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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Enjoy Harwich

Harwich  is a town in Essex, England and one of the Haven ports, located on the coast with the North Sea to the east. It is in the Tendring district. Nearby places include Felixstowe to the northeast, Ipswich to the northwest, Colchester to the southwest and Clacton-on-Sea to the south. It is the northernmost coastal  Continue Reading »

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Things to do in Harwich

Known for its busy ferry port and maritime history Harwich is a fantastic place to visit and has plenty to see and do all year round.  Whilst you’re in Harwich why not pop to see the Harwich Mayflower project This UK & US charity is building a replica of the Mayflower ship and aiming to get Harwich back at the heart of the Pilgrims story. Other exciting things to do in Harwich include the Electric Palace Cinema, Redoubt Fort and the Maritime Museum

Restaurants in Harwich

Enjoy delicious home cooked food in one of the many bistros and restaurants around Harwich. Harwich is home to many different cuisines from classic Fish 'N' Chips, Indian, Chinese, British and French.  No matter what your taste preference Harwich has something tasty for everyone.

Shopping in Harwich

Once you have eaten at one of the stunning restaurants in Harwich why not burn some calories by looking around some of the areas shops and boutiques.  Harwich has shopping centres located in Old Harwich and Dovercourt with many bargains on offer. Harwich offers everything a keen shooper could ask for, from famous brands to quaint little boutiques.