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Essex with Kids

There is so much to explore and discover in Essex; gorgeous gardens, picturesque villages, historic houses and seaside towns along the miles of coastline. Essex is one of the most famous counties in England and a great place to go for a holiday or day out. It's also right next to London, so going there from the capital is easy and if you're visiting the area from further afield you have one of ... the most interesting cities in the world only a short distance away. If you asked us to just pick one place to recommend for a family day out we'd probably have to say Colchester Zoo - we love animals and have a soft spot for anywhere that looks after them. If you're looking for top destinations in Essex for families, try Old MacDonald's Educational Farm Park in Brentwood, Adventure Island in Southend, Marsh Farm Country Park in South Woodham Ferrers, the Freeport Outlet Shopping Village in Braintree, the Promenade Park in Maldon, Barleylands Craft Village & Farm Centre in Billericay, Brentwood Karting in (yes, you've guessed it) Brentwood, and Tropical Wings in South Woodham Ferrers. All are worth keeping in mind for fun family days out. When it comes to accommodation there are holiday parks, hotels, B&B's and country lodges in and around the area and they all welcome families, so Essex with kids makes sense. Read more >

Essex Reviews

Mayhem Paintball Abridge

"Weather was nice and we had a great day - lots of paintballing (and a few bruises)! Would definit..." more »

by ocelot123
Restaurant @ Brandy Hole Hullbridge

"Family run seafood & grill restaurant & venue, with a comfortable sofa area, a large decking overloo..." more »

by Brandy Hole Rest
Timbuk 2 Upminster

"i took 3 children to timbuk2 on the 28th October I went into the toilets and slipped on a wet floo..." more »

by suey2623

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Editor's Pick Essex

Marsh Farm Country Park
"A brilliant experience from beginning to end"...

Colchester Zoo
"A great day out for the whole family"...

Essex Vouchers

Free Coffee or Tea Free Coffee or Tea
The Secret Garden Tearoom, Chelmsford

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The Source Coffee Shop, Upminster

Two for One on Hot Drinks Two for One on Hot Drinks
Milly's Deli Cafe, Leigh on Sea

Essex Pictures