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Family days out for less than £20

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Family feeling the end-of-summer blues? Give the kids something to smile about at the weekend without breaking the bank. We’ve rounded up some of the best days out in the country – and they all cost less than £20!

The Science Museum, Albertopolis, London

Prince Albert, who also gave us the Christmas tree, founded a cornucopia of awesome museums in London’s Kensington area, which includes the V and A, the Natural History Museum and the amazing Science Museum. Like the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum is free to enter and runs some epic exhibitions for the inquiring mind. Top of the list is the permanent Who Am I? exhibit, which aims to answer the biggest question of all through engaging and accessible scientific interaction. From cutting-edge genetics to memory, it’s awesome.

Spitalfields City Farm, London

Spitalfields’ community farm is perfect for city-bound kids – and adults – of all ages. It’s free, there are tons of things going on there through the autumn, and most importantly it’s an outstanding opportunity for urban families to learn more about the farms their food comes from. If you really get into it, you can even volunteer and become one of the staff who grow the plants and care for the animals!

Natureland Seal Sanctuary, Lincoln

The seals that get stranded on Lincolnshire’s beaches are rescued, nurtured and returned to their natural habitat by the Natureland Seal Sanctuary – which includes a seal hospital, an underwater viewing zone and a greenhouse. There are also plenty of cheeky penguins in residence, who join in at seal feeding time! Two adults and two children get in on a family ticket for £12.

Cotswold Country Park and Beach, Gloucs

Where else can you please everyone in the family in a single location? The Cotswold Country Park and beach has the lot: nature reserves, multiple kids’ play areas, an inland family beach, dedicated BBQ spots, a cycle hire centre and a high wire adventure playground. Make the most of the late warmth and spend the day.

Tall Ship, Glasgow

The Glenlee is an ex-globetrotter whose hull has seen every corner of the globe. She’s also the last surviving example of a Clydeside tall ship in the UK, and one of only five left in the world. There are four brilliant decks to explore, with perfectly preserved cabin quarters, galleys and sailmaker’s rooms. It’s free for families, and you can even talk to real live crew members, who still work to keep the Glenlee going! There’s a kid’s play area (for the under 5’s) in the cargo hold.

Wilderness Wood, Hadlow Down, East Sussex

Ever dreamed of owning an actual wood? Wilderness Wood in East Sussex is the next best thing! A privately owned 62 acre wonderland, Wilderness Wood welcomes visitors who make a small donation at the cafe. There are pines, firs, giant redwoods and chestnut and beech coppices, and the owners have installed hundreds of camping areas and cook spots. If you love it, you can join up and help with the upkeep.

You can get to all of these places using cheap train tickets or car hire booked through redspottedhanky.com. Plus, when you book your travel with us, we’ll give you loyalty points you can use for your next big family adventure!

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