As the best of the autumn weather rears its head and the children are off school, choosing to take a trip in the UK and visit some homeland attractions is a fabulous way of spending some quality family time together.
Sometimes a change of scenery is all you need. Look at staying at a Travelodge hotel in Essex. Family room rates here, when booked in advance, are available at brilliantly bargain prices, keeping the cost of your break basics to a minimum.
Essex is the place of the moment. Thanks to the popular TV series, The Only Way Is Essex, the county has seen a boom in tourism and the huge array of child friendly activities are bigger and better than ever.
When the Great British weather is on your side, there are a number of hot spots in Essex to check out. From farms to parks, zoos and seaside shenanigans, families will be spoilt for choice with how to spend their time. Wrap up warm and take your pick when it comes to days out in the open air.
Go back to basics with the kids at Boydells Dairy Farm. The wide array of farm animals and the ongoing production of sheep milk based products, makes an educational day out for children of all ages.
Much more than a simple farm visit, youngsters will be given an insightful tour through the open farm as they learn information about the process of producing products and keeping farm animals. Car parking is free and entry is priced at just £5 per adult, £4 per child, and under 3’s get in for free.
Expand on your animal encounters themed break and pay a visit to Colchester Zoo. Dubbed as one of the finest in Europe, the zoo has over ‘260 rare species, many being part of breeding programmes’.
Colchester Zoo not only invites families to view animals such as fresh water turtles, komodo dragons and chimps, interactive displays also encourage hands on learning and a greater awareness of wildlife.
Hopefully during your stay you’ll find a couple of dry moments to have some days outdoors, but should the heavens open during your time in Essex, there’s plenty to keep you occupied inside.
Colchester Leisure World may sound like a simple sports arena, but it is actually one of the top indoor attractions near to Essex. Although fitness classes and spa sessions are available, children can go wild at the Shark Reef waterpark.
With 13 flumes, chutes and slides, inflatable water events, a crazy river, water toys and more, there’s something for everyone here whether you’re travelling with tots, tweens or older teens. Look online near to the time of your travel to check out any half term special pool activities that may be on offer.
Also worth a visit: Colchester Castle Museum, Natural History Museum Colchester, and Adventure Island.
As soon as you’ve decided on your destination, look to book your Travelodge hotel in Essex as quickly as possible. The best deals can be found online and secured via the Travelodge website.