Budget bank holiday activities which will cost you next to nothing

If you are a parent or carer you are no doubt reaching that point in the long summer break when you are either running out of ideas, money, patience… or all of the above.

However, with a Bank Holiday weekend and perhaps even a couple of inset days still to endure – ahem, we mean enjoy – you could probably do with some inspiration.

Money saving experts at NetVoucherCodes.co.uk have compiled a list of fun and practically free activities which could help you save some money over the remainder of the summer.

You don’t have to be a parent, carer or part of a family to take part. These activities would suit anyone keen to just get out and about and make the most of the last precious days of the season.

A spokesperson for NetVoucherCodes.co.uk said: “The last year has been a hard one for us all and most people will be looking forward to getting back out exploring with their friends and family.

“But we don’t need to break the bank or book months in advance to have some fun! These easy to organise day out ideas will cost next to nothing and they are all outside, meaning they are as pandemic proof as possible.”

1. Geocaching

A great way to get exploring a new area, or new parts of a familiar area is through geocaching. It is a huge, online treasure hunt, with participants looking for hidden vessels in the most unexpected places.

There are millions of geocaches around the world, which can be found on your phone or GPS device through an app.

Each geocach location has secret treasures hidden in a box or container. Explorers are encouraged to take a treasure and sign the guestbook in each hiding place. The best part of this adventure it that it is completely free and fun for groups of family or friends.

2. Fossil hunting

There are thousands of miles of coastline to explore in the UK and some of them will be scattered with pre-historic, but pretty fossils. Here in the UK, there are numerous places where fossils, rocks and minerals can be easily found with a little patience, keen eyes and a few small tools.

Some of the most popular fossil hunting destinations include the famous Jurassic Coastline of Dorset, the chalk cliffs of Sussex and Kent and Bracklesham Bay near Chichester.

3. Wild swimming

Swimmers already sick of being back in the leisure centre should look to the great outdoors to get their exercise fix.

There are over 50 open water swimming venues in England and a further 100 outdoor pools and lidos scattered across the country too.

Dedicated sites show locations that are safe to swim in, and some wild swimming lakes offer a lifeguard just in case anyone needs a hand.

4. Street art walking tour

As the weather starts to warm up, make the most of it and book or plan a walking tour. Street art tours are the best for getting a creative fix, without having to be stuck in a museum with other people around.

Self-guided tours tend to be free, with lists of the best local street art online. Guided tours tend to have a small fee, but the bonus of going on one is having an expert explain the work.

5. DIY water park

Whilst this one isn’t technically a day out, there is lots of fun to be had in the back yard. Create an oasis to keep you and the kids cool by using materials picked up on a budget at the shops or found around the home.

Build a slip-and-slide using plastic sheeting covered with baby shampoo. Set up a paddling pool or construct a water-balloon pinata by filling balloons with water and stringing them up.

6. Not a farm

Taking the family for a trip to the local farm can prove costly and is likely to be very busy this summer. Instead of flocking to the farm, head out to the countryside for a big walk, past fields with horses, cows and sheep in.

Whilst you won’t be able to pet or feed animals in the wild, it will show children how animals behave in their natural habitat and the grown-ups will get a nice bit of exercise.