Budget-friendly ideas for a rewarding bank holiday
Published 2 May 2019
Whether you're heading out or staying in, these bank holiday ideas will keep your budget happy.
Despite disappointing weather, queues on the motorway and having to go another day without post, 13 million of us will go on trips out this weekend.
It’s easy to end up overspending whilst you make the most of your time off, so we’ve got some bank holiday activity ideas that’ll make sure you can have fun without splashing out.
Bank holiday ideas for couples
If you’re planning on spending the bank holiday with your partner, you could try a staycation. Grab your weekend bag and go to somewhere you’ve never been before. Find your perfect home from home using sites like Airbnb and VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner). They’ve got all kinds of places to stay, from cosy cottages out in the sticks to quirky things like a tree house or a woodland yurt.
Don’t fancy going away? Discover some places around your area you’ve not been to before. Ask friends about their favourite spots and see if they know of any hidden gems you should check out. And if leaving the house isn’t on your agenda over the bank holiday, have a look for a new series to watch together on Netflix. You can binge-watch without worrying about having to get up for work!
Family bank holiday ideas
Head out for a picnic – teddy bears optional! Pick up some snacks from the supermarket, dig out your picnic blanket and head to a nearby park. You could always use your back garden if there are no parks close by. Take a bat and ball or some tennis rackets with you so you can play games together and have fun technology-free!
If it looks like the weather over the bank hol is going to be a bit miserable, you can bring your picnic indoors. Get some throws and cushions on the floor, pop a movie on and munch away.
If you fancy heading out somewhere to explore, there are plenty of free attractions to visit no matter where you are in the UK. A lot of museums and galleries are free to enter and educational for the whole family.
If that’s not your cup of tea, you could visit a national park or find your nearest beach to go for a stroll. Nature trails are a great way to get some fresh air and keep the kids interested along the way.
Celebrate the bank holiday at home
Who doesn’t love a good old British barbie! Grab some burgers and sausages, stock up on cold drinks and put on a summertime playlist. Then all you need to do is invite your friends over and get your grill on!
You could try doing this as a potluck, where everyone chips in and brings some food and drink with them. That way you have plenty of choice and nobody’s spending more than a couple of quid.
Have a rainy day backup plan
No matter what the forecast says, it’s good to have a bank holiday backup plan. To keep the little ones busy, why not make like Mary Berry and bake some fairy cakes together. If they like to get crafty, help them create some artwork worthy of the fridge door or try making your own playdough from scratch. It’s quick, easy and they can make a batch in their favourite colour.
You could even try one of our activities to teach kids about money to entertain and educate them this bank holiday!
How thinkmoney can help
Stay on top of what you spend over the bank holiday weekend with the thinkmoney app. It’s available around the clock – even when we’re closed!
Pay friends back for barbecue food in seconds and keep track of how much you’re spending, all safe in the knowledge that your bills are already covered.
Have a great bank holiday, and if you try our bank holiday ideas, share some pics with us on social media!