School holiday activities - October break needn’t break the bank

Almost there, parents, folks. One more set of kids’ school holidays and you’ll be on the home straight to Christmas. With kids in England off from the 17th-28th October, and in Scotland from the 8th-22nd, The Team at B has searched around for a few of our favourite affordable (or free!) school holiday activities around the UK.

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Anyone for tennis?

Tennis For Free, Nationwide – free

Make the most of Murray mania and sign up for a free, coached tennis session through Tennis For Free (opens in a new window). This sports charity runs weekly, family-oriented classes in parks all over the UK, with players as young as three welcome (accompanied by a parent who always wants to play). Judy Murray herself is a patron of the charity, and she certainly knows a thing or two about creating tennis stars of the future. If you’re looking for free things to do with the kids, it’s well worth finding a session in your area (opens in a new window).

Experience some sociable media

National Media Museum, Bradford – free

If you’re in Yorkshire or the North West of England, the National Media Museum (opens in a new window) is an absolute must-go. There are permanent ‘Magic Factory’ and Animation Gallery floors, along with temporary exhibitions that are renewed over time (until the end of October there’s the ‘In Your Face’ exhibition, including a brilliantly daft ‘Selfie’ competition). Kids can learn about all things media without having their faces glued to a screen. Win!

“Kids can learn about all things media without having their faces glued to a screen”

Crack the code

Code club, nationwide - free

Think you might have a budding internet entrepreneur in your family? If so, look into Code Club (opens in a new window) – a national network of volunteers who teach kids aged 9-11 how to code in different computer languages. Clubs usually take place in libraries, schools or community centres, and the classes are completely free. Just search the site for a club near you and sign up your junior Zuckerberg!

Escape the city

Dagenham Chase Nature Reserve, Essex - free

If you’re in the South East of England, check out Dagenham Chase – a one-time winner of the Netmums Gold Award for free days out (opens in a new window). Just 15 miles outside the centre of London, you’ll find a vast network of countryside sites that are home to dozens of species of rare birds, wild animals and tree varieties. It’s a great way to open city kids’ eyes to rural spaces, and the website has printable factsheets (opens in a new window) for little ones to learn while they explore.

Get crafty

Project Craft (London, Manchester, Glasgow) – £10-£20, including materials

Inspire your creative critters with these one-hour hands-on craft classes (opens in a new window) held in flagship branches of Paperchase. There are various dates to choose from, and prices range from £10 for things like jewellery and pom-poms to £20 for scrapbooking and card-making. The crafts are taught by friendly class leaders, and you can get hands-on too (you know you want to).

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