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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Essex

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 1166 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 – 780 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!

Find your perfect day out

Skywalk Adventure

  • Esher
  • Outdoor
  • High Ropes Courses

Daredevils of every size are called for on the Skywalk Adventure, where zip wires, rickety bridges and tightropes are sure to test your mettle! Get i...

Sandown Ski Centre

  • Esher
  • Outdoor
  • Skiing and Snowboarding

Sandown Ski Centre welcomes families but you need to plan this one in advance, the kids' sessions are pre arranged and need pre booking, plus the Ope...

Botany Bay

  • Broadstairs
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Botany Bay is a common name, this particular Botany Bay is at the foot of chalk cliffs halfway round the Isle of Thanet headland. There's a wealth of...

Banham Zoo4.333333333333333 out of 5 starstotal reviews(3)

  • Banham
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Banham Zoo is an award winning attraction with lots of exciting animals and experiences to see and do! Passionate about animal conservation, the zoo...

Bumble Beez

  • Ramsgate
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

At Bumble Beez their caring and approachable staff are trained in disability awareness and all inclusive play. Their custom play equipment is designe...

Joss Bay

  • Broadstairs
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Joss Bay offers a sandy beach with chalk cliffs (be wary of restricted access here) with safe shallow swimming and lifeguard cover July through Septe...

Imagine Play Centre

  • Ashford
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Imagine Play Centre is Kent's biggest indoor children's adventure play centre offering under lots of fun, excitement and adventure within a secure an...

Kempston Outdoor Centre

  • Kempston
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

Kempston Outdoor Centre offer a full range of adventurous and outdoor education activities, and national award training on and off site. More than en...



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Adventureland and Youth Gym

  • Redhill
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Adventureland at Donyngs Leisure Centre is a specially designed indoor adventure play area for children 6 years and under, featuring plenty of slides...

The Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park

  • Marston Moretaine
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks 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...

Chesham Heated Open Air Pool

  • Chesham
  • Outdoor
  • Swimming 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...

Kidabulous2.875 out of 5 starstotal reviews(8)

  • Sunbury
  • Indoor
  • Indoor 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...

The Climb

  • Amersham
  • Indoor
  • Climbing

The Climb is a state of the art climbing centre: it's active, dynamic, friendly and fun. They run a really full range of fun physical activities for...

Chiltern Pools

  • Amersham
  • Indoor
  • Swimming 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-...

MinorMania

  • Tunbridge Wells
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Indoor 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...

Scotney Castle

  • Tunbridge Wells
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist 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...

Broadstairs Spy Mission Treasure Trail

  • Broadstairs
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist 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...

Woburn Safari Park5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Milton Keynes
  • Outdoor
  • Safari 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...

Groombridge Enchanted Forest3.75 out of 5 starstotal reviews(4)

  • Tunbridge Wells
  • Outdoor
  • Parks 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...

Woburn Lido

  • Woburn
  • Outdoor
  • Lidos

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...

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