Free Things To Do During The Summer Holidays
The summer half-term has arrived in England. While older students will find this period as a time for intensive last-minute revision, parents find it as a time to search for something to do. For parents of younger children, the half-term is a ‘things to-do’ period that is associated with ‘money to spend’ because the majority of popular attractions will come at a price. In fact, most of these places increase their rates during the half-term and that’s before children begin asking for snacks or souvenirs.
Of course, it is possible to avoid the £60 for Legoland or £52.80 for CBeebies Land by merely heading to the cinema. While the rate of the film is typically only £10 each, the cost of the confectioneries is exorbitant!
The option of lounging at home spending time glued to a television screen, laptop or tablet is there – well, not really. Children need to enjoy activities out of the house, but what activities are available where the family can enjoy a day at a minimal cost or free? WOW Free Stuff have come up with the top active, creative and innovation events hosted in Britain on the most exciting things to do in the summer holidays.
- Tree Week
If you want to head off to London, or happen to live in London, it is possible to celebrate the city’s abundance of trees at the Woodland Trust’s Tree Week. This arboreal even is held in the last week of May from May 27th to June 4th with over 50 activities taking place in the area – the majority of them free of charge. Ranging from guided cycles and forest-inspired haiku-writing sessions to tree trails and storytelling events, it is possible to spend hours enjoying outdoor tree-loving excitement.
For more information on Tree Week and the different events held during this time, check the Woodland Trust’s website at woodlandtrust.org.uk.
- The Wild Parks
Located in Queen’s Park (NW6 6SG), the Wild Parks event provides families with many free family-friendly activities from the beginning of the summer half-term until the 25th of June. In addition to the typical playground with a pets’ corner, paddling pool and petanque; the RSPB includes mini-best safaris, bird-watching and scavenger hunts to amuse children who are looking for wilder activities. New wildflower areas have also been incorporated to attract insects and unique birds and guides are on hand to help children identify these new species.
For more information on the Wild Parks events and activities, check the RSPB website at rspb.org.uk.
- The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground
While this location may not be the most popular option for younger children during summer half-term, the playground does have an immense pulling force when looking for free activities. The majority of the action takes place around a large pirate ship with a surrounding ‘beach’. However, there is also a sensory trail on offer with tepees and seating available for tired parents.
The playground can be found in London at W2 2UH and more details can be located on the Royal Parks website: Royalparks.org.uk.
- Paddle boarding
An activity located in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire (HP22 5PS), stand-up paddle boarding can be an exciting activity for older children. While paddle boarding will require a rate – dependent on the number of boarders and the size of the boards – it is possible to have free taster sessions at the Canal & River Trust paddle boarding centre. The taster session is held on June 2nd from 5 pm to 7:30 pm and it is supervised by coaches from the Chiltern Canoe Club. The session will be at the Weston Turville Reservoir, which is calm and ideal for beginners although you do need to look out for waterfowl when paddling.
An exciting sport, this is an activity reserved for older kids and the minimum age for paddle boarding is 14-years-old. For more information check the Canal River Trust website at canalrivertrust.org.uk.
- Junior Golf Day
The Lee Valley Regional Park is one area that has so many free activities you could spend the full half-term here. Located in Lee Valley, London (N9 OAR), it is possible to enjoy cycle routes and walking paths from the Lee towpath to rural Hertfordshire. However, one of the most intriguing free activities is the Junior Golf Day. Each Wednesday, the golf course at the Lee Valley Country Park provides a free day for children under 18 to play between nine and eighteen holes. They are provided expert advice and can feel like a professional for a single day.
For more information on the park and the golf day, check the website at visitleevalley.org.uk.
- Rock pools
While you may need to pay to enter the castle and gardens located in St. Michael’s Mount of Cornwall (TR17 0HS), the Great Scott Outdoor Adventure Rock pool sessions are entirely free of charge. Running on May 29th at 1pm and May 30th at 2 pm, the rock pool explorer sessions begin near the start of the tidal island and take a walk along the causeway meeting critters all along the way.
For more information on this activity, check the St. Michael’s Mount website at stmichaelsmount.co.uk.
- The Bath Fringe Festival
Running until June the 11th, the Bath Fringe Festival is an event bringing people a combination of comedy, music, theatre, film, circus acts and more to the city of Bath, Somerset. This Festival is unique in that it is particular child-friendly and free of charge. The Bedlam Fairs run in association with the Fringe Festival from June 3rd to June 4th and they display an eclectic range of performers from all around the Georgian area.
For more information on the festival and fair check the Bath Festival website at bathfringe.co.uk