Half Term Things To Do

2 months ago Tue 13th Feb 2024

Keep the kids happy this half-term with a fun day out for the whole family. Travel across Essex and Suffolk with Hedingham and Chambers for affordable, friendly, and greener transport to all of the exciting activities in the area.


Head to The Colchester Natural History Museum on Monday and Tuesday, where a mobile zoo is popping up to introduce you to some friendly creatures - perfect to bring the kids along!

On Wednesday, Colchester Mercury Theatre is hosting the Pop Divas live, with sing alongs, choreo, and costume changes to get the little ones excited. From Taylor Swift to Olivia Rodrigo, all of the favourite pop princesses will be brought to life by the talented performers.

A highlight of the town, Colchester Zoo makes a fantastic day out for the family. The huge park has a play area, animal feeding experiences, and an exciting array of exotic animals from the adorable Sun Bears to the majestic elephants.

Wander around the city centre for all of the retail therapy you could want to satisfy your shopping needs. The city is also home to several escape rooms, if you’re in the mood to crack some codes and piece together puzzles, Escape Colchester and Doomsday Escape rooms have you covered.

Recently being officially declared a city, making it Britain’s first city, there’s plenty of interesting places for History enthusiasts to explore. Whether that’s taking a stroll of the Castle grounds, or embarking on a guided tour to be transported back in time to Roman Colchester.

Get there for just £2 a single or a Seasiders Family Day ticket for £11.90*

Colchester Castle in the daytime

Download the Hedingham and Chambers app

Bury St Edmunds 

On Wednesday 21st February, be awe-struck by The Amazing Bubble Man. Be wowed by the science of bubbles by this Edinburgh Fringe Festival favourite. Hosted by The Apex in Bury St. Edmunds, this show takes place at 2pm.

Abbey Gardens is a gem in the heart of the market town, and makes for a great no-spend activity! Meander around the beautiful rose garden, lively aviary, sensory garden, historic ruins, and grab a bite from the cafe if you’re feeling peckish. 

If the weather isn’t looking too bright, you can always take advantage of Cineworld and see an exciting new release, like the thrilling Marvel film Madame Web or animated romp Migration. Don’t forget the popcorn!

Plan your journey!


If you enjoy a bit of live theatre, the emotionally charged ‘Rent’ is hitting the stage at West Cliff Theatre, with a Matinee at 2:30pm on Saturday 24th February. Get your tickets now to avoid disappointment!

One of the highlights of Clacton, head to the pier for rides, bowling, golf, arcades and the observation wheel. For any budding palaeontologists, the Jurassic Pier gives children the chance to get up close to dinosaurs and experience a 4D cinematic encounter.

You can of course spend hours in the arcades and walking up and down the coastline too, and have a classic English Seaside day out with Fish and Chips and a Whippy.

Head out as a Family for the Day for just £7.00*

Clacton pier on a clear day

Learn More about the Clacton Rocks Zone


A little gem in the heart of the Suffolk countryside, Lavenham is lined with timber-framed buildings and the infamous Godric’s Hollow from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  Filmed inside the Lavenham Guildhall, this is where Lord Voldemort left the infamous lighting scar on Harry’s head.
Lavenham has provided a backdrop for many other films and is a fascinating place to visit, being one of Britain’s best preserved mediaeval villages.

Plan your journey for Half Term 

*Any 2 adults and 3 children or 1 adult and 4 children can travel together on a family ticket