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Former_MSE_PenelopeFormer_MSE_Penelope Former Editorial Assistant
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It's starting to get sunny and a tad warmer, which makes us want to actually DO something at the weekend instead of watching Friends reruns on the sofa. But going out at the weekend can be costly, so we'd like to tap into MoneySavers' knowledge for nice free week-end activities.



  • edited 30 March 2010 at 8:05PM
    Noggin_the_Nog_2Noggin_the_Nog_2 Forumite
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    edited 30 March 2010 at 8:05PM
    The Lonely Planet Guide to Experimental Travel has lots of weird ideas for unusual approaches to travel. Not all of them are free (e.g. taking a backpacking holiday in your own town by booking into a hostel and behaving as though you're on holiday) but some of the activities are, such as no. 3, "Alternating Travel" - setting off from somewhere and alternating turning left and right at each junction; no. 13, "Confluence Seeking" - travelling to where a whole number of degrees longitude meets one of latitude, taking a photo of what's there and uploading it to the Degrees Confluence Project website and so on.

    It's basically just a weird bunch of stuff to do, much of which is free, so if you like slightly odd and intriguing activities, it's worth a look!

  • Museums and art galleries are always a good bet - most towns have at least one free one, although you'll normally have to pay to visit special exhibitions.
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  • We get loads of free stuff from the nature detectives website - it's great for families as there are lots of ideas for getting kids outdoors at weekends and holidays.

    We've downloaded tons of activity sheets, free packs, games and puzzles - we love the fungi trump cards and treasure hunts!
  • There is a free walking tour in London of the Harry Potter sites. You can download the pdf file with the map & there is things for kids to look for as they go along.
  • megsykinsmegsykins Forumite
    210 posts
    such as no. 3, "Alternating Travel" - setting off from somewhere and alternating turning left and right at each junction;

    We've done this as a pub crawl before! Or use a coin and at each junction flip it - head right / tails left - to decide the way so no two nights out ever the same!!
  • 16591659 Forumite
    185 posts
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    Every year the National Trust have an open weekend in March (was 20-21st march 2010) when properties and gardens are free entry. This is to encourage people to join the National Trust, or want to visit other properties and pay. We have visited Sudbury Hall last year and Calke Abbey this year and it was very enjoyable.
  • lex20000lex20000 Forumite
    72 posts
    RAF cosford nr telford in the midlands. free entrance to the museum the only cost is for parking, not much just a couple of quid. there is a new part to the museum thats got lots for young and old to do.
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  • Welly1Welly1 Forumite
    14 posts
    Sometimes the simple things in life are the best, and me and my 6 year old daughter enjoy nothing more than taking the dogs down to the local woods or beach and exploring. We both get plenty of fresh air and exercise, my wife has a couple of hours peace to do her housework, and more importantly the dogs come home and sleep for the rest of the day. And all without a penny being spent. Simples!
  • stphnsteveystphnstevey Forumite
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    We need some ideas :T
  • edited 30 March 2010 at 8:02PM
    susiebsusieb Forumite
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    edited 30 March 2010 at 8:02PM
    OK how about
    totally free, high tech treasure hunt.

    Always on the hunt for a bargain
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