In today’s current climate with the weather being as unreliable as what it is, and us wanting to prioritise where we put our money. Buying is in effect voting. There might be a possibility of a decline in outings in an attempt to tighten the purse strings or perhaps resist temptation. Hopefully these ideas will help to give you and your loved one a fun day/afternoon out for very little expense at all. I admit that one or two might require a small amount of investment but most are indeed free.
- Visit local beauty whether that is the park (take some stale bread and feed the ducks or a Frisbee to play with), a lake (have a nice walk round) or the beach (have a go at making sand angels –like snow angels but not as cold to make).
- Make a picnic; this one goes hand in hand with the one above however it can also be done anywhere. Your back garden would be suitable if you do not feel like travelling, or as part of a different activity to help keep costs down and have some originality to it.
- Go view the local museums or art gallery in your area, they are generally free and you never know you might enjoy yourself or learn something. If not then look on the plus side, at least it was free. Some galleries put on art shows as well, and museums occasionally have in guest exhibitions so keep a look out for the ones that will interest you.
- Walk, use walking paths near you. Walking is healthy, costs nothing and can be quite enjoyable. If you live in an inner city-urban area this site http://walkit.com/ may have some ideas for routes. If you know of any better ones then please feel free to share them. Hiking does fall into walking, and the beauty about planning your route beforehand is that you can ensure it fits into your timescale whether that be an hour, an afternoon or the full day.
- Go on a Bike ride. Perhaps take a picnic, or try venturing where you have not been before.
- Go fishing. I admit this one may have a start-up cost, but beyond that, it is just a case of bait, and then you can try catching your supper.
- Local venues have live bands and ‘open mic nights’, if music is your thing then these can be a good low cost activity with entry usually being free. Drink tap water to keep costs to a minimum or shell out for a drink or two.
- Why not check out a local brewery or winery as some give out free tours, and better yet some of those offer free samples at the end. What could possibly be better?
- Visit a farm. Some farms have free entry, find out whether your local farms do or not and then take advantage. Although you might end up feeding the animals and this may cost you a couple of pounds.
- Go Stargazing on an evening or cloud watching if it is still light. This one is good in areas where you can lay down and look up. What shapes can you make in the clouds? Can you name any of the stars? It helps if there are clouds for cloud watching but no clouds if you want to stargaze.
- Go people watching, similar to the one above yet different. Just pick a spot in an area that is relatively well populated by other people, and watch away.
- Visit a local farmer’s market or car boot. These are bound to have interesting finds in them, and while you do not have to spend money like window shopping it can be fun to do.
- Water Balloon Fight – I know we are all adults here, but honestly, on a warm summer’s day I recommend this only. Let out your childish side if you have some spare balloons knocking around. A water gun fight also would suffice, why not have even more fun and combine both to help keep you cool.
- Keep an eye out for free outdoor concerts in your area, generally these are annual events so once you find out about one you like it may be one for the diary.
- Fly a Kite. Let’s go fly a kite, up to the highest height. Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring. Can be done in any open space, a windy day tends to help as well.
Have any more suggestions? Let me know. Thanks for reading, I hope it has been helpful.