With the bank holiday just around the corner now marks the perfect time for you and the kids to get out and about and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine (hopefully!) as a family. Day trips are a great way to expand young minds and we have some great ideas that will suit the whole family and won’t break the bank.

Things to do on Bank Holiday

It’s amazing how infrequently many of us explore our own areas. Quite often there are undiscovered gems right on our own door step. Here are some bank holiday activities for the family for you to try:

Local galleries and museums

These are often free, ask for a small voluntary donation or offer great deals for family tickets and groups.

Free events

Look out for free events such as craft fares, food festivals and live music events. There’s usually plenty for the kids and adults to get involved in and can spark a whole new interest in alternative activities, interests, foods or hobbies for life.

Local farms

There are usually heaps of interactive activities for families at farms including play areas and picnic zones. So pack up a picnic and get in touch with nature.


It doesn’t need to cost the earth to treat the kids to a shopping trip. Pop to your local wilko and set a budget or a challenge for the kids like to find the best thing for £1 or write a shopping list so that they can help you find the things you need like back to school items. Tick them off and give them a treat for completing the task.

Bus tours

Do you live in an area that operates sight seeing buses? Have you ever been on it? Go on give it a whirl – you may learn some amazing facts about your own town or city!

Try something new

Do you always drive your kids everywhere? Go for walk or go on a form of transport your kids have never experienced. A short train journey for example can be cheap and a real learning curve for young minds. It could be anything from a city cab to a narrow boat or pirate ship!

Pick up a camera

Pick up a camera or put the kids in charge of your camera phone for the day. Get them to record the day through their eyes – you will be surprised of their view of the world. As a great follow on activity, print off the pictures and help them put together a scrap book of your day together. It will be something to look back on for years to come.

Picnic at the park


Make the most of great weather by packing up a picnic of all your favourite foods and head down to the park. Take a couple of outdoor activities too like a ball or rounders set. Cheap and cheerful are what memories are made of.

Eye spy & treasure hunts

Make an eye spy list, treasure hunt or homemade orienteering kit and get out and explore the area with your children. As they tick off the objects or collect their treasure they will feel a real sense of achievement and it will be a day well-spent together.

Get active

Get out on the bike or go swimming together. Just take the time to really enjoy fun as a family rather then rushing here there and everywhere.


Useful links

Visit Britain  is packed with great ideas, where ever you are based or looking to travel to.

The National Trust have a vast selection of fantastic places to visit across the country so whether you are looking for somewhere close or further a field, you will be spoilt for choice here.-

The Tourist information website will provide you with tons of information, allowing you to search by region

The rough guide to accessible Britain is an easy to use guide that provides all the right information you need to make important choices for days out with the whole family

For the history lovers in the family, English heritage cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and sites, from world famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles.


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