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Free days out during the summer months

Written by Heather Maude // Posted on // Found in HomeLife, TravelLife

With summer around the corner and the six weeks holiday fast approaching, we’ve put together a list of days out which you can enjoy as they are all free!

Whether you are a couple of have little ones to keep entertained, we have everything covered.

For families
Learn history on the go

Get the family learning with a trip to the hundreds of museums and art galleries around the UK which are free to visit.

With many providing activities throughout the holidays, museums are a fantastic way to spend the day with little ones. Must-sees include the Science Museum, National Art Gallery and The British Museum in London, while there’s plenty in your local area too.

In addition, if you are already an English Heritage member, you can get free entry to attractions for up to six children (up to 18 years and within the family group) accompanied by an adult. See English Heritage for the full details.

Get active with the family (including the dog!)

Under 14’s can take part in weekly timed 2K runs in parks all over the UK on Sunday mornings – which is completely free! Children are also welcome to the weekly timed 5K runs on Saturday mornings with adults (which is usually busier). Not only is this a great way to keep little one’s active on the weekend, but the whole family can run together – even dogs and prams are welcome, too.

For more information on your local Parkrun, take look at their website here.

Take part in a real-life treasure hunt

If you’ve got a GPS device or smartphone, try geocaching for a great way to put a smile on kids’ faces. It’s a fantastic way to explore your local surroundings and beyond whilst having fun searching for goodies.

All you need to do is sign up for a free membership on the Geo-coaching website, then enter your postcode to find geocaches near you and away you go!

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Stay a little closer to home

If you don’t fancy venturing too far from home then head down to your local park. Perfect for picnics, bike rides, sports and great for dogs too. Take a look here to find award-winning parks near you. Want to have a micro-adventure on your doorstep, we’ve got some suggestions for that too.

For couples

Grab the bucket and spade
Sand between your toes, fish and chips and a 99p ice cream – nothing screams a British summer day out then a day at the beach.  Whether you are looking for a family-friendly beach with all the facilities, a world-class surf spot, dog-friendly or a beach to yourself, there is one to suit your needs.

The best thing about going to the beach – it’s free, just don’t forget your sun cream!
Dust off your walking boots
Why not go for a walk and take your four-legged friend with you? With plenty of walking routes up and down the UK – it’s a great opportunity to discover the great countryside nearby. We guarantee you will see some surprises on the way such as Roman ruins and even some perfect beauty spots for a romantic champagne picnic.

To find routes in your area – check out Ramblers.org.uk for paths close to you.
Sightseeing doesn’t necessarily mean you need to spend a penny, we bet your local city (or neighbouring town) has hidden areas or fascinating history you didn’t even know about.

From landmarks, sculptures, historic buildings and attractions and with many city’s now offering walking/sightseeing tours – it’s time to get exploring.
Be part of audience
Instead of sitting in front of the TV why not be a part of the audience? A few TV companies offer free tickets to fill seats up and get the audience to laugh, shout and clap on queue.

  • Firms which offer free TV show tickets include:
  • Applause Store is one of the largest free ticket providers. Shows on its books include Q.I, X Factor and Never Mind The Buzzcocks.
  • TV Recordings offers tickets for shows like Russell Howard’s Good News.
  • SRO Audiences is another biggie – expect to find tickets for shows like The Graham Norton Show, Live at the Apollo, and The Voice.
  • Lost in TV covers shows like The Cube, Ninja Warrior UK and Derren Brown


Written by Heather Maude // Posted on // Found in HomeLife, TravelLife

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