They say the best things in life are free and you certainly don’t have to break the bank to have a great time this bank holiday weekend. Here’s the pick of our ideas.
Visit a museum or gallery
Some of the most famous London museums and galleries are free to visit including The British Museum, The Natural History Museum, the Imperial War Museums and the National Gallery.
But did you know that your local museum is probably free to visit too? A visit to a museum can make a great day out for all the family. At the free The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester you can explore a Victorian sewer, complete with smells! Or especially for the little ones, at the free Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery is a special hands on mini museum for under 7s.
Pack up a picnic
You don’t need any fancy equipment for a picnic and it’s a lot cheaper than a pub lunch. Take a walk in the countryside and choose your picnic spot somewhere along the way, or perhaps your local park or nature reserve will do the trick. If the weather is changeable take your raincoat and wellies and picnic in the car.
A game of frisbee or rounders in the park with a group of friends costs nothing. Or perhaps a leisurely bike ride takes your fancy. For football fans there’s a variety of activities at the UEFA Champions Festival which takes place in London’s Hyde Park from 21st to 28th May. The festival promises something for the whole family and is free to visit. If you’d rather watch than play, then Crayford Dogs in Dartford is offering free admission on Friday 27th May. Doors open at 6.15pm.
Enjoy a fete
Usually free or with a nominal entry charge, village fetes are a British institution and make a great day out. On 28th May many villages up and down the country are holding their annual festivities. In Dorset the Alton Pancras village fete is on promises bric-a-brac, dog show, teas, books, children’s games and live music. In Gloucestershire the Stroud Grand Village Fete will have a beer tent, fun fair, dog and dance displays and crafts. In Bedfordshire Westoning village fete includes bowling for a pig and a barbecue.
Cinema for kids
Just in case the weather’s not sunny, check your local cinema to see if they run cheap family screenings at the weekend. Vue’s Kids AM club costs just 95p per adult or child, Cineworld’s Movies for Juniors is £1 per person, and Odeon Kids Club offers one free adult ticket per paying child.