10 Fun and Cheap Summer Holiday Ideas

The summer holidays can get expensive but with just a little forward planning, there are loads of great deals out there. Whether you’re going away or enjoying a ‘staycation’, there are sure to be a few dull moments during the long summer holidays. Take advantage of these great discounts and ideas for a summer holiday to remember!

1. Toucan Box

Monthly subscription boxes have really taken over our post in the past few years but sadly, they can get pretty expensive. Toucan Box is a great monthly subscription for kids craft supplies. With the code 59NTR32 you can get one for just five pounds – and then cancel the subscription. Kids will love getting this fun parcel.


2. Woodland Detectives

Get out into the fresh air and take advantage of the Woodland Trust’s free downloadable guides for identifying creepy crawlies.


3. English Heritage

It’s worth signing up for English Heritage if you have a lot of kids to entertain this summer. For members, up to 6 children under 18 are allowed in free.


4. National Rail

Looks out for loads of amazing 2-4-1 deals on a huge range of UK attractions when you show your train ticket at the entry booth. Even if you’re going by car, it might well be worth buying a ticket anyway, just to get the deal.


5. NCS

Perfect for older kids with an adventurous disposition, this scheme is available to 16 and 17 year old Brits and can be undertaken for as little as £50 or even for free. From adventure activities and learning to live away from the home, this scheme looks amazing on a CV and makes much better use of a summer holiday then flipping burgers.


6. Free Tennis

The Lawn Tennis Association (the guys who run Wimbledon) offer up free tennis lessons in locations all over the country. Well worth a look.


7. Free West End Shows

Seeing a show on London’s West End is probably one of the most expensive weekends out there. Believe it or not, it’s possible to get free kids’ tickets with your adult ones to 35+ shows. Now you can afford to make a day of it!


8. Football Crazy

The FA run football lessons throughout the summer holidays for kids to improve their game before school starts up again. Fun and fantastic for keeping kids active and interested. Places go very quickly on these free courses.


9. Tesco Clubcard

When you shop with a Tesco Clubcard, it’s easy to clock up points. These can allow you to get up to 75% off a range of zoos and wildlife parks including Longleat and Whipsnade.


10. Cinema

There’s nothing like seeing a great movie on the big screen but with tickets and overpriced treats, the cost can soon rack up. Fortunately, lots of cinema chains run amazing school holiday deals, such as tickets for £1.99 and free adult entry. Add in cheaper snacks from home and it’s a great value morning!


The summer holidays are a perfect time to spruce up your home. Here at Shabby Store we have a wide range of affordable furniture from beds and sofas to gorgeous modern lighting.

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