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 Mersea

Mersea, being vastly popular for it’s seafood and local fishing spots has a lot more to offer than just this. With this Island being right next to Colchester and just a stone’s throw away from Clacton, Mersea has become an ever more popular tourist destination. Some stunning holiday parks have sprouted up on the island in past years which has led to more and more tourists visiting each year. There is plenty for your little ones to do on the island, lots of play area’s and parks but you can also take them to the seafront and go crabbing, maybe take a boat out or fish off of the docks. You can even spot the local fisherman from the shore getting their catch for the day, ready to be sold at the local seafood stools and restaurants.

Mersea Shopping

Sometimes it’s nice to get away with the hustle and bustle of city life and shop in a quieter environment. Although Mersea is a small island, it gives you a choice of some versatile shops. Walk through the town and discover some unusual shops, boutiques and other hidden treasures. From Hair Dressers to Clothes shops- Mersea has a little something for everyone. On our site we advertise a whole range of companies offering a whole range of services, Mersea really will have you spoilt for choice. This stunning island also offers various estate agents, travel agents and accommodation- so if you should need any advice or guidance our agencies will be happy to assist you further.

Eating Out in Mersea

As Mersea is a nautical island you would expect a variety of decent restaurants and cafes, and you’re not wrong! Offered to you are many types of cuisines all prepared to the highest standards. From seafood bar and grills to oyster bars, Mersea offers a wide range of mouth-watering places to eat a long with a vast variety of unique cafes and friendly traditional pubs too, so whether you’re taking your partner out for a special treat, off out for a family meal or just want to make a day/night out in Mersea experiencing food that’ll really tickle your taste buds- you’ve certainly come to the perfect place!

If you’re worried your children won’t be content eating out in this town, be reassured that Mersea have nice selection of pleasant places to eat which is toddler/child friendly environment- offering parks, outdoor seating areas and enticing deserts, your kiddies will be sure of satisfaction.