Days Out For a Fiver or Less

February 8th, 2017 / Cinema / No Comments »

There are plenty of ways to enjoy a day out in the UK on a budget with just a sprinkle of imagination & pinch of planning. Follow our money saving ideas below to help you enjoy a day out for £5 or under.

1. FREE UK Visitor Attractions

There are plenty of fantastic visitor attractions around the UK that actually offer FREE entry! These can provide some very different experiences, (how about travelling 140 metres underground or trying life in a police cell), that will entertain the children. Look out for additional special events running during the school holiday too!

Check out some of our firm favourites over at Top UK Free Visitor Attractions.


Free Entry to National Coal Mining Museum

Free Entry to National Coal Mining Museum


2. FREE Annual Pass Upgrades

Many visitor attractions offer FREE return visits during the year but did you know only about 20% of eligible visitors actually return? Why not dig out those FREE annual pass upgrades and plan your return visit for some easy savings. Always worth looking out for any secondary offers too such as discounts in the cafe/gift shop or cheap tickets for family & friends.

More details available at Free Annual Pass Upgrades.

3. Family Movies from £2pp

Pick up adult & child tickets to mid morning movies from just £2pp during the holidays. This is a great way to enjoy a visit to the cinema on a budget and whilst movies listed are not the latest releases, they do offer some popular choices.

More details available at Our Guide To Mid Morning Movies; Top Tips.

4. Football Coaching Sessions

Children can pick up football coaching sessions throughout England with the FA Skills during the school holidays. These programmes are open to boys & girls age 5-11 years and run during each school holiday with the exception of Christmas. Sessions can be free of charge or capped at a small charge so worth double checking before you book. Due to high demand, children can sign up for one holiday session per day during each school holiday.

More information available at FA Football Skill Sessions.

5. FREE Cinema Previews

Sign up with a cinema preview site that offers you the chance to pick up FREE movie screenings ahead of public release dates. If you can be flexible with your dates, this can be a great way to enjoy a free trip to the cinema or even your local theatre.

More details available at Free Cinema Preview Tickets.


Cheap Tickets to the Movies

Cheap Tickets to the Movies


6. FREE Halfords Bike Workshops for Children

Halfords run some great FREE bike workshops for children during select school holidays. This is a great way to learn a few simple bike maintenance skills and keep the children busy too. Sessions can get booked up quickly so check whether your local Halfords is running a workshop during the summer break.

More details available at Halfords Free Bike Workshops.

7. Apply For A Blue Peter Badge

Did you know that valid Blue Peter badgeholders can pick up FREE entry to over 170 UK visitor attractions throughout the year. Badgeholders must be age 6-15 years and be accompanied by a full paying adult. With a range of badges to apply for, there’s bound to be one that suits your child.

More details available at Blue Peter Badge Free Attraction Offer.

8. National Trust; 50 Things List

Check out this great list of activities children should accomplish during childhood including activities such as building a den, playing conkers or damming a stream. You can download a check list and enjoy ticking them off with the family with plenty of ideas that won’t cost you a fortune.

More information available at National Trust; 50 things to do.


Nationa Trust settings people having a break

National Trust Free Child Membership Offer, (photo; Phil Loach)


9. Loyalty Card Deals

A great way to gain ‘free’ or discounted entry to top visitor attractions is by using loyalty club points & vouchers. If used effectively loyalty rewards can offer substantial savings off a day out so worth rummaging around your purse to see which schemes you’ve already signed up for. A firm favourite for us has to be the Tesco clubcard loyalty scheme with a range of visitor attractions offering great deals.

10. Thinktank Science Garden; FREE Entry

Birmingham’s Thinktank Science Garden is a popular interactive outdoor area that includes a giant human-sized hamster wheel, a fantastic outdoor water play area plus monumntal puzzles to solve. Whilst the Science Garden is included within the Thinktank’s entrance ticket, from 3pm each day they open their doors free of charge to the public.

More information available at Birmingham Thinktank Science Garden.

11. Budget London

Why not take in some of the best views over London without spending a penny, straddle the Meridian Line for FREE or enjoy free entertainment around London! With some forward planning, it is possible to enjoy a trip to London on a budget when you know how it’s down.

Follow our Money Saving Ideas for London.


big ben selfie in London

London Big Ben, (photo; Phil Loach)


12. In My Backyard

Sometimes we can all forget what we have around us & just a little re-packaging can make an old haunt new & exciting for the kids.

Skate Parks; they’ve been sprouting up everywhere over the past few years & children love to watch even if they don’t feel up to taking part.

Fly a Kite; the old ideas can be the best & a great way to spend quality time with the kids.

Libraries; look out for classes & workshops, (usually free), running in the school holidays.

Cycle Paths; Local authorities have worked hard to improve the cycle paths over the past few years so why not dust off those bikes and take the kids for a jaunt.

13. Cheap Come Back Deals

A number of visitor attractions offer inducements to encourage a second day at an attraction that can be worth considering such as return tickets to Warwick Castle that can be as low as £1pp when booking online.  Alternatively take advantage of FREE return visits to Leeds Castle when you purchase a standard day ticket.  Check out your local visitor attraction to see what come back offer they are running this season.

You can find more ideas to enjoy days on a budget over on our Top Membership Offers that includes free child entry!

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