If you’re anything like me, you’re already worrying how you’ll survive the Summer holidays. Between keeping the kids entertained and replacing all of their school uniforms, it’s always an expensive time of year. With that in mind, today I’m sharing some free UK family days out. Whether your family loves the great outdoors or exploring historical buildings, there’s something for everyone!

Free UK Family Days Out

One thing you can be sure about in the UK is the unpredictable weather. Just because it’s Summer doesn’t mean you’ll need your factor 30 every day. So it’s always good to have some indoor venues up your sleeve as a backup.

Free UK Family Days Out –┬áIndoor Activities


Museums are the obvious choice here. So many museums in the North West of England are free to enter, it’s insane not to mention them. There’s over 20 of them in London, too. A quick google search for “free museum” and the town you’re in should find your local ones. Alternatively, this post from latestdeals.co.uk lists quite a few too.

If you’re close to Greater Manchester, I’d highly recommend visiting Ordsall Hall and the Salford Museum and Art Gallery. Both offer an amazing insight into life in the North at different point in time. Ordsall Hall is a Tudor Manor House, while Salford Museum has a Victorian street you can explore. The below photo was taken at one of the free sessions at Salford Art Gallery And Museum. The kids got to dress up in Victorian clothes and learn how clothes were washed back then.

free UK family days out - victorian wash day - kids washing clothes


Local libraries are a brilliant place to visit on a rainy day too. Our local ones have regular activity days over the Summer, so it’s worth checking yours to see what’s on too.

Outdoor Activities

We are big fans of the usual picnic in the park or trip to the seaside, but we love doing different things too…


Geocaching is on my to do list for this Summer. I think having something to search for when we walk the dogs or visit the park will add a new dimension to our adventures.

Painted rocks is a similar thing now too. In our local area there are facebook groups full of people discussing which rocks they’ve painted and where to go to find them. You can even get the kids to paint some on a rainy day, then hide them on a sunnier one.

Swim Safe

If your child is aged 7-14 and can swim 25 metres in a pool, why not take them to one of the free Swim Safe sessions. These are running all across the UK this Summer, and will teach kids how to swim safely outdoors. My kids aren’t old enough for this yet, but it sounds great for those who are.

Have you got any more suggestions for free UK family days out? Feel free to share them in the comments!

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