Part of the London commuter belt, Chelmsford in Essex is a fantastic family-friendly location with a wealth of activities on offer. Whether you have small children or teenagers, the range of family days will keep everyone entertained.
These are our top choices for family fun in and around the Chelmsford area.
1. City Bowl, Chelmsford
Foster some healthy family competition with a trip to the Chelmsford City Bowl. Ten-pin bowling is the main activity here but there are also pool tables for the sharks in the family. Food and drink is available too.
2. Odeon, Chelmsford
As the seasons change to autumn, weatherproof entertainment becomes a necessity. The Odeon in Chelmsford has all the latest releases and special screenings too, from sporting events to Odeon Kids.
3. Treasure Trails
If you’re looking to get to know the area a little better, then Treasure Trails provides exciting entertainment along a local route – with real treasure at the end of it! Suitable for all ages, the trail is around two miles long and takes an hour and a half to complete.
4. West Park Pitch Putt and Crazy Golf
West Park Pitch Putt and Crazy Golf has 9-hole course available, plus a mature 18-hole pitch and putt course, as well as a 9-hole foot golf course. So, there are plenty of testing terrains for all levels.
5. Cheeky Monkeez
Soft play is a great way for children to make new friends and let off some steam without any risk of injury. Cheeky Monkeez is a soft play centre in Chelmsford that also runs events and hosts parties.
6. Marsh Farm
If it’s adventure and variety in the open air you’re after, Marsh Farm is ideal. From tractor rides to a bouncy castle and climbing frames there are activities galore to enjoy. And then there’s the animals – goats, pigs and cows are all waiting to say hello.
7. Mountfitchet Castle
This early Iron Age fort has hosted the Vikings, Saxons and Romansand combines the thrill of history with opportunities to explore. As well as the castle, Mountfitchet is also host to the largest toy museum in the world.
8. Chelmsford Museum
This museum has a wonderful location in the heart of the picturesque Oaklands Park. Entry to the exhibitions is free at the Chelmsford Museum and there are regular learning sessions, which offer hands on experiences for enquiring minds.
9. Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre
This action packed centre combines a range of activities all under one roof all year round. At Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre the kids can ice skate or swim, join in a basketball or football match or, for older children, have a work out session in the gym.
10. The Police Museum Essex
From stepping inside a real Victorian prison cell, to having fingerprints taken or seeing the belongings of centuries old murder victims, Police Museum in Essex offers a darkly thrilling experience.
11. Admiral’s Park
The landscaped gardens of Admiral’s Park are ideal for making the most of the last warm days of the season. Plus, the river walk here is the perfect place to stop for a picnic or tea and cake.
Chelmsford has a huge array of activities, from those that challenge the body to those that inspire young minds – there’s something here for all the family.