The cost of entertaining the family during the Summer holidays can quickly add up – six weeks is a very long time to do nothing though! Here are This Hitchin Mummy’s suggestions for free (or at least pretty cheap) days out around Hitchin.
Free Events this Summer
Whilst the hot summer sun rages on, there’s nowhere better to cool off for free than a splash park. We have our local splash parks in Hitchin, Letchworth, Baldock and Stevenage, but if you want to make a day of it, why not look further afield?
We visited Cassiobury Park and Pools last Summer and had a great time. Check out my review for more information.
We have loads of lovely parks to choose from in the local area. Parks are the perfect summer holiday outing – free, great place for the kids to meet friends (or make new ones!) and if you take a picnic along you can even make day out of it!
My current favourites in Hitchin are St John’s Road Play Area for it’s shady afternoons under the trees and Walsworth Common for the sandpit and zip wire.
A little further afield there are plenty more playgrounds to choose from – many with the option to buy refreshments to keep your energy levels up whilst pushing the swings! My new favourite is Shuttleworth after an awesome trip there last year. There’s also the added bonus of watching planes take off and land…
Whilst it might not be free, at £1 per person, Bloody Hollow Play Area at Hatfield Park Farm is almost there! Parking is free and you can take a picnic too. Read my review of the play area and Hatfield Park Farm here.
Our feathered friends can also make a fab day out – although make sure you have duck friendly treats to offer them (not bread!)
Love your library
The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays. You can sign up at your local library, then read six library books of your choice to complete the Challenge. There are exclusive rewards to collect along the way, and it’s FREE to take part!
Find out more at the Summer Reading Challenge website.
In addition, our local libraries carry on running Baby Rhyme Time and Toddler Tales throughout the summer and they are free! See my Summer Events Guide for more information.
Museums and Heritage
We love visiting museums and heritage sites. Better still when it’s free! Here are some of my favourites:
- Wrest Park, Silsoe (only playground and cafe are free to access)
- North Hertfordshire Museum, Hitchin Town Hall (Summer events also running)
- Natural History Museum, Tring
Animals and Nature
You don’t get a better vista for flying a kite than at Dunstable Downs. It’s totally free to access and a great place to get out and explore. The National Trust website has lots of suggested walks and activities for all ages and abilities. There is also the spectacular Kite Festival on the last weekend in July.
Visit Pooh Corner at Aldenham Country Park. Explore Aker Wood, play “Pooh Sticks” at Pooh Bridge and even meet the bear himself every day at 2.00pm. There is also a fantastic adventure playground. Entrance is free although there are additional paid for activities.
Catch a film
This is not free but pretty cheap. The Kids Club at the Broadway Cinema in Letchworth runs every Saturday and Sunday morning throughout the year. They show a good selection of recent kids films and all seats cost just £1.75.
This books up quickly so it worth getting your tickets in advance. You can see the latest listings here.