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.

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!

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Things To Do In Southend

Welcome to Southend-on-Sea, a university seaside town and unitary authority on the mouth of the Thames estuary. Comprising a borough of some 180,000 residents. Bordering Rochford to the north, Castle Point to the west and the North Sea to the East. You can take a relaxing stroll down the beach, find some fun things to do with the kids or just enjoy some delicious food with some great views.

Always on the verge of City Status as one of the town's two MPs, David Amess. Who regularly petitions parliament for the privilege keeps telling us, it attracts over 6 million tourists a year generating estimated revenues of some £200m.

Tourists just looking for a great beach to relax on ... or to walk the longest pleasure pier in the world at 1.34 miles (the less fit can avail themselves of the pier train) … explore 7 miles of beaches from Shoeburyness to Leigh … or visit the museum and many notable sights of architectural and historic interest including the burial site of one of the Anglo-Saxon Kings of Essex. Not to mention the renowned Golden Mile of arcades, attractions and illuminations. There's no way you won't find some fun things to do in Southend. The largest free airshow in Europe has, alas, been conspicuous by its absence in recent years but will, many believe, return one day soon.

What To Do In Southend

Over the years the town has also become known for its excellent shopping facilities, assortment of bars, clubs and restaurants. If you're looking for a place that will always offer you something exciting to do then Southend is perfect for you. Whether you are here for a while or just stopping through on the weekend, you will find some fantastic things to do on your own and with your family. Have a browse around our website and see what fun things to do in Southend you can find.

Restaurants In Southend

If like us, you like good food then Southend has some fantastic restaurants, cafes, takeaways and bistros to excite your taste buds. From the best Fish 'N' Chips in Essex to fine Ala Carte dinning. This tasty town has something for all occasions and tastes. Feeling tired from a long day out or just fancy eating in the comfort of your own home? Don't forget that the area is populated with many takeaways and deliveries. You can order your food and have it arrive on your doorstep in no time at all. All the different flavours of the world at your fingertips. There's so many cuisines that you are going to have a hard time deciding. Choose from Italian food, Chinese dishes, Indian food and so much more!

Shopping In Southend

When you are bored of sunning yourself on the lovely beach why not wonder up to the town center and treat yourself. There are hundreds of shops, boutiques and stores on offer.

If you like all of your shops in one place then why not try the Victoria Shopping Center. It's located at the top of the high street. Formerly known as the Victoria Circus Shopping center. This modern undercover center is home to over 40 shops and stores. Once you have spent a few hours shopping at the Victoria why not take a quick walk to the Royals. You will find another 40 shops, bars and restaurants.

Apart from all the great shops and restaurants Southend is also home to some great services. From gardeners, car repairs estate agents, schools, hotels and much more. If you want to suggest a business for the Things To Do In Southend website let us know and we will take a look for you.