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by Katie Hodgkins

Fun Things To Do This August Bank Holiday

Struggling for activity inspiration for this upcoming Bank Holiday? We’ve got you covered! 

Monday the 26th of August is the last Bank Holiday of 2019, so make it count by spending the day having fun & making precious memories with your little one. There are things to consider before making plans;

  • What will the weather forecast be on the Bank Holiday?
  • What is your budget?
  • What is there nearby to do, or will you need to travel further afield?

Cheap Things To Do With The Kids

You needn’t break the bank this Bank Holiday (pardon the pun!), you and the kids can have a whale of a time for virtually no cost if you find cheap things to do locally. Our favourite ideas are;

  • Go to a local park – perhaps take a picnic?
  • Go swimming at your local leisure centre.
  • Feed the ducks.
  • Go on a nature walk if you have local woods.
  • If you’re lucky enough to live near the coast, pack a picnic and essentials and head down to the beach.

How To Find Local Events

Most councils will be putting on events this bank holiday, so do check your local council website. You can also check out the following websites and directories for more local activities being put on this Bank Holiday;

  • Families Online is a fantastic online directory which allows you to find local family events and days out across the UK.
  • The National Trust often holds fun family events across the UK. Monthly membership is relatively cheap, too!

Arts & Crafts Ideas

Arts & crafts are a fabulous way to spend the Bank Holiday without spending a small fortune, and are a great back up activity if you have other plans scrapped by poor weather, as tends to be the way in good old Blighty. We have some fantastic arts & crafts guest blogs, we’ve picked out our favourite to help inspire you.

Hand Crafted Bug Jars

This tutorial by Elisabeth of Diary of a Yummy Mummy is a great indoor activity to enjoy this Bank Holiday! It could be easily adapted to include different bugs and plants.

Ocean Sensory Tray

This sensory tray by My Three Little Strawberries has proven to be very popular with our followers! It’s so creative and cheap to replicate.

Cooking With The Kids

Another cost effective way of spending time with the kids this bank holiday is cooking! The world is your oyster; there are so many recipes you can try out, and the kids will LOVE getting involved. We have oodles of recipe advice from our guest bloggers; here are our favourite recipes.

Get Gardening

Getting outdoors guarantees hours of fun; why not make a project of it, and get gardening?! You could;

Check Out Our Summer Bucket List!

If you’re seriously stuck for inspiration, our summer bucket list could help to get your ideas flowing and plan a fantastically fun Bank Holiday Monday.

What would you add to our list?

Places Where Kids Eat Free (Or Cheaply)

If you’re in the mood for a family meal out, we’ve checked out where you can take the kids to eat for free, or cheaply’

  • Bella Italia – if you register here, you can get a code where the kids can eat for £1 on every day apart from Saturday, from 12 noon.
  • Register at Frankie and Benny’s as sometimes they do great deals, and will notify you via email.
  • Get a free breakfast for 2 kids when one adult orders a full Premier Inn Breakfast (served until 10am) at a Beefeater restaurant.
  • Brewers Fayre have a kids eat free deal at breakfast here!

Find out more at Family Break Finder.

Free Things To Do In Stores

Some retailers are holding FREE in store events for kids to participate in; ones to check out for Bank Holiday Monday include…

  • Pets at home runs some small animal workshops throughout the year, including during the school holidays. The sessions are catered for kids aged 5-11 but all ages are welcome.
  • Hobbycraft runs free workshops for kids in most of its UK stores. Workshops, dates and times vary from store-to-store but could include fun things like slime making, ceramic painting, and decoupage.
  • Dobbies Garden Centre runs free workshops for 4-10-year-olds on the first Sunday of every month and during school holidays – it’s worth asking your local centre if they have a planned event for Monday.

Is there anything you’d add to this list? Let us know in the comments!

Love from Katie. Xx


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I'm Katie, and I'm a mama, wife, and freelance content creator for Bump, Baby & You. I also help to run our thriving online community over in our Facebook support group, as well as volunteering for my local branch of the National Childbirth Trust. I'm a busy bee and enjoy keeping active, cooking, writing, and fun days out with my little family. My special topics of interest are... autism (as me and my son are both autistic), science, all things parenting and pregnancy related, and The Handmaids Tale!
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