How ‘Things To Do In’ started which led on to ‘Things To Do In Essex’

We originally owned a petting zoo in Clacton between 2009 and 2015. The ‘Things to do in’ idea came about when I asked all customers who attended how they heard about it as we wanted to know which form of advertising was working the best. I found that customers had seen the board outside, previously attended the zoo, were local residents or the zoo had been recommended to customers. Over the years, the majority of customers said they had found it on the internet.

The Zoo monitored this feedback for three years! During this time we tried local radio adverts and maps around the town but neither of these options seemed to work.

At the beginning of 2014 we started asking all customers who said they have found the zoo via the internet if they could remember their search terms and to our surprise, around 90% of customers would say they typed in ‘things to do in Clacton’. We decided to investigate. When I did this for myself, I found that we were on Google and TripAdvisor under the categories of days out or children’s activities.

There wasn’t a ‘things to do in Clacton’ website so I thought it was a fantastic idea and we decided to buy the domain which then led to branching out to multiple locations across the UK. Check out our Clacton site and our progress- Click Here 

The original idea was to start out as an attraction based business however due to rapid success, Things to do in has evolved into an online business advertising directory with the main reason being they had over one hundred and thirty page one Google search terms just in Clacton alone!

Things to do in want to offer customers a one stop shop for online advertising at a very affordable rate as well as a link to their website, a purpose built microsite including a Google map and regular updates of businesses on Things to do in social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter.

Apart from having thousands of businesses on Things to do in, we also have thousands of unique visitors per week to the sites. My whole team believe it’s a win win situation!

Whats on in Essex

Big Match, Big Cause

Sunday 27th May 2018 Leyton Orient’s Errol McKellar Arranging Another Charity Match! On May the 27 at Brisbane Road will take place another charity game in aid of Prostate Cancer UK- the match isn’t just for charity but for a fun event too. Martin Ling’s Team of professional footballers from all of the London Clubs up against  Continue Reading »

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Clacton Pier Halloween Festival Month

Clacton Pier Halloween Festival Month Are you looking for something fun and great value for money for you and your family? Well look no further than Clacton Pier Halloween Night who are offering their Halloween Festival every weekend in October and all half term holiday! Offering creepy crafty workshops, ghoulish ghost stories and a exciting Halloween  Continue Reading »

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What To Do In Essex

Families, couples, urbanites and outdoors types will never be short of things to do in Essex. Whether you are visiting for a long weekend or an extended holiday, you're sure to have a splendid time. Below are just a few highlights this diverse county has to offer. If you are looking for a specific thing to see or do just jump straight into the category of your choice! Maybe your looking for a service like a plumber? We have that too just check out our services category just above.

Is it the thrill of fairground rides and theme parks that fills your family with joy? Maybe it's adrenaline fuelled sports activities? Or do you prefer time together getting closer to nature? There are loads of things to do in Essex come rain or shine. Fancy having some family fun for free? The land has 350 miles of coastline to discover! That is the longest coastline of any English county! Check out our 'Days Out' page to find some fun activities and places to go.

Days And Nights Out

If you're looking for fun family days out in Essex then you have come to the right place. This place is awash with indulgent spas, leisure centres, and of course independent beauty salons. Many of these are surrounded by the stunning scenery this place is famed for. Whether you want to spend a day at a spa, a weekend at a health retreat, or you are looking for someone who can make you feel gorgeous for your wedding – This is definitely the place to be!

If you were born to shop, then you won’t be short of places to indulge in your favourite pastimes. Chelmsford is an award-winning location for a spot of retail therapy. Full with big High Street stores and independent boutiques side by side. There are a wealth of dedicated shopping centres and retail outlets to discover too. If your family don’t fancy joining your shopping spree – you can always let them explore the inclusive leisure complexes that the retail centres have to offer so you can peruse in peace! Check out our shopping category!

Shopping

Essex is well known for their huge Shopping Centres and Markets – you name it, they have it! The variety offered to you is endless. Specialty Shops and Hidden Boutiques to Unique one off stores. Major stores and not to mention TOWIE stars own nine of their own shops among this land too! Your shopping experience here will keep you occupied and spoil you for sure, whether you’re looking for a day out with the kids, with your partner or a friend, Essex shopping won’t fail to satisfy and provide you with everything you’re looking and hoping for. There are also many Estate Agents, Accommodation and beautiful Hotels, to help your exciting visit last even longer!

About Essex

Known for it’s gorgeous countryside, stunning stretches of coast and sites of historical interest. The county is also blessed with picturesque market towns, and we mustn’t forget the many vibrant urban centres packed with pubs, clubs, restaurants and shopping! Essex is also one of the most connected counties in the UK, with easy access for many visitors via the M25. Stansted Airport and mainline train services are all in close proximity. It's literally brimming with historical artifacts, buildings and sites of interest! It is home to Colchester, the oldest recorded town in Britain. There are archaeological sites, castles and stately homes that span centuries of human activity in the area. Romans, Saxons, and Normans have all settled here, and their stories are yours to discover in plenty of fun days out. So what are you waiting for?

Eating Out Or In

While Essex may be known for its pub and club scene, it is the amazing wining and dining that really gets visitors excited. Just about every cuisine you can imagine is available throughout the county to eat in at restaurants, or to take out while staying in your holiday accommodation. If you're looking for a great place to get some amazing food then check out our 'Eating Out' category. There are endless amounts of restaurants with all different types of cuisine such as Indian food, Chinese food, Turkish food, American food etc. You name it, this place has got it!

The amazing thing about today's world is the fact that you can almost match the diversity of food in the restaurants here as the food that takeaways can deliver to your house. So many options that you can choose from and get delivered to the comfort of your own home. That's why you should choose our website to help you decide where your going to be eating out or in. Our categories are split up into sub categories to help you find your way around much easier.