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 a town in the Borough of Brentwood, Essex, which encompasses the surrounding smaller suburbs and villages, some 20 miles from central London within in the London commuter belt. As of 2017, the population of the town is estimated to be 54,885 and there are whole host of places to go and Things To Do In Brentwood.

It is served by a number of bus services, many being operated by First Essex. The other main public transport providers include Ensignbus, Arriva, Shires & Essex and Stagecoach. London Bus route 498 links Romford with Brentwood and operates daily. The A12 road bypasses the town to the north and the M25 motorway is located 1.2 miles to the south-west of the town.

Brentwood railway station is located to the south of the town centre and is served by TfL Rail stopping services between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield. This line will be integrated with Crossrail becoming one of the two eastern branches of the Elizabeth Line. Also within the borough of Brentwood are Ingatestone and Shenfield stations (with fast services to Liverpool Street) and West Horndon (with services between London Fenchurch Street and Shoeburyness). The nearest London Underground stations are outside of Brentwood, at Newbury Park (Central Line) and Upminster (District line).

It is a suburban town with a small but expanding shopping area and high street. Beyond this are residential developments surrounded by open countryside and woodland and some of this countryside lies within only a few hundred yards of the town centre. In fact, the town is increasingly suburban but, nevertheless, does have a very rural feel with trees, fields and open spaces all around. Shenfield Common is also less than one mile from town centre shops.

Brentwood's high street has also been subject to major redevelopment works costing between £3 million and £7 million. This included the demolition of the Sir Charles Napier pub to build an additional lane to improve traffic flow at the west end of the high street and re-laying the pavements and road surface in the high street itself. 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 or the town's two sports centres, snowboarding and skiing centre and then enjoy the most delicious food at some 5 star restaurants . all just down the road from each other. Brentwood really does cater for all different types of needs and you will struggle to find yourself with nothing to do not least, after the popularity engendered by the TV show "The Only Way Is Essex", enjoying certain shops and boutiques that have been on the rise ever since.

Indeed, more and more people want to visit this Essex town which has stood at a busy crossroads of the old Roman road between London and Colchester and the Pilgrim's Way over the Thames to Canterbury providing for visitors down the centuries.

It's as popular as ever and other town's might have a right to be a bit jel - according to TOWIE!

Shopping In Brentwood

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 In Brentwood

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.