Days Out: Getting Out and About with the Family for Less (and for Even Free!)

Posted on Mar 13 2019 - 9:00am by Samantha Clark

The Easter holidays will soon be with us and finding entertainment for the children for 2 weeks can be a daunting prospect. You want them to have plenty of entertainment without having to play referee all day long between siblings; you want to have fun and create lasting memories without costing the earth. It seems like a big ask but there are plenty of ways to get out and about this Spring without it breaking the bank.

We share just a few ideas.

Woodland Walks

Woodland walk

Put on your hiking boots or wellies and burn off some energy in your local woods or National Trust site. There are boundless paths just waiting to be explored, new sights to be discovered and a good woodland walk is simply rewarding for all. To help stretch out the fun, you could educate yourselves with foliage, flowers and wildlife by taking on one of the Woodland Trust’s spotter guides.

Head to the beach


If the weather is nice, head to the coast! The views on a coastal walk are sure to astound and if you’re fortunate enough to be near a sandy beach then take your bucket and spades, a ball for volleying or kicking around, and your nets in case there is a chance to go crabbing. Plus, fish and chips all round for tea!

Cheap cinema tickets

Cinema tickets

During the weekends many cinemas offer discounted prices to watch movies on the big screen; this offer is even extended to school holidays with some companies- Odeon in particular offer this. From as little as £2.50 a ticket you can enjoy some of the latest, kid friendly releases. Just search for your local cinema e.g. Odeon Kids to find out more.

Go for a bike ride


Hop on your bikes and go on a long and enjoyable bike ride, just be sure to pack plenty of drinks and snacks and stop off and enjoy the sights along the way.  For family friendly routes, Sustrans have created lots of routes depending on what you want to do.

Our cycling feature has plenty more recommendations for you, including safety advice for long trips.

Explore history

Natural History museum London

There are lots of museums and art galleries all around the country that have free admission. With any interactive exhibits for children and lots of interesting displays to read about, you can easily keep them entertained for a good few hours. Pack a lunchbox for them to enjoy at lunch and you can enjoy a lovely coffee (and 5 minutes peace) at the café. Or, if the weather is nice, head to your nearest park and have yourselves a little picnic before enjoying more sights.

And for those rainy days, we’ve also created an article for those too, cause let’s face it, we’re bound to have a few.

Do you have any suggestions on free trips to enjoy with your family?

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