Fantastic things to do for free!

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Sarah Ponsford

Sarah is a recent graduate who has contributed to a number of websites and...

Sarah Ponsford
, Updated 3rd April 2012

Fantastic things you can do, without the price tag...

Fantastic things to do for free!

Everything cost something nowadays right? Wrong! There are plenty of activities and things you can do for free! You just need to know where to look...

 

Get a free eye test

At Specsavers, they have a fantastic free offer for younger customers. All glasses in their kids’ £64 range and teens’ £85 range are free with an under-16s’ NHS optical voucher, and for a limited time only, under-16s can also have a free pair of prescription sunglasses. All of their glasses include standard PENTAX single vision lenses with a scratch-resistant treatment and UV protection. And don’t forget, under-16s get a free NHS eye test too.

 

Southbank Centre

The Southbank Centre in London hosts a number of free events to help pass the time. The list includes free music in their foyer concerts, special Monday lunchtime recitals at the Royal Opera House and Notting Hill Arts club on Saturdays, all with no fee.

 

Bristol and Bath cycle routes

The UK has a brilliant cycle network, especially in the South West.The Bristol and Bath railway route is 90% traffic free and you get to witness the best sights and sounds of the area.

 

Sherwood forest

Whether you love history, nature and action, the home of Robin Hood is a fun-filled day out this Easter. 

 

Be part of your favourite show

You can sign up to your favourite television shows or channel to be in with a chance of being part of the experience. This could be a small role as an extra in a soap or being part of the audience at a game show. Visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/tickets/ for the best BBC shows or sites such as http://tvrecordings.com/ to sign up for free.

 

Museums

All major museums are free, even in the capital. From the English language, to history, to toys, to fashion, you’re bound to find a museum to suit you. If you’ve given yourself the ‘free day out’ challenge, extra exhibitions and shows might cost a small fee. 

 

Join a book club

Whether you like a specific genre or want a mixture of everything, there will be a book club to suit you. Visit your local library or community centre and enquire. Or even better, set up your own with friends and family!

 

Learn a new hobby

This could be learning a new language or taking up knitting. Using the resources that already exist around you will show you don’t need to spend to have a good time. If you wish to learn a new languages, check out the internet or head to your local library.

 

Be creative

Get out the felt tips, PVA and coloured card and make a set of cards for up and coming birthdays and events. The recipients will love the effort you put into the the handmade card and gift and you would have enjoyed making them in the process. Or why not head to your local art gallery. Admission is often free with a small fee for the main exhibitions.

 

Get historical

Did you know you can visit institutions like the Houses of Parliament for free? You can watch debates, judicial hearings and tour the surroundings, all completely free of charge. You can even climb up Big Ben and attend the Prime Minister’s Question Time but these requires arrangements with your MP in advance.

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Sarah is a recent graduate who has contributed to a number of websites and...

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