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 Bournemouth

You will be spoilt for choice with things to do in Bournemouth, places to go and sights to see. Situated on the southern coasts of England, Bournemouth has some of the most picturesque sights and views to see. The place is absolutely steeped in history with beautiful looking priory's, castle's and churches scattered about, you can even visit one of the museums to sharpen up on your knowledge. There are gorgeous looking chalk rocks and cliffs that are a sight you don't want to miss. If you like to explore, enjoy long walks or going for a jog then one of Bournemouth's country parks or nature reserves will keep you amused for as long as you would like. You might even find things like ancient settlements and treetop walkways and high ropes. Being on the coast means that you can catch glimpses of the fantastic harbours and there are plenty of water sports like jet skiing, wind surfing, kite surfing and so much more. You might even find yourself boarding a hovercraft at some point. Got the kids with you? That's great, there are plenty of things to do in Bournemouth that are just perfect for children. There are great parks where they can have lots of fun for hours on end. There are aquariums, fun parks, the pier, play areas, amusements, water parks  and of course the beach! All this and so much more means that your kids will have the time of their life when you visit Bournemouth. The night life is fantastic, especially in the Summer months when its a bit warmer in the evenings and you have plenty of people down for their holidays, Bournemouth really comes to life. The town is full of pubs and bars where you can go to unwind and have a few drinks, if you're lucky you will find a pool table or darts board. The list of things to do in Bournemouth is just endless for both children and adults but don't just take our word for it. Come and see for yourself how fantastic your time will be here in Bournemouth.

Bournemouth Shopping

Just a short walk from the beach and you will find yourself in the town centre of Bournemouth where you will find an abundance of shops and boutiques that you can lose yourself in for hours. This is the perfect time to do some much needed retail therapy. The town includes such a great variety of different privately owned stores and boutiques, well known fashion brands, department stores and the usual high street shops that you would expect to find. All this means that you are going to be spoilt for choice when shopping in Bournemouth. Whether you are looking for a new outfit to wear on a night out here or maybe you want to get a gift or souvenir for a loved one to bring home, you can rest assured that you will find exactly what you're looking for. If you want to do a bit of food shopping for your stay in the area then you might want to head to one of Bournemouth's many butchers or seafood spots to get some of the freshest locally sourced ingredients that you might have ever tasted. Westover road runs parallel to the gardens and you will find many designer labels, jewellery shops and art galleries that will tickle your fancy. The Triangle is well known for its bohemian vibe and you can pick up some fancy dress and dance wear here so that you are ready for a night out. You definitely won't run out of stores to shop at when in Bournemouth.

Eating Out In Bournemouth

In Bournemouth's suburbs you will find some perfect quaint coffee shops and cafes to sit down, relax and have a nice cup of tea or coffee while you take a break from all the shopping. A lot of these cafes will offer you sandwiches, rolls, pasta and other light bites as well some naughty sweet treats like slices of cake, brownies and scones which go perfect with your hot drink. If you're looking to go out in the evening and enjoy a delicious cooked meal at one of Bournemouth's many restaurants then you are in for a treat. Bournemouth is absolutely chocked full of great places to go out and eat at, totally depending on your preferences there are pizza places, Mexican, Indian, Chinese, English, Italian, Steakhouses, Fish and Chips, Greek, French, American and so much more. You're going to have a hard time deciding where you want to go! There are fine dining restaurants if you are going to push the boat out a bit further that serve absolutely mouth watering food that you won't soon forget. Maybe you have had enough of walking around all day and just want to relax at your accommodation and order in. The variety of different takeaways that there are these days is crazy, you can have Greek food, Chinese food, Indian food, American, English and so much more. You name it, Bournemouth can probably deliver it to your door which is great because it's so convenient and saves you from going out to collect it.