Best Things To Do & Days Out In Essex

Here at Where To Go With Kids we've found 254 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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Royal Observatory Greenwich

Royal Observatory Greenwich, Blackheath Ave, Greenwich, London, SE10 8XJ

Things to do at Royal Observatory Greenwich review The Royal Observatory in Greenwich stands at the top of a steep hill with wonderful far-reaching views of London. At the Royal Observatory, you can stand on the Meridian line and have one foot in the east and the other foot in the...
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Priory Farm

Priory Farm, Sandy Lane, South Nutfield, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 4EJ

Pick Your Own PumpkinsPlay AreaDiscovery Walk Priory Farm is located near Redhill in Surrey. They have a variety of 'seasonal' offerings such as pick your own pumpkins, summer sunflower maze and other events. Plus a discovery walk, play area and fishing. Pick Your Own Pumpkins - PYO Pumpkin Patch On...
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Stanhill Farm

Stanhill Farm, Birchwood Rd, Dartford, Kent, DA2 7HD

Pick Your Own PumpkinsPYO FruitMaize Maze Stanhill Farm is located near Dartford in Kent. They have a variety of 'seasonal' offerings such as pick your own pumpkins, a maize maze and PYO fruit. Pick Your Own Pumpkins - PYO Pumpkin Patch There is an abundance of pumpkins this year either in...
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Undley Farm Events

Undley Farm Events, Undley Rd, Beck Row, Lakenheath, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk, IP28 8BX

Pick Your Own PumpkinsMaize Maze Undley Farm Events is located in Lakenheath near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. They have a variety of 'seasonal' offerings such as a maize maze and pick your own pumpkins. They have additional activities at their events plus food and drinks. Pick Your Own Pumpkins...
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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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Thorndon Country Park

Thorndon Country Park, Brentwood, , Warley, Essex, CM13 3RZ

Things to do at Thorndon Country Park review There are 2 parts to Thorndon Country Park, 1 part on a gravel ridge located on the northern section and the second part on a clay soil lower down. Connecting them is the Old Thorndon Pastures which has been restored back...
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Royal Air Force Museum RAF

Royal Air Force Museum London, Grahame Park Way, London, London, NW9 5LL

Things to do at Royal Air Force Museum RAF London review The RAF Museum in London is a huge venue with 6 hangars full of aircraft and interactive displays.  In the first hangar, you can learn about the RAF and its many different job roles. There’s a uniform dress-up area,...
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Wingham Wildlife Park

WIngham Wildlife Park, Rusham Rd, Wingham, Canterbury, Kent, CT3 1JL

Things to do at Wingham Wildlife Park review Wingham Wildlife Park is a great attraction for animal lovers, located between Canterbury and Sandwich. They have over 200 different species – the biggest variety in Kent, including giraffes, tigers, lions, moon bears, meerkats, chimpanzees, wolves and red pandas.  You can get...
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Ightham Mote

Ightham Mote, Mote Rd, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0NT

Things to do at Ightham Mote review Ightham Mote, a National Trust property near Sevenoaks in Kent, is one of the oldest surviving medieval manor houses in England, complete with its own moat. There is plenty to keep families occupied both inside the house and in the grounds, and...
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Jimmy’s Farm and Wildlife Park

Jimmys Farm, Pannington Hall Ln, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9

Things to do Jimmy's Farm and Wildlife Park review Jimmy’s Farm and Wildlife Park is a fabulous place for a family day out, with plenty to do for all ages. There are over 80 breeds of animals, from sheep, goats and guinea pigs, to more unusual and exotic species...
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Dreamland Margate

Dreamland, 49-51 Marine Terrace, Margate, Kent, CT9 1XJ

Things to do at Dreamland Margate review Located by the seafront in Margate, Dreamland claims to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in the UK. As you walk through the park, the retro seaside vibe is everywhere, and there's no shortage of Instagram-worthy photo opportunities. Several elements of the park's...
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Tour For Muggles Harry Potter Walking Tour London

London Bridge Tube Station, London, London, SE1 2SW

Tour For Muggles Harry Potter Walking Tour London review Muggle Tours is a Harry Potter walking tour that takes you around central London showing you all the various locations that have a link to Harry Potter. Whether it's a film location, an area that inspires the book or one...
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Eltham Palace and Gardens

Eltham Palace and Gardens, Court Yard, London, London, SE9 5QE

Things to do at Eltham Palace and Gardens review We did both Chiselhurst Caves and Eltham Palace in one day, but you can spend longer at Eltham Palace and make a day of it, especially in the summer with a picnic. They have a playground and cafe along with...
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Chiselhurst Caves

Chiselhurst Caves, Caveside Cl, Old Hill, Chiselhurst, Kent, BR7 5NL

Things to do at Chiselhurst Caves review Chiselhurst caves is not what you'd expect to find in the middle of Kent next to a pub, but there it is. It's easy to get to and there is free parking. Children are welcome, but pushchairs and wheelchairs may struggle on...
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Eagle Heights Wildlife Foundation

Eagle Heights Wildlife Foundation, Lullingstone Ln, Eynsford, Dartford, Kent, DA4 0JB

Things to do at Eagle Heights Wildlife Foundation review When I was younger, I spent a lot of time at a local bird of prey centre in Eynsford called Eagle Heights Wildlife Foundation which opened in 1996 with around 30 birds and a collection of rescued reptiles under their roof....
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