Fun things to do in spring (that don't cost a fortune)

Spring is very nearly here and warmer weather and longer days are coming with it. After the long months of winter – not to mention covid worries – it’s good to start thinking about getting out and about again.

But where can you go, and what can you do without spending a fortune? We have some suggestions…

Save on the big attractions

The big attractions are musts for any family, but they don’t come cheap.

Fortunately, savvy use of vouchers can mean big savings for family days out. Breakfast favourites Kellogg’s are running their "Grown ups go free" offer right now on their cereal boxes which runs for nearly all theme parks across the UK.

No need to collect dozens of boxes - just find the code inside promotional packs and use it to book online. Alternatively cut the voucher from the side of the pack and present it at the gate of the attraction you choose on the day you wish to visit – but remember, entry on the day of visit is not guaranteed. There are tight controls on numbers these days!

Attractions to choose from include:

  • Drayton Manor
  • Alton Towers
  • Blackpool Pleasure Beach
  • Legoland
  • Chessington World of Adventures
  • Sea Life
  • Thorpe Park
  • Warwick Castle
  • Madame Tussauds
  • The London Eye

And there are many others!

Beware the costs of food and drink in most attractions. Avoid big costs with a packed lunch for all.

On your bike

Cycling is fun, healthy and free, if you already have a bike each. But while it may seem like you’ll all have to have your own bikes to enjoy a family bike ride you don’t.

You can hire bikes for a day if you can’t borrow them, which makes family wheel days easier as your little ones can quickly outgrow their bikes.

In many cities you can hire bikes from Santander for just £2 for the day. No need to book – just find a docking station and hop on!

Want to try something a little different if your kids are a little older? Electric scooters are popping up all over the UK. Some need an app on your phone – others let you turn up to the docking station and go!

Discover a museum

The UK is not only rich in history – it is rich in museums too. Many museums have rides and interactive exhibits that will excite even the most reluctant young visitor – and best of all, many of the large museums are free.

The British Museum has events year round ranging from excellent free gallery tours, that are led by volunteers, to more in-depth explorations of cultural and historic subjects.

Lovers of fashion and design will adore the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A). Discover its beautiful galleries and retrace the history of creativity through fashion, furniture, sculpture, photography, jewellery and more.

Budding engineers and scientists should point their compass towards South Kensington’s Science Museum, or the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester.

Those keen to know more about the wonders of the natural world may want to check out The Natural History Museum.

Its fair to say, whatever you and your kids re interested in, there will be a museum to keep you all fascinated. You can find a list of covering the country here.

Again, don’t forget the sandwiches if you want to keep costs down.

Go free

Finally, remember, a family fun day doesn’t have to burn a hole in your pocket.

It can simply be a day you share an activity together. A walk in the country or even your local park looking for all the signs of spring you can spot can be fun and free if you take a picnic!

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