Bank holiday on a budget: Free and cheap activities in the UK for the Bank Holiday weekend

Bank holiday season is here, and you know what that means – it’s time to make some memories without breaking the bank!

Whether you’re a penny-pinching pro or just looking to stretch your wallet a bit further, this blog is your one-stop shop for awesome (and affordable) ways to rock this long weekend.

Go crabbing at a nearby coastal town

Captured crabs in a pink beach bucket

Seaside towns are known for their sea life, including muscles, cockles and crabs. Many quays around the UK are welcome to the fun activity called crabbing. All you need for this is a fishing line, some bait and a bucket to put the nippy creatures in. Just make sure to return them where they came from! Why not visit The Embankment in Knightsbridge, the ideal quay in South Devon for catching crabs.

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Explore Bluebell Woods

Bluebell woods at Coombe Abbey Country Park, CoventryThis British staple can be spotted all across the UK, flowering from mid-April till late May. Coombe Abbey Country Park is perfect for the whole family to enjoy a day out in the spring air. As well as being packed with things to do, such as afternoon tea, duck feeding, a treetop adventure, and a bouncy castle, the grounds are also perfect for a stroll through the spring bluebells.

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Go geocaching

Children searching for geocaches

The up-and-coming thing to do this summer is geocaching – the act of finding small easily concealable capsules with gems hidden inside. With plenty of caches hidden all around the UK, wherever you are will be perfect for you to have a stroll and get the kids to find the treasures. Or, if you want to go somewhere more populated, why not try one of the better areas in the UK such as Margam, South Wales.

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Visit a UNESCO World Heritage site

Bridge at UNESCO world heritage site

There are plenty of amazing sights to be seen across the UK, many of which are part of the UNESCO group. One particular attraction that you may recognise from many film shots is the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal located in Wrexham, North Wales. You’ll be astounded at the views from this stunning location.

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Picnic with a view

Parliament Hill LondonEmbarking on a picnic adventure to Parliament Hill in London promises a memorable experience with iconic cityscape views. Nestled in Hampstead Heath, this parkland offers respite from the urban bustle.

As you spread out your picnic blanket, the sweeping panorama of the London skyline unfolds before you, featuring landmarks like the Houses of Parliament and the Shard. The lush green surroundings, fresh breeze and the chance to relax in the beauty of both nature and architecture make Parliament Hill an ideal destination for a summer picnic.

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