Affordable UK Days Out

February 12, 2013Mandi Morrison
I have very few memories of being inside when I was a child. My days were spent playing on the farm and travelling around the country to make the most of what the UK had to offer. Yet I can’t help thinking that nowadays children’s memories will be of films they watched and games they played, never leaving the living room, except to seek out food. As time goes on will square-eyes be an attractive feature? Despite the sometimes-gloomy weather, the UK is a beautiful country and has a great deal to offer, whatever your budget might be. So, turn off the TV, gather up everyone’s phone and invest in mobile phone recycling and get outside!

The National Trust is one of the UK’s proudest attractions and with locations based around the country you won’t have to travel far. It has the added benefit of being an educational trip, so children can get fresh air in their lungs and fresh thoughts in their minds. For those on a tight budget many of the National Trust properties have sections that have free entry or are free for children. They are the perfect combination of history, gift shops, cafes and countryside.

During the summer a great day out can be found cycling around the canal pathways. Pack up a picnic and pump up the tyres and set off on your adventures. There are several different canal networks in the country and it is worthwhile investing in a bicycle rack for the car and driving to the closest one for the day. This is a great day out for individuals, couples, friends and families. A picnic is, of course, essential, as is a repair kit. Other than these items this is a free day out that is both exhilarating and interesting.

It would be a shame to miss out on one of the most well-known and favoured attractions in the UK. Merlin Entertainments have many different attractions around the country that children absolutely adore. Some of these are more expensive than others, but if you keep your eyes open you can often find buy-one-get-one-free vouchers attached to household products like washing powder, or in magazines. Some of these attractions are better known that others, such as Thorpe Park and Alton Towers, but don’t forget Warwick Castle, Legoland and Madame Tussauds.

The key to finding affordable days out is to look in your local area and then move further afield as you cover more ground. In the majority of cases a good day or evening out can be found in your local museum or library. They often have workshops and exhibitions that are either free to attend or have a very small charge. They vary throughout the month so there is a steady stream of different events to choose from.

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