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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

Woburn Abbey and Gardens

  • Woburn
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Stately 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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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