20 free things to do this summer

Are you looking for the best holiday activities for the whole family? Make sure you seek inspiration from our new list of 20 free things to do this summer

The summer holidays have started, and with six weeks stretching before you, we bet that lots of you are seeking out fun activities to keep everyone occupied.

Thanks to our friends at Hoop, we've found the best 20 free things to do this summer, with fun for all the family. Hoop is an activity-booking app, and each activity and each activity has a link to Hoop to find out more details and book tickets (if necessary).

We also know that holidays can be expensive, so all of these activities are free!

You can can also find out more about Hoop and Giovanna Fletcher's list of summer activities to beat FOSH (that's Fear Of the Summer Holidays).

Here are 20 free things to do this summer:


Summer Sun Day

Gosling Sike, Carlisle

Sunday 4th August


Free family drop-in activities for the school holidays. Follow the Lost Words garden trail, take part in free wildlife-themed activities, arts and crafts, and learn how to make your own garden


Broadhurst Festival

Broadhurst Playing Fields, Manchester

Sunday 4th August


Expect traditional craft workshops, rides, activity-based attractions, traditional fairground games, Crocodile Joe's interactive educational show, circus crafts, a bungee trampoline, two live bands and more at this summer festival.


Squashbox Theatre - The Sea Show

Roskilly's Farm, Cornwall

Tuesday 30th August


A quirky and hilarious mix of puppet show, natural history and comedy cabaret.


Medieval and Victorian Fun Days

Abbey Park, Leicester

August 25th and August 26th


Two historical Family Fun Days!


Open Day

Theatre Royal Norwich

Saturday 31st August


Find out what happens onstage, backstage and behind the scenes, with activities that are great fun for all the family!


National Play Day - Grow

National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

Wednesday 7th August


A fun day with games, arts and crafts, messy play, garden activities, pirate ship and more.


Seaside in the City

Willen Lake North, Milton Keynes

Friday 16th August


A family fun afternoon with free watersports and a beach to enjoy.


Family Fun Day

Redbridge Lakes, London

Monday 26th August


Free Entry Family Fun Day for the whole family. With Bouncy Castles and Face painting for the kids, whilst there will be music, food and a licensed bar for the adults.


One Wirral

Birkenhead Park and Visitor Centre, Liverpool

Saturday 17th August


A day full of music, games, activities and workshops at a festival celebrating diversity, inclusion and the Wirral Community.


African Myths and Legend

International Slavery Museum, Liverpool

Sunday 4th August


Discover amazing African folk tales and mythology and create your own beautiful artwork to take home.


Holyrood Harvest

Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

Wednesday 7th August


Step back to the time of the Iron Age Celts and celebrate the ancient harvest festival of Lughnasadh. Forage for wild foods and enjoy the bounty the land has to offer.


Agates in August!

Lapworth Museum of Geology, Birmingham

Wednesday 7th August


A family fun day with activities ranging from arts and crafts to museum trails, performances, stories and more.


World Picnic

Campbell Park, Milton Keynes

Sunday 28th July


Celebrate music, dance and cultures of the world.


Ember the Dragon

Curve Theatre, Leicester

Thursday 22nd August


A multi-sensory adventure for families and children with multiple learning difficulties.


World Ranger Day


Wednesday 31st July


Carry out practical habitat management with rangers.


Children's Concert with A4 Brass Quartet

The Wallace Collection, London

Friday 26th July


An interactive concert for children and their parents.


Megamela Family Funday

War End Park, Birmingham

Saturday 4th August


A fun day of cultural, community and sporting activities. There will be a huge funfair, live music, fashion and food stalls.


Harwich Maritime Festival

Harwich Quay, Colchester

Saturday 27th July


Sea and land based festival bringing live attractions, music and stalls.


Lark in the Park

East End Park, Leeds

Saturday 27th July


Fun filled day with inflatables, donkey rides, face painting, climbing tower, arts & crafts, and local perforances.


Play Day

Piddledown Common, Exeter

Wednesday 7th August


Castle Drogo will be hosting an afternoon of fun and games.

Thanks to Hoop for our list of 20 free summer activities - make sure you check out the app if you need more activity inspiration. You can also read our post on the best museums for children and how to have a stress-free family day out

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