Things to do in the summer holidays

Affordable ways to keep your little ones entertained this summer

With school holidays on the horizon and the cost of living crisis still biting, most parents are looking for ways to keep their kids entertained without breaking the bank. Here's our round up of free or nearly free indoor and outdoor activities.

Discounts on days out

Get a discounted ticket from First Bus! Up to 5 people (of any age) travelling together can go on as many journeys as they like for one day across Bristol, Bath, Weston-super-Mare, Wells and more. Find out how to buy your ticket and start planning your adventures with friends and family.

You can also enjoy big savings on your next day out when you travel by train and get up to 2FOR1 entry at top attractions in and around Great Britain with Great Western Railway.

Alternatively, save 1/3 off rail travel for adults and 60% off for kids with the Friends & Family Railcard.

Free Trails

Use AllTrails to find local walks with tips on what to spot on the way. The trails are reviewed by walkers and can often have tips on free parking and kids play areas. 

Interested in an art trail? Street artists from around the world are gathering for Cheltenham Paint Festival this summer, painting at sites across town. Cheltenham locals and visitors can follow the free, 5-mile arts trail to admire the colourful creations all year round.

Free meals and holiday clubs

If you're thinking of taking the kids out for a meal, take advantage of the offers available at restaurants and cafes that offer low cost or free meals during the holidays. Asda, Bella Italia, Yo! Sushi and Morrisons are a few of the places where kids can eat for £1 or less. 

If you're in and around the South Gloucestershire are, South Gloucestershire Playscheme are open for bookings. The playscheme is a place for 7-11 year olds to take part in FREE, fun activities during the Summer school holidays. 

Garden activities

Camping and sleeping under the stars doesn't have to happen far from home. An added benefit is quick and easy access to a toilet!

Alternatively, encourage your little ones to observe and engage with nature by drawing five things in the garden or even in a park. 

Or, on days when it's too warm to do much else, why not have a water fight?

For older children

Help nature to thrive in your outdoor spaces with RSPB's Wild Challenge. There are a range of fun activities to choose from and bronze, silver and gold awards to achieve depending on how many you complete.

If your child enjoys reading, why not try the Summer Reading Challenge? Join your local library and borrow free eBooks, audio books, online comics and magazines. This year's theme is Gadgeteers!

Whatever you choose to do this summer, remember to rest too. Spending time cuddled up on the sofa watching a film, cooking favourite meals or reading together are just as important. Before you know it, it will be time for school again. 


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18 July 2022