A-Z to an Essex Summer

A-Z to an Essex Summer

A is for ASHLYNS Farm Park & Softplay

Ashlyns Farm Park & Softplay in Epping is the perfect place this summer to visit, boasting farm animals, park areas, a splash pad park and softplay with lunch facilities and a farm shop. Read my full blog post here.


On Sunday 4th August in Southend, Big Jam Sandwich is set to be THE Essex event to go to this summer. Featuring: Mr Bloom & his band(CBeebies) | Peppa Pig & George | Ben & Hollys Little Kingdom | The Dinosaur Experience | Princess Show | Gaming Busses | Mini Athlectics | Slime Factory(Disney’s Art Attack)|Moo Music | Baby Yoga | Soft Play | Messy Play | Local Entertainers | Roaming Entertainment | Mini Go Karts & More. Click here for the Facebook page.

C is for the CROOKED House at Adventure Island

Adventure Island, on Southend’s seafront is bound to be full of frolics and fun this summer holidays. Visit after 6pm for half price wristbands and free parking. Read my full blog post here.

D is for a DIP at Leisure World Colchester

Ride the iconic Leisure Pool Flumes, make a splash in the fast flowing Rapids open NOW for summer and enjoy the Crazy River, fun slides, jacuzzis, wave machine and Shipwreck Water Cannons. Book online in busy periods as a band system will be in place. Link to Facebook Page & website here.

E is for Cookie the EXMOOR Pony at Hadleigh Rare Breeds Centre

Based on the grounds of Hadleigh Castle, the Rare Breeds Centre makes for a great few hours out, with rare animals, park areas and a maze with a tea room on site too. Read my full blog post here.

F is for The Children’s FESTIVAL Bubble ‘n’ Bop at Marsh Farm

Throughout the summer holidays Marsh Farm, is hosting its very own amazing Children’s festival,  bursting with bubbles, exploding with excitement and filled with foam. Boasting an ‘Inland Beach’ and ‘Foam Pool’, bouncy village, new train ride, animals, rides, ferret racing, dinosaurs and so much more. For just £9.99 a ticket it’s a must do. Click here for tickets or read my full Marsh Farm blog post here.

G is for The GRUFFALO Trail

‘There’s no such thing as a Gruffalo’…. Based at Thorndon Country Park, The Gruffalo Trail is the perfect way to spend a few hours finding your favourite characters and enjoying a picnic in the sunshine. Read my full blog post here.

H is for a HOT Summers Day spent at Stay and Splash

Stay and Splash, Canvey Island, is the closest to a pool party with the kids you can get this summer. With a pool. sun loungers, sandpit, park area, ice lollies, lunch facilities and musical intervals with dancers, what more could you want?! We love the Paddocks! Book online here.

I is for Canvey ISLAND

Spend a day crabbing, frolicking in the sea, building sandcastles, playing in the arcades, eating an ice cream and going on the rides next to the sea front. The best days are spent by the sea.

J is for JAM-packed fun at Audley End

The Summer Festival returns to Audley End Miniature Railway this summer! Including, Train Ride, Fairy and Elf Walk, Craft Making, Face Painting, Games Area, Story Telling, you can buy tickets here.

K is for KING George Playing Field

In Brentwood you’ll find King George Playing Field, home to a HUGE park, playing fields, cafe and Rascal Bay crazy golf. The perfect location for a day out with a group, take a picnic basket, ball, rounders set and you are set.

L is for The LODGE Country Inn

Based in South Woodham Ferrers, The Lodge is a perfect lunch or dinner location this summer with a beer garden with bouncy castles, slides, swings and a brand new crazy golf course for 2019. The food is great too!

M is for MERSEA Island

I’ve got a confession.. I’ve never visited Mersea Island, but after an overwhelming response to my Facebook post when I got stuck on M.. You all love it! Home to coastal walks, beaches, play areas, holiday parks & Cudmore Grove, it’s a great family day out for all the family. Link to Visit Parks here.

N is for NINJA Battle at Base Jump

The South East’s biggest trampoline park, where else is better to let the kids literally bounce off the walls? Read my full blog post here and see what they have running this summer.

O is for Epping ONGAR Railway

The Epping Ongar Railway has a variety of events to enjoy this summer including a Jurassic Fun Day, Paw Patrol Visit and Family Fun Days. Read my full blog post here and find more information here.

P is for Peter Rabbit

The Peter Rabbit Trail is the perfect place to brush off the cobwebs, walk the dogs and find Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin and his friends on a Summers Day. Read my full blog post here and links to find out what else is on this summer.

Q is for the QUEENSGATE Centre

The Queensgate Centre in Harlow has a Cineworld, go see the latest childrens films, Toy Story 4 or The Lion King, enjoy a Pizza Hut and do a spot of shopping.vHobbycraft have Summer workshops on, link in my blog. Read my full blog post here.

R is for ROLE Play at 360 Play

With a jam packed messy play timetable, roleplay village, huge softplay, boats and outdoor play, 360 Play is an ideal day out this summer. Link to full blog post here.

S is for SKY Ropes at Great Notley Park

Home to Essex’s longest play trail, waterplay area, climbing forest and cableway with a Sky Ropes adventure course, Great Notley is a great day out to be had this summer. Read my full blog post here, links to what on are on there.

T is for the Southend Pier TRAIN

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Southend Pier is the longest pleasure pier in the WORLD. Grab the kids and get the train to the end of Southend Pier, play a round of golf or view the museums. It’s also a lovely walk (not for little legs so bring the buggy). Link to full blog post here.

U is for Raver Tots the UK’s Biggest Family Rave

Throw shapes not toys. Raver Tots is coming to Southend’s Garon Park this summer bank holiday and we can’t wait to shimmy on down covered in glitter and throw our best moves. Link to tickets here.

V is for The VALLEY in Maldon’s Promenade Park

A perfect family day out. Maldon’s Promenade Park is home to a huge splash park, pirate ship themed play area, adventure golf, crabbing and boating area, playing fields and so much more! Plan your visit here.

W is for Watyler Park

Based just off of the A13 in Pitsea, Watyler is home to 125 acres of country walks, wildlife spotting, adventure play for kids and have lots of themed events on this summer. Link here for info.

X is for The SaXon King

The Saxon King in Southend has gorgeous food, gorgeous cocktails and an outdoor play area. A great place to enjoy a few drinks and dinner whilethe kids play. Link to full blog post here.

Y is for YACHT watching in Leigh-On-Sea

There’s nothing better on a late sunny afternoon than visiting the seafood sheds for some cockles, a dip in the sea and watching the yachts sailing at Leigh. Park at the station on Sundays for just £3 all day. Visit Stop The World for some Cake or treat yourself to fish pie at The Peterboat. See what events are on in Leigh here.

Z is for ZEBRAS at Colchester Zoo

Have a fun day out and visit the animals this summer there is lots of activities going on at Colchester Zoo including public animal feeding, face painting, play areas and more. More information and link to website here.


1 Comment

  1. July 22, 2019 / 2:55 pm

    Wow can I live in Essex please? There’s so much to do there! I admire how much you put into this blogpost with all the visits/pics you took x

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