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8 February 2018

Cost Effective Days Out for Families

Spring has nearly sprung, an extremely beautiful time of the year. As the sun starts to peek out from behind the winter clouds, you and your family may want to jump at the opportunity to go on a family outing. Furthermore, the half-term break over Easter can be a challenge for parents to keep their children occupied without splashing the cash; cinema trips, day trips and eating out can all add up too so it is important to consider all options for fun and cost-effective days out for families.

Many people may still be reeling from the Festive season, having shelled out larger than usual sums of money for Christmas. In addition, others may need to repay short term loans taken out over the last few months, but being able to spend time with their respective families remains important. However, for times where that bit of extra money is inevitably going to be needed to be spend, an overdraft or payday loan alternative is worthwhile exploring as a much more efficient way to borrow money.

With a little planning and research, you can take the whole family out in the springtime for less than you might think and still have the fun you would expect.

Visit a Free Museum

In cities across the UK, there are world-renowned museums which offer free access for all to exhibitions annually. In many cases, Museums which are not free of charge for all around the year, will very often offer free or lower-priced tickets for children, concessions and for senior citizens. 

Some top picks for free museums include:

The British Museum – Home to many historical and architectural artefacts from all around the world. Access to the permanent exhibitions on offer are free, whilst speciality and temporary exhibitions require a purchased ticket.

Natural History Museum – Famed for being the world-recognised home of fascinating exhibits from across the spectrum of the natural world, access to all areas and exhibitions at the museum is available free of charge.  

Imperial War Museum – Educational and fascinating, countless people visit the Imperial War Museum to learn about stories from modern conflicts dating from the First World War to the present day. 

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery – A great outing for families who love culture and art, the museum has a range of fascinating and inspiring pieces n show.

Theme Parks for Families on a Budget

The perfect time to go to a theme park is the spring, as it is not too hot and it is not too cold outside. However, theme parks in general can be very expensive, especially for a family, with tickets sometimes costing as much as £40 per person. 

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You can however, make the trip to the theme park cost effective. If you are a Tesco Clubcard Holder for example, you can convert points into tokens which can then be easily spent on tickets to popular and fun theme parks including Alton Towers, Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures.  

Attractiontix, an online booking site also has a range of discounts for tickets to theme parks for certain events, so be sure to keep an eye out for these. 

Hackney City Farm

For those in London, there are swathes of activities to do and places to visit. For example, being able to take your children out on a day trip to play with some animals is an easy way to spend time together. For people looking to introduce their children and family to a piece of country life, animal farms are sure to provide the enjoyment and benefit required; meeting and interacting with goats, sheep, rabbits and chickens. At Hackney City Farm, there is also a farm-style shop which sells organic eggs and vegetables, as well as other locally sourced products. 

Walking the Walls – York

If you are a Yorkshire local or visiting the city of York, something you can do for free is walk the walls. The Walls of York are one of the main tourist attractions in the local area and of the county. Having been preserved beautifully, they are the longest medieval town walls in all of England. 

If you are looking to complete the full circuit, it will take approximately two hours during which time you will have an amazing view of the city. There are also five main gates meaning you can get on and off the walls at various pre-determined points to pop out and explore the city centre. 

Take Out a National Trust Membership

By taking out a National Trust membership, you open up yourself to access to a large number of places up and down the country. Overall, this will be highly cost effective with a single membership being valid for a plethora of locations and areas of natural beauty. 

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The membership will be valid for one or two adults and up to five children, so you can even take friends of your own children. The price starts from £5.75 a month, which would be very worth it if you enjoy regular days out with the family. As a bonus, you will also receive a free pair of binoculars when you set up a direct debit on a monthly basis to purchase the National Trust membership, adding that extra element of cost effectiveness for you and your family.

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