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    Things To Do & Days Out In Essex

    1. Lee Valley Park Farms Top pick

      Lee Valley Park Farms

      Waltham Abbey

      Children's Farms Children's Farms

      4 star rating Rating 4/5 (3 reviews)

      Suitable for ages: 4-12 Outdoor, Indoor
    2. Hollywood Bowl Basildon Family fun

      Hollywood Bowl Basildon

      Basildon

      Ten Pin Bowling Alleys Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

      Suitable for ages: 4+ Indoor
    3. Hopefield Animal Sanctuary

      Hopefield Animal Sanctuary

      Brentwood

      Children's Farms Children's Farms

      4 star rating Rating 4/5 (4 reviews)

      Suitable for all ages Outdoor
    4. Saffron Walden Museum

      Saffron Walden Museum

      Saffron Walden

      Museums and Art Galleries Museums and Art Galleries

      5 star rating Rating 5/5 (1 reviews)

      Suitable for all ages Indoor
    5. Southend Pier and Train

      Southend Pier and Train

      Southend On Sea

      Landmarks Landmarks

      5 star rating Rating 5/5 (1 reviews)

      Suitable for all ages Indoor, Outdoor
    6. Colchester Leisure World

      Colchester Leisure World

      Colchester

      Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

      4 star rating Rating 4/5 (2 reviews)

      Suitable for all ages Indoor
    7. Colchester Castle Museum

      Colchester Castle Museum

      Colchester

      Museums and Art Galleries Museums and Art Galleries

      Suitable for ages: 0-12 Outdoor
    8. Adventure Island Southend-on-Sea

      Adventure Island Southend-on-Sea

      Southend On Sea

      Theme Parks and Funfairs Theme Parks and Funfairs

      Suitable for all ages Outdoor
    9. Mountfitchet Castle

      Mountfitchet Castle

      Stansted Mountfitchet

      Castles and Palaces Castles and Palaces

      Suitable for all ages Indoor, Outdoor
    10. Central Museum & Planetarium

      Central Museum & Planetarium

      Southend On Sea

      Museums and Art Galleries Museums and Art Galleries

      Suitable for ages: 9+ Indoor
    11. Great Notley Discovery Centre and Park

      Great Notley Discovery Centre and Park

      Braintree

      Parks and Playgrounds Parks and Playgrounds

      Suitable for all ages Outdoor
    12. East Anglian Railway Museum

      East Anglian Railway Museum

      Colchester

      Railway and Transport Attractions Railway and Transport Attractions

      Suitable for all ages Indoor, Outdoor
    13. Boydells Dairy Farm

      Boydells Dairy Farm

      Braintree

      Children's Farms Children's Farms

      Suitable for all ages Outdoor
    14. Hedingham Castle

      Hedingham Castle

      Castle Hedingham

      Castles and Palaces Castles and Palaces

      Suitable for all ages Indoor, Outdoor
    15. Hadleigh Castle

      Hadleigh Castle

      Hadleigh

      Castles and Palaces Castles and Palaces

      Suitable for ages: 4+ Outdoor
    16. Redwings Ada Cole

      Redwings Ada Cole

      Nazeing

      Children's Farms Children's Farms

      Suitable for all ages Outdoor, Indoor
    17. Epping Forest and Visitor Centre

      Epping Forest and Visitor Centre

      Epping

      Parks and Playgrounds Parks and Playgrounds

      Suitable for all ages Outdoor
    18. Barnards Miniature Railway

      Barnards Miniature Railway

      West Horndon

      Railway and Transport Attractions Railway and Transport Attractions

      Suitable for all ages Outdoor
    19. Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve

      Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve

      Fingringhoe

      Parks and Playgrounds Parks and Playgrounds

      Suitable for all ages Outdoor
    20. Go Bananas Indoor Soft Play Centre

      Go Bananas Indoor Soft Play Centre

      Colchester

      Indoor and Soft Play Areas Indoor and Soft Play Areas

      Suitable for ages: 0-12 Indoor
    21. Colchester Zoo

      Colchester Zoo

      Colchester

      Zoos and Wildlife Parks Zoos and Wildlife Parks

      Suitable for all ages Outdoor
    22. Colne Valley Railway

      Colne Valley Railway

      Castle Hedingham

      Railway and Transport Attractions Railway and Transport Attractions

      Suitable for ages: 0-12 Indoor, Outdoor
    23. Sealife Adventure

      Sealife Adventure

      Southend On Sea

      Aquariums Aquariums

      Suitable for all ages Indoor, Outdoor
    24. Kelvedon Hatch Nuclear Bunker

      Kelvedon Hatch Nuclear Bunker

      Kelvedon Hatch

      Caves and Mines Caves and Mines

      Suitable for ages: 0-8 Indoor
    25. Kids Kingdom

      Kids Kingdom

      Southend On Sea

      Indoor and Soft Play Areas Indoor and Soft Play Areas

      Suitable for ages: 0-12 Indoor, Outdoor
    26. Blackwater Leisure Centre

      Blackwater Leisure Centre

      Maldon

      Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

      Suitable for all ages Indoor
    27. Castle Park and Gardens

      Castle Park and Gardens

      Colchester

      Parks and Playgrounds Parks and Playgrounds

      Suitable for all ages Outdoor
    28. Small Monsters

      Small Monsters

      Stanford-le-Hope

      Indoor and Soft Play Areas Indoor and Soft Play Areas

      Suitable for ages: 0-8 Indoor
    29. Creepy Crawlies Play Centre

      Creepy Crawlies Play Centre

      Chelmsford

      Indoor and Soft Play Areas Indoor and Soft Play Areas

      Suitable for ages: 0-12 Indoor
    30. Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre

      Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre

      Chelmsford

      Ice Skating and Rollerskating Ice Skating and Rollerskating

      Suitable for all ages Indoor
    31. Monkey Madness Play Centre

      Monkey Madness Play Centre

      Basildon

      Indoor and Soft Play Areas Indoor and Soft Play Areas

      Suitable for ages: 0-12 Indoor
    32. The Cressing Temple Barns

      The Cressing Temple Barns

      Braintree

      Tourist Attractions Tourist Attractions

      Suitable for ages: 4+ Outdoor
    33. Monkey Puzzle at Madison Heights

      Monkey Puzzle at Madison Heights

      Maldon

      Indoor and Soft Play Areas Indoor and Soft Play Areas

      Suitable for ages: 0-12 Indoor
    34. Waltham Abbey Gardens

      Waltham Abbey Gardens

      Waltham Abbey

      Parks and Playgrounds Parks and Playgrounds

      Suitable for all ages Outdoor
    35. Layer Marney Tower

      Layer Marney Tower

      Colchester

      Castles and Palaces Castles and Palaces

      Suitable for all ages Indoor, Outdoor
    36. Wild n Wacky

      Wild n Wacky

      Harlow

      Indoor and Soft Play Areas Indoor and Soft Play Areas

      Suitable for ages: 0-12 Indoor
    37. Brightlingsea Open Air Pool

      Brightlingsea Open Air Pool

      Colchester

      Lidos Lidos

      Suitable for all ages Outdoor
    38. Woodup Pool

      Woodup Pool

      Maldon

      Lidos Lidos

      Suitable for ages: 4+ Outdoor
    39. Monkey Bizzness

      Monkey Bizzness

      Hockley

      Indoor and Soft Play Areas Indoor and Soft Play Areas

      Suitable for ages: 0-12 Indoor
    40. The MegaCentre Rayleigh

      The MegaCentre Rayleigh

      Rayleigh

      Indoor and Soft Play Areas Indoor and Soft Play Areas

      Suitable for all ages Indoor
    41. Wam Bam Boomerang

      Wam Bam Boomerang

      Burnham-on-Crouch

      Indoor and Soft Play Areas Indoor and Soft Play Areas

      Suitable for all ages Indoor
    42. Cheeky Monkeez

      Cheeky Monkeez

      South Woodham Ferrers

      Indoor and Soft Play Areas Indoor and Soft Play Areas

      Suitable for ages: 0-8 Indoor
    43. Leigh on Sea Beach

      Leigh on Sea Beach

      Leigh-on-Sea

      Beaches Beaches

      Suitable for all ages Outdoor
    44. Frinton on Sea Beach

      Frinton on Sea Beach

      Tendring

      Beaches Beaches

      Suitable for all ages Outdoor
    45. Tenpin Colchester

      Tenpin Colchester

      Colchester

      Ten Pin Bowling Alleys Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

      Suitable for ages: 4+ Indoor
    46. CJs Bowling

      CJs Bowling

      Hockley

      Ten Pin Bowling Alleys Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

      Suitable for all ages Indoor
    47. Madison Heights

      Madison Heights

      Maldon

      Ten Pin Bowling Alleys Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

      Suitable for ages: 4+ Indoor
    48. Namco Funscape Braintree

      Namco Funscape Braintree

      Braintree

      Ten Pin Bowling Alleys Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

      Suitable for ages: 4+ Indoor
    49. Lakeside Karting

      Lakeside Karting

      West Thurrock

      Go Karting and Driving Go Karting and Driving

      Suitable for all ages Outdoor
    50. Brentwood Karting

      Brentwood Karting

      Brentwood

      Go Karting and Driving Go Karting and Driving

      Suitable for ages: 9+ Outdoor
    51. Rayleigh Indoor Karting Stadium

      Rayleigh Indoor Karting Stadium

      Rayleigh

      Go Karting and Driving Go Karting and Driving

      Suitable for ages: 13+ Indoor
    52. Legacy XS Centre

      Legacy XS Centre

      South Benfleet

      Sports Centres Sports Centres

      Suitable for ages: 4+ Indoor, Outdoor
    53. The House on the Hill Toy Museum

      The House on the Hill Toy Museum

      Stansted Mountfitchet

      Museums and Art Galleries Museums and Art Galleries

      Suitable for ages: 4+ Indoor, Outdoor
    54. Cudmore Grove Country Park

      Cudmore Grove Country Park

      East Mersea

      Parks and Playgrounds Parks and Playgrounds

      Suitable for all ages Outdoor
    55. High Woods Country Park

      High Woods Country Park

      Colchester

      Parks and Playgrounds Parks and Playgrounds

      Suitable for all ages Outdoor
    56. Bourne Mill

      Bourne Mill

      Colchester

      Landmarks Landmarks

      Suitable for ages: 4+ Indoor, Outdoor
    57. Coggeshall Grange Barn

      Coggeshall Grange Barn

      Coggeshall

      Arts and Crafts Arts and Crafts

      Suitable for ages: 9+ Indoor
    58. Rayleigh Mount

      Rayleigh Mount

      Rayleigh

      Tourist Attractions Tourist Attractions

      Suitable for all ages Outdoor
    59. Abberton Reservoir Nature Reserve

      Abberton Reservoir Nature Reserve

      Colchester

      Parks and Playgrounds Parks and Playgrounds

      Suitable for ages: 4+ Indoor, Outdoor
    60. Jungle Adventure

      Jungle Adventure

      Colchester

      Indoor and Soft Play Areas Indoor and Soft Play Areas

      Suitable for ages: 0-12 Indoor

    Find Family Days Out In Essex

    Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 183 fun things to do in Essex for you and the family to discover. Popular towns and places to go include Basildon, Billericay and Braintree and we also recommend Brentwood. What's more, the weather shouldn't be a problem – 112 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!

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