23 May

Written by Kayleigh on May 23, 2017

The bank holiday rolls round, the weathers lovely, the kids are getting restless but money is tight-what do you do?

Theme parks and attractions will be busy and the cost of admission and food once you’re in will send your pocket shouting, so what option do you have left? The answer is a budget busting picnic. You can enjoy the outdoors, spend time with the family, enjoy some nice food and most of all you are completely in control of your budget.

Finding the perfect spot is the first job. Not far from me there’s a place called Wickstead Park, which is a small amusement park but its set-in acres and acres of park land. As its council owned land, it’s a little different on admission. You pay £5.00 to park (that’s for the whole day) and then you have access to the entire grounds and the amusement park. If you want to go on rides then you can purchase a wrist band for around £13, which gets you unlimited rides all day. Or you can purchase a sheet of tickets. This place is perfect for a picnic, if you don’t want to go on any rides but still want a walk through and have a picnic then all you pay is the parking. However, if the kids fancy a go on the rides then you are in complete control of the out of pocket spend. Finding places like this are great, and they also have all the toilet and baby changing facilities available to you.

Poundland currently have a fantastic summer garden range, with brilliant plastic cutlery, bowls, and plates, as well as cups and glasses and activity items. And at just £1 an item you can’t go wrong. Set yourself a budget (maybe £10?) and see if you can get all your picnic essentials and activities. For that cost, believe me it’s not difficult to do.

The next thing is food. This can be where your money disappears, as it is very easy to get carried away, and inevitably you will have left over food if you don’t prepare. One thing I do is make a list of what I’m going to include in the picnic basket, this helps when I go to the shop. I don’t over buy or over spend. I usually set a budget of £15 for the four of us and then head to Tesco. There are things you can make at home to include that don’t cost much, such as fruit jellies, cookies, and salads. But for the rest careful planning will help you keep the costs down.

Now you have your spot sorted, your essentials sorted and your picnic basket ready, you’re all set to go. The whole day, depending on how many of you are there, could only cost you around £20-£25, but the quality time spent with the family will be priceless.

One last thing- don’t forget your blanket.

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