With summer well and truly underway it can be difficult to get out and about without spending loads of money.
There is lots to do but if you’re trying not to spend too much money you may be thinking there are no options. Never fear, here is a straightforward list of free or cheap activities to keep you occupied this summer. Whether you have children or not there’s something for you.
Have a picnic
Whether it’s a romantic picnic, a family outing or a group of friends just chilling out, a picnic is a great shout. Head to a free park with some food and drink, lay out a blanket and just relax. It’s way cheaper than heading to a bar or restaurant and if the weather’s nice it can be great fun.
Get fit outside
If the weather’s nice why not head out and exercise? Cycling, running and hiking are all free and fun exercises which will help you get in shape.
Read this article on how to get fit on a budget for more.
Host dinner – take turns?
Take turns hosting dinners among your group of friends. It’s much cheaper than going out to a restaurant and hosting and trying new things can be fun.
Board game nights
Board games are fun and it’s not sad to admit it. Try having a board game night where everyone brings their favourite game.
Free coaching sessions for the children
Looking to get the kids out of the house but cannot afford to spend a whole load of money? Boys and girls aged between 5-11 can take part in free football coaching sessions throughout the school holidays.
Run by FA Tesco Skills places are subject to availability and must be booked in advance. See Tesco Deals for more details.
Most of the big name festivals cost a pretty penny to attend. There are a large number of free festivals and events which can be just as fun.
Try the Freedom Festival in Hull which runs from September 5 – 7.
The line-up hasn’t been announced yet but previous acts have included the likes of McFly, The Saturdays and The 1975.
The world famous Notting Hill Carnival (London) Takes place on August bank holiday (Sunday – Monday 25) and features colourful costumes, music and countless offerings of Caribbean food.
For more free festivals check out: http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/deals/free-uk-festivals
Visit a museum
Many of the country’s biggest, best and most famous museums are free to enter. The two big ones are the national history museum and the science museum (both London) but there are plenty of others around the country, for example:
The National History Museum in Tring, Hertfordshire
The People’s History Museum, Manchester
Riverside Museum of Transport, Glasgow
Cheap cinema tickets
If you have kids the cost of a trip to the cinema can quickly add up. Nevertheless don’t write it off straightaway. There are a number of things you can try to get cheaper tickets. Just don’t waste the money you save on expensive food from the foyer.
If you have children the Movies for Juniors offer from Cineworld means selected films will cost adults and children £1.50 on a Saturday morning.
Similarly, Vue offers £1.75 school holiday tickets with the Kids AM offer.
It’s hardly a new thing but you’d be surprised how many people still don’t make the most of Orange Wednesday’s 2 for 1 offer. If you’re not on Orange ask around – plenty of your mates will be.