We can't really bank on the Great British weather to be kind to us this half term, so if the sun's not shining there's still loads of fun to be had in Southend. 


If by chance the sun is shining (or it's at least not raining) then a day out at Adventure Island is sure to put a smile on the kids faces. With loads of great rides, sideshow games and places to eat, not to mention a fun-filled miniature golf course, there's something for the whole family to enjoy. 

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When the bad weather descends (and it will) the fun doesn't stop at Adventure Inside, a fantastic indoor centre with rides, arcade games and a huge soft play area it's a great way to spend the day (and stay dry). 

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If you fancy braving the cold, then why not take the kids on a bracing walk down the longest pleasure pier in the world? It's sure to tire them out and you can stop by Salt Cafe at the end for a hot drink and hop on the train back. 

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Just because it's half term, it doesn't mean the kids have to stop learning. Why not take them on a history day and explore Southend's past at Southchurch Hall. Best bit? Entry is free!  

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Carry on your day of exploring Southend's history at Prittlewell Priory, and find out about the monks that used to live there as well as the abundance of wildlife that surrounds this historic building.  

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Last stop on your history day should definitely be the Central Museum and Planetarium. It's chocked full of fascinating displays, documenting some key moments in Southend's history. Plus there's some great events at the Planetarium, check them out below. 

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If you fancy giving the kids (or yourself) a sweet treat, then there's plenty of places to try in Southend. From amazing waffles at Creams, sundaes at Tomassi's or some hot fresh doughnuts from one of the seafront kiosks.  

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