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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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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About Ipswich

Sitting in the heart of East Anglia, surrounded by iconic landscapes, Ipswich is an easy to reach destination for days out, short breaks and longer holidays - and it’s easy to get to! Ipswich is easily accessible by road from both the A12 and A14, and has excellent rail links from London and Norwich. Or, if you are the sailing sort, you can get to Ipswich along the River Orwell, and moor up in the prestigious town-centre marina! In the town centre you will find plenty of things to do in Ipswich and places to eat.

Things To Do In Ipswich

Visitors and residents alike are never short of things to do in Ipswich. It has a wide variety of attractions for all ages, including sites of historical interest, outdoor sports, and indoor leisure activities. Below are just some of the highlights you’ll find in this historical town. If you are looking for a specific thing to do, just jump straight to the category of your choice! There are drinking holes a-plenty in Ipswich! It is a town well known for traditional pubs serving craft ales, where historical architecture adds to the ale-soaked atmosphere. There are also lots of contemporary bars and clubs in town where you can drink the night away. If you enjoy a spot of entertainment with your beverage, you’ll be pleased to know that there are several music venues and theatres with engaging events calendars. Outdoor markets, vintage fairs, indoor shopping centres, and a diverse range of shops on the High Street combine to make Ipswich an amazing place to go shopping. There is a history of arts and crafts in the area, so expect to see local makers and bespoke boutiques alongside the usual High Street stores. Ipswich offers an array of activities for kids all through the year at leisure centres and in the many local parks. The town’s pubs and restaurants are generally family friendly, and you will find a good deal of dedicated family-friendly places to dine both in the town centre and on the outskirts.This historical market town is nestled in the heart of Constable Country, guaranteeing visitors beautiful vistas. There are nearby Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty such as Dedham Vale, and the River Orwell offers visitors many places to take in scenic views of the estuary. There are also wildlife and natural history centres, excellent places to explore on a fun day out. Watersports, skiing, hiking, golf, go-karting and yachting are all on the outdoor sports agenda in Ipswich. If spectating rather than partaking is how you have your fun, why not visit the local football stadium for some sporting action instead!

Places To Eat In Ipswich

After you've had your day of fun things to do in Ipswich you might find yourself looking for somewhere to eat. Whether you're in the town or you've already made it back to your home or accommodation Ipswich has bundles and bundles of great places to eat out and just as many places to order in. No matter what it is that your pallet is craving, we're sure that you will find here in Ipswich. The restaurants consist of so much variety that you will be absolutely spoilt for choice! There are Indian Restaurants, Chinese Restaurants, Turkish Restaurants, American Diners, Thai Restaurant, Mediterranean Restaurants and so many more! The great thing about technology these days is that you can have this much variety of food all at your fingertips with websites and apps that you can order the food straight to your door. Whether you want a Chinese takeaway, an Indian takeaway or just fish and chips, Ipswich has it all. Check out our 'Eating Out' category to find some tasty places to eat - Click Here