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Top Cheap Staycation Activities

If you’ve decided on a staycation this year, you may be worrying about how to fill the days with your family. Choosing to stay at home on your holiday, rather than going away, is usually motivated by finances. Some do it to free up cash for day trips, but for others there is little in the pot even for a few days out. Luckily there are loads of things to do in the UK for free, or cheaply, so you can still enjoy your time off, but without the price tag. You could also try winning a holiday to one of the UK’s top holiday camps by entering the Cushelle competition online.


Cake baking

Now this doesn’t mean you baking and letting the kids watch. It means letting them get up to their elbows in cake batter mixing, sifting and pouring until they have created something they are really proud of. Don’t worry about the mess; let them have fun with baking and only offer assistance when asked, or for bits involving the oven. This one just costs the price of the ingredients.



Taking your kids swimming at the local pool is an important part of development. Many councils offer free swimming schemes for kids so it is worth checking out what’s on offer in your area before you go. Even without the free swimming deal most pools are not expensive, so the whole family can go and have a great time.



There are loads of free museums and galleries across the country, and most unfortunately are currently underused. Why not see what your local museums have on display, take the kids and teach them about history, art and culture as well as having a fun day out.



Kids find picnics so exciting, but they needn’t cost a penny. Simply pop what you were going to have for lunch in a box, take it the park with a blanket and some outdoor toys like a ball or a Frisbee, and settle in for the afternoon with your family. Job done.


You don’t need to spend a fortune to create some awesome family memories. There are so many things that are free or cheap, that they will enjoy just as much. Get a bit creative this summer and you need not hear a single cry of “I’m bored”, all holiday.




  1. Nicole B on September 20, 2013 at 4:11 am

    Some great ideas! Museums are always a good time!

  2. Rebecca Parsons on September 16, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    We did a staycation this year too and we camped in our backyard with fire and cookout. We were too busy in the summer to go to another destination. These are some great ideas for a staycation.

  3. JoBeth on September 5, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    awesome I need new ideas for the kids

  4. Becca on August 25, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    These are all great ideas! I am pretty sure I am going to bake tomorrow…but just because I have the day off from work 🙂

  5. Melissa Belle on August 15, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Excellent list of activities! Thank you