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!