5 budget friendly days out

5 budget friendly days out

author: Bryony Pearce

By Bryony Pearce

From picnics to fruit and veg picking, we’ve got five outdoor activities that’ll keep the whole family entertained on a budget.

With warmer spells around the corner and a nice long weekend on the horizon, most of us with little ones will be starting to think about fun family days out - but ones that are friendly on our bank balances too.

Well, look no further, because we’re brimming with outdoor activity inspiration.

1. Go for an Easter-themed picnic

To add a bit of seasonality to the occasion, get creative with what you pack. To make a day of it, you could get the kids involved with a bit of baking in the morning and rustle up some Easter egg cookies, bunny cupcakes, hot cross scones or chocolate cornflake cakes.

For more fun baking ideas with kids, head over here.

Now, where to go. You could either head to your local park or check out what’s going on at your nearby National Trust by popping your postcode into this page.

And if you wanted to add an extra Easter-y touch to your picnic, you could even plant your own Easter egg hunt around the park - just make sure no-one finds your chocolate goodies before your kids do!

2. Try fruit and veg picking

Fruit and veg picking is a great way to get the kids outside while getting them into their five-a-day too. There are lots of pick-your-own farms spread across the country – find and click on your region here to see your nearest.

Most of the fruit and veg farms don’t charge you to get in, you just pay for what you pick so you can make it as cheap as you like.

Then, why not use what you’ve picked to make dinner? For some child-friendly meal time recipes, check out these 67 easy cooking projects.

3. Head to the zoo

If your little’uns like hanging out with animals, a day trip to the zoo could be just for you - but we know they can be an expensive family day out. So, here are some saving hacks for a few of them.

Chester Zoo: if you book online seven or more days in advance, you’ll save up to £4 on each ticket compared to what you’d pay on the door. You can book online here >

Bristol Zoo: if you travel to the zoo via a green transport option (by bus, train or bike, for example) you can save 33% on admission tickets. All you need to do is show this completed voucher at the gate.

Edinburgh Zoo: if you travel with ScotRail, for every paying adult, up to four children can travel for just £1 return. Better yet, you can earn free entry for one child at a top attraction - including Edinburgh Zoo. For more information, head over here.

Book in advance

Now they’re just a few of the zoos darted across the country, but the moral of the story’s the same throughout. If you book online and in advance, you’ll almost always save a few quid, so it’s a no brainer, right?

4. Check out a free farm

What’s better than a discounted zoo ticket, we hear you wonder? A free children’s farm, we answer:


Free farm


Georgie City Farm

Wimbledon, South-West

Deen City Farm


Stonebridge City Farm


Bath City Farm

South-East London

Surrey Docks Farm

Vauxhall, South London

Vauxhall City Farm

5. Get money off your train fare

Public transport isn’t cheap, which makes getting around less and less affordable. But, with a Family & Friends Railcard, you could save up to 60% on kids’ fares and one third off adult tickets. So, with a more financially friendly way of travelling the country, why not take yourself for a day trip somewhere far away?

It needn’t be expensive when you get there either. You could pack a picnic, wander around the town or city, and see if they have any free attractions. The change of scenery alone will be nice for everyone, and it’s a great way to let your kids experience more of what the country has to offer.

And, better yet, your railcard also opens you up to lots of promotions and offers. At the moment, they’ve got things running like:

  • 3-month tastecard memberships for just £1
  • 5% off any cottage.com bookings
  • Discounted prices for the Original London Sightseeing Tour
  • 20% off Virgin Experience Days
  • Up to 60% off theatre tickets.

For more information and the full list of offers, head over here.

Still struggling for ideas?

If none of these have tickled your fancy and you’re still after some cheap day-out inspiration, then you’re bound to find something on this list of 100+ things to do with the kids.

Disclaimer: All information and links are correct at the time of publishing.

author: Bryony Pearce

By Bryony Pearce

5 budget friendly days out 5 budget friendly days out