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Adventure Island
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Adventure Island
Adventure Island Fun Park is situated on Southend-on-Sea’s famous seafront. You can’t miss us as we are the big Fun Park that has the worlds longest pleasure pier running through it! Free admission to the park – you only ‘Pay-if-you-Play’ with our fantastic value 'All Day Ride Bands' starting from £7 Most theme...
Audley End House and Gardens
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Audley End House and Gardens
King Henry VIII gave Walden Abbey to Sir Thomas Audley, who transformed it into his mansion, Audley End. Despite ups and downs in its fortunes, Audley End remains one of England’s grandest country homes with over 30 lavishly decorated rooms to enjoy and explore. The sumptuous interior is largely due to the third Baron Braybrooke who...
Audley End Minature Railway
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Audley End Minature Railway
The Audley End Miniature Railway is a delightful 1.5 mile ride on Lord Braybrooke's private 10 ¼" gauge railway through Estate woodland. There is free car parking and free admission to a picnic area and woodland walk. The children all enjoy looking out for the teddies that live in the woods, while the adults are reminded of a...
Barleylands Farm - Billericay
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Barleylands Farm - Billericay
Barleylands Farm Centre is accessed from our large, free car park. Children of all ages can meet and feed our friendly farm animals, ride the mini tractors around the farm and let off steam in the adventure play area. Come along and visit Sam the ferret, cuddle a rabbit in the bunny barn and see if the ducks and geese are visiting our pond or ride...
Belhus Park Leisure Centre
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Belhus Park Leisure Centre
Belhus Park Swimming pool is located in the Belhus Park sports and leisure complex Belhus Park - Main Pool Monday     7.30am-11.00am 12noon-1.30pm 3.00pm-7.00pm Tuesday     9.00am-11.00am 12noon-1.30pm 3.00pm-7.30pm 8.30pm-9.30pm (family night) Wednesday     7.00am-11.00am 12noon-1.30pm 3.00pm-7.15pm...
Blackwater Leisure Centre
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Blackwater Leisure Centre
State of the art gym Group exercise classes Personal training Swimming pool with flume and water features Learner pool Swim School Sauna & steam rooms 5-a-side football Badminton Archery Table Tennis Gymnastics Cafe Crèche Exhibition Area Function Rooms Weddings Opening Times Monday – Friday: 6.45am – 10pm*...
Blue Owl Ceramics
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Blue Owl Ceramics
Blue Owl is a ceramics painting studio and coffee shop. We have a wide range of ceramic items and paint colours to choose from, and are on hand to give you tips and advice to get you creating. Once painted, all items are glazed and fired in our kiln, ready for collection usually within one week - but up to 2 weeks at busy times. If you need...
Bramston Sports Centre
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Bramston Sports Centre
Main Pool A 25 metre 5 lane pool used for Public Swimming, Lane Swimming, Swimming Lessons and Fun Sessions. Teaching Pool A small pool used for Public Swimming, Fun Sessions and Swimming Lessons. Kept at a temperature suitable for young children. Merlin Pool With a moveable floor the Merlin Pool is used for Diving, Fun Sessions, Aqua...
Brentwood Park Ski & Snowboard Centre
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Brentwood Park Ski & Snowboard Centre
Whether  it's  your  first  time  on skis, or you want  to  master  the  bumps  or  maybe  fancy   yourself  at  ski   racing we've got the right lesson for you.   Our   experienced   &   fully   qualified...
Brightlingsea Open Air Pool
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Brightlingsea Open Air Pool
Brightlingsea Open Air Pool Originally built in 1933 this lido facility is one of the few remaining outdoor swimming pools. It comprises of two pools, one a 15m paddling pool, and the second a 50m main pool. The facility is extremely popular with local residents and holidaymakers alike. Opens from May to September Weekends and...
Castle Park and Gardens
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Castle Park and Gardens
The park includes a children's boating lake, crazy golf & putting green, children's play area, ricket ground with riverside walks, Hollytrees Museum and the cafe. Free entry Open all the time Open dawn to dusk everyday of the year. Park locked in the evenings - check gates for details. Some parts of the park may be closed off during...
Ceramics on the Hop
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Ceramics on the Hop
 Our extensive range of pottery provides the starting point from which to form a totally unique work of art.  We have now set up home at Studio 2 Rumsey Row in Writtle, just outside of Chelmsford.  We are still running the mobile side of the business if you would like us to come to you.  Whatever the event or occasion,...
Chafford Hundred - Grays
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Chafford Hundred - Grays
PLAYZONE - (Indoor Play Building) OPENING TIMES During meal service times. PARENT & TODDLER Monday & Friday 10am - 11am. PARTY PACKAGES Thursday 10am - 11am. Held by an outside organisation. Please see in-house or contact us for further details. CHARGES Free of charge The Playzone is an attraction for...
Cheeky Monkeez - South Woodham Ferrers
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Cheeky Monkeez - South Woodham Ferrers
Cheeky Monkeez is an indoor children's soft play centre based in the middle of the town centre in South Woodam Ferrers. We cater for children from 0 to 7 years old. We have separate safe play area for babies and small children learning to crawl. Emma and Martin have owned Cheeky Monkeez since July 2012 and have extensively refurbished the venue,...
Chelmsford Museum
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Chelmsford Museum
Set in a park with an adventure play area, the museum offers a nice variety of exhibits, from a fine collection of fossils, a living beehive and British wildlife galleries, to the history of the Essex Regiment and the Essex Yeomanry. The Story of Chelmsford exhibition takes the visitor on a journey in the Chelmer Valley from the Ice Ages to the...
Childsplay adventureland - Colchester
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Childsplay adventureland - Colchester
Childsplay adventureland is the premier premier indoor play facility for under 9's (max height 4'5") designed by the leading soft play manufacturer in Europe. We have special areas for babies, toddlers, youngsters as well as a pleasant atomsphere for parents.     *  Adventureland Facilities     * Indoor...
Christmas Tree Farm
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Christmas Tree Farm
At Christmas Tree farm we have a wide selection of animals. Some have been rescued or donated to the farm. At present we have 2 Jersey Cows called Betty and Daisy. Children and adults love their big long tongues. We also have 2 donkeys, one a Jenny called Ellee and one a Jack called J.C. We also have a selection of Ponies, some of which are...
Clacton Beach
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Clacton Beach
Beach Type sand & shingle Facilities Restaurant/cafe Shops Toilets Pier Beach huts Deck chair hire Disabled access Slipway First aid Lost child centre Amusement arcades Camping Activities Swimming Canoeing Windsurfing Sailing Jet skiing Or visit the aquarium Side stalls Amusement arcades and rides
Clacton Pier
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Clacton Pier
Whatever the weather, you and the family will have a great value fun day out at Clacton Pier. Packed with indoor and outdoor activities, events, rides and amusements there is always something going on... We all love to be beside the seaside there’s no better place when the sun is shining and the sky is blue. There’s so much for the...
Coco Nuts Play Ltd - Dunmow
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Coco Nuts Play Ltd - Dunmow
Coco Nuts Play provides two distinct play areas, a soft play zone for toddlers, which includes a two tier frame for the more adventurous, and a large three level frame for the older children. The main three level frame has been designed to give the children a thrilling experience. It provides 60Sqm of play space...
Colchester Leisure World
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Colchester Leisure World
The Leisure Pool at Leisure World Colchester is a family favourite all year round! The pool’s 13 metre iconic flumes are one of Colchester’s most well known landmarks and provide hours of water-based fun for all of the family.   The Leisure Pool benefits from the Castaway Spa Pool, bubbles and jets in Palm...
Colchester Museums
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Colchester Museums
 Our award-winning Castle Museum is closed temporarily to the public, as we embark on an ambitious programme of redevelopment. Colchester Castle Museum will reopen in spring 2014 – we look forward to welcoming you back across the bridge! Why visit Colchester Castle Museum?  A visit to Colchester Castle Museum takes you through...
Colchester Zoo
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Colchester Zoo
Colchester Zoo is constantly evolving to ensure our world class level of commitment to our animals. If you would like to contribute to any of our developments listed below, or require further information on our donation schemes - please click here. Colchester Zoo's Nature Area In an exciting new development Colchester Zoo has recently acquired 1.2...
Colchester, St Botolph's Priory
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Colchester, St Botolph's Priory
Founded about 1100, St Botolph's was one of the first Augustinian priories in England . An impressive example of early Norman architecture, built in flint and reused Roman brick, the church displays massive circular pillars, round arches and an elaborate west front. It was badly damaged by cannon fire during the Civil War siege of 1648. Read...
Colne Valley Railway
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Colne Valley Railway
Sample the atmosphere and take a ride on an award winning period country railway. A pretty line, relocated station buildings, signal boxes and bridges all lovingly restored and rebuilt. A large and varied collection of operational vintage steam and diesel engines, carriages and wagons that represent much of our Railway Heritage is available to...
Crazy Kids Adventure Play - Braintree
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Crazy Kids Adventure Play - Braintree
Crazy Kids Adventure Play An exciting wonderland of fantasy and adventure play awaits. The Crazy Kids Adventure Play centre is a massive, air conditioned, modern warehouse fitted out for high adventure and excitement in a controlled and monitored environment. This is children's playtime entertainment at it's very best and safest. Our new...
Creepy crawlies - Chelmsford
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Creepy crawlies - Chelmsford
Childrens Indoor Play Centre for 0-8yrs. Wheelchair access. Party hire and exclusive hire available. Cafe on site offering food drinks and homemade cakes. Family Night continuing on the first Friday of every month. Holiday Clubs and Youth Clubs with guest speakers during the Summer Holidays. Portrait days and baby talk classes coming...
Dagenham Swimming Pool
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Dagenham Swimming Pool
Dagenham Swimming Pool Althorne Way Dagenham Essex RM10 7AY Telephone: 020 8270 6600 Open Weekdays 7:30am-10pm; Sat 8:30am-5pm, 6pm-10pm; Sun 8:30am-2:30pm, 3pm-7pm
Exterior any reasonable daylight hours. Interior daily 10am-4pm, contact key keeper for access.
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Exterior any reasonable daylight hours. Interior daily 10am-4pm, contact key keeper for access.
Two porticoed classical towers, which stood at each end of a grandiose but highly unconventional Georgian church, designed by Robert Adam in 1776. OPENING TIMES 30 APRIL 2017 - 24 MARCH 2018 Exterior any reasonable daylight hours, Interior daily 10:00 - 16:00. Key available from The Mistley Thorn Hotel, High Street, Mistley CO11 1HE
F1K Indoor Karting
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F1K Indoor Karting
Junior & Cadet Go Kart driving experiences and children’s parties are a great way of getting your budding F1 stars of the future to take to the track and experience this exhilarating motorsport. Our experienced trained track staff will be on hand at all times to ensure their safety and their full enjoyment of this very special...
Flatford Boat Hire
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Flatford Boat Hire
Come to Flatford in Suffolk on the serene River Stour for the beautiful scenery. The place from which John Constable took much of his inspiration for his paintings, and for the best and most interesting way to spend time and explore the Stour Valley is by rowing boat, to travel along this peaceful stretch of river, hiring a rowing boat from...
Fulwell Cross Swimming Pool
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Fulwell Cross Swimming Pool
Facilities include: 25m swimming pool with teaching pool and diving boards, 62 station gym, Spa with Sauna, steam room, aroma room, hydro pool and experience showers, 2 dance studios, spinning studio, meeting and party room. General Opening Times: Monday - Friday: 7.30am - 10pm Saturday: 8.00am - 7.00pm Sunday 8.00am - 9.00pm
Go Bananas - Colchester
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Go Bananas - Colchester
Go Bananas is one of the largest indoor adventure play centres in the South East. Based in Colchester, Essex, we have everything you need to entertain young and old alike. There is a 3 storey climbing Aztec Adventure Frame for the over 5s, a Tiny Town adventure for toddlers or if you're really brave, a Climbing Wall to conquer. All this and much...
Great Notley Discovery Centre and Park
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Great Notley Discovery Centre and Park
What can be discovered at the Discovery Centre? Outdoor sport pitches including an all weather, multi-activity, floodlit pitch for five-a-side football, basketball and tennis. Outdoor cycle, walking and trim trails, providing equipment for all ages, including a climbing wall. Educational areas designed for 'understanding the environment'...
Gymboree - Colchester
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Gymboree - Colchester
Designed by child development experts, each of our classes focusses on and supports the specific developmental milestone your child is working on at his/her age--from sensory explorations for young babies to cause and effect, two-way communication, "motor planning", imaginary play, to early listening and language skills. Each class level...
Happy Play Days under 5's soft play centre
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Happy Play Days under 5's soft play centre
Open Thursday and Fridays 10am to 2pm (excluding first Friday of every month and 17th may 2013) Under 5's soft play centre £3.50 admission includes a hot drink for one adult and unlimited play (cash only) Come along and relax while your children play with the soft play and extensive rang of toys while you enjoy a drink and some food...
Hatfield Forest
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Hatfield Forest
No other forest on Earth evokes the atmosphere of a medieval hunting forest so completely. The ancient trees are like magnificent living sculptures, peaceful giants worn and fragile from centuries of seasons and use. Some of our extraordinary ancient trees are 1,200 years old! Just imagine what these trees have lived through and the...
Hedingham Castle - Halstead
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Hedingham Castle - Halstead
Hedingham Castle's Norman keep, 110 feet high, was built c.1140 by Aubrey de Vere and is still owned by one of his descendants, The Honourable Thomas Lindsay and his wife Virginia. There are four floors to explore, including a magnificent Banqueting Hall spanned by a remarkable 28 foot arch , one of the largest Norman arches in England. A good...
Hill Hall
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Hill Hall
 This fine Elizabethan mansion features some of the earliest external Renaissance architectural detail in the country, and two rare and outstanding sets of 16th century wall paintings of mythical and Biblical subjects. Hill Hall has now been divided into private houses, but parts remain open to the public by prior arrangement. Opening Times...
Hollytrees Museum
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Hollytrees Museum
In this vibrant museum, history is delivered with humour and fun in mind, making it an ideal venue for families. One room is dedicated to childhood and is like a large playroom, with snakes and ladders incorporated into the floor, a crawling tunnel, 'time out' area for...
Hornchurch Sports Centre
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Hornchurch Sports Centre
Our 33m long swimming pool offers something for everyone.  Whether it be our ASA accredited swimming lessons or Aqua Aerobics sessions.  We offer results cards in the pool for those who want to use the pool to get fit and fun sessions for those who just want to relax.  We also have 1m, 3m & 5m diving boards...
Kelvedon Hatch Nuclear Bunker
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Kelvedon Hatch Nuclear Bunker
Come and witness the three lives of the bunker starting with its role as an RAF ROTOR Station, then a brief period as a civil defence centre through to its most recent life as a Regional Government HQ. Designed for up to 600 military and civilian personnel, possibly even the Prime Minister, their collective task being to organise the survival of...
Kid's Kingdom Indoor Adventure Play Centre - Southend-On-Sea
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Kid's Kingdom Indoor Adventure Play Centre - Southend-On-Sea
Kids Kingdom (Southend) is situated at the seaside resort of Southend-on-Sea Essex and is a family owned and controlled company that was incorporated in January 2001. All Directors have hands on in the daily running and organising of the companies activities. We start with our pre-school area open to the children and their parents/guardians who...
Kids Play House & Cafe Halstead
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Kids Play House & Cafe Halstead
KIDS PLAY CAFÉ 28-30 Trinity Street Halstead Essex CO9 1JA Email: Opening Times: Monday - 10am - 6pm Tuesday - 10am - 6pm Wednesday - 10am - 6pm Thursday - 10am - 6pm Friday - 10am - 6pm Saturday - 10am - 6pm Sunday - 10am - 6pm Price Per Child Over 1 (under ’s FREE) Weekday before 3pm (excluded school...
Kids R Us
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Kids R Us
Childrens indoor play centre 0-9 years
Kidspace Romford
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Kidspace Romford
Kidspace is different. And proud of it. We have taken the very best elements of activities from the top leisure park operators in Europe and developed a new breed of centre that will change how parents and kids are entertained indoors in the UK. Kidspace will alter their perception of what an indoor adventure park should be. From the great family...
Layer Marney Tower
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Layer Marney Tower
England’s tallest Tudor gatehouse offers visitors magnificent views to the Blackwater estuary and beyond. On a clear day you can even see St Cedd’s Chapel on the Dengie peninsular. As you climb the tower you can pause and admire Manderley – the exquisite dolls house made by Pat Camp. Stop at the History Room to learn more about...
Lee and Stort Boat Co
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Lee and Stort Boat Co
Trip boats from various locations throughout Essex, Hertfordshire and East London. please see the website for locations of trips and times. The boats are fully accessible and have fully licensed bars on board. Discover the heritage and rural beauty of the Lea Valley, whilst cruising aboard a modern, fully licensed vessel that is accessible to...
Lee Valley Park Farms - Waltham
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Lee Valley Park Farms - Waltham
Lee Valley Park Farms in Waltham Abbey, Essex are just the best kind of fun when it comes to a great value family day out. For a great family day out come and visit us at Lee Valley Park Farms! Whizz down our toboggan run in the Alpine Adventure . Then bound around the world in 80 leaps with our World of Farming zone and learn about llamas,...
Lexden Earthworks and Bluebottle Grove
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Lexden Earthworks and Bluebottle Grove
 The banks and ditches of a series of late Iron Age defences protecting the western side of Camulodunum – pre-Roman Colchester. There are also many pre-Roman graves hereabouts, including Lexden Tumulus, allegedly the burial place of the British chieftain Cunobelinus. Read more about the history of the defences. Managed by Colchester...
Little Monsters Harwich
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Little Monsters Harwich
A FABULOUS AND EXCITING CHILDREN'S INDOOR SOFT P LAY AREA Opening Times Monday to Friday - 10am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday - 10am to 5pm Admission Adults &...
Little Steps Gym - Leigh-On-Sea
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Little Steps Gym - Leigh-On-Sea
All the Little Steps Gym classes have a set format and the class theme changes every week. Themes can be anything from a space adventure to a walk in the park. We aim to encourage children to join into the activity by making every class lots of fun. Every week we cover many different skills including co-ordination and balance. Every class includes...
Little Steps Gym Harlow
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Little Steps Gym Harlow
Little Steps Gym provide activity classes for babies, toddlers and young children. All activity is based on safety mats with soft play and gymnastic climbing equipment plus lots of different types of hand apparatus. All classes are themed and include action songs and rhymes. Children are rewarded for their efforts with the British Gymnastic...
M & B Sports and Social Club
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M & B Sports and Social Club
Family pub, all ages welcome, live entertainment at weekends. Outdoor play and adventure trail for children! MON:      11am - 11.00 pm TUE:       11 am- 11.00 pm WED :       4 pm- 11.00 pm THUR:    11 am- 11.00 pm ...
Mace Playce - Chelmsford
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Mace Playce - Chelmsford
 Mace Playce is a family run soft play centre for children ages 0 – 12years. We offer a fun and safe environment for children and their families to come along and enjoy. Mace Playce is a unique soft play that offers two separate areas for under and over 5’s, a baby area, games area, party facilities, snack bar and surprise...
Made By Me
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Made By Me
Childrens Jewellery Parties from the age of 5 years plus. Also offering events for groups including how to make beads out of paper. Welcome to Made by Me kids beading parties At a Made by Me party, guests are sure to have a fantastic time designing their own jewellery from a great range of colours and styles of...
Made by You Pottery
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Made by You Pottery
 We are a family run Pottery Painting and Craft Studio based on London Road, Leigh-on-Sea (Half way between Waitrose and Chalkwell Park and opposite the Tesco). We are one of the top attractions in Essex as voted for on Tripadvisor. We are a short drive from Rayleigh, Hockley, Basildon, Brentwood. Come and Join us for a fun day out for all...
Mamabelli's - Harlow
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Mamabelli's - Harlow
MamaBelli’s Play Centre is as famous for its Italian food and real coffee as it is for its clean and friendly Indoor Soft Play Area. Children love it, young families relax there as parents can watch their children whilst they sit alongside the play area. For Mums and Dads it is a great place to catch up with friends, whilst...
Marsh Farm Country Park & Fort Fun
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Marsh Farm Country Park & Fort Fun
Marsh Farm Country Park is owned and managed by Essex County Council where children can meet the animals and use the indoor / outdoor adventure play areas. It provides an enjoyable and educational day out for all the family and meet and pet farm animals in the Pet Barn where guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets rats, and other animals or just go for a...
Mayhem Paintball - Romford
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Mayhem Paintball - Romford
Mayhem Paintball is an exciting day out for kids hoping to live out their Call of Duty dreams in the Essex countryside! Our wide variety of themed courses and scenarios takes paint balling to another level. It's a great way to get teenagers away from the games console/TV for an active day out and younger children have the option of laser tag. Get...
Mistley Place Park
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Mistley Place Park
Mistley Place Park is a sanctuary that receives no funding from outside organisations and relies totally on income from the tearooms and visitors to the park, along with donations from the public. Here at Mistley Place Park, we have over 2,000 rescued animals at any one time and the numbers continue to increase. Those currently being ...
Mole Hall Wildlife Park - Walden
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Mole Hall Wildlife Park - Walden
 Mole Hall Wildlife Park was first opened to the public in 1963 and now covers over 20 acres of grounds and gardens, which surround the original moated manor house (private), which dates from 1287. The collection of animals and birds contains many exotic species including otters, flamingos, sarus cranes,  primates (including...
Monkey Bizzness - Hockley
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Monkey Bizzness - Hockley
Adults can relax in the comfortable surroundings and enjoy anything from a soft drink to a speciality coffee along with a full menu of hot and cold foods and our daily specials. Whilst relaxing you can read one of our complimentary newspapers or catch up on the latest sport and music on our plasma screen. You can ...
Monkey Puzzle Indoor Play - Maldon
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Monkey Puzzle Indoor Play - Maldon
It’s great place to take the whole family for a really good time whatever the weather! There is an amazing giant play frame that is over 6 meters high with a series of exciting climbing structures and educational toys and packed with slides, fun areas to explore and loads more! Making Monkey Puzzle the ultimate premier Indoor Play Centre. ...
Mountfitchet Castle
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Mountfitchet Castle
Mountfitchet Castle is a unique time capsule. With its commanding position overlooking the Stort Valley, Mountfitchet Castle is situated on its original site which is steeped in history. Formerly an Iron Age hill fort, this historic site was also a Roman signals fort and later a Saxon and Viking settlement before being attacked in 1066 by the...
Mulberry Tree - Braintree
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Mulberry Tree - Braintree
PLAYZONE - (Indoor Play Building) OPENING TIMES    During food service times. CHARGES    Free of charge.   This purpose built Brewers Fayre pub and restaurant has over 220 seats for dining and is open plan, including an adult only dining area which is away from the Playzone.  If you are coming to use the...
Musical Minis
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Musical Minis
Musical Minis is the fun time music group for babies and toddlers Classes are held throughout Essex every week during term time. Please call or email to book your free trial session. Musical Minis was established in 1989. Each structured session encourages cognitive, physical and emotional development through the use of music,...
Musical Minis - Burnham-On-Crouch
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Musical Minis - Burnham-On-Crouch
5, Barnmead Way, Burnham-On-Crouch, Essex
Old MacDonald's Farm
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Old MacDonald's Farm
For all weather fun days out let your kids go mad in our superb indoor soft play area whilst you relax and enjoy a nice cup of freshly brewed tea or coffee. When the sun is shining Old MacDonald’s Farm is a fantastic family attraction full of fun outdoor activities. You can spend time with the farm animals or have fun on our exciting rides...
Orchard Farm Alpaca
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Orchard Farm Alpaca
Open days and organised events held throughout the year.(Publicised dates only, see website for details Events via pre booking). Our open days are Free entry and suitable for all. We are a small Alpaca farm where you can get up close to these amazing animals and hand feed them. There is a small café on site for refreshments and some Alpaca...
Partyman World Of Play - Basildon
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Partyman World Of Play - Basildon
Partyman World Of Play is Basildon’s BIGGEST indoor play centre! With the UK’s ONLY indoor climb-able volcano! With friendly, smiling staff, a fully licensed bar and restaurant, two huge themed play structures, soft play, go karts, a football pitch, toddlers area, sensory zone, free internet access and comfy seating for parents,...
Partyman World of Play - Grays
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Partyman World of Play - Grays
Imagine a world full of fun, laughter, entertainment... and big noses! Welcome to Partyman World Of Play, Lakeside Shopping Centre's ONLY indoor playcentre and an incredible unique venue for your party! You'll find loads of fun information here on our website including all you need to know about your nearest AWARD WINNING soft play centre, ...
Play Rascals - Clacton On Sea
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Play Rascals - Clacton On Sea
Indoor soft play centre with a with a ball pool, raised tunnel and slide and an array of other toys. For the older children a fascinating array of nets, climbing area and slides and a dedicated section for the under 3's toddlers.
Promenade Park
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Promenade Park
Promenade Park is the District's most popular park and has undergone a major refurbishment in recent years. You can spend all day here, enjoying one or more of the following: Large ornamental lake Amphitheatre and open air stage suitable for hosting theatrical productions and concerts Splash Park water play facility - open from late...
Rayleigh Megazone and Rayleigh MegaPlay
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Rayleigh Megazone and Rayleigh MegaPlay
Available after school on Monday, Friday or at the weekend for 7-11 years with 60-minutes of play in the fantasy castle of Rayleigh Mega Play. Get ready to ride the drop and astra slides, to battle it out with your friends on the zone cannons and climb the traversing walls. If this is not enough excitement, as your play session ends it's followed...
Redwings Horse Sanctuary - Ada Cole Visitor Centre
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Redwings Horse Sanctuary - Ada Cole Visitor Centre
Meet rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules nose-to-nose at Redwings Ada Cole – from irresistibly fluffy Shetland pony Tinkerbell to cheeky wheeling and dealing donkeys Del Boy and Rodney. Redwings Ada Cole, near Harlow, is part of the UK’s largest horse sanctuary, Redwings Horse Sanctuary, where animal lovers can get up close and...
Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre - Chelmsford
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Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre - Chelmsford
The Main Pool caters for every need from casual swimming and tuition and sub aqua training, to all the excitement of competitive galas and water polo matches. The Main Pool is a 33.3 by 12.5 metre, six lane, indoor, competition pool. There is an additional 60 metre flume ride, and diving pit which accommodates a 5 metre diving platform and 1 and 3...
Rockys Fun Houses - Billericay
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Rockys Fun Houses - Billericay
Parents are able to sit comfortably and see their children while they play whilst perhaps enjoying a freshly brewed coffee or many other snacks and refreshments including our sandwich and toasty meal deals, jacket potatoes, paninis and salads. Conveniently located on Ongar Road in the town centre this fun house features two large play areas for...
Rockys Fun Houses - Brentwood
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Rockys Fun Houses - Brentwood
Parents are able to sit comfortably and see their children while they play whilst perhaps enjoying a freshly brewed coffee or many other snacks and refreshments including our sandwich and toasty meal deals, jacket potatoes, paninis and salads. Conveniently located on Ongar Road in the town centre this fun house features two large play areas for...
Rockys Fun Houses - Chelmsford
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Rockys Fun Houses - Chelmsford
Parents are able to sit comfortably and see their children while they play whilst perhaps enjoying a freshly brewed coffee or many other snacks and refreshments including our sandwich and toasty meal deals, jacket potatoes, paninis and salads. Conveniently located on Ongar Road in the town centre this fun house features two large play areas for...
Rollerworld
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Rollerworld
Roller skating park for all ages and experience levels. WEDNESDAYS 7.30pm to 10.30pm Over 18's Adult only + BAR THURSDAYS 6.00pm to 9.30pm + BAR All ages Welcome FRIDAYS RollerDISCO 7.00pm to 11.00pm + BAR Ages 8 to 80 welcome Under 14's must be accompanied by a full paying adult and are welcome until 10pm SATURDAYS 2.00pm to 5.00pm upto 2...
Romford Ice Arena
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Romford Ice Arena
Romford Ice Arena, situated in the heart of Romford Town Centre, is the ideal place to visit for a fun day out. We cater for all levels and interests - we have a wide ranging programme with a session or activity to suit all. If you enjoy ice skating - why not come along to one of our many sessions - we have 'general fun skate' sessions...
Sealife Adventure - Southend on Sea
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Sealife Adventure - Southend on Sea
Sea Life Adventure is the south east’s premier aquatic attraction with over 40 unique displays featuring sea life from all over the world. Along with the incorporated Three Shells cafe, it’s a great visit for the whole family any time of year. There's something for everyone at Sealife Adventure. Guided talks about the ...
Small Monsters - Stanford-le-Hope
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Small Monsters - Stanford-le-Hope
Small Monsters is an indoor adventure play area providing safe, secure and clean adventure for children up to the age six accompanied by their parents. The children come for two-hour sessions to play, and interact, with other children. The parents can ...
South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre
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South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre
The friendly staff at the South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre invite you to try out the excellent sporting facilities on offer. Located in the heart of the town centre, we are easily accessible to all users, whether you live locally or within the surrounding area. Great for keeping fit, activities for all ages. [Jamie Young - Essex]
Southend - Chalkwell Beach
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Southend - Chalkwell Beach
A sandy town beach with plenty of entertainments. Beach Type Sand Facilities Toilets Disabled access First aid Deckchair hire and many shops Cafes and amusements Activities Bathing Local amusements and all the other activities associated with a seaside resort town Nature and Wildlife Explore the miles of beach and the longest...
Southend Planetarium
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Southend Planetarium
The Southend Planetarium is the only public Planetarium facility in the south-east, outside of London. It presents a range of talks about astronomy and the night sky. All our presentations are given live, giving plenty of opportunity for any questions you may wish to ask, and are generally suitable for ages 7 to adult. Programmes...
St John's Abbey Gate
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St John's Abbey Gate
This pinnacled gatehouse, elaborately decorated in East Anglian 'flushwork', is the sole survivor of the wealthy Benedictine abbey of St John. It was built around 1400 to strengthen the abbey's defences following the Peasants' Revolt. Later part of the mansion of the Royalist Lucas family, the gatehouse was bombarded and stormed by...
Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome
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Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome
Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome was established in September 1916 as a base for 37 (Home Defence) Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, which also operated from aerodromes at Rochford (today London Southend International Airport) and Goldhanger (long since disappeared). For two years it played a pivotal role in helping to defend the British mainland from...
The Anchor - Hockley
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The Anchor - Hockley
Indoor play  Area  Not Supervised OPENING TIMES Monday - Saturday 11am - 9pm.  Sunday 12noon - 9pm. CHARGES Our children's play area is FREE to use.  Don't forget there is also a children's play area in the garden to keep the kids busy. 
The Cressing Temple Barns
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The Cressing Temple Barns
Cressing Temple takes its unusual name from the medieval monks of the Knights Templar who founded the two vast wooden barns, which form the centrepiece of this delightful rural estate. Nestled to one side of the barns is the Walled Garden. Inspired by an age when gardens combined beauty and functionality, it is the result of painstaking...
The Moorhen - Harlow
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The Moorhen - Harlow
INDOOR PLAYBARN OPENING TIMES Daily 10am - 7pm. MONTHLY ACTIVITIES Children's Disco. Please ring for details. PONY CLUB PARTIES Available from £5.99 per child - includes playtime, food & party bag. Please ring for details. SUPERVISION / FACILITIES Children must be supervised by parent / guardian. There is a...
The Original Great Maze
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The Original Great Maze
Discover an amazing maize maze a challenging activity for children and a great day out.  If you are new to one of the greatest maze challenges in the world, there is always a lost souls map available and a viewing platform to help you find your way out. Blake House Maize Maze What is it? It's a field of 10 acres of maize with a challenging...
The Rocky Group - Hornchurch
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The Rocky Group - Hornchurch
Parents are able to sit comfortably and see their children while they play whilst perhaps enjoying a freshly brewed coffee or many other snacks and refreshments on offer, including our freshly made panini's, jacket potatoes, salads and other snacks with a variety of meal deals for children. (Also available for takeaway) At weekends and on week...
Thedon Oak
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Thedon Oak
At the Theydon Oak we pride ourselves in providing a fantastic place for families to enjoy a stress free meal in warm surroundings.Enjoy el fresco dining on one of our many patios which overlook our fully enclosed play area.The kids are sure to be kept entertained with our three tier climbing frame with slide,swings,climbing wall, captains deck...
Tilbury Fort
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Tilbury Fort
The artillery fort at Tilbury on the Thames estuary protected London’s seaward approach from the 16th century through to World War II. Henry VIII built the first fort here, and Queen Elizabeth famously rallied her army nearby to face the threat of the Armada. The present fort was begun in 1672 under Charles II: it is much the best example of...
Tropical Wings World of Wildlife
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Tropical Wings World of Wildlife
 There is a massive selection of wildlife to interact with at Tropical Wings in Essex. Some of Daily activities and attractions at the zoo include:     * One of the UK's largest tropical butterfly houses     * Feeding the Wallabies     * Otter and Meerkat Feeding Time     * Birds of...
Tumble Downs - Saffron Walden
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Tumble Downs - Saffron Walden
Welcome to the new Childrens Indoor Play Centre in Saffron Walden where safety, cleanliness, quality food and excellent service matter to us a much as fun, laughter, play and parties!! We have carefully designed the layout of the frame and seating area to create a relaxing safe environment, the idea being that wherever you sit you should be...
Tumbletown - Basildon
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Tumbletown - Basildon
Tumbletown is the soft play centre to visit in Basildon, Essex. Offering fantastic entertainment from babies to big kids. We offer one of the tallest play frames in the UK and a frame created for the under 5’s. Tumbletown is the best choice for children to have fun and benefit from some great exercise whilst they burn off that excess...
WACKY WAREHOUSE @ Queen B flaming Grill - Chelmsford
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WACKY WAREHOUSE @ Queen B flaming Grill - Chelmsford
WACKY WAREHOUSEIndoor Play Building - for children up to 4ft 9ins tall OPENING TIMES    Monday - Thursday 9.30am - 6pm.Friday 9.30am - 8pm.Saturday 11am - 8pm.Sunday 11am - 6pm. PARENT AND TODDLERS     Term Time Only.Under 5's: Monday - Friday 9.30am - 3pm.Over 5's: 3pm - 6pm. COFFEE & CAKE     ...
WACKY WAREHOUSE @ White Hart - Chelmsford
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WACKY WAREHOUSE @ White Hart - Chelmsford
Situated on the main A12 road between two villages by a roundabout, the White Hart is the ideal place to bring the family or pop in with friends.  Originally an old Coaching Inn we have retained an authentic appearance on the outside.  Inside is a different story with a welcoming warm atmosphere created by friendly staff and regulars, as...
Waldegraves Crazy Golf
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Waldegraves Crazy Golf
Waldegraves ALL NEW Crazy Golf is 9 holes of fun for all the family. With fun character challenges including the Octopus, Dolphin and Crocodile, it will keep all ages amused. A great challenge. You can also have a go at the 18 Hole Pitch & Putt Course or test your golfing skills at the Driving range. All Golfing activities are just...
Waltham Abbey Gardens
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Waltham Abbey Gardens
Waltham Abbey Gardens offer relaxing surroundings rich in history. It’s the reputed burial site of King Harold, after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Some of the remains visible today, including the cloister entry, Abbey gateway, precinct and chapter house walls, and the stone bridge over the Cornmill Stream, give an...
Walton Pier - Walton on the Naze
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Walton Pier - Walton on the Naze
THERE'S AN ADVENTURE WAITING FOR EVERYONE AT WALTON PIER! Take a ride on the Red Baron, be thrilled on the Waltzer, ride into the sunset on the Gallopers, release that road rage on the Dodgems. Climb the rigging in Pirate Pete's Adventure Land or strike it lucky in the Tenpin Bowling Centre. Take a ride on the Red Baron, be thrilled on the...
Walton-on-the-Naze Beach
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Walton-on-the-Naze Beach
The central beach is a lively and fairly commercial place with entertainments and amusements on the pier. Close-by beaches are quieter and the Naze is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. Beach Type Sand Facilities Toilets Cafes Shops Restaurants Pubs Disabled access to the beach A slipway Deckchair and beach hut hire...
Wam Bam Boomerang
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Wam Bam Boomerang
Including but not limited to: Dedicated baby and toddler play area Interactive ball area 2-lane wavy slide Soft mini football/basketball pitch 2 themed party rooms with party host Parents lounge with widescreen TV Healthy home cooked food Exclusive hire available Free private parking including...
Wild 'n' Wacky - Harlow
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Wild 'n' Wacky - Harlow
Wild ‘n’ Wacky is a new jungle-themed indoor play and party centre for 0-12 year-olds based in Harlow, Essex. We have three separate play areas – one for babies, one for toddlers and one for older children – each painstakingly and thoughtfully designed to provide a unique and unrivalled play experience. Each area is packed...
Woodlands Farm
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Woodlands Farm
Woodlands Farm covers approximately 89 acres on the borders of Greenwich and Bexley boroughs near to Oxleas Woods.  Run by a charitable trust, it is an educational Farm managed under the Natural England Higher Level Countryside Stewardship Scheme where we try to balance farming practice with the needs of nature...
Woodup Pool
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Woodup Pool
Woodup Pool is a salt water bathing pool with an area of sand at one end. Children should be supervised at all times as there are no lifeguards in attendance. During the summer months a portable toilet is provided. There is also a grass area with picnic benches.

essex.pngA full list of children's attractions and tourist information in and near Essex. Welcome to the fantastic county of Essex. If you need child friendly ideas and  where to take the kids or kids days out, or fun things to do with the kids in and around Essex then we can help. We have family pubs with kids play areas, soft play areas, indoor play areas, outdoor play areas, playgrounds, aquariums, castles, stately homes, children's clubs such as Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, Brownies, Guides, youth clubs, activity centres, Air, Sea, Army Cadets. We list children's entertainers in Essex if you are planning a birthday, cinema, theatre, petting zoo, animal farms, children's farms, leisure hire, museum and art gallery, nature areas such as parks, and countryside walks and beaches. We have kids activities related to outdoor pursuits and sports such as swimming, ice skating, ten pin bowling and football centres. We list theme parks and Adventure Parks in and near Essex. If you are looking for zoos with more exotic animals then we have them. We now list seaside towns in and near Essex, so grab your bucket and spade and head for the Essex seaside with the kids. We have days out with the kids in Essex in and near :- Basildon, Benfleet, Billericay, Braintree, Brentwood, Canvey, Canvey island, Chelmsford, Colchester, Grays Thurrock, Harlow, Loughton, South Benfleet, Southend on Sea, Wickford.

With an awful lot of fun things to do with kids in and around Essex your kids will never get bored. Amusement parks are very popular around this time of year and failing that there fair grounds attractions to keep a lot of children entertained. The school summer holidays are here again, and with so many popular venues you will find here on www.children'sLEISURE.CO.UK you won't be left without a museum to visit for FREE. A ride on the steam railway in Essex, a day of water fun at a water park or leisure centre swimming pool :). If you have toddlers then you can choose form indoor play centres in Essex. With plenty of kids attractions in the county or not sure what to do with the kids just use the search on the right hand side of the site using your postcode to find the nearest attractions! For the more sporty types there are ice skating rinks, roller bladeing places and dry and indoor ski slopes. Also with outdoor pursuits in Essex for climbing, hiking, mountain biking and much more. Or if your more cultural there are cinemas, theatres and place to have dance lessons etc. Those things to do with kids in Essex are tremendous and particularly with cheap and free family friendly places to go to in Essex this year. With soft play for toddlers allow the kids stroke the animals at petting farms in Essex. Drive through a wildlife park and visit zoos in southend. We have all sorts of aquariums listed in the UK but you might have to travel to another county. Where can I take the kids only have a look at a few of the pottery making places and ceramic cafes. School teachers may find useful for ideas for the class to visit on school days out educational and historical venues are normally the most popular on a school trip! If your on vacation then ten pin bowling alleys and the other best family places of interest just browse our site.

Essex is a county in the East of England close to the capital city of London. The county town is Chelmsford and the highest point of the county is Chrishall Common near the village of Langley, close to the Hertfordshire border, which reaches 482 ft (147 metres). To filter by attraction or activity please use the drop down above. there are plenty of things to do in Essex with kids clubs, scouts and girl guide meetings to keep them busy. Loads of indoor play centres and zoos to museums and more.