Free activities and days out in the UK

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


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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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