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No Extra Cash? No Problem: Budget Days Out For The Grandchildren

As a grandparent, you want to spend as much fun time as you can with your grandchildren, without breaking the bank. While their parents have a day off, you want your day out with your grandchildren to be as special as possible. There are plenty of inexpensive activities out there, but here are some of our suggestions:

Vouchers and Discounts

Big attractions can be pricy, but with vouchers and discounts up for grabs, you can secure an exciting day out for a fraction of the original price. Keep your eyes out for special offers and then whisk the grandkids off for a treat. Enter competitions to win tickets and look at newspapers for deals.

The Great Outdoors

Fortunately, green spaces are still free. Walks and picnics cost nothing, so take a few outdoor games with you and explore the wildernesses nearby. Take on a hill walk or head to the beach for a paddle! Most places can be accessed by train and you’ll be home for dinner.

The Cinema

Often, cinemas offer deals, especially on quiet days. Orange Wednesdays do a 2-for-1 promotion every week if you’re on that network, so you can get cinema tickets on the cheap and have enough money left over for some popcorn. Catch the latest films with your grandchildren!


It’s always great to combine fun activities with healthy exercise. Take on the local swimming pool! Under-18s often get reduced prices and it’s largely a cheap activity. Work on your front crawl and help your grandchildren gain confidence swimming in water.

Charity Shop Hunt

Most towns have a variety of charity shops. Give your grandchildren a few pounds to find themselves something special from the thrift stores. Your money is going to a good cause and your grandkids leave with a new toy or book as well!

The National Trust

For the price of a year’s membership, you can have access to stately homes and historic locations across England and Wales. The National Trust caters really well for children, who can have lots of fun burning off some steam in the garden or dressing up as Victorians and Edwardians. You have a year pass for free days out in the UK! What could be better?

Picking Fruit

Throughout the country, you can find pick-your-own-fruit farms. Usually, these work as pay-as-much-as-you-pick. Take baskets of healthy fruit home with you, after an afternoon spent walking around orchards and gardens. Finish by baking a crumble with the grandchildren and fully enjoy the spoils of your day out.

Head to the City

You have that bus pass for a reason! Travel to your nearest city and enjoy the free activities available. Museums are particularly good for interactive, engaging, educative fun. Art galleries are also great, if your grandchildren enjoy looking at paintings. Both usually offer fun quizzes for the children to take part in, as they go around the building.

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