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Free or Cheap Things to do This Summer Holiday

The thought of filling your children’s time during the summer holidays can be a daunting one. But Elim have you covered with some fantastic FREE or cheap family activities to do this Summer. Whether you want to get out in nature or get creative the below guide is here to help. We have also put together a handy list of places offering free children’s meals to help your money go a little further this Summer;

Things to do in Bristol:

Museums and Galleries
So many of Bristol Museums and Art Galleries are free! Visit M Shed to step back in time, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery to meet the Dinosaurs and Spike Island to check out some local artists. With changing exhibitions and some even offering free talks it's sure to keep everyone entertained.

Meet the Animals
Bristol has some fantastic free city farms including Windmill Hill City Farm and St Werburghs City Farm. Meet the animals and take advantage of the play areas and picnic spaces, perfect for a sunny day.

Street Art
You may know that Bristol is the hometown of infamous street artist Banksy and as a result there's plenty of his work around the city that you can go and see. Just download the app and get going! 

Bristol's walls and buildings are an ever-changing canvas of incredible art, there is even a free street art festival, Upfest

Kids can get creative themselves at the RWA FREE family Art Workshop, suitable for all ages, everyone is welcome. 

Parks and Gardens
Bristol has over 400 parks and green spaces and virtually all of them are totally free to visit. In the city centre you'll find Brandon Hill, where you can spot squirrels, explore the nature reserve or climb Cabot Tower for a real life adventure. Blaise Castle House Museum and Estate features a 19th century mansion and you can explore the parkland and woodlands, as well as enjoying the cafe whilst the kids head off to the children’s adventure playground.

Festival time!
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is a free event and watching hundreds of colourful hot air balloons take off and drift over the city is probably one of the most exciting Bristol experiences you can have. There's other big free events though, including Bristol Harbour Festival in July.


Things to do in Gloucestershire:

Get into Nature
View the sights at Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail. Get some fresh air and burn off some energy along the 3.5 mile path. Children can also enjoy the playground at Beechenhurst Lodge.

Pick your own home grown fruit at Primrose vale Farm. Pay for what you pick and take advantage of the play area, farm shop and café.

Museums and Galleries
Cheltenham art gallery and museum, The Wilson, is home to an impressive permanent collection, which locals can enjoy free of charge. Learn about Scott’s Antarctic expedition or step back in time to see what life was like in Cheltenham 100’s of years ago. Children can also let their imagination run free at the weekly ‘Tots and Tales’ story and snack mornings for just £5.

Tetbury Police Museum is one to visit, with cells and courtroom still intact it’s a fun place to visit for children of all ages.

The House of the Tailor of Gloucester, a quaint museum set within the same building which inspired Potter’s magical tale. The wonderful world of Beatrix Potter offers pure nostalgia. 

Splashing About
Just over the border in Evesham, families can enjoy some summer splashing for free at Abbey Park’s play fountains. Open from 10am to 6pm from May to September, the fountains are brilliant for cooling off on a hot day. Don’t forget to pack your picnic!


Kids Eat for Free!

Asda Café: Kids eat for £1 all day, every day with no adult spend required from 25th July - 4th September 2022
Morrisons: Kids eat free all day, every day in Morrisons cafes nationwide, daily from 3pm with every adult meal over £4.99
Brewer Fayre: You can get two children's free breakfast with one paying adult
Yo Sushi: Kid’s eat free from 3pm-5.30pm, Monday to Thursday until 1st September 2022
Bella Italia: Children can eat for £1 with any adult main. The offer is valid between 4-6pm Monday to Thursday




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