Best Things To Do & Days Out In Essex

Here at Where To Go With Kids we've found 264 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

Filter by:
264 results
Thumbnail for Wimpole Estate
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...
View activity
Thumbnail for Hard Rock Cafe London Old Park Lane
All Ages Indoor Food & Fun

Hard Rock Cafe London Old Park Lane

Hard Rock Cafe London Old Park Lane, 150 Old Park Ln, London, London, W1K 1QZ

Things to do at Hard Rock Cafe London Old Park Lane review The Hard Rock Cafe in London Old Park Lane was established on the 14th of June 1971. Their cafe and rock shop and located in the heart of London just a few minutes walk from Buckingham Palace. They...
View activity
Thumbnail for City Sightseeing Bus London
All Ages Indoor & Outdoor Sightseeing

City Sightseeing Bus London

City Sightseeing, Grosvenor Gardens, London, London, SW1W 0BD

City Sightseeing Bus London Hop On Hop Off Tour review The City Sightseeing Bus Tour in London offers a Hop On Hop Off Tour of the popular city. You can explore London at your own pace with your own itinerary. Their Iconic bus tour has four different tours the Iconic,...
View activity
Thumbnail for Peppa Pig Afternoon Tea Bus Tour London
Toddlers Primary Indoor Food & Fun

Peppa Pig Afternoon Tea Bus Tour London

Peppa Pig Afternoon Tea Bus Tour London, Strand, London, London, WC2R 1LA

Things to do at Peppa Pig Afternoon Tea Bus Tour London review Brigit's Bakery now hosts Peppa Pig Afternoon tea bus tours of London. The tours depart from Somerset House are also brought to you by Entertainment One. The tours are Official Peppa Pig tours. The tour bus runs weekly...
View activity
Thumbnail for Ightham Mote
All Ages Indoor & Outdoor Historical Outdoor Fun

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...
View activity
Thumbnail for Teamworks Karting Letchworth
Teens Primary Tweens Indoor Adventure Indoor Fun

Teamworks Karting Letchworth

Teamworks Karting Letchworth, 2 Pixmore Ave, Letchworth, Hertfordshire, SG6 1JS

Things to do at Teamworks Karting Letchworth review Teamworks Karting and Laser Tag are located in Letchworth, Hertfordshire. They are one of the UK's most exciting indoor karting venues. The venue features electric kart racing on a large indoor circuit. They offer a range of karting sessions with Karting 30...
View activity
Thumbnail for Jump In Trampoline Parks Elstree
All Ages Indoor Indoor Fun Indoor Play Centres

Jump In Trampoline Parks Elstree

Jump In Trampoline Parks Elstree, Meteor House, Manor Way, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, WD6 1QQ

Things to do at Jump In Trampoline Parks Elstree review Jump In Trampoline Parks Elstree is located in Borehamwood. It is a trampoline park that is great fun for all the family with lots to do and not just trampolines! They offer a number of different sessions including...
View activity
Thumbnail for Little Street Sevenoaks
Toddlers Primary Indoor & Outdoor Indoor Fun Indoor Play Centres

Little Street Sevenoaks

Little Street Sevenoaks, The Square, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 2AB

Things to do at Little Street Sevenoaks review Little Street is a children's role-play centre near Sevenoaks in Kent. It is an indoor play centre featuring different imaginative play areas. The centre offers a range of rooms with various role-play situations for your kids to play and engage with each other....
View activity
Thumbnail for Willows Activity Farm
Toddlers Primary Indoor & Outdoor Animals Outdoor Fun

Willows Activity Farm

Willows Activity Farm, Coursers Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 0PF

Things to do at Willows Activity Farm review Willows activity farm is less than 5 minutes drive from the M25 and located near St Albans. The farm has a Peter Rabbit and friends theme. They also have extra activities on during school holidays including Peter Rabbit shows and...
View activity
Thumbnail for Royal Air Force Museum RAF
Primary Tweens Teens Indoor & Outdoor Museum Outdoor Fun Free

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,...
View activity
Thumbnail for Home of Charles Darwin Down House
All Ages Indoor & Outdoor Historical

Home of Charles Darwin Down House

Home of Charles Darwin Down House, Luxted Rd, Downe, Orpington, Kent, BR6 7JT

Things to do at Home of Charles Darwin Down House review Down House was once the home of Charles Darwin. The house is maintained by English Heritage and it is located close to the village of Downe in Kent. It was in this house and garden that Darwin worked...
View activity
Thumbnail for Flip Out Brent Cross London
All Ages Indoor Indoor Fun Indoor Play Centres

Flip Out Brent Cross London

Flip Out Brent Cross London, Unit 7, Staples Corner Retail Park, Geron Way, Brent Cross, London, London, NW2 6LW

Things to do at Flip Out Brent Cross London review Flip Out Brent Cross London is located in the popular retail park. It is a trampoline park with other great and fun things to do. You can book a number of different sessions including Stay and Play, Unlimited...
View activity
Thumbnail for Knole National Trust
All Ages Indoor & Outdoor Outdoor Fun

Knole National Trust

Knole, Knole House, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0RP

Things to do at Knole review Knole Park is arguably the jewel in Sevenoaks crown. Accessible from various points including what is known by locals as "the hole in the wall" along Seal Hollow Road the main entrance is at the top of the high street. It is hugely...
View activity
Thumbnail for Natural History Museum London
All Ages Indoor Museum Free

Natural History Museum London

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD

Things to do at Natural History Museum London review The fact this vast museum is FREE is pretty amazing. Even walking up to the building itself is an experience as it's so iconic. We arrived 10 minutes before the building opened and there was already a queue of...
View activity
Thumbnail for Go Ape Battersea Park
Primary Teens Tweens Outdoor Adventure Outdoor Fun

Go Ape Battersea Park

Go Ape Battersea Park, Battersea Park, London, London, SW11 4NJ

Things to do at Go Ape Battersea Park review Go Ape at Battersea Park is their most central forest experience in London. There are some spectacular views across Battersea and the park. There are a few challenges including The Treetop Challenge and the Treetop Adventure. Treetop Challenge - Tackle high...
View activity