Free activities and days out in the UK

Our pick of the best free family-friendly days out, weekend trip ideas and much more

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  • Free activities

    Horses, Robin Hood, Modern Art, guard changing - there's a wealth of fun things to watch and discover - and the best thing is, all of these are free!

    Take a look at where you can visit across the country...

  • East Anglia

    Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Norfolk

    These special horse centres offer guided tours, free tractor rides and, of course, the chance to meet adorable horses.

    Visit to see what’s happening at the sanctuary nearest you – there are also centres in Essex and Warwickshire.


  • Midlands

    Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire

    Home to the legendary Robin Hood, this 450-acre park boasts amazing scenery. The flat paths are ideal for both pushchairs and toddlers on bikes, plus the visitor’s centre offers lots of interactive fun. Visit for further details.

  • North West

    Wythenshaw Community Far, Manchester

    A great opportunity to learn about the workings of a countryside farm and meet an exciting array of animals, as well as enjoy the extensive playground. See for more information.


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  • Ireland

    Explorer, Ireland’s Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

    The perfect way to introduce your tot to modern art in a creative and fun environment – a pleasant Sunday afternoon excursion for the whole family. Visit for details.


  • Scotland


    It’s still legal to camp wild in the Scottish countryside, so pitch up and enjoy a family break – for free!

    Tollcross Children’s Farm

    An old-fashioned farm that lets children get close to the animals. Visit for opening times and directions.


  • South East

    Hainault Forest, Essex

    Bring a picnic and a ball or a kite for outdoor fun in the fresh air. And if that doesn’t keep your little one happy, why not take him to the on-site farm? Visit for more information.


  • London

    Changing of the Guard, Buckingham Palace

    Don’t miss the iconic display of military pomp at Buckingham Palace. See for times and details.

    Natural History Museum

    For a fun-packed day out, head straight to the Natural History Museum, as there’s so much to see and do, plus exciting free events. See


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  • South West

    The Donkey Sanctuary, Devon

    Give a friendly pat to some of the hundreds of retired donkeys as they roam happily in the fields – the perfect way for your little animal-lover to get closer to nature. Visit for more information.


  • Wales

    Swansea Bay cycle route, Swansea

    Get pedalling out in the fresh sea air on this free bike route that stretches from the Swansea Maritime quarter, right around beautiful Swansea Bay to Mumbles pier. With a medieval castle
    en route, it’s the perfect place to spend the day. For more details on the area, go to

    National Slate Museum, Snowdonia

    Ride on the mini mining train, get involved with mining workshops, see quarrymen
    at work and visit the fun play area. Go to for a full school holiday timetable.


  • Yorkshire

    Weston Park Museum, Sheffield

    Teach your tot all about the Arctic world at one of the museum’s permanent exhibitions, with a chance to construct his own mini igloo and meet the star attraction, Snowy the polar bear. Visit for more information.


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