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Free Days Out in January

Free Days Out in January
Written by Martine Somerville

It’s cold outside and there is nowhere to go,
The family is fed up and funds are low,
We’ve found some places to enjoy and fun things to see,
And the best thing of all is they are all totally free!

 Lumiere London

18-21 January 2018

This fantastic light festival will definitely help to beat those winter blues so head to London for a truly marvellous display of interactive installations and 3D projections that will bring the city alive! Artists from around the globe are set to light up London’s most famous buildings and places with their creations north and south of the River Find out here.

Winter Lights at Canary Wharf, London

Until 27/1

Throughout Canary Wharf international artists are lighting up the area with marvellous sculptures, structures  and installations. All the family, young or old can enjoy spectacular light effects after dark as the Canary Wharf skyline explodes into life in a blast of colour! Find out here.

Windmill City Farm, Bristol

This wonderful community farm is the perfect place to bring the kids for free to enjoy a great experience of farm life and the chance to get actively involved in how food is produced. Find out here.

Fireside Stories at ST Fagan’s National Museum of History, Cardiff

28th January

In celebration of National Storytelling Week bring the kids along to enjoy a cosy time around the fire listening to tales of the sea. It’s free and you can stay for as many stories as you wish!Find out here.

Secret Sunday Cinema at The Scotland Street Museum, Glasgow

Until 25th March

All the kids need is to bring their own sweets and popcorn to enjoy free Sunday cinema screenings! Check out the Facebook page for this museum to see if you can work out what they will be showing! Find out here.

Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

This museum is free to enter and is packed with exhibitions and activities that will entertain the kids at no cost! Explore the world of robots, space and travel with lots of hands-on exhibits and demonstrations. Find out here..

Ancient Egypt Tours at the World Museum, Liverpool

Until 28th Feb

Kids are always fascinated learning about ancient Egypt. Did you know Liverpool has a connection to Egypt? Enjoy a fascinating free tour and find why! Find out here.

Moors Valley, Ringwood, Hampshire

Located in the New Forest, by Ashley Heath and covering 1000 acres, there is something for everyone at Moors Valley Country Park. You can walk or cycle along one of the many self led trails and children can go wild in the playgrounds that cater for big and not so big kids! Find out here.

BUILD IT! A Museum made of LEGO, the National Museum of Scotland.

Until 30th July 2018

Kids just love LEGO and they will be in awe of this amazing model of the museum built from over 90,000 bricks! The attention to detail is awesome and has been constructed using scale plans and elevation drawings with some parts being sourced from all over Europe. Find out here.

Bolton Aquarium, Lancashire

See fish for free! Take your little ones to Bolton Aquarium for a fantastic day out and see an amazing collection of fresh water including species from around the world. See some fierce piranha and also the Pygmy Glass Danio, one of the smallest fish on the planet. Find out here.

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