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Fun on a Budget in the UK

When looking for a fun time some people seek out beaches and relaxation; some are looking for treats for the children; some prefer science, nature or art to be at the centre of leisure-time activities. Whatever the preference, there are lots of inexpensive and completely free things to do in the UK so putting together a low-cost activity package today is easy, and can often be free.

Nature’s Way

To experience the wonders of nature in every season make a visit to any of the Woodland Trust’s forest and woodland sites. The nationwide woodland resources are mapped on the trust’s website. In addition, there are many conservation projects that encourage visitor involvement so if a day spent repairing dry-stone walls, planting trees and hedges or creating footpaths appeals, there are many options on offer from the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV).

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, open all year round, near Wakefield in West Yorkshire, combines nature with art as Henry Moore’s bronze sculptures, and those of other notable artists, dot the landscape and enhance the 500 acres of parkland which dates from the 18th century. Admission is free but there is a charge for parking. Further delights await visitors to Sheffield, South Yorkshire, where the majestic glasshouse of the Winter Gardens contains an impressive display of more than 2,500 plants.

On Land and Sea

In Sidmouth, Devon, rescued donkeys are stabled in a local sanctuary, ideal for families. Whilst in London families can picnic at one of the city farms near Canary Wharf, where children can stroke and feed donkeys, cows, chickens, rabbits and llamas. In Scotland, dolphins can be seen in the Moray Firth and sometimes minke whales, porpoises and seals can also be spotted.

Adventure Time

The young at heart that need the occasional thrill should try Xscape at Milton Keynes. The indoor retail and sports complex, near Castleford in Yorkshire, is free to visit and watch the activities, although to participate in skydiving in an air tunnel and skiing does costs a bit. Most entertainment during UK half-term holidays is free.

Cultural Diversions

Artistic types may prefer to flex their pencils and paintbrushes and join in with the drawing and painting activities offered free at many of the UK’s libraries and museums. City tours are offered in lots of diverse locations, often free of charge: try the walking tour of Bath, for example. A guided tour of the Houses of Parliament in London is possible with advance arrangements made via a member of the House of Lords or an MP.

Make the Most of What’s on Offer

Wherever you are in the UK, and whatever your needs, vouchers for free or reduced-price attractions can make a real difference to the cost of a holiday. Just one discount code could significantly reduce the price of an important element of a chosen break, for example, accommodation, travel costs or the entry fees to attractions. Multiply that by the range of options available and the savings can be considerable.

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