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

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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!

Find your perfect day out

Langley Park

  • Iver
  • Outdoor
  • Parks 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...

Woman on high ropes at Go Ape Woburn

Go Ape Woburn

  • Woburn
  • Outdoor
  • High 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...

Strawberries at Copas Farm Iver

Copas Farm Iver

  • Iver
  • Outdoor
  • Children'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...

Sunset at Viking Bay in Broadstair

Viking Bay

  • Broadstairs
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

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...

Mini golf course at Lillyputt Mini Golf in Broadstairs

Lillyputt Mini Golf

  • Broadstairs
  • Outdoor
  • Crazy 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...

Chessington World of Adventures

Chessington World of Adventures

  • Chessington
  • Outdoor
  • Theme 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...

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