The Best Things To Do In Essex Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

Best Things To Do & Days Out In Essex

From big thrills to animal days out and historic landmarks, Essex is packed with fun things to  do with your kids all year round!

 

If your perfect family day out involves lots of furry, fluffy and feathered pals, your must-visit attraction in the region is Colchester Zoo where you can meet over 260 species of animals. They even have Red Pandas!  For traditional, laid-back farmyard fun, check out Old MacDonalds Farm or Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park - acres of farmlands, rides, games and lots of hands-on fun in the barn await. 

Into thrill rides and theme parks? Adventure Island Southend-on-Sea should be next on your list of places to visit in Essex. If you’d rather unwind with a relaxing family day out at a beautiful historic house, Audley End House and Gardens is our top recommendation. While you’re in the area, you should also take the kids to Audley End Miniature Railway - a leisurely ride through the woodlands is good fun for all ages. 

We couldn’t talk about family days out in Essex without mentioning Promenade Park. It’s the most popular park in the region, especially in the summer, as it features a large water play area. Best of all, it’s free! 
Before you start planning your next outing with the kids, check out the Essex school holidays dates - those could come in handy!

  1. Kids cycling at Baddow Hall Park in Celmsford

    Baddow Hall Park

    Chelmsford

    Parks and PlaygroundsParks and Playgrounds

    The highlight of Baddow Hall Park is the new BMX track, with circular run and varying grades of slope and slalom, it's great for kids who love biking...

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor
  2. Kids in ball pit at Wacky Warehouse Queen B in Chelmsford

    Wacky Warehouse Queen B

    Chelmsford

    Indoor and Soft Play AreasIndoor and Soft Play Areas

    Wacky Warehouse at the Queen B features a family friendly restaurant with kids' menu on the ground floor, with a multi level adventure play structure...

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor
  3. Outside view of Chelmsford Museum

    Chelmsford Museum

    Chelmsford

    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums 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...

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor, Outdoor
  4. Woman painting pottery at Ceramics on the Hop in Writtle

    Ceramics on the Hop

    Writtle

    Pottery Centres and Ceramic CafesPottery 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...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor
  5. People playing cricket at Chelmer Park in Chelmsford

    Chelmer Park

    Chelmsford

    Parks and PlaygroundsParks 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...

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor
  6. Mushrooms at Hylands House and Park in Chelmsford

    Hylands House and Park

    Chelmsford

    Stately Homes and GardensStately 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...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor, Outdoor
  7. Outside view of Coggeshall Grange Barn

    Coggeshall Grange Barn

    Coggeshall

    Arts and CraftsArts 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...

    Suitable for 9+ Indoor
  8. A sheep & lamb at White Elm Petting Farm, Bicknacre

    White Elm Petting Farm

    Bicknacre

    Children's FarmsChildren'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...

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor, Outdoor
  9. Kids looking for clues on Treasure Trail

    Maldon Treasure Hunt Trail

    Maldon

    Tourist AttractionsTourist 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...

    Suitable for 4+ Outdoor
  10. Outside view of Madison Heights in Maldon

    Madison Heights

    Maldon

    Ten Pin Bowling AlleysTen 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...

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor
  11. Family on splash pad at Promenade Park in Maldon

    Promenade Park

    Maldon

    National ParksNational 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...

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor
  12. Kids playing water polo at Blackwater Leisure Centre in Maldon

    Blackwater Leisure Centre

    Maldon

    Swimming Pools and Leisure CentresSwimming 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...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor
  13. Sign outside Monkey Puzzle at Madison Heights in Maldon

    Monkey Puzzle at Madison Heights

    Maldon

    Indoor and Soft Play AreasIndoor 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...

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor
  14. Lake at Gosfield Lake Resort in Halstead

    Gosfield Lake Resort

    Halstead

    Parks and PlaygroundsParks 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...

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor
  15. Peter Rabbit pottery at Essex Pottery Studio in Halstead

    Essex Pottery Studio

    Halstead

    Pottery Centres and Ceramic CafesPottery 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...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor
  16. Boy with piglets at Boydells Dairy Farm in Braintree

    Boydells Dairy Farm

    Braintree

    Children's FarmsChildren'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...

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor
  17. RHS Hyde Hall

    RHS Hyde Hall

    Chelmsford

    Stately Homes and GardensStately 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...

    Suitable for 4+ Outdoor
  18. Indoor soft play frame and cafe area at Creepy Crawlies Play Centre in Chelmsford

    Creepy Crawlies Play Centre

    Chelmsford

    Indoor and Soft Play AreasIndoor 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...

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor
  19. Basket of strawberries at Cammas Hall Farm in Bishops Stortford

    Cammas Hall Farm

    Bishops Stortford

    Children's FarmsChildren'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...

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor
  20. A little boy with a paper plane at Imperial War Museum Duxford in Cambridgeshire Fun Family Events

    Imperial War Museum Duxford

    Duxford

    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums 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...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor, Outdoor

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