Best Things To Do & Days Out In Essex

Here at Where To Go With Kids we've found 83 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:
83 results
Thumbnail for National Maritime Museum Greenwich
All Ages Indoor Free Indoor Fun Museum

National Maritime Museum Greenwich

National Maritime Museum, Park Row, Greenwich Peninsula, London, SE10 9NF

Things to do at National Maritime Museum London review The National Maritime Museum in London is located in Greenwich close to the river Thames. This is a fantastic free museum and it has developed a lot since we last visited. It is a lot more modern now in that...
View activity
Thumbnail for Royal Observatory Greenwich
Primary Tweens Teens Indoor Museum

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...
View activity
Thumbnail for Cutty Sark Royal Museums Greenwich
All Ages Indoor & Outdoor Museum

Cutty Sark Royal Museums Greenwich

Cutty Sark, King William Walk, London, London, SE10 9HT

Things to do at Cutty Sark review The Cutty Sark was a clipper ship used for transporting tea, it was one of the fastest of its kind. It is now situated next to the River Thames in the Greenwich area of London. You have the option to pick up an audio guide...
View activity
Thumbnail for Hollywood Bowl Surrey Quays
All Ages Indoor Indoor Fun

Hollywood Bowl Surrey Quays

Hollywood Bowl Surrey Quays, Surrey Quays Leisure Park, Surrey Quays Rd, London, London, SE16 7LW

Things to do at Hollywood Bowl Surrey Quays review Hollywood Bowl in the Surrey Quays Leisure park, London is a lively place with there's a lot to do! There are 28 lanes for tenpin bowling including star-studded VIP planes. There is an American themed diner, a bar and you can...
View activity
Thumbnail for Shepreth Wildlife Park
All Ages Indoor & Outdoor Animals Indoor Fun Outdoor Fun

Shepreth Wildlife Park

Shepreth Wildlife Park, Station Road, Shepreth, Royston, Cambridgeshire, SG8 6PZ

Things to do at Shepreth Wildlife Park review Shepreth Wildlife Park is a small zoo located near Cambridge. It’s easy to get around with small children and has some fascinating animals to spot. The red panda, bats, birds of prey and tigers are all stars of the zoo....
View activity
Thumbnail for All Star Lanes Brick Lane
All Ages Indoor Indoor Fun

All Star Lanes Brick Lane

All Star Lanes Brick Lane, 95 Brick Lane, London, London, E1 6QL

Things to do at All Star Lanes Brick Lane review All Star Lanes is located in Brick Lane, London, It is a retro-American boutique bowling centre with a restaurant. They have 6 bowling lanes in the main hall and you can hire The Penthouse room for private parties. One lane...
View activity
Thumbnail for Hollywood Bowl Maidstone
All Ages Indoor Indoor Fun

Hollywood Bowl Maidstone

Hollywood Bowl Maidstone, Lockmeadow Entertainment Centre, Barker Rd, Maidestone, Kent, ME16 8SF

Things to do at Hollywood Bowl Maidstone review Hollywood Bowl in the Lockmeadown Entertainment centre Maidstone, Kent offers a safe and exciting environment for kids and adults alike with bumpers and ramps for younger members, plus a range of fun filled activities for older children and adults. Why not upgrade...
View activity
Thumbnail for Chiselhurst Caves
Primary Tweens Teens Indoor Caves and Mines

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...
View activity
Thumbnail for Tower of London
All Ages Indoor & Outdoor Museum

Tower of London

Tower of London, St Katharine's & Wapping, London, London, EC3N 4AB

Things to do at Tower of London review The Tower of London is one of the most iconic sites in London. It is full of history connected with Monarchs such as Henry VIII and prisoners such as Sir Walter Raleigh. William the Conqueror built the centre tower on...
View activity
Thumbnail for Tower Bridge
All Ages Indoor Historical

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge Road, London, London, SE1 2UP

Things to do at Tower Bridge review Tower Bridge is one of the most iconic landmarks in London. It's famous all around the world and when you think of London an image of Tower Bridge will usually come to mind. It was built between 1864 and 1894 and is one of...
View activity
Thumbnail for Belmont House and Gardens
All Ages Indoor & Outdoor Historical Great Outdoors

Belmont House and Gardens

Belmont House and Gardens, Belmont Park, Throwley Rd, Faversham, Kent, ME13 0HH

Things to do at Belmont House and Gardens review Belmont House and Gardens is a Georgian House in Throwley, near Faversham in Kent. It was built between 1769 and 1793. It has been described as "a marvellous example of Geogian architecture that has remained completely unspoilt." The house is...
View activity
Thumbnail for Suffolk Owl Sanctuary
All Ages Outdoor Animals Outdoor Fun

Suffolk Owl Sanctuary

Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, Stonham Barns, Pettaugh Road, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 6AT

Things to do Suffolk Owl Sanctuary review The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary is located in Stonham Aspai near Stowmarket. It opens its doors to visitors daily and has regular flying demonstrations and/or talks all year round. There are many birds of prey that are displayed or on view at the...
View activity
Thumbnail for Flip Out Lakeside
All Ages Indoor Indoor Fun Indoor Play Centres

Flip Out Lakeside

Flip Out Lakeside, Unit 614, The Quay at Intu Lakeside, West Thurrock, Grays, Essex, RM20 2AD

Things to do at Flip Out Lakeside review Flip Out in Essex is located at the Lakeside Centre in West Thurrock. It is a trampoline park with other great and fun things to do. You can book a number of different sessions including Mini Flippers, Weekend Super sessions,...
View activity
Thumbnail for Jump Street Colchester
All Ages Indoor Indoor Fun

Jump Street Colchester

Jump Street Colchester, Cowdray Centre, 21 Mason Rd, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1BX

Things to do at Jump Street Colchester review Located in the Cowdray Centre near Colchester in Essex is Jump Street. It is an indoor adventure park with lots of trampolines. It is a smaller sister site to Jump Street Chelmsford. Jump Street Colchester has a number of trampolines...
View activity
Thumbnail for Jump Street Chelmsford
All Ages Indoor Indoor Fun Adventure

Jump Street Chelmsford

Jump Street Chelmsford, Dukes park Industrial Estate, 12 Richmond Rd, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6UA

Things to do at Jump Street Chelmsford review Located in the Dukes Park Industrial Estate is Jump Street Chelmsford in Essex. It is an indoor adventure park with lots to do for families making it a great all-weather day out. Jump Street Chelmsford has not only Essex's biggest trampoline...
View activity