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 Brentwood

Brentwood is home to some natural and beautiful wildlife and nature walk area’s as well as a top notch town centre and high street. Some of country side being in very close proximity to the town. This is why you really get the benefits of both worlds in Brentwood, you can go on nature hikes, visit farms and go to wildlife sanctuary’s but also do things like snowboarding and skiing, go around obstacle courses and have some of the most delicious food at some 5 star restaurants. They are all just down the road from each other. It really does cater for all different types of needs, you will struggle to find yourself with nothing to do. Brentwood became quite popular after the TV show “The Only Way Is Essex”, since then shops and boutiques have really been on a rise and more and more people want to visit this Essex town.


Brentwood Shopping

Brentwood has seen a huge increase in shopping in recent years, privately owned shops and boutiques have been sprouting up everywhere and they are a big hit with the locals. They don’t stock your everyday run in the mill items, they have a lot of homemade and exclusive stock that you wouldn’t find anywhere else. In the heart of the town there is a lovely shopping centre stocked with cafe’s and all sorts of different retailers for a lovely day out shopping.


Eating Out

Eating out in Brentwood is one of the toughest things you will have to do, making the decision of where to go or what kind of food to eat will have you spoilt for choice. They have restaurant upon restaurant of as many different cuisines that you could think of. But if you don’t fancy going out and want to have dinner ordered in then don’t worry, you are more than covered in the takeaway and delivery department with food ranging from pizza and kebabs to Indian or Chinese Brentwood will not fail to settle your taste buds.