Cheaper Family Days Out

Family Days Out for Less

It can be difficult to tear the kids away from their games consoles, but whatever the weather and whatever their age, there are hundreds of fantastic days out for families in the UK – many of which are completely free of charge.

Many of the UK’s best attractions can be found on your doorstep. It is estimated that 20 million people live within an hour’s drive of a National Park – the Peak District is thought to be the second most-visited national park in the world. Fresh air, great walks and stunning scenery can be enjoyed by all the family and bringing along a tasty picnic can add to the sense of fun.

Have a cheap family day out at the beachWhen the sun is shining, head for the beach – Britain has over 8,000 miles of beautiful coastline and young children are often at their happiest when building sandcastles and paddling in the sea. Search out Blue Flag beaches which have been judged to have the highest quality of water, safety, facilities, environmental education and overall management.

Online websites such as feature a round-up of the latest free days out for families, including savings at theme parks, zoos, theatres and cinemas. Sign up to their free newsletter to make sure that you take advantage of the latest deals.

Cheap ideas for family days out Look on your council website for other attractions near you – some museums, stately homes and parks offer free entry to local residents and some councils provide free leisure passes which give further discounts.

When only a day of thrills and spills will do, look out for 2-for-1 deals at theme parks such as Alton Towers and Drayton Manor Park or go online to book your tickets in advance. Families can also save significant amounts of money by taking their own food and drinks, as onsite catering outlets are usually busy and extremely pricey. Note that some theme parks won’t allow you to bring your own food, so make sure you fill the kids up with a hearty breakfast before you arrive.

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