Things To Do On A Budget During The Summer Holidays

family sitting on a bridge

The summer holidays are halfway through…the adults can see an end in sight! The school holidays may be fun for the kids, but hard on the bank of mom and dad. Which is why we’re here to help with our list of things to do on a budget during the summer holidays!

Let’s get into it!

a family picnic

Pack A Picnic

With the warm weather, it’s nice to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and the buzz of nature around you. Jazz up the kid’s afternoon lunches, pack a picnic, and discover your new favourite outdoor spot!

Whether you organise a themed picnic (like Italian, a specific colour or your kid’s favourite foods) or simply make their normal lunches but to be eaten outside!

We have some pretty cool inspirational picnics which could change your lunch game!

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family at a festival

Fiesta At A Festival

The iconic Notting Hill Carnival is just around the corner – which is free to experience! Jive to the music, enjoy the beat of the drums and end the holidays with this fun summer festivity that will certainly make a mark on your child’s summer memories.

Did you know it’s the world’s BIGGEST street festival? It’s the perfect free London event to head to.

Shape Location

Notting Hill

Opening Times

27th - 28th August

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family at a beach

Head To The Beach

Surprisingly, not all of the UK’s beaches are brown waters and rocky shores… We do have our fair share of idyllic sandy beaches and blue waters!

Head down to the southwest and experience the sunny and warm days in Cornwall or even Devon! Their beaches are iconic as they are beautiful.

Everyone loves a beach day. Whether you build sandcastles or a moat in the sand or fly a kite and play frisbee! Get the cooler boxes and fill them up with juice boxes, sandwiches and snacks – it’s time to head to the beach!

If you have furry friends that also deserve a day out, there’s plenty of beaches around the UK for them too!

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girl drawing with chalk

Garden Creativity

If you have pavement slabs in your garden, why not encourage your kids to get a little creative with sidewalk chalk?

It’ll keep the kids busy for a couple of hours as they let their imaginations run wild! From drawing pictures in all sorts of colours to fun activities like hopscotch and more!

Then if it rains, the chalk will wash away leaving it looking like brand new! Plus, it encourages the kids to leave their iPads inside and get some well-needed fresh air!

girl at splash park

Make A Splash at a Splash Pad

Is the day a little hot? Kids getting a bit angsty and stuck inside because they can’t cool down? Well…the best solution is heading to a splash pad near you!

Best of all…they’re really cheap or even FREE! It’s the perfect place to cool down this summer. PLUS, they have water features, water jets and slides to have fun on. Its one of many super cheap activities you can enjoy this summer.

Splash pads and splash parks will keep you cool, but amp up their summer fun!

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family hiking on a sunny day

Embark On A Hiking Adventure

Got some energy to burn? There’s no better way to explore the country than a good ol’ hike!

Grab your walking boots, sunscreen, and caps and discover a whole new world – outside! Whether you hike along the coastline, up mountains or down the rolling hills. There’s plenty to discover in the UK. You don’t even have to stay local, travel out and explore somewhere new. From Cheddar Gorge and Malvern Hills to the Lake District and Snowdonia National Park!

Get those 10,000 steps in, and feel the fresh air blow your hair and the rush of endorphin flow through you. It’s the school summer holidays, after all, the time for making memories with family days out!

Make this adventure one of them.

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man stargazing

Sit Back and Stargaze

You don’t necessarily have to enjoy hours of fun during the day… You can also experience nighttime activities with stargazing!

There are plenty of places and dark sky discovery sites in the UK – it’s about time we check them out!

From the Peak District national park where you can take in stunning panoramic views to Brecon Beacons, where the sky will twinkle with thousands of stars. Take in the world above you, and you might even spot a shooting star!

It’s a brilliant idea for kids to learn about the constellations in the northern hemisphere too. Did you know there are different constellations in the northern and southern hemispheres? That’s a fact you can teach your kids!

Bring some blankets, hot drinks and wrap up warm in case it’s cold!

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family at the cinema

Catch a Cinema Flick

If you sign up to our family membership, you can take advantage of our cinema deals and discounts! From cheaper child tickets to cinema bundles including snacks!

You can even be in the chance of winning FREE cinema tickets each month!

Whether you book a Odeon kids movie night or looking for some cheap scares and thrills. Cinema nights create everlasting memories.

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national trust site

Visit A National Trust Site

If you happen to have a National Trust membership, you HAVE to take full advantage of it. Because you can make a trip and explore any National Trust site for FREE!

Whether you reenact an iconic scene at a castle, discover a trickle or a gush of an ethereal waterfall or navigate your way through a yew maze!

National Trust has a plethora of beautiful and enchanting locations to visit. You could road trip to one every week! During the summer, many of them have all kinds of family activities going on. From themed workshops and scavenger hunts to family fun activities for kids and more!

It’s a brilliant and active way to enjoy the six-week summer holidays before term time creeps up on them.

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craft workshop

Attend A Crafty Workshop

Did you know that Hobbycraft holds creative workshops all year round? Workshops are perfect activities and fun ideas for kids to get in touch with their creativity!

From sunflower crochet bags to clay bead rainbow making! If they love colours, then there’s a tie dye class kit that can be sent home to try, as well as kids summer clay creatures and windchime making!

You can book workshops to attend or book ones where they send the creative kits home!

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kids playing with lego

Build A LEGO Project

If you can’t quite justify spending money on a LEGO set, no worries. Those who live in Sheffield (or fancy travelling there), can head to Builders Brew Cafe for a LEGO day out.

There are hundreds of sets to choose from, and you can pick one to build for only £3.00! You’ll need to book in advance and can only build one set at a time (we don’t want any brick mixing!).

It’s a fun-tastic activity to keep the kids busy and you can have a munch too!

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2-3 East Parade,
South Yorkshire,
S1 2ET


£3.00 per table

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sunflower farm in the setting sun

Visit A Sunflower Farm

August is the ideal time to bask in the gloriousness that is sunflowers! Their bright and happy flower heads will bring joy to anyone! Leisurely walk among acres of flowers and even pick your own to take home with you!

Capture picture-perfect moments this summer with the backdrop of sun-shining flowers and maybe even the setting sun!

Some maze attractions have their own sunflower patches! So, you can enjoy two activities at once! Like the Great Worcestershire Maze Maize!

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So, we hope we’ve sprinkled some summer inspiration for things to do on a budget during the summer holidays! Not every activity has to break the bank, so enjoy these for less and keep your bank happy a bit longer!

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