The Easter holidays typically means spending extra money going out and entertaining your brood and family but it needn’t be a costly affair. You don’t have to go far to have fun and there are plently of fantastic value for money places to visit in the UK, especially if you are a little cash strapped, which, let’s face it, most of us are these days. With a little forward planning, you can have Easter all booked up with loads of options right here on the doorstep that will keep both you and the kids happy for the next week. Shoppersbase are all about saving money and pointing you in the right direction for great deals and here we have some super suggestions for days out over the Easter break, that won’t break the bank.
Pick a City – Any City!
If you have children of a certain age, that is of schooling age over say eight and upwards, why not try taking them on a city break that has some history attached to it that you all can explore? Do your research before and make it into a fun exploration trip, with well known landmarks crossed on a map, or book an open top city tour bus, see if they have any canal trips and give your kids scrap books to fill in as they go. The one with the most information in their book at the end of the day wins their choice of take out. And you’ll all be learning all sorts of interesting facts about the UK’s history.
Go to London to see the Queen!
Well she might not be there but there are so many Diamond Jubilee events being planned, you’re sure to stumble across some, if you Google before you go. Or, why not do an Olympic Games sight seeing trip and go to the athletes village? Or check out the stadiums where the games will be taking place? Make it a sporting themed event or visit well known London attractions such as Madame Tussauds where they have just this week displayed the new models of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge – our very own Will and Kate!
Escape to the Countryside
Don’t fancy the hustle and bustle of the city? Make up a hamper or a packed lunch full of goodies and off you go towards the peace and quiet of the countryside. Depending on where you live, check out where is roughly around an hours drive away from you (you want it to seem like you’ve gone somewhere!) and head off into the rural outdoors. Beautiful places to visit could be the Cotswolds, chock full of gorgeous little villages like Broadway and Bourton on the Water (see picture below), or chance a day out in the Lake District if your kids love reading and make the day a reading experience for them. Discover Beatrix Potter or Wordsworth and where they were created or written.
Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside!
If you decide to go away to the seaside for a couple of days, or over the Easter weekend, don’t book into some fancy hotel that will cost you a bomb, check out the B&B’s that are much cheaper and loads more fun! You could get a great late deal as well and if you are travelling by train, make sure that you book online in advance to save on booking fees. If your kids are of that age where they love surfing, a few days in Cornwall, Devon or Northumberland will be ideal and they’ll come home all windswept and interesting! If they are younger, a more traditional seaside resort such as Brighton, Worthing, Blackpool or Lyme Regis (for the shells!) may be more appropriate. And even with snow predicted at the weekend, you can’t beat eating fish and chips by the sea then playing in the amusement arcades afterwards.
Sing the Theme Park tune…
For a lot of children, the best part of Easter is a visit to a theme park, such as Thorpe Park or Alton Towers. To get a good deal before you go, always prebook online and try to get a few of you going at the same time, to save on petrol and to be able to buy a larger family ticket, which will save you heaps of money.And if you go to Moneysupermarket they have a voucher section where you can get discount off admissions to such theme parks as 30% off admissions to Lightwater Valley in North Yorkshire, two for one on entry at Drayton Manor Theme Park in Staffordshire, and £10 off an unlimited ride wristband for a family of four at M&D’s theme park in Scotland.
Did you know that many football clubs actually offer tours around their stadium? If you have a football mad son or daughter, or if your whole family are passionate about a certain team, why not plan a day centred around your favourite club? You can have a good old butchers around the players’ dressing rooms and you can actually stand on your team’s home turf – priceless. Well, not exactly priceless but Chelsea are offering 20% off the price of a stadium tour at their grounds and if you visit MoneySupermarket’s voucher channel you can get 20% off the price of tickets for a behind the scenes tour of Anfield.
Muse away the time at a Museum
If you do not want to travel too far away from home, you could always see if your local museum is planning a special event over Easter. Many museums hold educational day activities for this seasonal time of year especially for children and you’ll find that a lot have free entry so do some research beforehand and see what’s on offer. Up North, for example, the Manchester Museum is running an Easter Museum Allotment where children are encouraged get involved in gardening by designing plant pots and planting sunflowers, something they can do once they get home as well. And at the Museum of London you’ll find special storytelling sessions just for kids, workshops that bring animals to life through animation and animal hunts in the galleries. And if you do happen upon a museum that is charging an entry fee, remember, there are a few ways to avoid paying full price. Our favourite money saving website – Moneysupermarket currently has discounts on the entry to Science Museum Imax Cinema in London, the London Motor Museum and The National Maritime Museum.