The school holidays have finally arrived! We’ve put together this survival guide for summer holidays in Essex to help you and your family make the most of the long break.

Family Activities and Events in Essex

No matter how big or small your budget, there are tons of fantastic family activities and events taking place across Essex this summer. Whether you’re looking to explore the great outdoors or find a child friendly indoor activity for those inevitable rainy days, you can find loads to do in our What’s On pages.

To get you started, here is our pick of the activities taking place in a town near you:

Harwich & Dovercourt

The Harwich Sea Festival and Lifeboat Day – Sunday 26th July


Toddler Sense Summer Specials – 29th July to 28th August (session on Thursdays and Fridays)


Birds of Prey Family Fun Day – Sunday 26th July


The Enchanted Fairytale Family Event – Sunday 2nd August


My Gym Billericay – Continuous


Jousting with the Knights of Middle England – 30th-31st August


Clacton Carnival – Saturday 8th to Friday 14th August

Summer Holiday Clubs

Not only are summer holiday clubs and camps vital for working parents in need of childcare, they are also a great way for children to have fun and try new things.

Summer clubs comes in a variety of forms from dance and drama camps to sporting adventures. You can find the right holiday club for your child with our full listings of summer camps in Essex, but here are some of our favourites:


Mad Science Holiday Club – 10th-14th August


New Hall School Super Camp – 13th July to 23rd August


Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy – 27th-31st July


Fit For Sport – 23rd July to 28th August

South Woodham Ferrers

Partymans Adventure Camp – 23rd July to 2nd September


SMASH Activity Club – 20th July to 28th August


Bailer Dance Summer School – Tuesday 18th – Saturday 22nd August


Summer Camp at Essex Outdoors – 16th-21st August (residential)

White Notley

All Starz Holiday Club – 19th-21st August

Multiple Venues in Essex

Wild and Wet Mega Camps – 27th July to 28th August

Beaches in Essex

If you really do like to be beside the seaside, you’ll be thrilled to know that several beaches in Essex have maintained their Blue Flag status.

Brightlingsea Beach, Clacton West and Martello Bay Beach in Clacton on Sea, Dovercourt Bay Beach in Harwich, Frinton-on-Sea Beach, and Walton-on-the-Naze Beach have all met the conditions of prestigious, international award scheme that assures visitors of their quality.

Find the right day out for your family with the Essex Baby Beach Guide.

Travelling with Young Children

Going on holiday with young children can feel a bit like trying to herd a flock of geese. To help take the stress out of your family holiday we’ve put together a handy guide that covers everything from planning your trip and travelling by plane, to top travel products for kids and family friendly motorway stops.

Just click on Travelling with Young Children and get ready to wave goodbye to holiday stress.