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.

Things to do in Essex

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Primary Toddlers Tweens Indoor & Outdoor Animals Outdoor Fun Indoor Fun

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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All Ages Indoor & Outdoor Animals Outdoor Fun

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 & Outdoor Historical Animals Outdoor Fun

Mountfitchet Castle

Mountfitchet Castle, 12 Grove Hill, Stansted, Essex, CM24 8SP

Things to do at Mountfitchet Castle review Mountfitchet Castle is so much more than just a castle, but let’s start there. The castle itself is a wooden castle, with plenty of plaques to tell you more about each individual thing inside and outside the castle. There are many animals...
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All Ages Outdoor Outdoor Fun Seasonal Maize Maze

Cammas Hall Farm

Cammas Hall Farm, Needham Green , Hatfield Broad Oak, Essex, CM22 7JT

Things to do at Cammas Hall Farm review Cammas Hall Farm is a great place to go if you want to pick and enjoy some seasonal fruit! There are plenty of different fruits grown at Cammas Hall Farm, and you can enjoy walking up and down the different rows,...
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Primary Tweens Teens Indoor Museum Free

Imperial War Museum, IWM London

Imperial War Museum London, Lambeth Road, London, London, SE1 6HZ

Things to do at Imperial War Museum London review The Imperial War Museum is a day out for those who want to learn more about history. It’s a pretty split museum, as many of the areas are perfect for children, though they do dive into more historically accurate...
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All Ages Outdoor Great Outdoors Outdoor Fun

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens, The Harbarium Kew Green, Richmond, London, TW9 3AE

Things to do at Kew Gardens review Kew Garden is a place where you could just get lost. There are tons of events happening - I’ve been to the Chihuly feature and their yearly Orchid Festival, but the garden itself also has a lot to offer! Hidden in...
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Primary Teens Tweens Indoor Museum

Warner Bros Studio Tour

Warner Bros Studio Tour, Studio Tour Dr, Leavesden, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD25 7LR

Things to do at Warner Bros. Studio Tour review Relive the magic of Harry Potter with the Warner Bros Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter. This is an absolute must visit for any fans out there, it truly is a magical experience and really transports you...
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All Ages Indoor & Outdoor Historical Outdoor Fun

Scotney Castle

Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst, Tunbrige Wells, Kent, TN3 8JN

Things to do at Scotney Castle review Scotney Castle is a fantastic National Trust property located just outside of Lamberhurst in Kent. It features a 14th century moated castle, country house and a romantic garden all inside a beautiful wooded estate. With over 770 acres of woodland and parkland...
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All Ages Indoor & Outdoor Theme Park Outdoor Fun

Chessington World of Adventures Resort

Chessington World of Adventure, Leatherhead Rd, Chessington, London, KT9 2NE

Things to do at Chessington World of Adventures Resort review Chessington World of Adventures is described as being ‘Britain’s wildest adventure’. Chessington is a family theme park, zoo and hotel complex all rolled into one. Chessington is aimed at families with more gentle rides and family fun than...
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Royal Gunpowder Mills

Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Dr, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1JY

Things to do at Royal Gunpowder Mills review The Royal Gunpowder Mills are a great day out for primary school-aged children and above. The idea of a gunpowder themed day out may seem a bit odd but they’ve taken the science theme and run with it, which has worked...
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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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All Ages Indoor & Outdoor Animals Outdoor Fun

Banham Zoo

Banham Zoo, Kenninghall Rd, Banham, Norfolk, NR16 2HE

Things to do at Banham Zoo review Banham Zoo is a great day out, with a selection of animals from all over the world. There is a free train which loops round the zoo on an hourly basis (more in the summer) and helps to give you a sense of where...
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All Ages Indoor & Outdoor Animals

London Zoo

London Zoo, Regent's Park, Outer Cir, London, London, NW1 4RY

Things to do at London Zoo review London Zoo is a wonderful place to visit with children. There are numerous animals to see from lions, monkeys, penguins and more. Visit the walkthrough spider exhibit and see some of these amazing creatures face to face. Are you brave enough? Mine were...
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All Ages Indoor & Outdoor Museum

London Museum of Water and Steam

London Museum of Water and Steam, Green Dragon Ln, Brentford, London, TW8 0EN

Things to do at London Museum of Water and Steam review Based in a Victorian water pumping station in South West London, The Museum of Water and Steam tells the story of London's water supply. The free family trails guide you through the buildings, with ten stamper stations...
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All Ages Indoor & Outdoor Historical Animals Outdoor Fun

Wimpole Estate

Wimpole Estate, Orwell, Royston, Cambridgeshire, SG8 0BW

Things to do at Wimpole Estate National Trust review Wimpole Home Farm is one of the UK’s largest rare breed centres and it is part of the Wimpole Estate. They play a key role in conserving rare and traditional breeds of livestock. Not only do they look after...
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