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Family Days Out on a Budget


1- Visit the beach


Whether you are looking for a family-friendly beach with all the facilities, a world-class surf spot or a beach to yourself, you can find it all right here in the UK. Grab your buckets and spades, pack a picnic and have a great family day out on one of the many fantastic beaches that surround our island.

2 – Explore the Woods


There are so many places where you can visit the woodland in the UK. Kids have a great time den building, climbing trees, playing Poohsticks and swinging on Tarzan swings. Discover beautiful waterfalls and hideaway picnic spots and cafes.

3 – Go Geocaching


The objective of Geocaching is to discover hidden treasure whilst enjoying the outdoors. Geocaching is so simple to get started, doesn’t have to cost you a penny and adds fun and adventure to any walk out. Our children loved it, especially as you near the treasure and have to solve the clues in order to pinpoint it. People walk past these hidden objects every day completely oblivious that they are right there beside them.

4 – Visit a Museum


There are a wealth of fantastic museums located throughout the UK covering many different subjects. With lots of museums offering free entry or entry in exchange for a small donation, you and your family can have both a fun and educational day out.

5 – Go Stargazing


Looking up at the great canopy of space is a powerful experience, which everyone can enjoy. The UK has some of the largest areas of dark sky in Europe, you can find dark skies near where you live. Grab your coats and find a cosy spot to lie down. Stargazing is a magical way to bring science alive and to experience the beauty of our natural world.

6 – Skimming Stones


A calm sea, lake, pond or canal are the ideal location for skimming stones. It makes for great competitive fun with your family and friends, all you need is a nice flat stone that fits nicely in your hand, just be careful not to hit any people around you.

7 – See the World from Above


Climb a hill or a mountain and see the world from a whole different perspective. If your children don’t have the energy to climb all the way to the top, then many locations offer parking partway up the hill and some offer alternate methods of transport such as funicular railways, which can also add to the excitement of the adventure.

8 – Play in a Stream


Kids just love water, so find a family-friendly spot where the kids can play safely and you can enjoy a picnic for lunch. On a warm day, it’s great fun getting into a stream and trying to block it, just collect twigs, branches, stones and rocks to stop the flow of water. Pick up some fishing nets and see what you can catch, just don’t forget to take a towel.

9 – Visit an Outdoor Pool or Lido


Outdoor pools and Lido’s are dotted all over the country. Some are free to visit and others that offer extra facilities may charge an entry fee.
Child friendly splash zones are also popping up right across the UK, find them in parks, on promenades and even on some local high streets.

For further details, see our listing of the UK’s Best Outdoor pools and lido’s.

10 – Go Crabbing


One of the best family activities we did last year was taking the kids crabbing. With the right bait and a decent crab net, it was fairly straightforward to catch the crabs and the kids found it so rewarding. We found the best bait to be a pack of ham, breaking it up into small pieces and dropping it into the crab nets.

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