Free things to do and see

Free things to do

There are few places in the world offering more for eager culture vultures hunting for free things to do. Free museums and art galleries sit on top of the list. For the more outdoor-minded, grab a map from the local tourist office or visitor centre and go on a treasure hunt through town or countryside. Farmers’ markets offer a vivid tableau of community life, and often encourage you to taste free samples. See window shopping in a new light. The displays are often works of art in their own right and the architecture and design of some of the most famous shopping emporiums in the world is breathtakingly impressive.

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Enjoy family fun in Bath for free

Enjoy family fun in Bath for free

Enjoy a family break in Bath without breaking the bank with some outdoor fun at Bath Sykline’s woodland play area and exploring a top art museum.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Have a rockin' great time at the Castle

Have a rockin' great time at the Castle

This free music festival will be held in the grounds of Hertford Castle, and with four stages spread over three different areas, there will be something for everyone.

Location: Hertford, Hertfordhsire

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Sit back with a picnic and enjoy the view

Sit back with a picnic and enjoy the view

Rest your feet and enjoy your picnic whilst overlooking the beautiful scenery of the North Yorkshire coast.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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Visit Ashmolean Museum, the world's first public museum

Visit Ashmolean Museum, the world's first public museum

All the great civilizations of the world are represented in the Ashmolean Museum’s collections. Visit for a whole day, or just pop in for 5 minutes.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Be at one with birds of prey at Rosliston Forestry Centre

Be at one with birds of prey at Rosliston Forestry Centre

There’s something special about being close to a bird of prey; those round watchful eyes on high alert, fixing you with a dominating stare.

Location: Rosliston, Derbyshire

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Small pleasures come free at Dimminsdale Nature Reserve

Small pleasures come free at Dimminsdale Nature Reserve

Just a few small snowdrops bring cheer to the colder, shorter days of England’s winter, and seen at Dimminsdale, they’re simply breathtaking.

Location: Staunton Harold, Leicestershire

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Activities for all ages at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Activities for all ages at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens is a great place for the whole family to spend the day – and it’s free.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

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Relax in a day's birding at Langford Lakes

Relax in a day's birding at Langford Lakes

Open bodies of water are a rarity in south Wiltshire, making Langford Lakes nature reserve an attractive stopping-off point for a host of wild birds.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

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Harness the power of the landscape at Gibson Mill

Harness the power of the landscape at Gibson Mill

One of the first mills of the Industrial Revolution, Gibson Mill is still a lesson in self-sufficiency, in tranquil surroundings.

Location: Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

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Join the biggest Christmas Day party in Britain

Join the biggest Christmas Day party in Britain

Take a trip to Eastbourne for Christmas events galore with live concerts, fun activities and lots of festive cheer guaranteed.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Discover dinosaur footprints on the beach

Discover dinosaur footprints on the beach

Everyone who has been to the beach has seen footprints left in the sand, but have you ever seen ones that have been left by a dinosaur?

Location: Brook, Isle of Wight

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Savour the wilds of the UK’s first national park

Savour the wilds of the UK’s first national park

Relish windswept moors, ancient woodland, towering rock faces and rolling dales in the Peak District National Park.

Location: Peak District, Derbyshire

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Dress like a Roman at the City Museum

Dress like a Roman at the City Museum

Can you hear the medieval moot horn? Travel through 2,000 years of history with the sights and sounds of Winchester from the Iron Age to the present.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

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See Lynn Lumiere light up King's Lynn's historic buildings

See Lynn Lumiere light up King's Lynn's historic buildings

Rich in history and fascinating by day, Lynn Lumiere lights up some of King's Lynn's stunning building with an amazing animated light display every evening from dusk.

Location: King's Lynn, Norfolk

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A unique and thought-provoking experience

A unique and thought-provoking experience

The International Slavery Museum explores the history of the transatlantic slave trade and its enduring impact.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

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Become a butterfly expert at Cumberland House

Become a butterfly expert at Cumberland House

Step into a tropical paradise and watch exotic butterflies flutter by at Cumberland House Natural History Museum.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Step into Wonderland on Alice's Day

Step into Wonderland on Alice's Day

Rediscover the charm of this enduring classic with a fun-packed day of events each year on the 1st July in Oxford

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Investigate the origins of Sherlock Holmes at Portsmouth Museum

Investigate the origins of Sherlock Holmes at Portsmouth Museum

Unravel the Case of the Portsmouth Doctor at A Study in Sherlock in Portsmouth Museum.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Discover Tudor Winchester on foot for free

Discover Tudor Winchester on foot for free

Thanks to its strong royal links, visitors to Winchester can follow in the footsteps of the Tudors with specialist tours and trails.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

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Enjoy a right royal bike ride in Norfolk

Enjoy a right royal bike ride in Norfolk

Grab your bike and head to Norfolk for the perfect cycling break with a royal twist.

Location: Norfolk

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