06 Jul

Written by Kristin on July 6, 2015


We all want to make the most of the summer holiday with our kids (and who wants to hear the constant “I’m bored!” moaning?) but when money is tight, hopping on a plane and heading abroad isn’t always an option. Even if you can only get away for a short weekend break, a change of scenery does wonders to break up the long days at home … you can even make it an educational experience for the kids!

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite places to go close to home, including special kids go free deals. Now it’s time to start packing!

Play at Legoland Windsor

Kids go free on selected dates at Legoland, with holidays from £128 per family, so this is a really easy short break to arrange, especially if your kids are LEGO obsessed! Plus you’ll get a 2nd day free in the park, so you definitely won’t miss any of the more than 55 rides and attractions! You can always extend the stay to visit Windsor Castle, Eton, and other local attractions as well.

Visit a Castle

Speaking of castles … for a fun and educational day out, or a weekend break, you can’t beat visiting a real live castle. At Warwick Castle, you’ll save 25% on tickets if you book online in advance: a family of 4 will cost just £53.55 versus the £71.40 on-the-day price at the gate. You can even stay onsite at their Mediaeval Glamping Village (yes, that’s actually a thing!) and if you stay before 18 July, you’ll save 20% on your visit. Over at the gorgeous Leeds Castle, you’ll save 10% by booking online – and if you haven’t got plans for the upcoming weekend, their famous Leeds Castle Classical Concert is 11 July and well worth attending. Be sure to book online in advance – picnic tickets are still available!

Stay with Travelodge

Kids go free at Travelodge hotels across the UK, and even eat breakfast free! You can have up to two children under 16 sharing a family room with two adults – these large rooms include two pull out beds or a sofa bed, so there’s plenty of room for everyone (plus it doesn’t cost any more than a regular room). And with summer saver rooms from just £29, you can plan a getaway on a super tight budget.

London on the cheap

Yes, the capital is expensive. But you also can find LOADS of free things to do! Why not make a trip to London to check out all of the free museums and parks? The British Museum, National Gallery, Imperial War Museum, V&A, Natural History Museum and many others are all absolutely freeee! Even walking around the city and soaking in all of the landmarks is a fun and exciting way to spend a day. You can find more ideas in our free London posts, including free museums and concerts, or how to make your own Harry Potter walking tour. And you can stay in a Travelodge hotel from £49 or less to make it a holiday that won’t break your budget.

Where are you headed with the kids this summer? Sound off in the comments below!




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