Best Things To Do & Days Out In Essex

Here at Where To Go With Kids we've found 84 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 Indoor & Outdoor Railway

Colne Valley Railway

Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DZ

Things to do at Colne Valley Railway review Colne Valley Railway is a heritage railway based at Castle Hedingham station in Essex. The railway has a 1-mile long-running line with a fully reconstructed station, signal box and railway yard. As well as being able to ride on a diesel...
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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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All Ages Indoor & Outdoor Amusement park

Adventure Island Essex

Adventure Island, Western Esplanade, Southend-on-sea, Essex, SS1 1EE

Things to do at Adventure Island review Adventure Island is a fun park in Southend-On-Sea in Essex. The park itself is free to visit and walk around. There are a number of rides which you can purchase wristbands to ride. The theme park is it the north end of...
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All Ages Indoor & Outdoor Railway

Epping Ongar Railway

Epping Ongar Railway, Station Approach, Chipping Ongar, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN

Things to do at Epping Ongar Railway review Epping Ongar Railway is a heritage railway in south-west Essex. The length of the line today is six and a half miles. It was once part of the London Underground line although the line runs above ground, not under. The line passes...
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Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker

Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 0LA

Things to do at Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker review Kelvedon Hatch is the biggest and the deepest cold war nuclear bunker now open to the public. Located in the borough of Brentwood in the Essex countryside. At the bunker, you can witness its 'three lives'. Starting with its...
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All Ages Free Great Outdoors Outdoor Fun

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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All Ages Indoor & Outdoor Outdoor Outdoor Fun Great Outdoors Free

Weald Country Park

Weald Country Park, Weald Rd, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5QS

Things to do at Weald Country Park review Weald Country Park is located in Brentwood, Essex. There are over 520 acres of woodland, lakes, meadows and a deer park to explore. It has become a popular place to visit for families with its Stick Man trail and adventure play...
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Primary Tweens Toddlers Indoor & Outdoor Animals Outdoor Fun Indoor Fun

Old MacDonald’s Farm & Fun Park

Old MacDonald's Farm and Fun park, Weald Rd, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5AY

Things to do at Old MacDonald's Farm & Fun Park review Old MacDonald's farm and fun park is a family-friendly attraction near Brentford in Essex. As well as animals they also have some rides. They have a great range of animals on the farm including alpacas, chinchillas, donkeys, goats, meerkats...
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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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Toddlers Primary Indoor & Outdoor Animals Indoor Fun Outdoor Fun

Hastys Adventure Farm

Hastys Adventure Farm, West Rd, Clacton-on-sea, Essex, CO15 1AG

Things to do at Hasty's Adventure Farm review Hasty's Adventure Farm is a family-run farm park in Clacton On Sea in Essex. They have created plenty of outdoor fun and they are a farm that sees the importance of educating children on modern-day farming. They have one of the...
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All Ages Outdoor Outdoor Fun Great Outdoors

Thames Chase Forest Centre

Thames Chase Forest Centre, Broadfields Farm, Pike Lane, Upminster, Essex, RM14 3NS

Things to do at Thames Chase Forest Centre review Thames Chase Forest Centre is a large forest in Upminster, Essex. The visitor centre is surrounded by woods, meadows, ponds and paths which have been created from disused farmland. There is plenty of family-friendly things to do and the forest...
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Primary Teens Tweens Indoor Adventure Indoor Fun

TeamSport Go Karting Harlow

TeamSport Go Karting Harlow, Unit E, 26 River Way, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2DP

Things to do at TeamSport Go Karting Harlow review Race your family and friends on their multi-level go-kart track in Harlow, Essex. TeamSport has a number of venues across the UK. Harlow TeamSport circuit is state of the art with a 500-metre multi-level track, located just 10 minutes drive from Harlow...
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All Ages Indoor & Outdoor Historical Animals Outdoor Fun

Kentwell Hall

Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, Sudbury, Essex, CO10 9BA

Things to do at Kentwell Hall review Kentwell Hall is a stately home made of red brick with parkland, gardens and a farm in Long Melford, near Sudbury in Essex. It is open to the public and is well known for hosting historical re-enactments. The stately house is set in...
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All Ages Indoor & Outdoor Historical Outdoor Fun

Audley End House and Gardens

Audley End House and Gardens, Audley End Rd, Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF

Things to do at Audley End House and Gardens review Audley End House and Gardens is an English Heritage property in Audley End, Essex. It is a largely early 17th-century house near to Saffron Walden. The stately home is spectacular and it is set in spacious grounds. The interiors...
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Primary Toddlers Tweens Outdoor Railway Outdoor Fun

Audley End Miniature Railway

Audley End Rd, Audley End,, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF

Things to do at Audley End Miniature Railway review Audley End Miniature Railway is a family-fun train ride through woodland plus a Enchanted Fairy and Elf Walk in Audley End, Essex. They have both steam and diesel engines at Audley End. The challenge on your journey is to spot the...
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