Best Things To Do & Days Out In Essex

Here at Where To Go With Kids we've found 207 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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Ride Leisure Events

Ride Leisure Events, The Water Sports Centre, Wyboston Lakes, Wyboston, Bedfordshire, MK44 3Al

Things to do at Ride Leisure Events review Ride Leisure Events Ltd is a watersports centre at Wyboston Lakes in Bedfordshire. They have a range of family-friendly activities on offer both on land and on the water. It's a great place to try out something new. There is an...
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Ready Steady Roll

Ready Steady Roll, Studio 5, Ivy Lodge Farm, Rushden Rd, Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire, MK44 1ND

Things to do at Ready Steady Roll review Ready Steady Roll is somewhere a bit different. Located close to Sharnbrook in Bedfordshire is this Board Game cafe and shop. It is an award-winning game cafe and it has a dedicated area to play games. They have over 300 board and...
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Priory Country Park

Priory Country Park, Barkers Ln, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK41 9DJ

Things to do at Priory Country Park review Priory Country Park is a park located in the Newnham area of Bedford in Bedfordshire. The park was officially opened in 1986 and it was established after gravel extraction ended in 1977. It is now a 360-acre green space made up...
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Inspire Luton Sports Village

Inspire Luton Sports Village, Butterfield Green Rd, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU2 8DD

Things to do at Inspire Luton Sports Village review The Inspire Luton Sports Village is located a short drive East of the city of Luton in Bedfordshire. It is a multi-sports facility that includes two swimming pools, an extensive gym and a large sports hall. The leisure centre inspires...
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Don’t Get Locked In Escape Rooms

Don't Get Locked In Escape Rooms, 23-27 Allhallows, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 1LN

Don't Get Locked In Escape Rooms review Don't Get Locked in Escape Rooms is located on the edge of the centre of Bedford in Bedfordshire. Their fully immersive escape room offers players both 60 minutes and 120-minute games. They design and build their own games. This means their rooms are...
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Danish Camp

Danish Camp, Chapel Ln, Willington, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK44 3QG

Things to do at Danish Camp review Danish Camp is located close to Willington in Bedfordshire. It is a Norwegian log cabin with a cafe surrounded by woodland on the banks of the Great Ouse River. They offer boat trips and boat hire. The site dates back to Viking...
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Brook Stables Riding School

Brook Stables Riding School, Fordfield Rd, Millbrook, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK45 2HZ

Things to do at Brook Stables Riding School review The Brook Stables Riding School, otherwise known as Brook Stables Ltd is located near Millbrook in Bedfordshire. They provide tailor-made lessons in all disciplines and they provide hacking for adults and children. Their private lessons last from 30 minutes to an...
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Parson’s Close Recreation Ground

Parson's Close Recreation Ground, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 1Ad

Things to do at Parson's Close Recreation Ground review Parson's Close Recreation Ground is located in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire. It is located on the outer edge of the town centre. The park was awarded a Green Flag in 2015 and has maintained it ever since. It is home to...
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Orbital Trampoline Park

Orbital Trampoline Park, Chaul End Ln, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU4 8EZ

Things to do Orbital Trampoline Park review Orbital Trampoline Park is located a short drive from the centre of Luton in Bedfordshire. They are situated in a massive 41,000 square foot warehouse - that's larger than 10 tennis courts! Not only are there plenty of interconnected trampolines at the park...
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Jungle Jims Playland

Jungle Jims Playland, 5 Tyne Rd, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 1SA

Things to do at Jungle Jims Playland review Jungle Jim's Playland soft play centre is located close to Sandy in Bedfordshire. It is situated in Sandy's Industrial area. It is an indoor centre for children up to the age of 10. They are an award-winning play centre with a two-storey...
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Jordans Mill

Jordans Mill, Southill Rd, Broom, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9JX

Things to do Jordans Mill review Jordans Mill and Gardens are located in the area of Broom in Bedfordshire. It is a food and heritage location situated on the banks of the River Ivel. It has a cafe, historic water mill, landscaped gardens and a shop. It was first mentioned...
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John Bunyan Museum

John Bunyan Museum, Mill St, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 3EU

Things to do at John Bunyan Museum review The John Bunyan Museum is located in the heart of Bedford in Bedfordshire. It is a museum that is dedicated to the life, times and works of John Bunyan. He lived from 1628 to 1688 and he was a renowned author,...
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Houghton Hall Park Dunstable

Houghton Hall Park Dunstable, Park Rd N, Houghton Regis, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU5 5FU

Things to do at Houghton Hall Park Dunstable review Houghton Hall Park is located in Houghton Regis near Dunstable in Bedfordshire. It is 42 acres of green space with paths for joggers, walkers and dog walkers plus a play area and a cafe. The park was once the grounds...
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Harrold Odell Country Park

Harrold Odell Country Park, Carlton Rd, Harrold, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK43 7DS

Things to do at Harrold Odell Country Park review The Harrold Odell Country Park is situated on the edge of the village of Harrold, Bedfordshire. It is made up of 144 acres of award-winning green space and there is a nature reserve and two picturesque lakes. The country park was...
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Forest of Marston Vale

Forest of Marston Vale, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK43 0PR

Things to do at Forest of Marston Vale review The Forest of Marston Vale is located a short drive away from the centre of Bedford in Bedfordshire. It is a community forest that was first established as such in the year 2000. It is run by a charity that...
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