Family enjoying Early May Bank Holiday
May Bank Holiday Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank
May 3, 2018

Keeping the kids entertained over Bank Holidays can get expensive pretty quickly. With many parents choosing to save up for summer holidays, any activities during the Early May Bank Holiday should be great value for money as well as fun.

We’ve listed some brilliant money-savvy ideas for the whole family to enjoy.


1. Outside


Take a walk in the countryside

If the weather is nice this Early May Bank Holiday, then head outside and explore your local woodland area.

Use the visiting woods finder from the Woodland Trust to help you discover some great locations near you.


The FA Lidl Skills session

Do your kids love football? The FA Lidl Skills offers football coaching during the school holidays at venues throughout England for children aged 5-11 and of all abilities.

So, if your child wants to develop their football ability or try something new over the holidays, find your nearest FA Lidl Skills session now.


Go beachcombing

Who doesn’t love the idea of finding lost treasures? Tap into your inner adventurer and take the family out for a day of beachcombing!

This simple but informative guide to beachcombing provides great advice for people wanting to search for treasures on the beach. This article from The Guardian lists its ten best beaches for beachcombing.


Free farms

Let your kids get stuck into farm life this Early May Bank Holiday – they’ll love handling and feeding the animals, as well as learning how they’re cared for.

You can search for local children’s farms as well as many child-friendly activities and events using Day Out With The Kids. Just state your location, then search for your chosen activity. Alternatively, discover a child-friendly farm with Farming UK’s Farm Attractions finder.


Go stargazing

You’ll have to keep the kids up a little later for this one, but it’ll be worth it.

First thing’s first, check to find your next clear night. Telescopes are optional, but make sure to wrap up warm. Keep them entertained and play a constellation spotting game with them using this guide. For more information on stargazing as a family, check out this great article.


2. Inside



The UK is lucky enough to have lots of engaging museums for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Museums allow us to view historical, cultural, artistic and even scientific objects, which have been delighting people for decades.

Take a look at this list of free museums and art galleries in the UK to find one near you.


Indoor play spaces in London

If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of London for a while, escape to one of these free indoor play spaces.

These weather-proof play areas can be found in museums and shops and give parents a break whilst the kids have fun playing with toys and activities.


Cinema deals

Who doesn’t love a good family movie? Going to the cinema is exciting, but if you want to be a savvy viewer and save your pennies, you’re in luck.

Vue has a weekend/school holiday ticket offer of £2.49 for children aged 2-12, whilst Odeon and Cineworld offer their kids screenings for £2.50.


3. Memberships & Deals


National Trust membership

Founded in 1895, the National Trust oversees the care and development of over 500 special heritage places across the UK. They offer a variety of memberships, including a family membership for £120 a year (£10 a month). It’s more of a financial commitment than most of our ideas, but with unlimited entry to all the places they look after plus lots of other benefits, you’ll be quids in.

If you don’t want to pay for a year-long membership, National Trust also offers junior memberships for just £10 a year. Or, if you just fancy a one-off visit, under 5s go free. They also provide cycling and walking routes.


English Heritage

Discover historic houses, castles, Roman forts and more with English Heritage. With over 400 places to visit and affordable monthly or annual payment options, you can plan trips throughout the year. English Heritage does a wonderful job informing younger visitors about English history, providing them with engaging activities and accessible ways of learning.

For more information on how to join English Heritage, visit their website.


2for1 attractions with National Rail

Did you know that if you travel by train, you can get 2for1 entry to over 150 top UK attractions? This includes:

Find out how to claim your 2for1 entry with this handy guide from Money Saving Expert.



If you’re planning on being out and about this Early May Bank Holiday, be sure to keep you and your family protected against mosquito bites with snappichappi.

Suitable for everyone of all ages, snappichappi are natural, DEET-free mosquito repellent bands that provide the best protection with the least amount of fuss. Available in packs of four, the bands are safe for children under 10 to use without supervision and can repel mosquitoes for up to one month, depending on use.

Get yours today from AmazoneBay or in-store from your local Tesco Pharmacy.

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