Essex features several places that you can visit.

But what and where are some great places to take your children to during the upcoming half term?

Here are some ideas of places to visit across the county during the week ahead.

Colchester Zoo, Colchester

Colchester Zoo has been a staple attraction for the town for years.

Opening first in 1963, the Zoo has now been running for over five decades, hugely popular with people all over Essex.

You can see up to 200 species, from rare and endangered ones to the usual favourites.

With animal shows, a play area, variety of food and gift shop too, it is the perfect day out for any family.

Clacton Pier, Clacton

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The Pier stretches out almost 150 metres

Winning Pier of the Year in 2020, Clacton Pier is always a great experience.

Situated next to the wonderful Clacton beaches, it is the hotspot for family fun.

The Pier boasts many options for fun, such as ten-pin bowling, adventure golf, soft play and an aquarium.

There is also the new Looping Star rollercoaster for any thrill seekers out there, that is aiming to be up and running in time for Halloween.

Great Notley Country Park, Braintree

Whether you're an adventurer or just want to relax and unwind in the Essex countryside, this is the perfect day out for all the family.

Covering 100 acres of open space, it’s home to a high ropes adventure course as well as Essex’s longest kid’s play trail.

Traverse over 1.2km of fun including swing scales, rope climbers, slides, forts and a large sand play area.

It also offers some lovely areas to explore and enjoy nature, popular for activities including birdwatching, cycling, fishing, picnics and kite-flying.

Whatever your preferred way of having fun, this Country Park is a great pick.

Wat Tyler Country Park, Basildon

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The Country Park is situated in the South of Pitsea

If you are looking for a quieter alternative, Wat Tyler Park is a great choice.

There is over 125 acres of space to explore on long walks whilst enjoying the fresh air.

Wildlife spotting and adventure play for the children to let off some steam are also options to take up.

Adventure Island, Southend

Needing no introduction is Southend’s famous Adventure Island.

With rides ranging from small trains to larger thrill rides, there is a great time to be had for everyone.

There are also arcades, seaside stands and other smaller attractions for the family to enjoy.

It’s always a great option for anyone looking for a day out.

Old MacDonald’s Farm and Fun Park, Brentwood

Combining animals and attractions, this is a superb selection for a fantastic day out.

Old MacDonald’s Farm is located just after the A12 meets the M25 on the outskirts of Brentwood.

Rides and attractions aside, there are also 30 different species of animals to see, including meerkats, pigs, rabbits, and Annie the European Eagle Owl.

There is even the opportunity to get hands on and meet some of them face to face.

Colchester Castle Park

At the heart of the town centre, the Castle Park has so many options for excitement.

The Colchester Castle is a great sight to see and visit, with an educational and interesting museum inside.

A great adventure park outside, to give fresh air and fun to the children.

You can also put in the park at the brilliant miniature golf course.

With a wide selection of activities, it’s an appealing and simple alternative for anyone.

Jump Street, Chelmsford

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Somewhere to blow off some steam with a spring in your step

Not only Essex’s biggest trampoline arena but also the county’s largest climbing facility and soft play centre.

There are choices for all ages, like the Kendrick’s Kingdom for toddlers, up to the more challenging Toxic Wipeout.

Climbing spaces are for adults and children to enjoy challenges varying in design and difficulty.

It is a great place to enjoy some action-packed and healthy fun for everyone.