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Half term activities on a budget

Once again, the half term is here. Kids are returning from school for a hard-earned break, expecting entertainment. What can we do over the holidays? A dozen questions seem to crop up as soon as you hear this sentence. What’s affordable and, most of all, fun? Read on for the answer!

Enjoying the scenery

Cherry blossom

Everywhere, leaves have turned orange-gold and red, and the scent of autumn is crisp in the air. What better opportunity is there for exploring this beautiful landscape? This recommendation is so easy to do, it’s a walk in the park – quite literally! Taking a stroll through a familiar park is a wonderful escape from the pressing matters of reality. If the weather is not too cold, camping is also an option. There is nothing like pitching a tent together and spending a night under the stars.

A friendly encounter

Meeting up with friends after a long workday or school term can be an amazing way to unwind or relax. It is easy to get caught up in the demands of day-to-day life, but nothing is ever quite that scary when you have got a friend. Arranging a get together for dinner to catch up is a good idea to consider.

Board games for boredom

close up of a board game

Yes, it’s a cheesy joke, but true all the same. Challenging family members to a game of chess, Cluedo or Monopoly is a perfect way to deflect boredom. Not only is it entertaining, but it is also a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your family. Just watch out for those with a competitive streak.

Start a book

There are so many good books out there, in all genres and for all ages, and a visit to the local library can do wonders. You and your family can hunt around for a good novel, maybe even to read together. There are many book reviews and recommendations online, so you will definitely find one tailored to your own reading style.

Amazing animals

Going to the zoo can be a fun day out for all the family. Exmoor Zoo is an ideal location, as it is relatively close by. There is something to interest everyone: howler monkeys, parakeets, boas, wallabies, cheetahs and many more. You might even catch a glimpse of the famed Exmoor Beast, the legendary black leopard!

Movie night!

The home cinema setup is favoured by many households throughout Britain. It is a cosy, homey experience where you can criticise or praise the movie of your choice as much as you wish. Popcorn and snacks are a delicious way of embellishing the experience.

Hopefully, this has given you some ideas of how to spend your half term holidays with the family. It is a time for enjoyment and relaxation, so find whatever works for you. Just remember, Google is your friend when brainstorming ideas. Have a nice half term!