Free or cheap activities for the family during the summer holidays

Summer vacation is upon us and as the country continues to be hit by a cost of living crisis, we’ve put together a list of some great free or cheap days out with the kids.

There’s a wide selection here, so whatever interests your little one, hopefully there’s something on this list that keeps them amused.

Pendle Sculpture Trail

Located in Aitken Wood, Barley, you and your children can stroll through the village and into the woods where you will find bats, stone witches, mythical creatures and a host of wonderful carvings on the Pendle Sculpture Trail.

The famous Pendle witches who were hanged over 400 years ago each have their own tree plaques that will help you learn more about their history.

The trail has recently expanded after new artwork was added to Letcliffe Park to augment the Sculpture Trail and it is easy to visit both sites on the same day.

Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery

A free and easily accessible activity is a visit to the Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery.

Located in the town centre, the museum is currently hosting a Queen’s Jubilee event which features photographs from each decade that explore the people, places and events of Blackburn during the Queen’s 70-year reign.

The museum also houses a wide variety of exhibits such as fine art, decorative art, Egyptology, coins, manuscripts, natural history, social history, and South Asia.

The Blackburn Museum is one of the first free purpose-built museums which opened outside of London in 1874.


Over in Briercliffe, HAPPA, Horses and Ponies Protection Association, welcomes visitors to enjoy the site and meet some of the animals.

Set in acres of green space, overlooking the Thursden Valley, the venue hosts events for families, requiring only a small donation to visit.

You must book online before visiting and present your ticket upon arrival.

Brockholes Nature Reserve

Outside East Lancashire, but just off the M6, you can take the kids for a day out at Brockholes Nature Reserve.

Home to several species of birds, fish and mammals, you can visit the reserve and enjoy a walk in the fresh air.

If you have some spare cash, the nature reserve runs a number of activity days for families if they are looking for something to do on a budget, with prices for events starting at £2.50 £ per child.

The beach

If all else fails, pack a bucket, shovel and picnic and head to one of Lancashire’s fantastic coastal towns.

You can enjoy coastal views and sea breezes while the kids play on the sand in Blackpool, St Annes, Lytham, Fleetwood, Morecambe or even Southport.

Take a picnic to cut costs and if you are able to spend some money why not treat the family to an ice cream.

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