Gill was live on BBC Radio Surrey on the 23rd of July to talk about fun children’s days out that you can do for a discounted price or for free this summer holiday. Listen to the full broadcast at the bottom of the page.

Here are some suggestions that Gill gave.

  1. General tip is that if you book ahead and online you’ll get a slightly cheaper ticket than on the door on the day. TIP: Plan ahead!
  2. Completely free are most of 170 the museums around the UK. In London: Natural History museum: Science museum and the British Museum are all fun and provide lots of activities for children.
  3. The National Gallery in London offers free art workshops and drawing sessions on certain days, including school holidays. Entry to the museum is free.
  4. National Rail: 2 for 1 deal when registered with the Days Out Guide. You have to book a ticket to the nearest train station to the attraction and you show that plus a voucher you’ve printed off the site and you get 2 for 1 priced entry to over 300 regional attractions including:

TIP! Even if you don’t want to go by train it could still work out cheaper to buy a single train ticket just to get the deal. For discounted attractions look at

  1. Tesco’s Clubcard boost vouchers: you can swap your normal Tesco’s club card points for vouchers – they swap and boost for vouchers worth 3 times as much as points and then use the vouchers to go to many places such as Alton Towers or zoos: Amazon World Zoo Park, Blackpool and Colchester zoos and Howletts Wild Animal Park.
  2. Free farm visits:

Also there’s Open Farm Sunday

Each year, hundreds of farms across England, Scotland and Wales open their gates to the public for various activities for one day only. Most are free (a small number charge a fee, usually £1-£10) or ask for a donation.

  1. Retail based free activities:

 Lego builds

Lego offers a free toy build on the first Thursday of every month for 4-14-year-olds in official stores. See all Lego deals.

 Pet workshops

Pet products retailer Pets at Home runs small animal workshops throughout the year, including school holidays. Children of all ages are welcome, but sessions are designed for kids aged 5-11.

 Craft club

Arts and craft retailer Hobbycraft runs free workshops for kids in most of its UK stores. Workshops, dates and times vary from store-to-store but could include fun things like slime making, ceramic painting, and decoupage.

     8. 10% off entry to the Eden Project, Cornwall – must book one day in advance

     9.Current kids’ restaurant deals:

And don’t forget:

    1. The outdoors is also free: beaches, woods, and parks all provide a lot of space for children to let off steam.

Listen to the radio broadcast here –

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