With families across the country tightening their belts this summer, the cost of entertaining the kids over the school holidays can be a financial headache for many.
When kids aren’t in school, full time childcare can be an added cost. Yorkshire Bank research has found that full time nursery places top almost £170 in the UK while weekly nanny costs total on average £540.
The good news is there are plenty of low cost options available to parents, such as going to the park of taking the family for a swim. In the UK the average cost of a swim for a family of four is £9.
If you fancy a bit of culture, or even an adrenaline packed day at an adventure theme park – it also need not break the bank. Yorkshire Bank’s research has found that the average cost of entry to the UK’s major theme parks is just £62 for a family of four – which pays for a whole day of fun-filled entertainment.
However, if its culture you’re after, the alternative can be even cheaper. From stately homes to magnificent gardens, the National Trust’s heritage sites combine a history lesson with a fun and budget friendly day out. Yorkshire Bank are sponsors of National Trust's Outdoor programme. With more than 200 National Trust gardens across the UK – there’s bound to be one for your family to explore nearby.
Gary Lumby, Head of Retail for Yorkshire Bank, said: “The summer holidays are a long break and most children have more time on their hands than they know what to do with. Given today’s cost conscious climate, parents are under even more pressure to find them budget friendly things to do. However, there are still many great days out for the family in the UK, at little or no cost. Thinking ahead and planning activities that suit your family’s budget can be an easy way of saving some precious pounds.”
Yorkshire Bank’s top ten tips for a budget-friendly summer with the kids are:
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