When you’re faced with a Bank Holiday and extra time off work like we were for the Jubilee, it’s difficult to know what to do to keep the kids entertained. And if you’re trying to have a frugal month, for one reason or another, it can be even more difficult to find things to do.
www.thinkmoney.co.uk carried out a survey asking Brits what we had planned for the Jubilee weekend. Only 5% of people said they’d take a holiday abroad, twice as many people said they’d holiday in the UK – and half of people said they’d simply stay at home.
And most of us were watching the pennies too; only 3% of people said they expected to spend more than £150 extra on top of what they’d usually spend over a four-day weekend.
Watching the pennies over a Bank Holiday
For the cheapest bank holiday of all, you could stay at home, like half of the UK said they would this Jubilee. You can see family and friends and it doesn’t have to break the bank. If you’re entertaining, you can ask people to bring food and drinks with them – which works well if you’re having a dinner party or a barbeque. There’s plenty of entertainment at home that doesn’t have to cost the earth.
The simplest way to avoid spending more than you usually would for a Bank Holiday is just do what you’d normally do on the weekend. But this was a special occasion – especially for people who work, since a Bank Holiday is a rare day away from work!
If you have kids, it’s the perfect excuse to spend some time with them and do something as a family. Here are a few ways you can entertain children on a budget on a Bank Holiday:
- Take them to the park or a museum.
- Set up a cinema at home, complete with popcorn.
- Take them swimming to the local public baths.
- Take your children to see relatives – granny and granddad, or their aunties and uncles.
- Go for a long walk in a beauty spot – you don’t usually have to travel far in the UK to find some sort of nature walk.
- Kids are always learning, so you could teach them a new skill like baking, or crafts, or a sport they haven’t tried before.
- Dig out your old games and toys from the attic or cellar and have a retro gaming session with your kids – that old train set or your old dolls from when you were a child can feel like brand-new toys to a fresh pair of eyes.
These activities probably work better for younger children because by the time they’re teenagers a lot of them wouldn’t want to spend the Bank Holiday with their parents anyway!
Do you have any ideas of ways to spend a Bank Holiday without breaking the bank?
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