The school holidays are here and with some Children (mine included) having a lengthy 7 weeks off purse strings can be stretched at this time of year. At the same there are Memes galore to remind us that we only have 18 precious summers with our Children before they come adults and with that comes a sense of guilt and a sense that we should pack as much into these precious 7 weeks as we can. I think its important to spend time together as a family creating fun memories, but it is also important to keep a track of family spending as it can so quickly and easily get out of hand at this time of year. Entertaining children for 6-7 weeks is no easy task so I thought I would try and help and put together an A-Z list of FREE Family days out in Herts & Essex; pack a picnic and some drinks and snacks and away you go! You could even set yourself the challenge of completing the whole A-Z over the next 6-7 weeks! Without further a do, here is the list! This is a nearly A-Z list because there are a few letters without Free family fun locally, but it is still a very comprehensive list!
The A-Z of Free Family Days Out In Herts & Essex – Nearly!:
A – Admirals Park Chelmsford
Admirals Park has beautiful landscaped gardens and a Rotunda. It has a lovely Children’s Play Area, Small Woodland Area, Ancient Woodland Track, Tennis Courts & a lovely little river – perfect for a stroll or a picnic!
B – Bishop’s Stortford Splash Park
Based in Sworder’s Field is a Free to use Splash Park – perfect for letting the kids let off some steam and cool off in this everlasting heatwave! The park also has a skate park, play area, goal and sports facilities.
C – Clacton-On-Sea
Clacton on Sea has a packed calendar of Free Family Events including a 2 day air show. In addition to a Blue Flag sandy beach. Why not take a stroll by the beach huts on the promenade or walk through the gardens overlooking the sea while you are there.
D – Dovercourt Beach
There is plenty to do in and around Dovercourt from Seal watching at the local Hemford Water Nature Reserve to a skate park and boating late. In addition there is a tranquil sand and shingle beach.
E – Essex Police Museum
With regular special events for Children (some events do require a small £1 or £2 charge) and a free museum telling the story of policing from Victorian Times to modern day. There is plenty of fun to be had for kids at this museum.
F – Fairlands Valley Park
The park has 3 large lakes, a pond, a play area and a splash park perfect for children of all ages.
G – Grays Beach Riverside Park
Grays Beach has a large sand pit with a pirate ship play area. The park also houses a skate ramp, an aerial zip line and a multi use sports court.
H – Hartham Common
There is a lovely play area with sand pit, football pitches, bowling green and skate park set next to a lovely riverside walk that takes you all the way from Hertford to Ware (if you don’t fancy the walk there and back you could always spend a few pounds per person and take the boat trip one way!).
L – Lea Valley White Water Centre
With so much to see and do this is a great choice for families. There is a small man made beach and lots of water activities to watch. You can also stand on the Olympics Winners Podium
M – Maldon Promenade Park
Promenade Park has a lovely play area & a splash park (with extra charge) all set against the sloping banks of the River Blackwater.
N – Natural History Museum Tring
The Museum is home to a unique collection of fossils and has over 4,000 stuffed animals on display including a full sized gorilla.
R – Redwings Horse Sanctuary
With lots of rescue horses, ponies and donkeys to see Redwings is a lovely trip out. A little extra cost will enable you to sponsor an animal and help fund the great work that Redwings do.
S – Southend-On-Sea
With a large promenade to stroll, the longest pier in the UK, miles of Blue Flag beaches, a paddling pool in the sea, lots of play areas and gardens to stroll through Southend-On-Sea has been a family favourite for generations.
V – Verulamium Park
A large park with huge play area and Free to use splash park. The park also contains a large lake. The Park is named after the Roman City of Verulamium on which it stands. The City walls and outline of the London Gate can still be seen.
W – West Mersea
There is a lovely sandy beach, a play area and lots of Essex Wildlife Nature Reserves and Nature Parks to explore.
Z – Petting Zoo at Pets Corner
The petting zoo is within Harlow Town Park and houses birds, chickens, sheep,deer, lamas, pigs among many other animals. The petting zoo is within the Town Park which contains a paddling pool, duck pond and large adventure playground.
If you fancy popping a little further afield for a free day out then check out our review of Forty Hall.
Hope you all have a wonderful summer holidays!