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13 August 2013

7 Low Cost Activities for Summer Family Fun

A few weeks in to the summer holidays and no doubt our pockets are a little lighter as the pennies are being spent to entertain the little people in our lives! But panic not, as there are so many free (or virtually) activities that will keep you busy without breaking the bank - not every day has to be expensive!

Den building, bug hunting and tree climbing are just a few things you can do at your local forest. With the option to stay overnight with camping and forest breaks now available, you can extend your day out even further.
Check out the Forestry Commission website for more details - with prices starting at £7.70 per night you can book a mini adventure! (There is also the chance to win a break with the Guardian).

Over the past few years we have joined in with the summer reading challenges where you gain stickers, a certificate and medal for your achievements (reading 6 books over the 6 weeks). The scheme is running again this year so check out some books and gain your rewards when you return them. It's a super way to encourage reading too!

The usual price of a ticket, food and drink may cost a small fortune but this is a great time to take advantage of the early bird morning and weekend deals. With tickets from just £1 you have a bargain trip out and if you take some snacks in too it kills a few hours without denting your purse.

Water parks
You may have been to your local park a million times by now so try to venture a little further afield and look for new places to visit, especially ones with water play. Pack a picnic and towels and make the most of the sunshine in your swimwear, splashing about as the water jets cool you down. 

Free swimming
Our local gym has several open days over the summer offering free entertainment and sports to children and this even includes free swimming. Check your local one for more details and to book your places today. 
We have already enjoyed inflatable play at ours this summer!

Many churches offer some great free craft groups which allow your little ones to get creative and it saves your carpet from glitter and sequins galore in the process! Some also have the option to leave your children for a few mornings giving you the perfect opportunity to take a well deserved sit down.

This is treasure hunting on a larger scale where you seek out containers or 'caches' using GPS. It's a great way to explore your local area and to get active. We have downloaded an app to find ones nearby but you can have a look on the geocaching website for more details too.

What would you recommend as a cheap or free day out?



  1. LOVE Geocaching, we recently started (about 2 months ago!) Already found all the local ones, lol. We are going to venture further'a'field....
    Fab post xx

  2. Thanks for sharing! Just what us mums need! I must admit my kids have cost me a small fortune already this summer - and it has been mostly on cold drinks and ice creams when we have been out and about!

  3. great ideas- we go to our nearby beach in any weather!


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