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Most of us will be trying to watch the pennies after Christmas but with half term looming, it can be more of a dream than a reality. Here are a few completely free days out but which don’t skimp on fun!

Cycle the solar system
For an active day out with the family, cycling is always a good option. Try the flat and traffic-free route between Selby and York which at just 10km is suitable for little legs and trailers too. The major selling point of the route is the scale solar system with models of all the planets along the track, sure to keep whining to a minimum. If you pack a picnic and pick up a free worksheet according to the age of your children to complete during the cycle, you can really make a day of it. Once you arrive in York, there’s the National Railway Museum to visit which is also free. If you’re looking for family-friendly holiday accommodation which won’t break the bank, visit SykesCottages.co.uk where you’ll find great holiday cottages across the UK.

Get hands on with science
There are many museums in London which are completely free but your best bet when you’re travelling with the kids is the Science Museum. There are plenty of exciting, hands-on exhibits for kids of all ages and mum and dad too so you won’t feel like you’re learning. Discover what makes you you, attempt to solve a crime, give tricky keyhole surgery a go and explore space. You could easily spend the whole day here but Kensington Gardens are just a short stroll away, ideal for a picnic and game of Frisbee, weather permitting!

Meet the animals
If your children love animals and you’re on holiday in south Wales, head to the Amelia Trust Farm in the Vale of Glamorgan where there are more than 300 animals to meet in over forty acres of woodland. You’ll also find a variety of playgrounds if the little ones have any steam left to let off and barbeque areas for a brilliant picnic. Entry is free but as the farm is a charity donations are welcomed but not compulsory. Treat yourself to freshly laid eggs or delicious meat from the farm shop as you leave.

Up, up and away
The newly-opened M Shed on Bristol’s Docks celebrates the story of this thriving city from prehistoric times to the present day. From slavery to cycling and legendary Banksy, this free museum is an excellent introduction to the city which is famous for its iconic Suspension Bridge and annual Balloon Fiesta. While parents can get to grips with the detail, children can dress up and board an old-fashioned double decker bus, watch an old film, make music and during February half term, children can create hot air balloon-themed artwork for free too!

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One Response to Free and family-friendly days out

  1. elliot says:

    http://www.countrysidebreaks.uk is similar to sykes – but a lot more fixated on the unique, romantic accommodation across the UK countryside. A new, user friendly site which is great for finding just what you need. Dog friendly, rural, by a river – you can select the feature you are looking for and low and behold you’ll find yourself something perfectly suited!

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