Entertaining the kids during 2021

sophalex

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Hey it's been a while but I'm still around - even if I'm not logged in...oops!

Unfortunately we had a holiday booked for the summer holidays to Cornwall for a week however due to financial reasons we've had to cancel. We've lost our deposit but there was just no way we could raise enough funds before the deadline.


This brings me on to the topic of this thread. There's me my partner and our 3 children aged 8, 6 and 2.

No big summer holiday sucks! So we need to pack this year with as much entertainment as possible - budget friendly too!

So far we've had:
- a trip to Gulliver's land - £95 for all of us. One of the cheapest theme parks in our area and although it could do with some TLC it was perfect for the kids as even our 2 year old could go on 99% of the rides!

Booked:

- We're going to Wales for a long weekend. Luckily our grandparents booked a large enough accomodation for us to invade for the last few days :) - FREE

- Legoland is booked. Tickets were coming in at £195 but thanks to sun savers and a colleague giving me a child goes free voucher we got this down to £87...thank god.

- the great British motor show had a discount for st George's Day so bagged them for around £35.

That's all we have so far. Obviously we'll have the standard trips to the beach etc but really hoping to pack some more places in.

I've added to the list Mercedes Benz World as it's free and possibly brooklands museum as tickets for us come in at £30 using a discount code on buyagift.

Being a Lidl plus member gave me access to an offer for 6 months free days out with the kids subscription (cancelled straight away so no funds taken and still get the 6 months). The deals however are disappointing apart from Blue reef aquarium kids go free with an adult.

Really struggling here. Some attractions are extortionate for what you get and the feedback from friends and family just puts you off.

Any ideas or tips on what we could do? Budget friendly. Recommendations?

We're in the south east with great access to the M3 A3 M25 and M4.




Also who knew that if you empty a jar of hot dogs into a flask, fill with boiling water in the morning...they're ready for lunch!
 

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that hot dog fact depresses me lol

Always wanted to go to Legoland as a kid, never got to go!

What about a tour of UK theme parks, most of them have hotels attached / nearby!
 

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that hot dog fact depresses me lol

Always wanted to go to Legoland as a kid, never got to go!

What about a tour of UK theme parks, most of them have hotels attached / nearby!
Kids love hot dogs . When they're £5 a pop at theme parks it's a money saver!

That's what I was thinking....one day at Lego land and hotel is around £700.....

So yeah that's not happening


I am looking at a Travelodge for when we go tho...5 mins away from the park and a total of £65... technically it's made of bricks so still fits the theme right?
 
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Yeah if you accept the theme park costs and then use local travel lodge / holiday inn express / even AirBnB you should find some cracking deals!
 

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Yeah if you accept the theme park costs and then use local travel lodge / holiday inn express / even AirBnB you should find some cracking deals!
Have you ever used an airbnb Jon? I remember it looked good but then there were loads of scams where the property didn't exist etc. Have they sorted this now? Nervous to try it
 

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You've said Mercedes world and motorshow, so if you like cars have you been to the Goodwood Breakfast club? Need to get up early but it is free and can have a good turnout depending on the theme.

There's normally 7 or 8 a year but all their events are still cancelled at the moment. I expect they will reinstate some soon, if not put it on the list for next year. This is the website https://www.goodwood.com/motorsport/breakfast-club/
 
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You've said Mercedes world and motorshow, so if you like cars have you been to the Goodwood Breakfast club? Need to get up early but it is free and can have a good turnout depending on the theme.

There's normally 7 or 8 a year but all their events are still cancelled at the moment. I expect they will reinstate some soon, if not put it on the list for next year. This is the website https://www.goodwood.com/motorsport/breakfast-club/
I'm sure there's a VW show in Leeds as well at Harewood House I think
 

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You've said Mercedes world and motorshow, so if you like cars have you been to the Goodwood Breakfast club? Need to get up early but it is free and can have a good turnout depending on the theme.

There's normally 7 or 8 a year but all their events are still cancelled at the moment. I expect they will reinstate some soon, if not put it on the list for next year. This is the website https://www.goodwood.com/motorsport/breakfast-club/
How have I never heard of this?! That's a great idea, much appreciated! I'll keep my eyes on it to see if they start up again :).


Also just booked the travelodge for legoland, £56 with discount and quidco has also tracked for 2.5%. Happy with that!
 

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It honestly should be a lot easier now that restrictions are eased and we're finally getting sun. The park is always a cost free to let the kids roam and have fun.
 

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