As a larger family it’s difficult to have a day out for anything less than £50-£100 so when we were challenged by Asda to discover free or cheap activities (that please all the children) to do over the summer holidays we leapt at the chance.
The aim of the article was to show that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to keep the children entertained and happy over the holidays.
We had a very busy, fun filled week fitting in as many craft activities and trips out as we could.
We’re members of the National Trust and English Heritage so days out to any of their sites are free to us. We live close to Blickling and Felbrigg Hall so these were a must. Beautiful walks, gardens to explore and a wander around the house.
Lots of restaurants have offers on during the summer holidays where children eat for £1 or even free (with every paying adult) including Jamies Italian, Frankie & Bennys and Pizza Hut and these are well worth checking out for a great deal on food.
We visited Castle Acre with a picnic and the children loved exploring the old ruins. We took a trip to Norwich library for a free drop-in activity and Norwich Cathedral for a free guided tour.
We got the craft box out! There are lots of things to make and do with things recycled from around the house. We made egg box boats which we then floated in the paddling pool.
We baked and decorated biscuits, made shaped wax crayons and painted magnets for the fridge.
I think the best thing we did was build a wig wam in the garden. It was lovely for the children to sit in and relax, even the rabbit made it in.
Like most parents, the summer holidays can be daunting trying to keep all the children happy. Being creative and doing simple things can be just as enjoyable, if not more so, than an expensive day out. There really are some wonderful things to do in and around Norwich.
Check out the August issue of Asda’s Good Living Magazine to see what activities were used in the article and get some ideas for the last week of the holidays!