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Throughout the year, national parks, stately homes and museums and galleries host a wealth of activities for all the family to enjoy that each cost less than £10 to attend. They range from classical concerts in spectacular grounds, to arts and crafts workshops and meet-the-wildlife days where children can get close to different animals. Listen to a choral concert by a professional choir for the price of a small donation to the cathedral by sitting in on their rehearsal time. An annual membership to an organisation such as English Heritage will provide you with a year’s entrance to more than 400 historic sites.

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Have a traditional Victorian seaside experience

Head to the delightful seaside town of Saltburn-by-the-Sea for a fun trip up a sea-cliff lift and dine on fish and chips with a view.

Location: Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire

 

Enjoy a budget break at Euro Hostel Liverpool

Spend a weekend in Liverpool and stay at a hostel with a difference – it’s dormitories, but not as you know it.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 

Take a walk through Tresco Abbey Garden

Tresco Abbey Garden has unique climate conditions that allow for the growth of exotic and unique plant life.

Location: Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

 

Sample a proper Cornish Pasty

There may be a plethora of pasty shops in the country but there's only one place where you can get the authentic pasty experience; Cornwall.

Location: Redruth, Cornwall

 

Walk and picnic amongst the prehistoric landscape at Avebury

Step into the largest stone circle in the world, standing for over 4500 years, and the site of a host of archaeological excavations.

Location: Marlborough, Wiltshire

 

Explore Dungeness

Dungeness attracts both visionary artists and nature lovers.

Location: Dungeness, Kent

 

Discover UNESCO World Heritage site at Masson Mills

Experience what life was like to work in an 18th-century mill at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Location: Matlock Bath, Derbyshire

 

Enjoy a camping weekend at the National Water Sports Centre

Take advantage of a budget break in Nottingham with a camping weekend at the National Water Sports centre, just 10 minutes from the heart of the city.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

 

Head to St Michael's Mount

It’s not often you get to follow in a giant’s footsteps...

Location: Marazion, Cornwall

 

Picnic in Bath's most elevated park

Enjoy stunning views of the World Heritage City of Bath from the steep hill-top setting of Alexandra Park.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 

See a play under the stars

Experience theatre performed in the open air, amid the beautiful, green surroundings of Regent's Park.

Location: Regent's Park, Greater London

 

Pick your own at Parkside Farm

Blackberries, raspberries, strawberries... time to get picking and fill those baskets at Parkside Farm.

Location: Enfield, London

 

See nature come to life on the Somerset Levels

See the Red Arrows equivalent for starlings in stunning Somerset countryside.

Location: Somerset

 

Master the Greensand Ridge Walk

Follows a ridge of greensand through on a green path through Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire.

Location: Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

 

Explore the city of York by bike

York is voted as one of the most bike-friendly cities in England with a wide range of cycle routes through the city and beyond.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 

Find riverside amusements aplenty in the Severn Valley

Stourport-on-Severn is a great inland resort to explore, with plenty of open green space for the whole family to enjoy, canal and riverside walks, riverside amusements and boat trips galore.

Location: Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire

 

Uncover London’s industrial heritage at The Brunel Museum

Discover how the world's first underwater tunnel was built on a visit to the Brunel Museum.

Location: London, Greater London

 

Find each of the Norwich 12

The Norwich 12 is an exciting collection of historically and architecturally rich buildings spanning 1,000 years of history in Norwich.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

 

Ride the Water Rail Way cycle route

Begin your ride in the city and then head out to the Wolds.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

 

Discover the UK's only crocodile zoo

Come face to face with some of the most feared predators on the planet - Nile crocodiles, American alligators, black caiman and more!

Location: Brize Norton, Oxfordshire

 

Bask in the traditional charm of Shanklin Seafront

Shanklin Seafront is one of the Isle of Wight's most popular seaside resorts, with loads to keep the kids quiet and plenty of places for adults to take it easy.

Location: Shanklin, Isle of Wight

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