Budget Days out in London
Check in advance and see whats on, I used the kids theatre week promotion to buy two adult tickets (which gets two kids tickets free) to Horrible Histories at the Garrick theatre on 15 August. Total cost £35 and these are seats in the stall not in the gods, so very happy with that. The show starts at 1pm and finishes at 3.30pm leaving plenty of time for a picnic then a wander down to see the palace.
I am lucky that London is only half hour away by train and with group train tickets being reasonable, and all days tickets cover tube travel. It is cheaper to go to London than take a family to the cinema.
The amazing, fantastic jaw dropping Science Museum and British Museum. Both free, both fill hours with wonder, and if you or the children do get bored hop on the tube to any of the parks, or Camden market for another few hours of London.
The tall ships are coming to Greenwich in August and although tickets are needed to get very close to them, just find a spot on the banks of The Thames and watch them sail past.
Away from London
Travelodge and booking early is the key to budget family getaways for me. We booked family rooms in Windsor Travelodge six months in advance and got them for £15 a night. We had a great time wandering in Windsor Great Park, Picnicking by the river bank and taking a boat trip (£4.50 each) past Eton College and Windsor race course.
I love the National Trust properties and they often have amazing gardens. Near my home we have the fabulous Ashridge National Trust Estate and the Magnificent Dunstable Downs. What can be more fun though, than fishing for tiddlers in the local park for the price of a fishing net.
My Dream Getaway if money were no object would have to be Richard Brandson`s Nectar Island. It sounds the ultimate getaway, white sand, blue sea and total seclusion. The only thing that stops me from going? well maybe its those six little numbers not falling in the right order.
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