Find animals and nature days out in Essex using our comprehensive directory. Take a trip to a local zoo, nature reserve, farm or forest in and around Essex.

Animals and Nature Days Out in Essex


Barleylands Farm Park
Barleylands, Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD
There’s lots to do at Barleylands Farm Park with; daily animal activities including lamb bottle feeding, a Reptile House and birds of prey. Race around the indoor play, and go wild in the outdoor play areas bouncing on our vast jumping pillow. If that’s not enough, explore the Discovery Barn and take a ride on the Tractor-Trailer!


Bird of Prey Academy
Barleyalnds Farm & craft village, Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD
The leading Bird of Prey Centre in Essex, based at Barleylands Farm & Craft Village, Billericay.
Imperial bird of prey academy


Boydells Dairy Farm
Boydells Dairy Farm, Wethersfield, Braintree, Essex CM7 4AQ
Boydells Dairy Farm is a small working farm, run by the Threadgold family consisting of Roy and Cherry, with son Kiley now in charge. The farm is open to the public and specialises in sheep milking. Set in the beautiful North Essex countryside only an hour’s drive from central London, it provides a fun-packed and educational visit for children and adults alike.


Colchester Zoo
Colchester Zoo, Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex, CO3 0SL
Zoo with animal encounters and special projects


Hopefield Animal Sanctuary
Sawyers Hall Lane, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9BY
Hopefield Animal Sanctuary is a non-profit organisation caring for around 200 sick, unwanted and mistreated animals. The sanctuary is based in Brentwood, Essex.
01277 201110 /


Lee Valley Park Farms
Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF
Kids will get to explore the great outdoors and meet farmyard friends along with more exotic animals like our mischievous Meerkats. Let their imagination (and their legs) run wild in the indoor and outdoor adventure play zones.


Marsh Farm Animal Adventure
Marsh Farm, Marsh Farm Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP
Family visitor attraction set in over 30 acres of farmland surrounded by 300 acres of country park on the edge of the River Crouch. Meet the animals, feed the birds in our walk through aviary, cuddle the pets and groom a pony. Then sample some freshly prepared food, play in the indoor and outdoor play areas, jump on our huge bouncy pillows or catch an amazing Show…
01245 321552 /


Mistley Place Park
Mistley Place Park Animal Rescue Centre, New Road, Mistley, CO11 1ER
Mistley Place Park has over 2,000 rescued animals at any one time, and the number of animals continues to increase daily. Those currently being looked after, which visitors to the park can see, include goats, sheep, ducks, guinea pigs, dogs, chickens, cats, horses, rabbits, alpacas, plus the occasional peacock!


Old MacDonald’s Farm
Old MacDonald’s Farm, Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5AY
Looking for family days out in Essex? Old MacDonald’s Farm more than just an animal petting farm with exciting indoor soft play areas and fun outdoor activities there’s lots for the kids to enjoy
01277 375 177 /


Pets’ Corner
Pets’ Corner, Town Park, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2QG
Opened in May 1966, Pets’ Corner is a small friendly open farm located in Harlow Town Park. It has a large selection of traditional farm animals, more exotic animals such as Reindeer, Llamas and Alpacas whilst still keeping with the visitor’s favourites’ of rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens and ducks. Free to visit.


The Rare Breeds Centre
Rare Breeds Centre, Highlands Farm, Woodchurch, Ashford, Kent, TN26 3RJ
Rare breed centre with; petting zoo, soft play, animal experiences and more
01233 861 493 /


Redwings Horse Sanctuary – Ada Cole
Redwings Ada Cole is situated on the B181, near Nazeing, Essex EN9 2DH
Redwings Ada Cole is home to over 70 horses, ponies and donkeys, including handsome Gelderlander Zippy, cheeky donkey Del Boy, lovely Shetland pony Tinkerbell and rock ‘n’ roll pony Elvis – not forgetting Redwings’ tiniest resident, Teeny Tucker! Visitors can enjoy walking tours and horse care demonstrations, followed by hot drinks and tasty bakes from the café. There is also an on-site gift shop offering a range of souvenirs. Free to visit.
0870 040 0033


RSPB Rainham Marshes
London, RM19 1SZ
One of the very few ancient landscapes remaining in London, these medieval marshes right next to the River Thames, an important place for nature and a great place for people to visit. You can expect to see breeding wading birds in spring and summer, and large flocks of wild ducks in winter. Birds of prey and rare birds are regularly seen too. There are also water voles in the ditches and rare dragonflies flit across the boardwalks. There is an innovative visitor centre, with huge picture-windows that look out across the marshes. It is full of environmentally friendly features and already boasts a handful of prestigious architectural awards.


Sea Life Adventure
Sea Life Adventure Aquarium, Eastern Esplanade, Southend on Sea, Essex, SS1 2ER
Sea Life Adventure Aquarium is an aquatic attraction with over 40 unique displays featuring sea life from all over the world. Along with the incorporated Three Shells Cafe, it’s a great visit for the whole family any time of the year.


Clacton Pier, No 1 North Sea, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 1QX
The SeaQuarium offers an informative, educational, fun learning experience. Many of the marine life species found in and around our shores can be seen at Clacton Pier. This brings a unique opportunity to the young and old alike, to appreciate from an up close perspective some of the intriguing creatures surrounding our coastal areas.
01255 421 115 /


Tropical Wings World of Wildlife
Tropical Wings Zoo, Wickford Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5QZ
Interactive zoo attraction in Essex with; tropical houses, an oasis where you can experience a tropical feel on any day of the year and get up close and personal with free-flying butterflies and birds. There’s fun for all ages with interactive daily encounter programme of keeper talks and animal feeds. With an indoor soft play and outdoor activity play area, there is something for everyone.