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.

Free things to do

Free things to do and see

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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Explore Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire, where all the town’s a stage

Explore Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire, where all the town’s a stage

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival celebrates the town’s quirky and distinctive arts scene, with a reputation for delivering big names in a local setting.

Location: Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

 
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

 
Enjoy a stroll around firstsite art gallery

Enjoy a stroll around firstsite art gallery

firstsite is always free to enter and offers a wealth of exhibitions, events and activities for all the family.

Location: Colchester, Essex

 
Fly by for the Sunderland International Airshow

Fly by for the Sunderland International Airshow

Pack a picnic, head to the beach and lie back for dazzling aerial acrobatics, classic aircraft, live music, fireworks and traditional seaside fun.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

 
Learn about Jack the Ripper at City of London Police Museum

Learn about Jack the Ripper at City of London Police Museum

This museum offers a fascinating insight into the lives of the men, women and animals who have guarded the City since 1839.

Location: London, Greater London

 
See priceless art at Margate’s Turner Contemporary

See priceless art at Margate’s Turner Contemporary

Pay a visit to Margate’s international gallery Turner Contemporary for contemporary and historic art.

Location: Margate, Kent

 
See how the Chinese party as they usher in the New Year

See how the Chinese party as they usher in the New Year

Manchester’s Chinatown is transformed as lanterns, food stalls and a Dragon Parade take over the streets of the city.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

 
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

 
Explore Bronze Age England at Lordenshaws Fort

Explore Bronze Age England at Lordenshaws Fort

Explore the ancient heath and rolling farmland of Northumberland National Park.

Location: Northumberland National Park, Northumberland

 
Admire the iconic architectural landmarks of the City

Admire the iconic architectural landmarks of the City

Explore the fusion of historical and modern architecture in the ever-evolving City of London.

Location: London, Greater London

 
Titanic & Liverpool: the untold story

Titanic & Liverpool: the untold story

Titanic & Liverpool: the untold story tells Titanic’s story from unique Liverpool perspectives, including Captain Smith and the 120 crew with Merseyside links.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 
Discover 1,000 years of history at Chester Cathedral

Discover 1,000 years of history at Chester Cathedral

Journey through hundreds of years of history and discover hidden spaces as you climb to the top of the cathedral tower.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

 
Enjoy free, live music at Southsea Bandstand

Enjoy free, live music at Southsea Bandstand

Is there a better summer afternoon than a fantastic free programme of music and dance in a beautiful natural amphitheatre looking out to sea?

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Laugh out loud on the Blackpool promenade

Laugh out loud on the Blackpool promenade

Take a stroll where every step brings a new giggle as Blackpool has a floor covering with a difference.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

 
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

 
Pier to Pier in Bournemouth

Pier to Pier in Bournemouth

Got a spare hour or two in Bournemouth? Then take a stroll between the two piers.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

 
Wander the medieval passageways & get lost in the City

Wander the medieval passageways & get lost in the City

Navigate your way through the intriguing streets of the old City and embrace its quirky nature.

Location: London, Greater London

 
Escape to Another Place

Escape to Another Place

Forget crumbly sand sculptures; Antony Gormley’s 'Another Place' is seaside art on a whole new level.

Location: Crosby Beach, Merseyside

 
Explore the working trawler Arctic Corsair

Explore the working trawler Arctic Corsair

Journey back to the stormy waters of the North Sea at the height of the Cod Wars on the only trawler accessible to the public.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

 
Explore the West Bay coastline as seen on TV’s Broadchurch

Explore the West Bay coastline as seen on TV’s Broadchurch

Soak up the picture-perfect setting used in the TV series Broadchurch as you explore West Bay on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.

Location: West Bay, Dorset

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