Best Things To Do & Days Out In Essex

Here at Where To Go With Kids we've found 268 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.

Things to do in Essex

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All Ages Outdoor Sports Free Great Outdoors Outdoor Fun

Maldon Promenade Park

Maldon Promenade Park, Park Dr, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5JQ

Things to do at Maldon Promenade Park review Promenade Park is a large park in Maldon, Essex. It is popular with families especially in the summer with its large splash pad and other fun things to do. The park is over 100 years old and has avenues of mature trees...
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All Ages Indoor Indoor Fun Adventure

Jump Street Chelmsford

Jump Street Chelmsford, Dukes park Industrial Estate, 12 Richmond Rd, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6UA

Things to do at Jump Street Chelmsford review Located in the Dukes Park Industrial Estate is Jump Street Chelmsford in Essex. It is an indoor adventure park with lots to do for families making it a great all-weather day out. Jump Street Chelmsford has not only Essex's biggest trampoline...
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Cineworld Braintree

Cineworld Braintree, Freeport Leisure, Charter Way, Braintree, Essex, CM77 8YH

Cineworld Braintree review Located at Freeport Leisure in Braintree, Essex is the Cineworld Cinema. It is a 12 screen cinema located next to the popular outlet village with shops and restaurants. They show the latest movies for young and old. Cineworld is one of the leading UK multiplex cinema...
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NAMCO Funscape Braintree

NAMCO Funscape Braintree, Braintree Village, Charter Way, Braintree, Essex, CM77 8YH

Things to do at NAMCO Funscape Braintree review NAMCO Funscape Braintree, Essex is located in the entertainment village. It is a multi-activity centre including wall climbing, soft play and ten-pin bowling. It is a fun environment for kids and their adults. The centre is suitable for all ages. The ten-pin bowling...
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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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Escape Live Chelmsford

Escape Live Chelmsford, 65a Duke St, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1LW

Escape Live Chelmsford review Escape Live Chelmsford, Essex is located in the city centre. It offers a unique form of entertainment where teams of players enter into a fully immersive world. Together you have just 60 seconds to escape your themed room. They are one of the leading escape game...
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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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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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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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All Ages Indoor & Outdoor Historical

Layer Marney Tower

Layer Marney Tower, East Court, Layer Marney, Essex, CO5 9US

Things to do at Layer Marney Tower review Layer Marney Tower in Essex is a Tudor palace with gardens and parkland dating back to 1520. Located between Colchester and Maldon the building is Grage 1 listed and is a popular place for weddings. It's not just all about weddings...
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Great Notley Country Park

Great Notley Country Park, Great Notley, Braintree, Essex, CM77 7FS

Things to do at Great Notley Country Park review Great Notley Country park is a large public parkland near Braintree in Essex. With horse riding, cycling paths, walks, sky ropes and a large wooden adventure play area. The park is a great day out for all the family. It...
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Hylands Estate Park

Hylands Estate Park, London Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 8WQ

Things to do at Hylands Estate Park review Hylands estate Park is a great place for families to visit. There are large green areas with trees and lakes for scenic walks with older children as well as manicured garden which are great for younger children to explore. There are...
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Marsh Farm

Marsh Farm, Marsh Farm Rd, South Woodham, Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP

Things to do at Marsh Farm review Marsh Farm is an open farm area in South Woodham Ferrers, Essex. A fantastic place to visit, particularly for those with young families, Marsh Farm offers kids and adults the chance to get up close and personal with a wide range of...
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Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo, Maldon Rd, Heckfordbridge, Colchester, Essex, CO3 0SL

Things to do at Colchester Zoo review There is just so much to do and so many animals to see at Colchester zoo in Essex. Whether you are visiting as a family with young children or simply adults with a love of animals, there really is something for everything....
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All Ages Indoor Seasonal Maize Maze Great Outdoors

Foxes Farm Produce

Foxes Farm Produce, Aldham, Colchester,  , CO6 3PR

Pick Your Own PumpkinsMud RunMaize Maze Foxes Farm Produce has two locations in Essex, one in Basildon and the other in Colchester. They have a variety of 'seasonal' offerings such as PYO pumpkins, family mud runs, Christmas trees and a maize maze. Pick Your Own Pumpkins - PYO Pumpkin...
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