The summer holidays are here and keeping the kids entertained is sometimes easier said than done. With the cost-of-living crisis impacting most families across the country, finding activities that you and your family can enjoy together without breaking the bank isn’t always easy.
That’s why we've tried to help by pulling together the details of some free and affordable things you can do this summer.
Fancy taking the kids out for something to eat as a treat? Here are some popular restaurant options found across the UK that offer tasty meals without breaking the bank.
Full details available here.
Cooking with the kids
Cooking with your kids is a great way to get them involved and interested in the food they eat. It can also be a lot of fun and teaches them some valuable kitchen skills that will be useful as they grow up.
Below are some of our favourite easy-to-follow recipes:
If you don’t like the options above or you’ve already tried them, there’s plenty more recipes available. Below we’ve found some useful links for you to look at. These pages produce some appetising meals on a budget.
We have you covered if you find it easier to follow a recipe by watching it. This pancake recipe is easy to follow and has a video which you can watch alongside doing it yourself: Watch it here.
For those who love baking, we’ve found some great recipes for you too. These are ideal for rainy days or when you fancy making yourself a sweet treat.
Outside activities & days out
If you have younger children who love to get out and explore then we’ve got some great ideas for you to consider.
From free and affordable days out, events, museums, cinemas, parks and wallet-friendly activities such as picnics and board games - there’s plenty here to inspire! Check out the Prima website here.
There is loads going on in the in the South East of England this summer. So, if you’re looking to explore the area or stay local, then we’ve found the perfect website for you. This website has loads of events and fun activities you can do, all varying in price. You can edit the dates as well, to find something that suit you. Click here to check it out!
Please note, not everything is suitable for children.
For any of our residents living in Sidley, the Heart of Sidley event is taking place on Saturday 12th August this year. The event is available to anyone, and they’ll be lots going on. So, if you’re in the Sidley area why not pop along and bring your family and friends too. Please visit their website for more information.
Let us know your top tips!
If you have any more ideas, we’d love for you to share them. Head over to our Facebook or twitter where you can comment on our posts. Anything from what you’re doing with the family this summer, your favourite recipes as well as any tips and tricks in the kitchen.