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Free Days Out: Top Hobbies You Can Do For Free

Stuck for something to do this weekend? You’ll be surprised by some of the unique things to do and places you can explore nearby with top-rated attractions, tours, and activities, right on your doorstep.

And, if you’re a parent, you’ll understand the pressures of keeping the kids occupied on weekends or during the school holidays. After all, most activities for kids usually cost an arm and a leg and can break the bank if you’re regularly looking for ways to keep them happy.

We all love free days out with the kids, with your friends or as a couple – and there are hundreds of free days out that won’t cost you a single penny.

We have compiled a guide to the best free days out, including some free museum visits, free comedy shows and other free attractions nearby.

Free Museum Visits

As Brits, we’re lucky enough to be able to have a multitude of museums on our doorstep, most of which are free to visit. And, if you’re looking for free family days out, a museum is the perfect excuse to get the family out and for children to learn more about history and culture.

Whether it’s a natural history, archaeology, maritime, military and war museum, or even an art gallery, a day out at the museum is always a safe choice for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Free Farm Visits

If you or your children love a taste of rural life, a trip to the farm is always a much-loved option and is the perfect opportunity to learn about farming & countryside issues, as well as the natural environment around us.

Get close to, touch and even feed the animals, and if you have children, there may even be adventure play areas to explore and let off some steam. Some farms allow entry for free, whereas most will require you to pay a small fee.

Free Comedy Shows

If you’re planning a trip to London or to a nearby city, then a visit to then a comedy show might be high up on your to-do list. Tickets can really add up, particularly if you are travelling in a group.

Depending on where you look, you may be able to find some free comedy show tickets or massively reduced tickets for a fraction of the original price.

The Applause Store, in particular, provides free tickets to popular programmes which are completely free of charge. These shows typically have a waiting list, so we recommend registering in advance. If you’re lucky, you may get a seat if there’s a cancellation from another audience member.

Free Cinema Tickets

There are several guaranteed ways to get your hands on free cinema tickets with widely-available schemes that’ll help you bag huge discounts or a free trip to the cinema.

Meerkat Movies are giving away two free cinema tickets for the price of one. You’ll just need to purchase an insurance policy (car, vehicle, home, pet, life, business, landlord or travel insurance) with Compare The Market. Otherwise, you can also switch your utility, TV, broadband or landline provider.

Otherwise, Vue Cinemas, Odeon and Cineworld offer hugely discounted cinema tickets for children on weekends and during the school holidays.

Free Educational Workshops

You’d be surprised just how many local businesses and retailers hold free workshops for kids on a regular basis – most of which we probably aren’t aware of.

Arts and Crafts

For arts and crafts workshops, Hobbycraft’s free workshops for children are held in most of their UK stores, with an opportunity to learn how to make simple crafts and paint pictures. These workshops take place throughout the year on set days, which vary from store to store.

If you’re looking for free activities in London, The National Gallery in London runs free art workshops and sessions during the school holidays on certain days, with free entry to the museum.


Most little ones love to learn about nature and the life cycle of plants and flowers. Dobbies Garden Centre, which can be found throughout the country, holds free workshops for 4-10 year-olds during school holidays, for kids to learn about planting seeds and bulbs.


WWF workshops are free for primary school students, with exciting discovery trails at the Living Planet Centre in Woking, around woodlands, wetlands and their apothecary gardens. Make a booking online via the WWF website.

Pets at Home also run a free animal workshop throughout the year and during school holidays, for children aged 5-11 to understand how to care for animals.

Keep Tabs on Free Days Out

Looking to keep on top of the latest free days out, free family days out or free activities during school holidays? Our free days out page showcases amazing deals and free tickets, as well as free entry to your favourite UK attractions. We add all valid free tickets and free events to our website for you to add to your diary.

For more information or if you have any questions about our free days out, please get in touch.