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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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

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Soak up the autumn colours in Greenwich Park

Soak up the autumn colours in Greenwich Park

There is no better place to take in the change of the seasons than London’s Greenwich Park, home to the Royal Observatory and the Prime Meridian Line.

Location: Greenwich, London

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Strut your stuff with the LGBT community at Brighton Pride

Strut your stuff with the LGBT community at Brighton Pride

At Brighton Pride you can enjoy a risqué new drag act, dance till your heart’s content – and eat fish ‘n’ chips.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Enjoy stunning public art at Sculpture in the City

Enjoy stunning public art at Sculpture in the City

Visit the eastern part of the City of London where exciting sculptures from some of the world’s leading artists can be found.

Location: London, Greater London

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Discover a haven for flowers in the heart of England

Discover a haven for flowers in the heart of England

Wander hand-in-hand along Worcestershire’s Spring Blossom Trail, through field after field, amongst the county’s blossoming flowers and plant life.

Location: Vale of Evesham, Worcestershire

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Discover the history of Hertford Castle

Discover the history of Hertford Castle

As part of National Heritage Weekend, Hertford Castle will open its doors to the public free of charge.

Location: Hertford, Hertfordshire

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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

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Free fun for the family at Monkwearmouth Station Museum

Free fun for the family at Monkwearmouth Station Museum

Monkwearmouth Station Museum has received national commendations for work with young children and provides fun and education for the whole family.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

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Taste Lincolnshire’s best export at the Sausage Festival

Taste Lincolnshire’s best export at the Sausage Festival

Eat your way around this flavoursome festival, celebrating one of the UK’s most distinctive foods.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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Discover the mystery of the Rosetta Stone

Discover the mystery of the Rosetta Stone

Visit the British Museum for free and see the famous Rosetta Stone, discovered in Egypt in around 196 BC and key in the deciphering of hieroglyphs.

Location: London, Greater London

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Enjoy the energy of the South Tyneside Festival

Enjoy the energy of the South Tyneside Festival

This eclectic summer festival brings three months of free entertainment to the vibrant seafront resort of South Shields.

Location: South Shields, Tyne and Wear

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See the changing of the Guards at Windsor

See the changing of the Guards at Windsor

If there’s one essential experience in Windsor, it’s taking in the spectacle of the Changing of the Guard. This tradition brings history and the public together.

Location: Windsor, Berkshire

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Enjoy the ultimate festival experience for free in Greenwich

Enjoy the ultimate festival experience for free in Greenwich

Visit Greenwich this summer for amazing sights and sounds at the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival whist on a budget break in London.

Location: Greenwich, London

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Bird watching in St Bees

Bird watching in St Bees

The largest seabird colony on the west coast of England is at St Bees Head.

Location: St Bees, Cumbria

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Enjoy free culture in Birmingham

Enjoy free culture in Birmingham

Discover how arty Birmingham is, from the world’s largest collection of Pre-Raphaelite works to a creative hub packed with new artists.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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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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Peep into Durham’s locomotive past

Peep into Durham’s locomotive past

Discover Durham’s role in the development of the railways at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon.

Location: Vale of Durham

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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

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Welcome spring and its cuckoos at the Downton Cuckoo Fair

Welcome spring and its cuckoos at the Downton Cuckoo Fair

Maypole and morris dancing, craft stalls and Wiltshire’s farm produce are just some of the many things you’ll find at this free event in May.

Location: Downton, Wiltshire

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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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