Best Things To Do & Days Out In Essex

Here at Where To Go With Kids we've found 218 fun things to do in Essex for you and the family to discover. 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.

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All Ages Indoor & Outdoor Historical Outdoor Fun

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PD

CHRISTMAS AT THE CASTLE - Winter Event From 27th November to 2nd January, step into Christmas at Leeds Castle, and enjoy wintery woodland walks and quality time spent with nearest and dearest in the crisp winter air. Put on your coats, gloves and scarves as you tread on crumpled...
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All Ages Outdoor Great Outdoors Outdoor Fun Sports

Lee Valley White Water Centre

Lee Valley White Water Centre, Station Rd, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, EN9 1AB

Things to do at Lee Valley White Water Centre review Lee Valley White Water Centre is located near Waltham Cross in Hertfordshire. It is a multi watersports centre with something for all ages. It also offers white water sports. Activities include a variety of rafting including Rodeo rafting for...
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All Ages Outdoor Outdoor Fun Great Outdoors

Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest

Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest, Bedgebury Road, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SJ

Things to do at Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest review Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest is located near Goudhurst in Kent. It is a large forest maintained by Forestry England and it is an award-winning visitor attraction with something for everyone. It is open all year round and it...
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All Ages Indoor CInema and Theatre

Vue Cinema Thurrock

Vue Cinema Thurrock, Lakeside Shopping Centre, West Thurrock, Essex, RM20 2ZW

Vue Cinema Thurrock review Vue Cinema Thurrock is located in the Lakeside Shopping Centre in West Thurrock. At the cinema, you can see recently release films in 2D and some of their films are shown in 3D, bringing the action even closer to you. They are part of one...
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All Ages Indoor Indoor Fun Indoor Play Centres

Tenpin Colchester

Tenpin Colchester, Cowdray Ave, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1YH

Things to do at Tenpin Colchester review Tenpin Colchester, Essex is located on Cowdray Avenue close to the town centre. It is a family-friendly ten-pin bowling alley venue with pool tables, air hockey and arcade machines. This centre has 24 bowling lanes with Cosmic Bowl, glow in the dark bowling....
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Primary Teens Tweens Indoor Indoor Fun

Si5 Spy Missions Chelmsford

Si5 Spy Missions Chelmsford, Dukes Walk, 3 Duke St, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1GZ

Si5 Spy Missions Chelmsford review Located near the train station in Chelmsford, Essex is Si5 Spy Missions. It is a live game centre for would-be secret agents. They offer a variety of strategic mission games for all ages. They have a range of experiences with two missions for ages 6-7...
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Primary Tweens Teens Indoor Indoor Fun Adventure

Rock Up Lakeside

Rock Up Lakeside, Intu Lakeside, The Boardwalk, West Thurrock, Essex, RM20 2ZP

Things to do at Rock Up Lakeside review Located in the popular retail and leisure Lakeside shopping centre in West Thurrock is Rock Up Lakeside. It is a wall-climbing centre with an eye-catching range of climbing walls great for families. No experience is necessary and there are plenty of fun...
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All Ages Outdoor Outdoor Fun Great Outdoors

RHS Garden Hyde Hall

RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Ln, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET

Things to do at RHS Garden Hyde Hall review RHS Garden Hyde Hall is located a few miles outside of Chelmsford in Essex. The garden features an eclectic mix of traditional and modern styles. The highlight is its Dry Garden with a range of drought-resistant plants and the Hilltop...
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Primary Tweens Teens Indoor Indoor Fun

Quasar Harlow

Quasar Harlow, 1-5 Harvey Centre Approach, Harlow, Essex, CM20 1HF

Things to do at Quasar Harlow review Quasar Harlow, Essex is located in the heart of the town centre. It is an indoor laser game venue that is great family-friendly fun. This venue also has a few amusement arcade machines. Plus Glo Crazy which is a new 12 hole indoor...
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Toddlers Primary Tweens Indoor Indoor Fun Indoor Play Centres

Partyman World Of Play Lakeside

Partyman World Of Play Lakeside, Intu Lakeside, The Boardwalk, Grays, Essex, RM20 2ZP

Things to do at Partyman World Of Play Lakeside review The Partyman World of Play Lakeside, Essex is located in the popular retail and leisure area at Intu Lakeside in West Thurrock. It is a large indoor soft play centre ideal for children up to the age of 13...
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Toddlers Primary Tweens Indoor Indoor Fun Indoor Play Centres

Partyman World Of Play Braintree

Partyman World Of Play Braintree, Unit L8, 12 Charter Way, Braintree, Essex, CM77 8YL

Things to do at Partyman World Of Play Braintree review The Partyman World of Play is located on the outskirts of Braintree, close to Freeport Braintree, in Essex. It is a large indoor soft play centre ideal for children up to the age of 13 years old. Partyman World...
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All Ages Indoor CInema and Theatre

ODEON Southend

ODEON Southend, London Rd, Southend-on-sea, Essex, SS1 1TJ

ODEON Southend review The ODEON Southend, Essex is located at the northern end of the town centre. ODEON Cinema is the biggest cinema chain in the UK. They show the latest Blockbuster movies plus other classics from the past decades of films. At this cinema, there are 8 screens...
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All Ages Indoor CInema and Theatre

ODEON Colchester

ODEON Colchester, 29-31 Head St, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NH

ODEON Colchester review The ODEON Cinema in Colchester, Essex is situated in the heart of the town centre. The ODEON Cinema chain is the biggest in the UK. Their cinemas show the latest Blockbuster movies plus other classics from the past decades of films. To help make booking your...
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All Ages Indoor CInema and Theatre

ODEON Chelmsford

ODEON Chelmsford, Kings Head Walk, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6FH

ODEON Chelmsford review The ODEON Cinema in Chelmsford, Essex is located in the Meadows Shopping centre in the heart of the town centre. ODEON Cinema shows the latest movies plus other classics from the past decades of films. They are the biggest cinema chain in the UK. This cinema...
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All Ages Indoor CInema and Theatre

ODEON Banbury

ODEON Banbury, Cinema Unit, New Asda Development, Anton Mill Rd, Andover, Essex, SP10 2RW

Things to do at ODEON Banbury review The Odeon cinema Banbury, Oxfordshire is located on the outskirts of the town centre. They are situated overlooking Banbury Cross. ODEON Cinema is one of the UK's biggest cinema chains and they show the latest movies plus other classics from the past decades...
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