How to Have a Fabulous Summer on a Budget with your Kids

Whether you are jetting off somewhere warm or not, you can still enjoy summer in England (even if the sun doesn’t shine every day) and if you need to watch your pennies, here are 8 ways on how to have a fabulous summer on a budget with your kids:

1. Garden Party

Who says a garden party is just for the palace! Whether you choose to have your friends and kids over during a week day in the summer holidays or friends and family over for an evening or weekend, you can make it special. If you organise everyone to bring something with them, you’ve got your food and drink sorted. If you’ve got a barbecue great, but if not borrow one and the same for chairs too! Simply go to a pound shop and stock up on some decorations and you’ve got yourself a Garden Party!


2. Picnic by the Water

There’s nothing more relaxing than messing about on the river. Of course if you’ve got your kids in tow, you need to be alert, but there are plenty of places around Nottinghamshire where you can spend the day by water with things to do for the kids. Pack up a picnic and make a day of it!


3. Seaside Getaway Day

There are some fantastic coastal getaways you can get quite cheaply through National Express or Megabus. Why not take the whole family or team up with a couple of other mums and their kids and go spend the day on the beach or around a coastal town. Even if the weather isn’t the best (and it may well be!) your kids will have a great time playing in the sand and splashing around in the sea.


4. Great British Bake Off

What kids don’t love cooking? You could set up your own British Bake Off – yes, it’s going to be messy but such great fun. As well as helping them on their way with some basic cooking skills, your kids will love it. Maybe give them a few receipes to choose from, set up different stations in the kitchen and you could always team up with people who have children or join family members in the fun. It will take up most of a day and if that doesn’t the cleaning up most certainly will.


5. Sports Day

Not all kids love sports day but back in the day sports day involved egg and spoon, three legged and other bizarre races that usually had everyone falling over and in fits of giggles. If your garden isn’t the right size then take it to a local park. Enlist your family and friends and create your own sports day. You’ll have a great time and exert some energy out of the kids so you can chill and relax later.


6. Treasure Hunt

I guess a little bit like the Easter Egg Hunt but without the chocolate eggs. Think of something really cool that your kids are going to love and that is about all you are going to need to spend your money on. It could be cinema tickets or a trip to the local laser quest, a new game maybe or back to the idea of Easter eggs and a whole basket of sweets and chocolates even! Depending on the ages of your kids set about writing clues and leading them to the treasure. You can always get your friends involved too for a great morning or afternoon out.


7. Mystery Trip

It doesn’t have to be anywhere extravagant but think of somewhere your kids love to go and make a whole build up of secrecy around going. You could even make up three different places to go and get your kids to choose one card or something to pick the place, but not telling them until you arrive! Kids are easily pleased and suspense always adds a huge element of fun.


8. Walk in the Woods

There is so much choice when it comes to countryside in and around Nottinghamshire. Pick somewhere to go that is surrounded by trees or countryside and take your kids along on a nature trail. It doesn’t have to be one you pay to enter, it could be you set it up yourself. You might even find yourself learning new things too! If you want to get clued up, just Google what you can expect to find in and around that area and set your kids the task of pointing things out. Maybe give them a prize for the one who points out everything on the list you make.

Whatever you choose to do, have a fabulous summer with your kids!


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Things to do in Nottinghamshire on a Budget

You don’t need to break the bank to have a nice day or weekend out with your family. In fact, you don’t even have to leave Nottinghamshire! There are many free and low cost activities that are sure to please everyone in your family.

  1. City of Caves

Nottingham has a very unique feature; it has the most man-made caves in Britain. There’s a whole world underneath our feet just waiting to be explored. It’s not only fun for kids, but interesting for adults as well. A family ticket is just £23.50 (2 adults + 2 concessions or 1 adult + 3 concessions). Adult tickets are £7.95.

  1. Galleries of Justice

When you’re done exploring the caves, you can head over to the Galleries of Justice to visit the museum of Crime and Punishment. They also host murder mystery events and ghost tours. A family ticket is £29.95, or you can purchase a joint family ticket with the City of Caves for £45.95. Adult tickets are £9.95.

  1. Stonebridge City Farm

If you’re looking for something a little more cheerful, Stonebridge City Farm is easily reachable from the city centre. It’s a great place to take your kids to see farm animals or go on a nature walk, and best of all its completely free!

  1. The Beach

Summer may be winding down, but there is still time to go to the beach. And you won’t even have to leave Nottingham. The beach is open every summer in Market Square complete with sand and water. There are also rides to entertain your children and a beach bar for the adults. It officially closes on the 1st of September.

  1. National Videogame Arcade

The weather doesn’t always cooperate, so it’s good to have a rainy day plan. The National Videogame Arcade, part of GameCity, recently opened in the city centre offering exhibitions, workshops and more. Family tickets are £25 and adult tickets are £8.50.

  1. Green’s Windmill and Science Centre

For more of an educational day out, you can visit Green’s Windmill, which is a working windmill located in Sneinton. You can learn how flour is made and there are activities available for children to learn about science. You can also purchase organic flour made from the mill itself. Admission is free.

  1. Mr. Straw’s House

Mr. Straw was a grocer in the 1920s that lived at number 7, Blyth Grove for over 60 years throwing little away and living without modern comforts. You can now visit this house and take a step back time into the 20s. Family tickets are £16.80 and adult tickets are £6.75.

  1. Nottingham Castle

You probably already know about or have visited the castle, but you may not know that kids can go for free until the 28th of August! Up to three under-16s can go for free with one paying adult (Adult tickets are £6 or 32 with a Citycard) with the voucher which you can get here:

  1. Wollaton Hall & Deer Park

You can visit the Natural History Museum or take a walk around the deer park. It’s perfect for a relaxing day out with the family to escape from city life for a bit. Entry is free.

  1. Sherwood Pines Forest Park

If you’re willing to go a bit further outside of the city, Sherwood Pines Forest Park is a great place to experience nature or participate in the many activities that they have on offer. The park itself is free to enter but the activities range in price. They have walking and cycling trails with cycle hire available. Go Ape is also located here, but is a bit pricey at £31 for adults and £25 for ages 10-15. Whatever your budget, there is something fun to do at Sherwood Pines.

  1. Attenborough Nature Centre

If bird watching is your thing, then Attenborough Nature Centre is the place to go. There are also many trails to walk and activities for children. Entry is free.

  1. Holme Pierrepont Country Park

The National Water Sports Centre is free to walk around but there are many activities on offer at reasonable rates. For instance, the high ropes course and mini golf package is £7.50 per person. For the more adventurous, there are many types of water sports available ranging from canoes and kayaks to white water rafting. Prices can get a bit expensive, but a one person kayak is only £6 per hour. There is sure to be something for everyone at Holme Pierrepont.

Whether or not you can afford a holiday abroad or elsewhere in the UK, there are more than enough things to do in Nottinghamshire on a budget that you really don’t have to leave to have a nice time with your family and friends.

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