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Offering fun for all ages this region has so many family activities and attractions ranging from adventure centres to farms and zoos, so keeping the kids happy is pretty easy in Essex. What’s more difficult however is choosing just where to go between the many options before you.

Offering fun for all ages this region has so many family activities and attractions ranging from adventure centres to farms and zoos, so keeping the kids happy is pretty easy in Essex. What’s more difficult however is choosing just where to go between the many options before you.

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Colchester Zoo

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Address: Maldon Road, Colchester, Essex CO3 0SL
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Phone: 01206 331292
During your visit to Colchester Zoo, you will see many species from around the world and can learn more about them at our fantastic daily encounters, giving you the chance to see our animals being fed, watch a training session or perhaps just quiz th » More Info

Grange Barn

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Address: Grange Hill, Coggeshall, Colchester, Essex CO6 1RE
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Phone: 01376 562226
One of Europe's oldest timber-framed buildings, it has a cathedral-like interior and is linked to a local Cistercian abbey. » More Info

Museum of Power

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Address: Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon, Essex CM9 6QA
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Phone: 01621 843183
The Museum, a unique and fascinating experience for all the family, is located at Langford, near Maldon, Essex and is easily accessible from the A12. » More Info

Belhus Woods Country Park

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Address: Romford Road, Aveley, South Ockendon, Essex RM15 4XJ
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Phone: 01708 865628
Over 300 acres in South Essex, Belhus Woods Country Park combines ancient woodland, kid's play area, meadows and lakes with a visitor centre and café. » More Info

Cressing Temple Barns

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Address: Witham Road, Braintree, Essex CM77 8PD
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Phone: 03330 132738
Experience a unique piece of history at the 13th century, Knights Templar Barns, complete with Tudor walled garden and Tiptree tea rooms. » More Info

Blake House Craft Centre

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Address: Blake End, Rayne, Braintree, Essex CM77 6SH
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Phone: 01376 553146
Shops, food and fun for the whole family at Blake House Craft Centre. » More Info

Poplar Miniature Railway

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Address: Poplar Nurseries, Coggeshall Road, Marks Tey, Colchester, Essex CO6 1HR
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Phone: 01206 210374
Poplar Miniature Railway runs steam hauled miniature train rides through the landscaped gardens of Poplar Nurseries at Marks Tey near Colchester. » More Info

Cudmore Grove Country Park

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Address: Broman's Lane, East Mersea, Colchester, Essex CO5 8UE
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Phone: 01206 383868
A nature reserve of over 102 acres of unique coastal landscapes and habitat and heritage overlooking the Colne and Blackwater Estuaries. » More Info

Brentwood Karting

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Address: The Raceway, Brentwood Leisure Park, Warley Gap, Brentwood, Essex CM13 3DP
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Phone: 01277 260001
Brentwood Karting host the South East's widest and most accessible outdoor go karting race track, suitable for adults and junior karting enthusiasts of all skill levels. » More Info

Lakeside Karting

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Address: Arterial Road (A1306), West Thurrock, Purfleet, Greater London RM19 1EA
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Phone: 01708 863070
Lakeside Karting host the South East's largest and fastest outdoor go karting race track, suitable for adults and junior karting enthusiasts of all skill levels. » More Info

Royal Gunpowder Mills

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Address: Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 1JY
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Phone: 01992 707370
Described by Historic England as the most important site for the history of explosives in Europe, this remarkable and beautiful landscape is nowadays a visitor attraction. » More Info

Barleylands

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Address: Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex CM11 2UD
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Phone: 01268 532253
Barleylands in Billericay, Essex is home to a range of farm animals, reptiles, birds of prey, craft studios, services and restaurants. » More Info

RHS Garden Hyde Hall

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Address: Creephedge Lane, Rettendon Common, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8ET
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Phone: 01245 402019
RHS Garden Hyde Hall is often a surprise find for visitors to Essex, but for regular guests, its extraordinary evolution always offers something new to be enjoyed. » More Info

Adventure Island

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Address: Sunken Garden, Western Esplanade, Southend on Sea, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE
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Phone: 01702 443400
At Adventure Island, it’s your day, your way! We grant everyone free entry to our park. Yes, free entry, no catches! » More Info

Firstsite

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Address: Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 1JH
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Phone: 01206 713700
See the world differently - experience the very best art and culture from around the world that inspires, empowers and opens your mind. An international gallery and creative community space, Firstsite is open all year round, for free, for everyone. » More Info

Lee Valley White Water Centre

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Address: Station Road, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire EN9 1AB
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Phone: 03000 030 616
You’ll find gallons of fun at Lee Valley White Water Centre, from white water rafting on the Olympic course to family paddling on our lake. » More Info

East Anglian Railway Museum

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Address: Chappel Station, Wakes Colne, Colchester, Essex CO6 2DS
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Phone: 01206 242524
Immerse yourself in a family friendly, living, breathing, real steam railway museum and get up close and personal to our wide collection of steam trains, diesel locomotives and vintage carriages. » More Info

Promenade Park

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Address: Park Drive, Maldon, Essex CM9 5JQ
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Phone: 01621 854477
Located on the sloping bank of the river Blackwater, Maldon's Promenade Park has been a popular leisure location for over a hundred years. » More Info

Mountfitchet Castle

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Address: Grove Hill, Stansted, Essex CM24 8SP
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Phone: 01279 813237
Mountfitchet Castle is a Norman Motte and Bailey Castle and Village, re-constructed on its original historic ancient site, complete with many different buildings, siege weapons and animals roaming freely throughout the 10 acre site. » More Info

Audley End House and Gardens

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Address: Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4JF
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Phone: 01799 522842
As one of the greatest sights of East Anglia, with a spectacular stately home and outstanding, spacious grounds, Audley End House and Gardens has got something for all of the family. » More Info

Epping Ongar Railway

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Address: Ongar Station, Station Approach, Chipping Ongar, Ongar, Essex CM5 9BN
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Phone: 01277 365200
Step back in time with Epping Ongar Railway and experience the romance of travel in bygone times as you pass through picturesque countryside, beautiful forest and historic towns. » More Info

Colne Valley Railway

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Address: Yeldham Road, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
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Phone: 01787 461174
Sample the atmosphere and take a ride on an award winning period country railway. A pretty line, almost a mile long, with relocated station buildings, signal boxes and bridges all lovingly restored and rebuilt. » More Info