Half term is a chance to have some fun with family and friends and to take a break from the normal day to day routine.

To help you make the most of it, we have gathered together details of exciting events and half term activities in Essex to keep the whole family happy. From family fun days and train rides to themed escape puzzles, there are all sorts of different types of events happening this half term, so there’s no need to feel bored or to wonder what’s on.

We have also included listings of interesting places to visit in the area, including some rainy day options, so you’ll be equipped with a wide range of things to do in half term in Essex no matter what the weather throws at you. Once you have found an event you are interested in, you can click on the listing to show more detailed information about that event. This way, you can browse through lots of events at once, and just view the full details for the ones you are interested in.

With all these ideas listed for you in one place, you can spend less time researching and planning things to do this half term, and more time looking forward to it.



Places to Visit & Days Out Ideas for Half Term

Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo, Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex, CO3 0SL

Waldegraves Holiday Park

Waldegraves Holiday Park, Waldegraves lane, Colchester, Essex, CO5 8SE

Rope Runners Ltd

The Secret Nuclear Bunker, Ongar Road, Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 0LA

Creeksea Disc Golf and Football Golf Course

Creeksea Place Farm, Ferry Rd, Burnham on Crouch, Essex, CM0 8PJ

Hoseasons, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 2LF

Imperial Bird of Prey Academy

Imperial Bird of Prey Academy, Barleylands Farm Park, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD

East Anglian Railway Museum

Chappel Station, Colchester, Essex, CO6 2DS

Chelmsford Escape Rooms

Moulsham Mill Centre, Parkway, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 7PX

Bishop’s Stortford Escape Rooms

Woodside, Bishop's Stortford, Essex, CM23 5RG

Thinking of things to do during half term can be difficult. Often, things are so busy right up until half term starts that you aren’t left with much time to make plans! But there’s no reason to miss out on all the fun- we put together lists like this so you can easily browse through a wide range of Essex events all in one place. That means no more searching through lots of individual websites to find out which half term activities each attraction has planned. It is all here, ready for you to browse. If you know of an event that you think should be on this list, why not use our ‘upload your own event’ form to let others know about it?

Each event listing links to a page of more detailed information about the event, including the date, time, location, a description of what to expect, and a map so you can see how to get there. Many listings also contain photos, links to the venue’s website, and contact details for the organisers should you have any questions.

With all these listings for things to do in half term in Essex, you should have all the inspiration you need to make this half term the best one yet.

Whether you have lived in Essex for a long time, you are just getting to know the area, or you are planning to visit for the first time, there is always something new to explore. To learn more about the area and find new places to discover, why not browse through our Essex overview? Or if you want to explore a specific area, we also have several Trails in Essex to guide you through lots of exciting places to visit, places to eat and drink, and places to stay in Essex.