As the summer holidays are approaching, I thought I would share some places in the midlands (where I live) that are a good place to enjoy a day out with the kids but don’t cost a fortune, because we all know the summer holidays are expensive. I will try my best to give you prices.
This is a lovely day out. Lots of animals to feed, pet and cuddle, a great outdoor and indoor play area and a cafe. £5 per person.
A great day out with the kids. Lots of woods to walk through, a park and ducks to feed. Take a picnic, a ball, some frisbees, chairs etc and you can spend hours there. Free to enter the park but car park is £3
Again it’s similar to the above. Take a picnic, games to play and you can spend hours there. They also have a park. Free to enter but parking is between £2-£4
The boys love it here! So many birds to see. It’s not very big so best to take your time but we’ve been a few times and it’s always a good couple of hours. Adults £8.50 children £5.75 under 4s free.
We’ve been to many zoo’s but we found this one of the best. Lots of animals that are usually always out. It’s a bit of an uphill walk but we enjoyed that. Its not super cheap like the ones above but it is more affordable than a lot of other days out. It’s £44 for 2 adults and 2 children but they have lots of different family offers on the website.
I personally haven’t been here but my son has been (when he was a little younger) with his grandparents and he said it was a great day out. It’s £35 for a family ticket. Under 4s free.
There are lots of places that do this up and down the country but I have linked the one we went to. Car parking was around £4 and the Gruffalo map was £1.50 and we spent hours there. The kids loved it!
This is also in lots of places up and down the country but have tagged the same forest as above. The trail is £3 per kit and parking charge.
Any more you would add? We’d love to try out some new places this summer!
As you probably all know now, Tom and I are getting married in April 2020. We decided that we didn’t want to have a massive expensive wedding because that’s not us and honestly we couldn’t afford one.
As we started to book things we realised that planning a wedding really can be costly, even if you try and cut costs. So I tried to find ways to save money and I thought I’d share them with you.
- Ask family/friends if they could help in any way. Not money wise but can any bake your cake, make invites or make your bouquet? They could either charge you a lot less or do it as a wedding present.
- Can you make anything yourself? It really cuts costs.
- Have you thought about having your venue at a restaurant or village hall? They’re a lot cheaper and can be made just as nice.
- Use eBay or amazon for the your shoes, gifts, decorations, invites or favours. You can find some real bargains.
- Take a look at some high street shops for your dress/suit there are some lovely ones around and they are much cheaper than a wedding boutique.
- Have any of your friends/family got a really nice car? Wedding cars can be so expensive and if your journey is short, is it really worth it?
- Can your friends/family take good photos? My lovely friend Sarah at A Mundane Life has offered to be my photographer which has saved us so much money.
I can’t think of anything else. Do you have any other ways to save money?
As the summer holidays are approaching I’ve been looking for things to do with the kids to keep them entertained without spending a fortune. We’ve worked with Learning Resources before and when they asked if we’d like to work with them again, I said yes instantly because the boys have loved everything we’ve been sent.
When they mentioned playfoam, I looked them up and I had the biggest smile on my face!
A creative play foam, that doesn’t stick to anything but itself, makes no mess, doesn’t dry out and promotes sensory perception and fine motor skills, seriously what’s not to like about it?
The boys couldn’t wait to get playing. I decided to give them two colours each. Harry used it as a learning tool by creating different balls and counting them, finding the biggest and smallest and doing maths.
Jack just instantly squished them together and made first a snowman and then a tractor.
I must say even I enjoyed playing with it, it’s very therapeutic. We opened the colour pack first and I hadn’t realised in the pack that it had bits of glitter in too
We haven’t opened the glow in the dark pack yet but we have had fun watching it glow in the dark in the pack, under my bedsheets.
Definitely something I would recommend for a bit of a peaceful summer holiday fun. It doesn’t leave mess or dries out so is perfect!
*We were sent these for the purposes of review but all words and opinions are my own.