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Money-Saving Midlands: 13 FREE days out in the East Midlands

Penny Alexander

10 January 2018

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Whether you’re on a budget or looking to expand your family days out this year, I’ve picked 13 days out in the East Midlands that are surprisingly free to enter. Giving you one less excuse to not enjoy a family day out, make some quality time with the ones you love and plan your visit now!

Leicestershire

  1. Bradgate Park, Leicester

    What’s on offer? Ancient oak trees over 500 years old, the oldest rocks in England, the River Lin, picnic spots, deer, woodland; it all sounds like one big invitation to adventure to us!

    Bradgate Park stream in autumn

  2. Charnwood Museum, Leicestershire

    What’s on Offer? Dig through the layers of history and find out why archaeologists like old rubbish, peep under rocks, in cracks and crevices to find the hidden creatures or zoom-in on a centipede's head with the video microscope.

    Exterior photo of Charnwood Museum in Leicestershire

    Nottinghamshire

  3. Green’s Windmill and Science Centre, Nottingham

    What’s on offer? Get hands-on in the Science museum, climb up inside the windmill and take home some flour to bake with. The perfect mix for an inspiring day out.

    The windmill with blue skies overhead at Greens Windmill and Science Centre

  4. Wollaton Park, Nottingham

    What’s on offer?  Always a failsafe whatever the weather. Let off steam in the deer park, adventure playground, lake and woodland. If it rains, take in the incredible collection of stuffed animals in the hall, everything from birds to a gorilla.

    An exterior photo of Wollaton Hall and Park

  5. Stonebridge City Farm, Nottingham

    What’s on offer? We love this little community farm right in the city. It’s always fun to wander around, the cafe is very reasonable and the farm provides work and community for adults with special needs. Donations welcome.

    Two kids feeding a goat at Stonebridge City Farm

    Lincolnshire

  6. Donna Nook Nature Reserve, Louth

    What’s on offer? Grey Seals. The best time to see them is during November and December when they give birth to their pups near the sand dunes, an amazing wildlife spectacle, but they can also be spotted at sea or on distant sandbanks throughout the year.

    Blue skies and clouds over Donna Nook Nature Reserve

  7. North Lincolnshire Museum, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire

    What’s on offer? The interactive Go Wild section allows kids to get hands-on with fossils, birds and animals. The People's War exhibit has convincing war time sound effects, not for the nervous though.

    Exterior photo of the North Lincolnshire Museum

    Rutland

  8. Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Rutland

    What’s on offer? 1,000 acres, with 14.5km of shoreline, and a variety of habitats to explore, such as lagoons and extensive muddy banks. Bring your wellies!

    A kid and his dad looking into the water at Rutland Water Nature Reserve

    Derbyshire

  9. Elvaston Castle, Elvaston

    What’s on offer? Elvaston was the first county park in England, there are formal gardens to explore, or acres of woodlands, parkland and a lake to run around.

    A family walk towards Elvaston Castle in the snow

  10. Markeaton Park, Derby

    What’s on offer?  A huge free play area, lots of space to let off steam. In the summer months bring your costumes and a picnic to make use of the free paddling pool, which is open from May to September.

    The sign at the entrance to Markeaton Park

  11. Pavilion Gardens and Buxton Museum, Buxton

    What’s on offer? Buxton is the UK’s highest market town and it is fascinating to explore: taste the water from the Buxton spring, stroll in the indoor and outdoor gardens, my kids love the park and I have fond memories of visiting book and antique fairs at the Pavillion as a child.

    The new Buxton Museum ‘Wonders of the Peak' gallery will take you and the kids on a journey through time, from the Big Bang to the Victorian era.

    A family looking into the pond at Buxton Pavilion Gardens

    Northamptonshire

  12. Fineshade Wood, Corby

    What’s on offer? One of the largest woodlands in Northamptonshire, Fineshade is an oasis of seclusion and wildlife, watch red kites soar above or look out for deer. There are lots of trails for walkers and cyclists as well as a play area and visitor centre.

    A boy on the rope tunnel at Fineshade Wood

  13. Stanwick Lakes, Stanwick

    What’s on offer? The kind of fun that sounds like it should have a price tag! Water play with a small stream and water wheels, a large sand play area, climbing tower and giant slide. Pack a towel! For colder days there is a nautical-themed indoor play area.

    Looking across the lake at dusk at Stanwick Lakes

 Have you got any recommendations for great FREE days out? Let us know in a comment below, or discover other exciting days in the East Midlands the whole family will love!

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Penny Alexander

10 January 2018

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Penny Alexander is a multi-award winning travel blogger and writer, passionate about UK travel and loves to help families find their perfect escape. Penny is one of our much loved Trusted Explorers, which means all content has been written exclusively for dayoutwiththekids.co.uk in exchange for a contribution to their family piggy bank. All posts are first hand, honest and based on real experiences.

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