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!

What’s on in Felixstowe

What’s on in Felixstowe

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Things To Do In Felixstowe

Whether you are in Felixstowe for a holiday, business venture or maybe you even live here, there are some great places to visit and some fantastic things to do. It doesn't matter if you have the whole family with you or if you are just visiting on your own, you will definitely find something to keep yourself entertained. Felixstowe isn't the largest or busiest seaside destination but it does have some absolutely amazing views and sights to see. You can take a walk along the seafront either with your feet in the sand or up higher where you can view the wonderfully kept gardens. If you carry on then you will come to The Felixstowe Pier which has entertainment for people of all ages and somewhere to take a little break and get something to eat. The whole family can get involved in fun things to do in Felixstowe such as the crazy golf course. Make the most of having the sand and sea on your doorstep on those warm days. You can rent a boat out or get some inflatables and a BBQ on the beach for a great day out.

In the Summer months you will see Felixstowe come alive with lots of visitors coming down to visit. The streets will be busier than ever and you can catch parades and shows that come through the streets. There are plenty of places where you can get a good nights rest. There are hotels, bed and breakfasts and more available nearby. Make sure you book in advance in the Summer though because they can become full very quickly. There are a variety of different pubs and venues where you can enjoy some of Felixstowe's nightlife. They all have fully stocked bars and music keeping you alive throughout the night.

Shopping In Felixstowe

Although Felixstowe isn't the most shopping efficient town, you still have the main strip with a good selection of different stores. You have all of your main branded stores but you also have a lot of privately owned businesses that don't sell just the usual things that you would expect so keep your eye out for any hidden treasures. If retail therapy is your thing then you are going to have a blast. Even if you can't find what you are looking for, Ipswich town is just a short journey away which has a much larger selection shops. However you won't get the views and the sea breeze that Felixstowe has to offer. While you are looking around, don't forget to keep fuelled up. Take a break in one of the lovely little cafe's available, you can rest your legs and get a delicious lunch at the same time. On certain days, you can find markets open like the Farmer's Market where you can get a variety of different products.

Eating Out In Felixstowe

If you're sticking around for a while then you are going to want to find the tastiest places to get your eat on. Well you are going to be spoilt for choice when you are in the area. There's an abundance of restaurants, diners, takeaways and cafes that go above and beyond for their diners. It doesn't matter whether you are going out to eat or staying in for the night, the selection is amazing. You can get cuisines of all kinds delivered straight to your doorstep. Flavours from around the world in your fingertips, how fantastic is that! There is Thai Food, Indian Food, Chinese Food, Italian, Turkish & Mediterranean, English Food and so much more! Even if your kids are restless, why not visit one of the many family friendly pubs? They have play areas that will keep the kids busy after they have eaten their food for a while. It's up to you.