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Thursday, 20 June 2013

Days Out

Days out with twelve of us could prove expensive. However, it doesn't have to be expensive. There is so much stuff out there that is free, and close to it. I am going to list a few ideas, including some stuff we do.
1) National trust membership- If you are a home educator, you can get this for just £36 a year. (though you cannot visit at weekends, and school holidays. Even if you are not a home educator, a family membership offers real value for money. Look out for a third off offers, which often include a free gift.
Belton House NT Last year:

2) Sometimes there are open days, when historical attractions are opened for free. These are listed on council websites.
3) Country parks- Often just a small parking charge.
4) Woodlands- Look on the woodlands trust website, to find places nearby. They can also offer activities such as den building.

5) Clubcard vouchers- If you are looking at a particular attraction, clubcard deals are very good value. Sometimes getting as much as 4x value for points. Otherwise look out for internet offers. We got into a safari park once, and had half of the children free, due to a similar offer that a friend told us about.
6) The beaches- Though some do charge quite a lot to park, there are often free places available, too.

I am sure there are many other ideas, and some I have forgotten. Please leave any extra suggestions in comments, and I hope in this time of recession it can be of some help.

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