Everyone dreams of having a great summer. They want to get a tan, spend time with friends and family, spend days lazing about. But not everyone has the time or income to go jetting off. So we’ve come up with a list of free and cheap ideas for days this summer with the people you love.

1. World Horse Welfare Penny Farm, Blackpool
During the summer months, this pony rehabilitation centre has an activity trail around the farm. You can meet the ponies and learn more about what the charity does – a lovely day out giving love to some animals that desperately need it! Nearby you’ll also find Blackpool with its beach and three famous piers.

2. Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston
Situated just off the M6, this reserve is the perfect day out for families that want to get in touch with nature! You can take a walk along the River Ribble, explore the interactive Welcome Centre and floating Visitor Village, as well as safely engage with the local wildlife. Pack a picnic, sunscreen and plenty of water to be set for a whole day out.

3. Discovery Museum, Newcastle
For those children with a love for learning, this museum is perfect. You’ll learn about the history of Newcastle and Tyneside, including the town’s rich industrial and maritime history. Not only this, but there’s a water play area for under-7s and a café on the second floor.

4. Happy Mount Park, Morecambe
Created in the 1920s, this traditional-style park is packed with things for a family to do. For those that just want to lounge around, there’s plenty of well-tended to parkland and shrubbery to admire. If anyone’s feeling active, there’s a multitude of activities such as play areas, crazy golf, a splash park, trampolines and a café. 

5. Shiremoor Adventure Playground, Shiremoor
If you’re looking for a playground to visit in the North East, this is it. Boasting a mix of things for both older and younger kids to do, this is a community-based adventure playground. Things there include a treehouse, a multi-games area, basket swing, play huts and a small animal area. Even better, they run sessions exclusively for children with disabilities.

6. Campbell Park, Milton Keynes
If you’re looking for a park that combines art and nature, this is it. Kids will love the quirky sculptures, water features and art deco, while adults will enjoy how scenic and peaceful the area is. It’s the perfect place for unique family photos, or perhaps a chance for children to explore the cultural pieces. Again, bring a picnic for a full day out.

If nothing we’ve put here tickles your family’s fancy, then check out the links below for more wonderful free things to do this summer.

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