4 Low-cost + fun days out for the school holidays

We’re mid-way through the summer term and that means one thing – a sunny half term break with nothing to do! This is one of my favourite holidays of the school year, because it’s warm enough to get outside and enjoy last days of Spring, yet it’s not the over-priced days of the summer holidays when you’re likely to burn to a crisp if you venture out into the midday sun. I’ve shared a few ideas for fun days out on my blog this year so here’s my round-up of things to do during the half term holiday.Suffolk coastal travel guide southwold pier attraction-17Suffolk coastal travel guide southwold pier attraction-91. Go to the coast and enjoy some cheesy fun at the great British seaside. Eat ice-cream while sitting in a deck chair, feed 2ps into arcade machines and enjoy fish ‘n’ chips on the pier. Read my review of Southwold Pier and check out my ideas for a day out with the kids at Blackpool too.schol holiday ideas for half term summer 2015 blackpool travel tripsouthwold pier attraction suffolk seaside travel guide-162. Stay indoors on rainy days at a museum. Check out photos of my recent visit to the National Railway Museum in York and my tips for surviving a visit to the museum during the school holidays! If you’re planning to visit a museum during the holidays I’d recommend checking the website before setting off as they often plan special workshops for children during the school holidays and it can be a free way to get your kids interested in the exhibition. I visited the new ‘Shaping The Body’ exhibit at York Castle Museum and blogged about it at Easter. It’s a really fun exhibition (I loved the Victorian Street!) and they even having a dressing-up area for children.national railway museum york half term school holiday trip ideas and tips-6 york castle museum shaping the body exhibition exhibit school holidays day out trip

3. Get out into the countryside and enjoy some fresh air. There’s plenty of things you can do for free in the great outdoors, such as spotting wild flowers (see my blog post about my Spring wild flower walk) or collecting specimens of leaves, stones and shells for a ‘nature table’. I also shared my tips for visiting Thetford Forest during the school holidays last year so be sure to check out the activities in that blog post too – and don’t forget your bikes!day out wild flower walk spring-2 school summer holiday activity high lodge thetford forest segway adventure go ape review-4day out wild flower walk spring-44. Spend time with animals at one of the many farm parks around the country – most of which have extra activities planned during the school holidays. I visited the Suffolk Punch Trust and blogged about my relaxing day out, and once you’ve paid for your entry, the ticket allows you to visit time and again all year round. Other Suffolk-based farms include Easton Farm Park (here’s my blog post) and Jimmy’s Farm, which I’m sure that the kids will love visiting – check out my photos from my last visit to Jimmy’s Farm here.day out at the Suffolk punch trust horse visitor attraction-15 Jimmy Doherty Farm in Suffolk-24 Visit to Jimmy Doherty Farm in Suffolk-2day out at the Suffolk punch trust horse visitor attraction-24Do you have any favourite activities that you’d like to share? Where you do enjoy visiting during the spring and summer? Let me know what you and your family get up to during the school holidays by tweeting me @Cassiefairy or leaving me a comment below – I’d love to hear from you with some new day trip inspiration!

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in Lifestyle Promotion Studies and is trained in Personal Money Management. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty-living advice, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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