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 Cardiff

Cardiff is the capital city of Wales. Within the city, there is an assortment of different fun, unique attractions and things to do when you visit. There's top class entertainment to be seen and wide variety of shopping to be done - all within walking distance from one another. If you are visiting Cardiff for the first time then you are going to be absolutely spoilt for choice for where to start. There's innovative architecture that is among some very historic buildings which can be very pleasing to that type of person. If you're looking for things to do in Cardiff then you might want to start at Cardiff Bay. This is Europe's largest waterfront development. Here you can find restaurants, bars, hotels, attractions plus so much more! You can even catch a tour which will give you a much better overview of the area. If you're here to see the history of Cardiff then there are many historic landmarks both in the city and just outside. You can get around the city by foot or you can rent bikes for the day.

Got the family with you? Cardiff is home to plenty of amusements and fun things to do with the kids. There's an indoor golf centre, white water rafting, the national museum, an indoor climbing centre and the list just keeps on going. There is so many things to do in Cardiff with your family, you can take them sightseeing and visit all of the big attractions. If you want some more information then why not take a visit to the tourist information point where they will help you find your way around. You can check out our Kids Fun, Leisure, Entertainment and Days Out categories to find some fun things to do in Cardiff too.

Cardiff Shopping

If you are somewhat of a shop-a-holic then you are going to be excited when you see what shopping you can do in Cardiff. It's actually a fact that Cardiff is in the top ten of shopping destinations is Britain. With 1.4 million square feet of popular branded stores and privately owned shops and boutiques. Cardiff is a shoppers paradise in many ways. There are markets, high streets and amazing shopping centres that are completely up to date with the 21st century. You've got all of the big names such as Apple Store, Primark, Hollister, Monsoon, Marks & Spencer's and loads more! If you can name it then Cardiff probably has it.

Check out Cardiff market to get fantastic deals from the area. You can find butcher's, fishmongers, sweet shops, bakers and a whole array of different stores and shops. All closed under one glass roof which has been around since the 1700's. Our shops category can help when deciding where to go for some fantastic shopping. There's always somewhere to have a rest and grab a bite to eat before you head back out too.

Eating Out In Cardiff

Where do we start? Living in the 21st century means that its very easy to get all different kinds of cuisines. You can even order it straight to your front door within minutes. Which for all you food lovers out there is fantastic. Cardiff has so much to offer when it comes to eating out and dining at home. If you are looking to go out for a nice cooked meal then you are going to have a hard time deciding where to go. Our Eating Out category might be able to help you make this decision. You can even find takeaways a deliveries there too. No matter whether you are looking for Indian food, Chinese food, Turkish cuisine, Italian, Carveries, Buffets, Cardiff has it all. There's restaurants that will have play areas if you've got the family with you so the kids won't get bored. Things To Do In Cardiff is your key to finding them all.