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Days out and Activities for Teens & Pre-Teens



The teenage years are a time for exploration, self-discovery, and forming bonds with peers. To help make the most of these precious years, we've curated a diverse list of activities that promise to engage, challenge, and create memories. Whether you're a teenager seeking new experiences or a parent looking to bond with your teen and spend some quality time together, these activities will hopefully inspire you! We have a great list varying from outdoor adventures, interactive activities and also some free and low cost options thrown in too!

Outdoor Adventures: 

Aquapark - Festival Wakeboarding and Aqua Park / Lakeside Aqua Park

Kayaking - Essex Kayaking at Hadleigh Park

Outdoor Sports - Stubbers Adventure Centre, Upminster

Snowboarding - Brentwood Ski and Snowboard Centre

Wakeboarding - Festival Wakeboarding and Aqua Park

Driving Range - Top golf, Chigwell / Leigh Driving Range 

Alpaca Trekking - All things Alpaca

Paddle boarding - Essex Stand up Paddleboarding 

Roller Skating - Roller City, Rochford


Social Activities:

Minigolf - Adventure Golf, Garon's Castle Adventure, Dino Encounter Crazy Golf, Arnold Palmer, Caddies

Bowling - King Pins Bowling, CJ's Bowling, Hollywood Bowl 

Footgolf - St Cleres Golf Centre, Stanford-Le-Hope

Ping-Pong - Switch, Southend

Laser Tag - Rayleigh Megacentre Laser Tag

Tennis - Southend Leisure and Tennis 


Thrilling Adventures:

Airsoft - Hockley Airsoft 

Rock Climbing - Indierock 

Climbing wall - Rock Up Lakeside

Escape Rooms - Escape Live, Escape Southend 

Go Karting - Team Sport, Basildon/ Lakeside Karting 

Ice-skating - Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre, Romford

Theme Park - Adventure Island 

High Ropes - Go Ape Chelmsford

Zip-lining at Nuclear High Ropes, Brentwood

Trampolining - Oxygen Activity Park

Roller Skating - Roller City, Rochford

Underwater activities - Scuba Diving at Dive Odyssea

Driving - Young Driver, Lakeside

Obstacle Course - Ninja Warrior, Chelmsford


Hands on activities:

Chocolate Making - Sarah's Chocolate Kitchen 

Creative activities - Create 98

Pottery Painting - Revelation Art


Interactive activities:

Gaming - Elite Gamer, Immersive Gamebox

Interactive adventures - Spy Missions

VR - Golf in Progress

Arcades - Astro City 

Augmented Reality Darts - Boom Battle Bar Southend 


Chilled activities:

Board Games - The Board Game hut 

Cinema - ODEON Southend

Outdoor Cinema - Moonbeamers 

Pamper day - Lila's Spa 

Theatre - Cliff's Pavilion, The Palace Theatre

Miniature Railway - Epping and Ongar Railway, North Weald and District Miniature Railway 

Cafes - Find an 'instagrammable' cafe such as Wilma's Bakery from our selection of Cafes.

Yoga - Yoga 4 all kids sessions


On a budget:

Museums - We have a great selection of museums here

Geocaching - Anywhere!

Open Top bus - Southend Open top bus

Parkour - Hadleigh Park, Benfleet

Bike Riding - Hadleigh Bike Park, Just Ride Southend 

Fishing - Southend Pier and Railway

Swimming - Here are the local leisure centres in and around Southend 

Skateboarding - Leigh Skate Park, Southend Skate Park


We also have a variety of clubs and activities in our 'Children's Classes and activities' category, including local youth clubs.

We would love for our readers to share their own favourite activities or experiences with us! You can tag us in your adventures on Facebook or Instagram or contact us if you have any ideas we can add to the list.

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