Have a Great Summer Break, For Less

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School’s out for summer, and while that’s very exciting for the kids, as a parent you might be worrying about the added cost involved in keeping active children entertained for six long weeks.

Worry not, there are loads of ways to have fun on a budget this summer – you’ve just got to keep your eyes and ears open for free and cheap activities near you. Look out for:

Parks and Playgrounds

The ultimate free afternoon out can be had in your local park or playground, but why not mix it

up this summer and explore the parks in neighboring towns and villages?

Family Fun Days

Look out for family fun days being advertised. These may be organised by the local council or children’s centre/youth centre, or another organisation, and can often include free activities and workshops.

Leisure Centres

If you have a local leisure centre pick up a summer holidays activity programme. Many will be running different sports and swimming sessions for kids through the summer, all for just a few pounds – or even free!


You’re likely to want to do at least one or two big days out this summer, to a theme park perhaps or a zoo or farm park. Look out for holiday voucher entry offers on cereal packets, in newspapers and online, to treat your brood for less.

Cheap Cinema Deals

Many cinemas offer ‘kids club’ showings – at Odeon, for example, kids’ club showings are on all through the holidays and cost just a pound or two (depending on your location).They won’t be the latest releases, but, at less than the price of a rental, if your kids haven’t seen the film in question then what does it matter?


If you don’t live by the coast, keep your eyes open for city beaches. These are springing up everywhere, and are usually set up on a central square or in a city park. Don’t forget the bucket and spade!

There are lots of ways to have fun without bankrupting yourself this summer holidays. And for the ultimate free family fun, why not enter the Cushelle competition to win a family holiday to Butlins? You never know, your luck could be in!

Guest post by Kira

One thought on “Have a Great Summer Break, For Less”

  1. We definitely visited a lot of different parks in our county! My grandsons had a blast and I loved that it was free entertainment!

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