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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Hemel Hempstead

Hemel Hempstead is a large new town in Hertfordshire in the East of England, 24 miles (39 km) northwest of London and part of the Greater London Urban Area. The population according to the 2001 Census was 81,143, but now is estimated at around 90,000 by Hertfordshire County Council.

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Things to do in Hemel Hempstead

Hemel Hempstead in Essex has plenty of things to do to keep boredom at bay for you and your family. On our things to do in Hemel Hempstead site you will see a wide choice of restaurants, takeaways, hotels, shops and many other places to visit in the Hemel Hempstead area. So whether you are looking for places to have some fun, somewhere to eat, somewhere to stay or even somewhere to shop we have you covered. If you are coming into Hemel Hempstead then why not check out our events diary to keep up to date with what’s on in the local area.

Restaraunts in Hemel Hempstead

If you like to eat out then the small Essex town of Hemel Hempstead is the perfect place to tantalize your taste buds. Although the town is small it has some truly great places to eat! Venture a few miles outside of Hemel Hempstead and will find some real hidden jems that serve some fantastic food!

Shopping in Hemel Hempstead

Sometimes its nice to get away with the hustle and bustle of city life, Hemel Hempstead, although small has a choice of some fantastic countryside shopping. Walk down the cobbled streets and discover some unusual shops, boutiques and other hidden treasures. From Hair Dressers, to Clothes shops, Food shops, gift shops Hemel Hempstead really has it all.

Hemel Hempstead in Essex has several fantastic places to visit that are perfect for all age groups and types of people. On our site we feature attractions that are fun for the whole family as well as educational activities. This little town is full of great places to visit, so get exploring and let us know what you think of the fantastic companies on our website by leaving a review to give the next Hemel Hempstead visitor an idea about the place you visited.

The site also is full of helpful tips and advice should you want to find a estate agent, travel agent, hotel and much more. If you would like your business to appear on the things to do in Hemel Hempstead site then feel free to give us a call or drop us an email.