • Coggeshall
  • Indoor
  • Arts and Crafts

13th century monastic barn. One of Europe's oldest timber-framed buildings, it has a cathedral-like interior and is linked to a local Cistercian abbe...

White Elm Petting Farm

  • Bicknacre
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Come and take part in a feeding frenzy at White Elm Petting Farm, and let your little ones feed over 100 animals. Grab a bucket at the entrance and y...

Maldon Treasure Hunt Trail

  • Maldon
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Eye patch? Check! Parrot on shoulder? Check! You’re all ready for a jaunt on the Maldon Treasure Hunt Trail where cracking codes and solving clues wi...

Madison Heights

  • Maldon
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Come for a day out guaranteed to bowl you over with fun whatever the weather at Madison Heights. First get ready to take the floor on one of the 22 s...

Promenade Park

  • Maldon
  • Outdoor
  • National Parks

Promenade Park is the District's most popular park and has undergone a major refurbishment programme in recent years. Promenade Park offers the follo...

Blackwater Leisure Centre

  • Maldon
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Going to a new gym can be a little bit nerve-wracking, but the facilities and staff at Blackwater Leisure Centre will make you feel welcome! The pool...

Monkey Puzzle at Madison Heights

  • Maldon
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Monkey Puzzle offer an amazing giant play frame that is over 6 meters high with a series of exciting climbing structures and educational toys and pac...

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...

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...

Flip Out Lakeside

  • Grays
  • Indoor
  • Trampoline Parks

Jump into the fun at Flip Out Lakeside - the ultimate adventure park for trampoline lovers! With dozens of trampolines and lots of exciting attractio...

RHS Hyde Hall

  • Chelmsford
  • Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

RHS Garden Hyde Hall in rural Essex is a place where you can unwind in stunning natural surroundings while your kids run around, play and explore. To...

The Wind in The Willows Sculpture Trail

  • Billericay
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

If your kids love The Wind in the Willows, take them to Hanningfield Reservoir and bring their favourite story to life with the Wind in the Willows s...

Creepy Crawlies Play Centre

  • Chelmsford
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Amongst the Creepy Crawlies Play Centre facilities we have a baby section, toddler area and junior structure where children can play, climb, slide, c...

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...

Imperial War Museum Duxford

  • Duxford
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Step into the history of aviation at the Imperial War Museum Duxford! Discover the stories of those who lived and worked at RAF Duxford and explore g...

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