10 free days out with a difference
With the school holidays just around the corner, many of us are on the lookout for fun family days out that won’t break the bank. So here’s a list of 10 great days out in the UK for those who want to try something different – and all of them are free!
Marks in Time, Leeds
Families can journey through history with Marks & Spencer, the now world-famous brand, which started out as a humble market stall in 1884. This free interactive exhibition follows the development of the company, with the venue also holding events and family days throughout the year.
Custard Factory, Birmingham
The Custard Factory, which is at the heart of the city’s creative quarter, is a great place for a wander with the kids, being home to businesses, shops, cafés and bars, as well as playing host to fairs, festivals and day-time films throughout the year. Visitors can stay well into the evening for live music, comedy and theatre.
Brimham Rocks, Harrogate
Have hours of fun navigating the natural obstacle course of rock formations at this National Trust site. The rocks even have their own names – look out for the Dancing Bear, Gorilla and Eagle. With its stunning far-reaching views, you’ll also be spoilt for choice for picnic spots.
Coram’s Fields Playground, London
Located in Bloomsbury, this is one of the most child-friendly open spaces in central London, with an enormous sandpit, toddler climbing frames, a city farm and a zip wire.
Worsbrough Mill Museum and Country Park, Barnsley
Set in over 240 acres of country park, Worsbrough Mill is a functioning 17th century water-powered corn mill, which families can usually catch in action on the last Sunday of every month. The green space is great for long or short walks with the children, while a large reservoir boasts bird life, various species of insects and plants.
The Pineapple, near Airth
This strange pineapple-shaped structure was built in 1761 as a folly to take in the spectacular views. It now overlooks the far-reaching gardens where children can play, and is surrounded by woodland for a peaceful afternoon stroll.
BBC Public Space at the Mailbox, Birmingham
Home to BBC Birmingham – which hosts programmes including The Archers and Midlands Today – the Mailbox is a great day out for budding young presenters, who can try their hand at presenting the news or weather. Visitors can also take a look around the studios, watch presenters in action live on air, and have their photo taken with the TARDIS or a Dalek.
Search for Seaham sea glass, Durham
Seaham is world famous for the amount of sea glass (frosted pieces of glass worn smooth by years of movement in the sea) that gets washed up on its shores. The harbour attracts people from all over the country who search for these gems, and is a great place for families to spend the afternoon looking for washed-up treasure.
Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford
This museum is packed with weird and wonderful objects from all over the world, displaying the archaeological and anthropological collections of Oxford University. With over a half a million items to browse in this fascinating museum, it makes a fun and educational day out for all ages.
Mustard Museum, Norwich
Mustard fans should check out this quirky museum, dedicated entirely to the famous Colman’s condiment! Colman’s Mustard has been accompanying our meals now for over 200 years, and visitors can now learn how Jeremiah Colman launched his empire and enjoy the chance to taste a variety of blends.
For more inspiration for fun for all the family and free activities across the UK this summer, visit Hertz Together, a digital calendar of things to do: hertz.co.uk/p/hertz-together/