Cheap and Free Family Days Out

Fun activities on a budget. Images shows a bucket and spade, flip flops and shells

With the majority of UK schools now closed for at least 6 weeks, it can be hard to think of fun activities to fill all of the new-found free time, especially when you’re on a budget.

Don’t worry though, we’ve compiled a list of fun activities and outings that won’t break the bank and will keep your children entertained all summer long!

Low cost outings

Fun activities on a budget. Images shows children playing on swing

The UK boasts a multitude of beaches, museums, botanic gardens and parks which can offer a free or low cost day out.

Magical things to do in Scotland, England and Wales

From the Loch Ness Monster to Sherwood Forest, this list covers unique spots in the UK which are the source for some of Britain’s best myths and legends – why not see if there are any near you?

Local days out

Just enter your postcode for a list of fun, nearby activities, ranging from farms and forests to climbing walls and indoor play areas.

Free museums and art galleries

Select your region to see all of the free museums near you, complete with a handy list of opening times.

Local parks

Sometimes you can’t beat a good day out at the park, especially when the sun is shining. The government website has a helpful tool which shows all local parks in England and Wales. Just remember to pack a picnic and you’re all set!

Fairy Walks

Encourage your little ones to explore the great outdoors by taking them on one of these enchanting fairy walks where they can spot miniature doorways and hiding places.

Free sports

Fun activities on a budget. Image shows child playing tennis

Why not encourage your children to try their hand at a new sport this summer? Check out the links below for free lessons.


FA Lidl Skills are offering free football lessons to children aged 5-11 throughout England.


Tennis For Free is a charity that offers tennis training in various UK parks for children and adults alike.


Swim Safe are offering free courses on how to swim safely outdoors for children aged 7-14 in a variety of indoor and outdoor pools throughout the UK.

Make sure you let us know if you try any of these activities on our connectEd twitter account!

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