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Days out for under £50

Written by Chloe Penn

Making memories doesn’t have to break the bank,
And for that, you’ve got us to thank!
Crazy golf, museums, beaches too,
These days out on a budget are just for you!

Peter Rabbit™: Explore & Play, Blackpool

Adults £4.50, Children £9.50

Hop into the world of Peter Rabbit! Put your skills to the test as you complete challenges in different themed zones to see if you have what it takes to join the Secret Treehouse! Splash into Jeremy Fisher’s sensory pond, jump into Mr McGregor’s Garden, then whizz down the mudslide and onto Mr Bouncer’s Invention Workshop and The Burrow! Book here.

Hounslow Urban Farm, Feltham, London

Family of 4 ticket £20

Head to Hounslow Farm to enjoy an animal encounter where you get to meet and learn about some of the farm yard friends! If you’ve ever wanted to meet a cuddly chick or a lovable lamb then this is the day out for you! The whole family will enjoy meeting their favourite animals up close! Book here.

Liberty’s Owl, Raptor & Reptile Centre, Ringwood, Hampshire

Family of 4 ticket £26.25

See some amazing Birds of Prey, including Owls, Hawks, Falcons and Vultures at Liberty’s this summer! With the flying demonstrations you will get to see some beautiful birds in action from close up! If you fancy getting even closer to these amazing animals, there are Falconry Experience days, Owl Experience days and Photography Experience days! Book here.

Mini/Crazy Golf

A game of crazy or mini golf is a great way to spend time with the family and to get competitive, especially when one person is no good! There are hundreds of mini golf courses across the UK they range in prices, however most are around the £20-£30 mark, making this great value for around an hour of golf-tastic fun! Check out some locations here!

Kew Gardens, Richmond, London

Family of 4 ticket £24.50

Kew Gardens is a great day out where you’ll be amazed by colourful plants and flowers. Explore 250 years of history at the world’s most famous garden. For a great family day out, Kew Gardens has plenty to keep the kids entertained. Look out for fun events held throughout the year. Book Here.

Stonehenge, Salisbury

Family ticket (1 adult 3 children) £33.60 off-peak, £42.60 in peak times

Stonehenge is Britain’s greatest prehistoric monument and one of the world’s mysteries. Explore it’s fascinating history and theories about how such a monument was constructed in a time before technology. The visitor centre displays a range of exhibitions and interesting information about the stones. Find out more.

National Railway Museum, York

Free admission, booking required

Looking for a fantastic day out? The National Railway Museum will not disappoint you! Explore over 200 years of history within it’s giant halls full of engines and railway legends. Kids can explore the outdoor play area, enjoy explosive science shows, take a ride on the miniature railway or learn through the interactive exhibits. With demonstrations, tours and events, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained! Find out more.

Treasure Hunt, Manchester

Group of up to 6 people £26.99

When you’re exploring a gigantic city like Manchester it can be difficult to know where to start! Treasure Hunt Manchester is a carefully designed route which takes you along the flamboyant Canal Street, the grand Central Library and Town Hall, Castlefield’s peaceful canals and the modern Spinningfields. Take the lesser known path but still see all the best landmarks, all while learning fun facts and stories about the city. This interactive experience will guide you on an interesting route around the city, spotting clues and following treasure maps, all at your own pace. Find out more.

British Music Experience, Liverpool

Family of 4 ticket £44.50

No matter your age or what type of music you’re into, The British Music Experience is sure to be a great day out for everyone! Go on a journey through British music history and see iconic memorabilia such as instruments and costumes used and worn by many of the biggest stars of British music history! Head to the Interactive Studio where you can play the drums or keyboard, record a hit in a vocal booth, or if dancing is your thing, try the “Dance the Decades Experience”. Book here.

National Trust Castles

National Trust tickets range in price, but generally family tickets are £18-£40

Exploring the ruins of an enchanted castle is the perfect way to spend a summers day with the whole family. Discover hundreds of years of history underneath castles which still stand today, as you use your imagination to picture what they looked like centuries before. The National Trust has hundreds of castles across the country to discover! Find out more.

Tropical World, Leeds

Adults £8, Children (5-15) £4, Under 5’s go free

Learn about tropical plants and animals at this equatorial attraction. Get up close and personal with meerkats, monkeys, reptiles, fish and lots more! Also discover beautiful parkland, lakes, woodlands, gardens, playgrounds, before heading to the Café for a treat! Find out more.

Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth

Family of 4 ticket £45.50

Observe the city of Portsmouth from new heights, as you journey to the top of Spinnaker tower for a spectacular view! Will you brave the Sky Walk (100 metres walk above the harbour across the glass floor) or sit back and relax in the Sky Garden on the highest deck 110 metres above the harbour? There are two cafes in the tower and plenty more to explore around Gunwharf Quays. Book here.

The Beach


The thought of a busy beach during the school holidays may sound dreadful when trying to organise simple days out, but there are some beautiful beaches across the UK that aren’t swarming with tourist! Even better, you’ll only have to pay for parking and of course ice cream! Why not bring a picnic for lunch, and let the kids run wild on the golden sand. Check out some of our top picks.

Painshill Park, Surrey

Adults £10, Children £5

This award-winning 18th Century landscape garden makes for a beautiful day out! Wind around the paths to discover garden buildings such as the Ruined Abbey, Gothic Temple and Turkish Tent. Stroll around the Serpentine Lake and take some amazing photos! There is also a natural play area and wildlife spotting trails for your little ones to enjoy! Find out more.

Big Pit National Coal Museum, Blaenafon, Wales

Free admission, underground tours £5 per person

For an exciting and informative day out bring the family to the Big Pit National Coal Museum to learn all things mining. The museum is full of multi-media exhibitions exploring themes such as children in the mines, health, home life and the mining communities. They can arrange underground tours (min 1m tall required) for £5 per person where the kids will love dressing up with a helmet and torch and discovering the underground world. Find out more here!

St Pauls Cathedral, London

Family ticket from £29.50

This iconic cathedral has seen much of London’s history. Enjoy exploring the stunning interiors and treasures, climb the famous dome which dominates London’s skyline. Guided tours and talks are offered throughout the day at no extra cost, but you should register interest for this upon arrival. This is sure to be an exciting day out exploring history with the whole family! Find out more. 

Boating on The Serpentine, Hyde Park

Family ticket £32

Take a pedalo around The Serpentine to traverse around Hyde Park! Give the kids a go at pedalling to let off some steam! Afterwards, visit the wonderful Serpentine Boat House and take a stroll through the park. Find out more.

Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

Free admission

Visit this exciting museum full of interactive displays and an ever-changing variety of exhibitions that delve into science and industries. Exhibitions such as ‘Amazonia’ and ‘Turn it up: the power of music’ will leave your little ones amazed! Plus, the permanent textiles and experiment galleries are also there for you to explore! Find out more.

Kirkley Hall Zoo, Northumberland

Family ticket £24.50

Take the whole family out to spend a day at Kirkley Hall Zoo! Marvel at the huge range of animal residents including lemurs, wallabies, meerkats, and many more. There are plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained such as a petting zoo, play area, garden trail and picnic area too! Find out more.


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