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. Lake at Marston Vale Forest Centre in Marston Moretaine

    The Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park

    Marston Moretaine

    Parks and PlaygroundsParks and Playgrounds

    Marston Vale Forest Centre is set in the stunning and award-winning Millennium Country Park and is perfect for a family day out. Explore the 8km of t...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor, Outdoor
  2. People swimming at Chesham Heated Open Air Pool

    Chesham Heated Open Air Pool


    Swimming Pools and Leisure CentresSwimming Pools and Leisure Centres

    Don’t let the cold weather stop you from swimming. Come and float under the starry night sky at Chesham’s Heated Open Air Pool whilst everyone else i...

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor
  3. Indoor soft play frame at Kidabulous in Sunbury



    Indoor and Soft Play AreasIndoor and Soft Play Areas

    There’s no such thing as Too Much Fun at Kidabulous! This indoor soft play centre in Sunbury-on-Thames features a huge 4 storey play frame for kids u...

    3 star rating Rating 3/5 (8 reviews)

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor
  4. Chiltern Pools

    Chiltern Pools


    Swimming Pools and Leisure CentresSwimming Pools and Leisure Centres

    Swimming is a great activity for fitness or fun and at Chiltern Pools you can do both! With three pools there’s a swim session for everyone. The 25m-...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor
  5. Soft play slide at MinorMania in Tunbridge Wells


    Tunbridge Wells

    Indoor and Soft Play AreasIndoor and Soft Play Areas

    Looking for a rainy day inspiration? Take the kids for a couple of hours of soft play at the MinorMania Indoor & Outdoor Play Centre in Tunbridge...

    Suitable for 0-8 Indoor, Outdoor
  6. Outside view of Scotney Castle in Tunbridge Wells

    Scotney Castle

    Tunbridge Wells

    Tourist AttractionsTourist Attractions

    Scotney Castle is not one but two houses. At the top of the hill is the new house, designed by Anthony Salvin in Elizabethan style and built in 1837...

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor, Outdoor
  7. Kids on Spy Mission Treasure Trail

    Broadstairs Spy Mission Treasure Trail


    Tourist AttractionsTourist Attractions

    See the sights like never before on the Broadstairs Spy Mission Treasure Trail. As super sleuths you’ll need the eyes of a hawk and the nose of a blo...

    Suitable for 4+ Outdoor
  8. Kids petting sheep at Woburn Safari Park in Milton Keynes

    Woburn Safari Park

    Milton Keynes

    Safari ParksSafari Parks

    What’s better than a safari? Two safaris, of course! Explore the wild side twice over at Woburn Safari Park on foot and by car. Either way, you’ll le...

    5 star rating Rating 5/5 (1 reviews)

    Suitable for 4+ Outdoor
  9. Outside view of house at Groombridge Enchanted Forest in Tunbridge Wells

    Groombridge Enchanted Forest

    Tunbridge Wells

    Parks and PlaygroundsParks and Playgrounds

    Discover a world of mystery deep amongst the trees at Groombridge Enchanted Forest. It’s home to imagination, nature and one adorable Zedonk! Journey...

    4 star rating Rating 4/5 (4 reviews)

    Suitable for 4-12 Outdoor
  10. Kids jumping into pool at Woburn Open Air Swimming Pool

    Woburn Lido



    There’s something special about being poolside on a warm day, which feels like a small slice of holiday! That’s what you get at Woburn Open Air Swimm...

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor
  11. Outside view of Woburn Abbey and Gardens

    Woburn Abbey and Gardens


    Stately Homes and GardensStately Homes and Gardens

    Woburn Abbey and Gardens has a beautiful building and stunning grounds to explore. There are 22 rooms to investigate, which are full of collections,...

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor, Outdoor
  12. Langley Park

    Langley Park


    Parks and PlaygroundsParks and Playgrounds

    Serving up 154 acres of parkland to explore, there are buggy and wheelchair friendly paths plus over 10 miles of designated cycling routes bisecting...

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor
  13. Woman on high ropes at Go Ape Woburn

    Go Ape Woburn


    High Ropes CoursesHigh Ropes Courses

    Get your fix of animals and adventure at Go Ape Woburn! This high ropes course is set within the grounds of Britain's largest drive through Safari, s...

    Suitable for 9+ Outdoor
  14. Strawberries at Copas Farm Iver

    Copas Farm Iver


    Children's FarmsChildren's Farms

    Find out just how much better fresh fruit tastes! Take the kids fruit picking at Copas Farm Iver and collect a basket full of fresh, local, seasonal...

    Suitable for 4+ Outdoor
  15. Sunset at Viking Bay in Broadstair

    Viking Bay



    Viking Bay is a curved, sandy bay ideal for family trips, with tidal pool, deckchair hire, a range of summertime children's rides and a cool surf sch...

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor
  16. Mini golf course at Lillyputt Mini Golf in Broadstairs

    Lillyputt Mini Golf


    Crazy GolfCrazy Golf

    Lillyputt Mini Golf is  championship designed mini golf course suitable for all the family to gently compete with plenty of fun features and surprise...

    Suitable for 4+ Outdoor
  17. Chessington World Of Adventures

    Chessington World Of Adventures


    Theme Parks and FunfairsTheme Parks and Funfairs

     Get in touch with your wild side at Chessington World of Adventures - watch the world’s largest tiger species walk above you in Europe’s first...

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor

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