Fun Family Days Out for the Summer Holidays

When it comes to taking the kids out for a day of fun, the only way to make sure it goes to plan and stays as cheap as possible is to prepare well. It is a good idea to start planning now, so head to the school website or social media channels to check when they finish school for the holidays and get your planner ready!

A Day at Your Local Zoo

Most children love a day out at the zoo and if you have a good one near you then it can also be a valuable educational experience whilst they are out of school. From getting to meet your child’s favourite animals, to finding out more about their natural habitat and history, there is plenty of fun to be had at the zoo.

Nature Trails

If you are trying to keep costs down and get some fresh air then nature trails can be great fun. If you want to try and encourage the kids to spend more time outdoors and do a bit more exercise then a walking nature trail is the perfect day out. Do some research and find some really interesting trails and take a picnic along to make a full day of it. You can get kids into the habit of walking and hopefully help to shape their style of lifestyle for the future, in a world that involves so much sitting and being inactive.

Bike Rides

Another day infused with exercise could be a bike ride for all of the family. If you are worried about safety then head to a place where there are some good cycle tracks so there is no danger of cars or other risks. There are plenty of great routes that are away from roads so you and your family can pedal in safety – along the coast, through parks and plenty of other exciting places.


Whilst some museums can seem stuffy and boring, there are plenty that have invested a lot of money in making museums more relevant and enjoyable for the younger generations. Have a look at some exhibitions that are coming up at your local museum or take the train into the city and see which museums are more child-orientated. Museums can also be a great way to encourage your child’s natural curiosity and foster a love of learning – something which can be particularly useful for helping children with autism or learning difficulties develop their interests outside the classroom.

The National Football Museum in Manchester is a great example of an exciting, free museum for sports-mad children. Also, it is approximately 100 metres from the train station so is very easy to get to if you have a direct train link to Manchester. The Museum of Science and Industry is another great place to visit if you are able to get to the area.

Theatre/Local Shows

A trip to the theatre is a lovely way to spend the day as a family and if you do not want to spend a lot of money on theatre tickets then take a look at shows that are taking place in venues nearby. There are loads of great amateur dramatic groups that put on fun shows throughout the school holidays and you do not have to sit so far away from the stage that you cannot see what is happening!

Edinburgh Festival

If you are looking for a fun UK holiday or you can easily get to Edinburgh for a day, the Edinburgh Festival is an amazing place to visit during the school holidays. You can find somewhere to camp to avoid paying for accommodation and much of the entertainment is completely free. As well as music acts, comedy shows and food stalls, you can visit Edinburgh Castle whilst you are in Scotland’s magnificent capital.

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