Cheap Family Days Out This Summer

There is no doubt that the cost-of-living crisis is casting its shadow over the school summer holidays. We sell Dinosaur toys and are not a travel expert but have some ideas to help you and your kids have a cheap family day out.

We specialise in dinosaur toys and don’t claim to be travel experts but we work with some fabulous places for days out and so we’ve put together a list of places we think will give you and your family a fabulous, and affordable, day out.

Nationwide venues

The Woodland Trust has details of woods across the UK, and also great ideas for family fun in their woodland

Find A Wood - Visiting Woods - Woodland Trust

Also Forestry England have Gruffalo themed orienteering Gruffalo | Forestry England

How about Climbing Walls?
They may not be free but for value for money a climbing day out is a great day out for older kids

UK Climbing Wall Finder

If Wimbledon has inspired you then there are places where you can play tennis for free.

Welcome to Tennis For Free - Tennis For Free

Museums are free!

If your only memories of museums are routed in school trips I promise that they are loads of fun, and free to go in.
Most towns have local museums or if you are in cities there will be a lot of choice. – Largest Guide To Museums in UK.

Art Trails

Various free events around the country - check the website for your nearest - trails range from Elmer to Highland Coos and Bear Hunts to OxTrail  Events | Wild in Art

Stately Homes, Castles and Monuments

National Trust

There is usually a parking charge but grounds are huge, normally free and many have great play areas.

Best days out ideas in the UK | National Trust

And castles too

Map of Castles in Britain | Britain Visitor - Travel Guide To Britain (

And of course, English Heritage
English Heritage Home Page | English Heritage (

Other tops tips

Join the Extreme Couponing Facebook group for top tips for discounts Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group | Facebook

Also Tesco Clubcard Days out vouchers Days out Vouchers | Days out Discounts | Tesco Clubcard

Always take your own food! Nothing pushes the cost of a day up more than having to buy food and drink so take snacks and water with you.

Check your local newspaper. They will be running features and ads for local events all over the summer so a great place to find local places to visit.


Here are our ideas for cheaper or even free days out around the country.

Midlands – Markeaton Park in Derby is huge, popular and free, although parking will be up to £5.50 for the day Markeaton Park | Parks | In Derby

Balloon Festival in Shropshire, 17th/18th August, free or a £2 voluntary charity donation – Oswestry Balloon Carnival 2024

Birmingham has all sorts of facilities and events in its parks - Parks | Birmingham City Council


Little Wormwood Scrubs | Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (

Toffee Park Adventure Playground • Islington Play Association

Play facility for all in Stockwell - Oasisplay

Kew Gardens have £1 entry for anyone using Universal Credit Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew | Kew

An urban oasis with water, a tree house and an Elmer Trail – Elephant Park



Bristol - The Vench - Lockleaze Adventure Playground | Facebook

Hastings - Hastings Old Town Carnival Week - August

 Cornwall - visit a farm for free - though you may want to buy some delicious ice cream whilst there - Roskillys Farm

Bristol Balloon Festival in August - free to enter, though you have to book and pay for parking - Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2024



Big Swing in Bradford The Big Swing Adventure Playground | Facebook

The 7 stories museum in Newcastle upon Tyne is all about stories for kids and it’s free to enter Seven Stories | The National Centre for Children's Books

Clifton Park Rotherham Clifton Park, Rotherham

After the summer holidays is the St Anne’s Kite festival –



Perfect, and huge park for all - Beecraigs Country Park - West Lothian Council

You will be spoiled for choice with the Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserves and Visitor Centres - Scottish Wildlife Trust

Hairy Highland Coo Trail, Perth & Kinross - Hairy Highland Coo Trail



Junk playground - Plas Madoc, Wrexham - The Land, Adventure Playground | Kid Friendly Near Me

What kids doesn’t like owls?

Margam Park is beautiful and huge – Margam Country Park

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