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How to Have Fun This Summer Holiday Without Spending a Fortune

The Summer holidays for kids means fun and no school for 6 weeks. For parents however it can mean expensive trips out to keep them entertained and it can be hard to think of lots of things to do. The top attractions can be far too expensive and aside from your local freebies/cheap days out such as parks, museums and farms it really can be difficult to come up with other ideas.

I have put together a list of fun things that should be available to most people depending on where they live and how far you can travel. Some great ways to go to some of the best attractions for a lot less.

Top tips:

Search for any local events such as family fun days, charity events, festivals and so on.

Always search for discount codes/vouchers/coupons before going somewhere.

Check out the social media pages for the places you are going to see the latest special offers and to find out about events.

Keep an eye out for flyers, magazines, news papers which are posted through your letter box or handed to you on the street and always have a check to see if there are any vouchers/discounts in there. Also packaging on food will sometimes have discounts for attractions such as cereals.

If you have been saving up your Tesco Clubcard points then now is the time to use them!!

You can grab vouchers for meals out, days out, cinema tickets, rail cards all for very little in clubcard vouchers! A railcard is normally £30 for the year however if you have £15 in clubcard points then you can grab yourself a years Railcard, which will then save you up to 1/3 off train tickets!

Sign up for a 2 month trial to Sun + for only £1 to have access to their perks. They have deals/discounts on eating out, take kids free to top UK attractions, free cinema tickets and more. Make sure to cancel your subscription within the 2 months to avoid being charged the monthly £7.99 subscription fee.

Grab a 12 month family savings pass on Groupon for only £19 saving families up to 57% on over 300 attractions which also includes Haven holidays!

Always check the big deals sites such as Groupon, Wowcher, Living Social

Download O2 priority moments app if you are with o2 and make sure to check for deals and freebies on there. Lots of discounts on meals out!

Check restaurant websites for membership discount cards. For example Jamie’s Italian (link below) has a Gold members card which gets you various different freebies from £10 off your meal to a free dessert and so on. So make sure to sign up to the all the different free memberships available.

Eating out/takeaway

2 months FREE hi-life diners card  for savings on eating out (just make sure to cancel the subscription within that time so you don’t get charged)

30 day FREE tastecard trial for more great savings on eating out

Jamie’s Italian Gold members card gets you freebies and money off your meal

Gusto dining club member gives you discount off your meal. Contact your local restaurant to become a member

Bella Italia spin to win different freebies/ discounts such as 25% off the bill or free desserts.

Dominos 50% off £25 code – WHISPER1

25% off food at Pizza Express

Things to do

Young person driving experience (from 11 years) only £15.95 for half an hour RRP £34.95 (multiple locations)

Alton towers – Groupon has deals on entry and digital photo bundles

Legoland – Groupon has deals on entry and digital photo bundles

Light water valley – Groupon has a deal on entry with 25% off normal price

Thorpe Park – Groupon has deals on entry and digital photo bundles

Free Dora and friends sing a long event at various Smyths Toy Stores on selected dates

Free bike workshop for 7-11 year olds at Halfords stores

B&Q run free DIY workshops for adults and for kids

Odeon cinema is running Odeon Kids screenings all summer, with tickets priced at around £2.50. Check the website for showings.

Kids AM for £1.99 at your local Vue Cinema

Heritage England and Historic Scotland have hundreds of remarkable sites to visit free of charge

Free holiday football coaching in England

Free tennis coaching on offer throughout the UK

Camping at National Parks – from £3 to £20 per night and camping barns from £7 per night

£10 for a paintballing and lunch for 10

Segway rally experience (multiple locations) up to 46% off!!

Kids football party for up to 10 children including 90 mins of football and skills time plus party food and ice cream only £65 (multiple locations) – could be a great cheap day if each parent chipped in making it only £6.50 each!

Sign up to to be emailed each time there are free cinema tickets up for grabs! They go quick so make sure to grab them as soon as they are available!

Family Treasure Hunt (various locations) only £9 RRP £17.9

Know of any fantastic days out that are great value for money or any deals that you think should be mentioned?? Comment below and let us all know!

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