6 Bank Holiday Ideas to do on a Budget

Everyone loves a bank holiday weekend, so make the most of your extra day off, without blowing your budget, with our low-cost bank holiday ideas for the whole family.

1.    Free local events and festivals

Festivals and events, celebrating local music and arts, often take place on bank holidays, many with free admission! Be sure to keep an eye out in the local press and social media for May bank holiday events near you. To ensure you keep your day cheap as well as cheerful, avoid expensive food and drinks by packing some snacks from home to keep your costs low.

2.    Get out into nature!

Getting out for a walk in the spring sunshine will not only brighten up your day, it’ll also help the kids burn off some excess energy! Have yourself a bank holiday adventure by checking out nearby walking trails, lakes or national parks. Some local councils even offer printable maps for children with clues to find along walking routes, adding an extra element of fun to your outdoor explorations.

3.    Head to the beach

You don’t have to fly to a far off destination to find a beautiful beach; Britain is full of sandy beaches that are perfect for a sandcastle building contest or simply just relaxing. The beach is free to visit, so it is an ideal choice for bank holidays on a budget. Taking a picnic with you is a lovely touch to the day, will ensure any fussy little ones get exactly what they like, and it will also save you having to buy lunch that is often over priced.

4.    Baking and home movies

We all know how unpredictable the weather can be, so if the sun doesn’t shine this bank holiday, don’t worry. Why not have a home baking and movie day? Dig out those old recipe books, or go online to find some fresh ideas to bake together as a family. Once you’ve baked up a storm, get the blankets out and enjoy your delicious delights cosied up with your favourite movies.

5.    Go back in time

Do something entertaining, and educational, by heading to a museum or historical site. On bank holiday weekends, many museums offer free or discounted entry, and some may even have special events and activities for children. You’ll not only be in the kid’s good books after a fun day out; they might even get some extra brownie points at school when they head back, showing off what they’ve learnt.

6.    Deals and vouchers

If the kids have been begging to go to a theme park, but you’ve been put off by the high ticket prices, surprisingly, a bank holiday may be the best time to visit. Many big attractions and restaurants put on extra special bank holiday deals, so it’s worth having a look online and in newspapers for offers and discount vouchers, to enjoy a big family day out for a fraction of the usual price.

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