Get the April issue of Gardener’s World magazine. They have a 2 for 1 offer for over 400 gardens around the uk. Plus you have a great magazine to read when you get home😀.
Go to the park and play on the swings (preferably take a child with you, lol), or take a football or cricket bat.
Play rounders! I have excellent memories of family holidays doing this when I was young.
Go for a walk at a fast pace and you won’t need to bother with the gym. Do it with a buggy and you are resistance training!
Check your local museums and art galleries – some will be free.
Head for the hills
Pack up a picnic and head for the hills. If we have a day out anywhere, Mr Shoestring and I always take a flask and sandwiches – whatever the weather. It saves so much money and also means no queuing in crowded cafes for over-priced food of variable quality.
Check the country parks in your area. In Essex we are blessed with some great open spaces, ideal for a family walk: Visit Parks. It’s easy to find where yours are at your local Tourist Information Centre.
Go find a bluebell wood. This is a good time to go! You can find some listed on the Woodland Trust website here.
Check out your local wildlife trust. They have all kinds of activities going on, from a family pond dip to an twilight bat or owl walk.
Garden centres for green entertainment
Go to the garden centre. We have several locally that have so much to see for free, and the kids love their displays. However, don’t be drawn in to the café, and don’t buy anything unless you need it and it is a good price.
Visit your relatives and friends. They are an under-rated and often under-valued form of entertainment and support.
Find a boot sale and get yourself some bargains.
We will find some free and frugal ways to spend a bank holiday, as we always do. I can see us meandering around a garden I should think. Maybe see you there!