Five Thrifty British Bank Holiday Ideas

Posted on 18 May 2015 Posted in  Cashback Diary
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The late May Bank Holiday for England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland is on Monday the 25th. Let’s make the most of it!

There’s something to appeal to almost everyone over the long weekend, whatever your budget, so we’ve put together our guide to give you a little extra thrifty inspiration.

1. Traditional events

This year the Spring Bank Holiday coincides with Whitsun, so there are all kinds of unusual traditional events to attend. For example, there’s the annual Cheese Rolling race at Cooper’s Hill in Brockworth, Gloucestershire where contestants chase a giant wheel of cheese down the hill.

For something calmer but more beautiful, visit the Well Dressing events in Endon village, Staffordshire, where local wells are festooned in floral decorations. Fans of the traditional can also try the National Trust for membership deals and special events, or visit a castle.

Cut costs further by taking a packed lunch, and booking cheaper train and coach tickets with cashback deals, family railcards and other discounts. At the moment, thetrainline, Raileasy and National Express all have offers.

2. A day at the beach

What could be better than some sea and sand for a truly thrifty day out? Bring your own deck chairs, sun tan lotion and buckets and spades, and relax on the beach until the sun goes down. There are some great offers on beach goods and toys at Argos and HEMA at the moment.

For inspiration, check out the Rough Guide’s picture guide to the best British beaches. Feast on fish and chips, beachcomb and have a paddle at the shoreline, pick up a couple of sticks of rock, and do some sightseeing. If you’re in a bigger town like Blackpool, make time to visit the Pleasure Beach or Blackpool Tower.

3. Day trips to attractions

Look out for the Adults Go Free promotion from Kellogg’s, where one adult can go free with each child to attractions around the UK and Ireland.  There’s something for just about everyone. For example, toy fans can visit LEGOLAND® at their Windsor Resort or the Discovery Centre Manchester and play all day to their hearts’ content. Or, if you’d prefer to get up close a few celebrities, from actors to the biggest pop stars, you can visit Madame Tussauds in London or Blackpool.

Fans of rollercoasters and other outdoor adventures will love the new attractions at Alton Towers and Thorpe Park. Alternatively, for beautiful aquariums and other watery fun, visit one of the 12 SEA LIFE centres at locations including Brighton and Loch Lomond, or splash about in the Aqua Zone at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin.

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You can also find deals via TopCashback for other attractions including Chessington World of Adventures and the London Eye. Plus, if you have a long way to travel, PlayandStay is worth a look for offers on overnight stays.

4. Family-friendly festivals

Look out for all kinds of interesting activities at Scotland’s BIG Nature Festival in Musselburgh, just outside of Edinburgh, to keep kids of all ages occupied for hours. Expect bushcraft and wildlife photography, science workshops, a farmers’ market and more. Children under the age of five go free, and tickets for five to 18-year-olds are just £2.

The Bank Holiday weekend also sees the finale of the Brighton Festival, which includes a range of family events, and the last performances of the Vale of Glamorgan music festival.

Remember to get cashback and use voucher codes when making any festival bookings via the major ticket websites. Daily deals sites such as Groupon and Living Social are another handy way to find cut-price local event tickets.

5. Theatre breaks

If you love theatre, musicals or family shows, how about a short city break? Have a look at the combined hotel and show packages at lastminute and Compare Theatre Tickets for their latest offerings.

Alternatively you can put your own stay together with a cheap hotel (try Travelodge’s Early Saver offers or one of Lastminute’s Top Secret Hotels) and separately-bought show tickets. Matinees are often cheaper than evenings, so remember to check for afternoon shows if you’re hoping to save a little extra money.

To keep the costs right down, take advantage of opportunities such as free sightseeing, exhibitions and museums in major cities. If you’re making bookings through, you can claim free tickets to a range of London attractions. It’s also worth joining the mailing lists of your favourite restaurant chains in case they have any meal deals coming up.

Are you looking forward to the Bank Holiday weekend? Let us know what you’re up to.

All events, offers and discounts are subject to change, so please check details before purchasing or travelling.

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