Sometimes keeping the kids entertained during half-term can be difficult and expensive, so we’ve come up with a list of the best free (or extremely cheap) and fun activities your little ones will love.
1. Visit Margaret Green Animal Rescue
Everybody loves animals so take a trip to the Church Knowle Animal Sanctuary and Visitor Centre at Margaret Green Animal Rescue and meet their animals including donkeys, chickens and rabbits.
2. Go on a Witches’ Spell Trail
This activity will cost £1, although you get a free pencil, as you help Ozzy Owl search The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery for all the ingredients needed to make the witch potion from William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
3. Re-live the myth of Robin Hood
Head to Sherwood Forest Country Park and look at the oak tree Robin Hood is said to have hidden while fleeing the Sheriff of Nottingham, as well as a number of mocked-up scenes to give you experience of the full legend.
4. Try a nature treasure hunt
You and your children can enjoy the beautiful Dartmoor landscape and have some fun at the same time with the Geocaching/Nature Treasure Hunt. Each kid will be given a list of things they have to collect – and some they’ll even be able to keep!
5. Diana Princess of Wales’ Memorial Playground
This incredible free playground is visited by around 1,000,000 a year with a gigantic wooden ship the main centrepiece of the children’s wonderland. With a sensory trail, teepees, a beach around the pirate ship and various toys and play sculptures there is hours of fun to be had.
6. Head to Parliament!
It will require your MP arranging this in advance, but enjoy the sound of Big Ben as you watch debates in the House of Commons and even take a guided tour of one of the country’s most famous buildings.
7. Hit the back of the net with this attraction
Is your little girl or boy a fan of football? Well head on down to the National Football Museum in Preston for a free exploration of the history of the world’s most popular sport. It is even home to the match ball from that famous World Cup win in 1966.
8. Look across the sea at France
Have a wander along the beautiful tops of the white cliffs in Dover to the lighthouse and on a clear day you may be lucky enough to see all the way across the English channel to neighbouring France and the port of Calais.
9. Take in the Electric Woods
Check out the simply stunning spectacle the Festival of Light will bring you at the Electric Woods in Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight. As darkness falls the magical colours of the most popular festival in the Indian calendar will light you up and leave you watching in amazement in the heart of the woodland.
10. Get involved with Shakespeare
Hoping to make sure the kids are still learning despite being off school? The Royal Shakespeare Company has plenty of free activities on offer, including getting dressed up as one of the writer’s many famous characters or drop-in to one of the many craft projects.
11. Alice in Wonderland is waiting
Take a trip down the rabbit hole and into the magical world of Alice in Wonderland to explore the characters of one of popular cultures best loved novels. There will even be the opportunity to get involved with a short performance piece.
12. One of London’s many museums
13. Become a BBC weatherperson or news presenter
There’s so much fun on offer at BBC Birmingham – you can take a behind-the-scenes tour of the production studios, star in your own radio play (with sound effects!), present the weather or news, and even experience taking part in CBBC’s Copycats quiz show.