Free days out in the UK: Best summer holiday ideas for families

Free things to do with kids during the school holidays

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Free days out in the UK

Looking for free things to do with the kids this summer? We've found some brilliant family days out around Britain that won't cost you a penny!

Whether you're looking for outdoor fun with the big kids or little ones, we've got the school holidays covered.

Highlights include taking the family to see the Gruffalo, who will be stomping his way through all the major forests in England. Children can meet him and learn all about the furry friends of the woodlands in forests including Dean in Gloucestershire, Dalby Forest in Yorkshire and Bedgebury Pinetum and Forest in Kent.

If you've got teenagers who just like to chill out with a film, then Brighton's Big Screen is for them. The free outdoor beach cinema is showcasing a mixture of movie classics and recent box office hits on a gigantic 40sqm screen and showing the likes of The Hunger Games Catching Fire,Dirty Dancing and Jaws.

For a unique day out in Lanarkshire, the International Hot Air Balloon Spectacular combines hot air balloons launching and in flight, and includes the Saturday Evening Glow, where you can enjoy a magical scene of light and colour with balloons illuminating the night sky.

Take a look at some of the wonderful things you can do for free this summer:

Best free days out this summer

Best free days out this summer


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