Well the Summer holidays are almost upon us and I find myself with three children ranging from age 5 to 10 that need entertained. I love the Summer holidays and the lazing around in pyjamas and not rushing out the door for the school run but I like to be prepared with some activities up my sleeve so as to make the most of our time together. But the holidays can become quite costly with 3 children so I have been looking for things to do that don't cost the earth.
Here is my round up on places to go in and around Yorkshire on a budget. Let's hope the weather stays fine because everything I have chosen is outdoors which is where I tend to find that things are cheaper than if you are constantly taking kids to themed places. As they say in Yorkshire "It'll be reyt" so here's hoping it is.
1. Always, always top of my list of places to go is RHS Harlow Carr. This place never bores me or the kids. Every half term or holiday there is something to get involved with and this Summer is no exception. It's the 75th anniversary of Enid Blyton's very first Famous Five book 'Five on a Treasure Island' and they have a whole host of 'have a go' workshops to celebrate. There are lots of places you can picnic in and around the garden both undercover and out in the open. We have a secret sneaky spot we like to picnic at where the bench overlooks a little pond so we can check out the pond life and watch the birds scurrying around in the bushes too. Should you wish to splash a bit more cash you can sample the delights of the Betty's Cafe Tearoom. There is one at the entrance where you can sit down inside or head on into the gardens and you will find a more relaxed tea house with bench seating. Here you can get delicious ice cream - yum!
The cost for a family of 2 adults plus 2 children is £28 excl Gift Aid with the option of adding on an additional child at £4.65. I love this place so much I have actually paid for a yearly membership so we all get in for free (I definitely get my money's worth)
2. If we continue to get some of the beautiful weather we have had recently then a trip to the Ilkley Lido is not to be missed. You can spend the whole day hanging out at the pool and chilling on the sun loungers so well worth the 20 quid you will part with for a day in the sun. You can take non-alcoholic drinks and a picnic here to keep the costs down and they even provide picnic benches.
Adult swim (16+) £7.30 and £3.70 per child. Total £18.40 for me and 3 kids
3. Third on my list of places to go this holidays is the Ingleton Waterfall Trail. This is something we have never done before but I think all 3 children are now up to the challenge of walking the 4.3 miles circular walk. The trail is well-defined but not pushchair or wheelchair friendly and you need to allow between 2.5 and 4 hours to complete the walk depending on fitness. There is lots of free parking but there is an admission cost for the trail which is set at £15.00 for 2 adults and up to 3 children. Again, a picnic will be brought but there are cafe facilities available if you don't want to carry any food with you
4. Another favourite place of mine in the holidays is The Hepworth Gallery where it is FREE entry and there is also free family fun every day throughout the Summer holidays. In the past we have taken part in making little pictures with a wet felting technique and have created sculptures out of clay. There is always lots of help on hand and we have never had to wait too long to take part. There are also explore and draw stations around the gallery where you can borrow drawing materials to create your own artworks and a fabulous play park for the kids to have a run around in. There is, of course, a picnic area.
5.The Scamp family also love the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. This is a place that never fails to keep the kids occupied for a few hours and as a bonus we can take the dog here too. It's always lots of fun finding the sculptures dotted throughout the grounds and running free through the fields. There are loads of family friendly events you can attend (some cost £3 per child or adult and some are free).The free ones are generally drop in throughout the day so no need to book. So much exploring to be done.
There ends the We Are Scamp round up of activities to do in the holidays that don't cost the earth. As you can probably gather I don't like shelling out at all the cafes so one way I find that you can really keep costs down is to bring a picnic.