Essex days out guide

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Active (sporting) Days Out in Essex :-

Rollerworld – Colchester
Rollerworld is an Olympic standard, maple wood floor roller skating rink plus a Quaser laser tag game arena and an amusement arcade… read more
Active (sporting) things to do • Indoor


Animals & Nature Attractions in Essex :-

Barleylands Farm Park – Billericay
Barleylands Farm Park is a children’s activity farm and craft village between Basildon and Billericay in Essex… read more
Animals & Nature


Clacton Zoo – Clacton on Sea
Clacton Zoo is a children’s petting zoo on the sea front in Clacton on Sea in Essex… read more
Animals & Nature


Colchester Zoo – Stanway, Colchester
Colchester Zoo in Stanway, Colchester, Essex has some of the best cat and primate collections in Europe and has over 200 species of animals… read more
Animals & Nature


Sea Life Adventure – Southend-on-Sea
Sea Life Adventure is an indoor aquatic life attraction with displays of lots of creatures that live under water from around the world… read more
Animals & Nature


Tropical Wings Zoo – Chelmsford
Tropical Wings Zoo houses a large collection of birds, mammals, insects and reptiles many of which are endangered… read more
Animals & Nature


Historical Tourist Attractions in Essex :-

Audley End House and Gardens – Saffron Walden
Audley End House and Gardens is a 17th century Jacobean stately home with gardens and parkland in Saffron Waldon in Essex… read more
Historical tourist attractions


Bourne Mill – Colchester
Bourne Mill is a Grade I listed building built in the late 1500’s and converted to a watermill in the 19th Century… read more
Historical tourist attractions


Hedingham Castle – Castle Hedingham, Halstead
Hedingham Castle is a Norman keep dating from around 1140AD and 160 acres of gardens and woodland a few miles North West of Halstead in Essex… read more
Historical tourist attractions


Hill Hall – Epping
Hill Hall is an Elizabethan mansion dating from the 1500s with Renaissance architecture and two rare 16th century wall paintings near Epping… read more
Historical tourist attractions


Paycocke’s House and Garden – Coggeshall
Paycocke’s House and Garden is a 16th century Gothic timber-framed house once owned by a Tudor merchant located in the village of Coggeshall… read more
Historical tourist attractions


Kids Days Out in Essex :-

Childsplay Adventureland – Colchester
Childsplay Adventureland is an indoor soft play centre for children aged 11 and under in Colchester… read more
Kids days out • Indoor


Crazy Kids Adventure Play – Braintree
Crazy Kids Adventure Play is an indoor air-conditioned play centre for children up to the age of 12 in Braintree in Essex… read more
Kids days out • Indoor


Kids Kingdom – Southend-on-Sea
Kids Kingdom is a children’s indoor soft play centre in Southend on Sea in Essex… read more
Kids days out • Indoor


Museums & Galleries in Essex :-

East Anglian Railway Museum – Wakes Colne
East Anglian Railway Museum is a museum about the locomotive history of the region located at Chappel railway station 8 miles from Colchester… read more
Museums & Galleries


Hollytrees Museum – Colchester
Hollytrees Museum is a museum about domestic life and childhood during the last 300 years in the town of Colchester… read more
Museums & Galleries • Free entry • Indoor


Southend Pier Museum – Southend-on-Sea
Southend Pier Museum is a museum about Southend pier located in Southend in Essex… read more
Museums & Galleries


Tiptree Jam Museum – Tiptree
Tiptree Jam Museum is a museum about the history of the jam-making business at Tiptree… read more
Museums & Galleries


Warner Textile Archive – Braintree
Warner Textile Archive is a textile and design museum 5 minute walk from Braintree town centre in Essex… read more
Museums & Galleries • Indoor


Other Places to Visit in Essex :-

Gnome Magic – Dedham, Colchester
Gnome Magic consists of gardens with gnomes and a gnome museum located North East of Colchester… read more
Other places to visit


Adventure Island – Southend-on-Sea
Adventure Island in Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea is a free entry Fun Park. Buy a wristband to go on the rides… read more
Theme Parks


Transport Days Out in Essex :-

Barnards Miniature Railway – West Horndon
Barnards Miniature Railway runs miniature train rides the grounds of Barnards farm near Basildon in Essex and 10 minutes from junction 29 and 30 of the M25… read more
Transport days out



Whether you are looking for a family day out, fun things to do with the kids, day trips for couples or a place to visit this weekend, we hope you find what your looking for when using our Essex days out guide.

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