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No matter if the weather decides to co-operate or not, it’s summer and for many families that means spending much more time together. This is all very good at the start, but after a few days of being at home you’ll be dying to tear the kids away from the Xbox and get out to the great outdoors! So to help, we’ve got a few budget-friendly activities that the whole family will love!

National Parks Week

This week (27th July-2nd August) is National Parks Week which sees many parks across the UK put on special events and activities. So why not take your family along to one of the following events:

Whitlingham Country Park – Family Treasure Hunt

When: Wednesday 29th July, 10am

Cost: Free, but car park charges apply

Have a young family? Then why not take them along to Whitlingham Country Park in Norwich for a lesson in map reading and treasure hunting! This could be great fun for both you and your little ones and you’ll all receive a prize for your hard work once you complete the course.

Dartmoor National Park - Summer Fete

When: 1st August, 11am - 4pm

Cost: Free, normal admission charges apply

It’s not summer without a summer fete, so bring your whole family along to Dartmoor National Park for live music, games and a browse of the stalls.

Peak District National Park – Activity walk

When: 28th July 10:30am-3.30pm

Cost: When booking the walk (which is essential) you can contribute a donation if you wish.

For something a little more challenging, bring your children (suitable for ages 5-11) along to Peak District National Park to embark on a 3 mile walk. You will take in the beautiful landscape while engaging in a variety of child-friendly activities.

Galleries and Museums

If you like to make every experience educational for your children, then why not take them along to a museum or art gallery this summer? The following museums are some of the best in the country and best of all, they’re free!

Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester

National Gallery, London

Royal Armouries, Leeds

A little closer to home

Your local library – a library card can open up a whole host of fun for your kids this summer and even for you, as who doesn’t love to read? While you’re looking for the latest bestseller you could sign your child up to the free Summer Reading Challenge – the challenge being to read six books from the library during the summer.

Quality time – sometimes the best way to spend the day is away from the noise of the television and unplugged from the internet, so don’t think that you have to go further afield to have a good time. You could simply have a picnic in the garden, go for a bike ride or head off on a nature trail in your local park. For more ideas of what you and your family could do locally, click here.

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