I know that the school summer holidays can feel like a very long time indeed, and keeping the children entertained for weeks at a time is no mean feat! Not everybody has the opportunity to take a holiday abroad during the summer, but there are plenty of great days out right here in the UK, some of which will cost almost nothing to do.
It is quite difficult for some families to find the time to spend together most of the year, with parents working and children in school. It is a good idea to get out of the house when the opportunity arises and spend some quality time together as a family. With so many things to do, it is not going to be difficult to find something that everybody enjoys.
Ideas for days out
Kids love theme parks, though I know this is not going to be the family’s cheapest option. Places such as Alton Towers, Gulliver’s World and Legoland can be expensive, but everyone is sure to have fun while they are there. There are theme parks located up and down the country, so it is not even necessary to travel too far if this is the type of day out that the kids want. Harry Potter fanatics will love the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, and as there are three separate sections to explore, it really is an unmissable day out.
Museums and art galleries are often a good choice for kids that are a bit older. These are generally free to get into, although most will suggest that a donation is made. London, for example, is home to the British Museum and the Natural History Museum, but there is always the option of exploring a few local museums too – perfect for those days when we do not want to travel too far.
Getting out and about into the countryside is also a good option, and this is also another low cost day out. Take a picnic along and explore places such as the Peak District, the Yorkshire Moors, the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia. If you are unfamiliar with these places, call in at a nearby visitors’ centre for maps and advice, and stick to well-worn trails.
The seaside day out is a truly British tradition and it would be a shame to let this die out. Nobody lives too far away from a good beach, so why not pack a picnic, buckets and spades and swimsuits and make the most of those days when the temperatures rival those on the continent? Enjoy fresh fish and chips, and explore shops and amusement arcades in places such as Blackpool, Llandudno, Scarborough and Great Yarmouth.
Why opt for days out?
Not everybody has the funds for a week or fortnight’s holiday but I am just one of many adults that have memories from their childhood of their own family days out, and the summer holidays are a great time to recreate this with the next generation. As children get older, the opportunity to take days out like this reduces as they spend more time out of the house with their friends. Making the most of the school holidays while they are younger means that the whole family will have memories of their childhood that will last forever.