Fun with the family on a budget

With everyday prices soaring and household budgets stretched, the prospect of enjoying cut-priced fun with the family may seem an unlikely prospect. Read on to find out how you can have fun with the family on a budget.  

Consumer champions Which? and ticket outlet Skiddle have teamed up to produce this useful list of venues, activities, and providers.

Free galleries and museums

Many national galleries and museums in the UK are free to enter and an easy way to entertain the family. Remember they may require visitors to book a free ticket before arrival, so check the website in advance.

Save on sport

There are many free sporting activities available during school holidays. Therefore, it’s worth checking local council websites for opportunities. Parkruns are free and held every weekend and Tennis for Free offers free tennis sessions in public parks around the country.

Check out the latest movies

Some cinema chains offer discounts for family films at certain times, usually in the morning. Purchasing insurance through comparison website Compare the Market will get you 2-4-1 cinema tickets on a Tuesday or Wednesday for a year. Likewise, your mobile phone provider may also offer cinema discounts.

Enjoy a theatre show for less

Local theatres often host touring West End productions for a fraction of the cost of London shows. With this in mind, look out for amateur and youth theatre shows in your area. The performers would really appreciate your support.

Get moving with cheap travel

Some train companies offer cheap train travel for children travelling with an adult. When accompanied by an adult, up to four children aged between 5 and 15 can travel for £1 with West Midlands Railway. This is valid on a single or return off peak journey.

Check out free local events for kids

Many local councils offer free events during school holidays. For this reason, it is worth searching the council’s name followed by activities to see what’s going on in your area.

Sign up for ticket provider emails

Your inbox may already be full of marketing emails, but that’s where the best discounts usually end up. As a result, by subscribing to a ticketing company’s website, you may find a free event or two!

Look out for free entry to events

More events nowadays are free to enter. From comedy nights to talks, together with dance classes and even festivals, you will be sure to find something online.

Volunteer for free festival access

Most festivals look for volunteers every year and will exchange ticket fees for volunteering service. Therefore, is highly likely that you’ll be able to save on the face value. 

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