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Enjoying The Easter Holidays On A Budget

Next Month will see the Easter holidays upon us, and with them the first Bank Holidays of the year, a sure sign we are finally in Spring. For many, Easter is the first real family time since Christmas, and so a brilliant time to spend together doing family things – days out, eating out and holidays. But, with money tight, and prices continuing to rise, any ways in which we can have fun whilst also saving money are crucial.

This Easter guide is dedicated to having fun family times without breaking the bank.

Museums and Galleries

Museums and art galleries are great places to visit that can also often have free entry. The New Walsall Art Gallery, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and the Herbert Museum and Gallery are just some of the great treasures that we have in the West Midlands that we can enjoy for free (although it is good if you can make a donation to the upkeep.). Over the school holidays many of the local art galleries run family friendly workshops and activities that are usually free, or very cheap in price (usually under #5), and these are great – I swore by them when my son was younger.

Other museums worth a look are the Sandwell museums of Bromwich Hall and the Oak House, where you not only have the chance to look around the historic buildings, but each also has a programme of activities, again either free of charge or for a nominal fee.

Eating Out

As the mother of a teenager, I can safely say that this is one of his favourite pastimes to do in the school holidays, so why not save money on your meals by joining tastecard. This is the best way to get Birmingham restaurant deals on a wide range of restaurants and cuisines – from pizza to fine dining, from Indian to Italian, from Café Rouge to Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse. You can enjoy a range of offers, from 50% off all food, to buy one, get one free offers. At the moment, you can enjoy a 60 day trial for just a pound, or can join for twelve months for £34.99, which equals less than £3 per month, but will save you so much more.

Go to the cinema – just go early!

The cinema is a great source of fun during the school holidays, especially on wet and cold days, but the trick in order to save money is to go early. Cinema’s like The Light in Walsall and the Odeon often do family favourites and 10 a.m showings that cost around a fiver, offering a great saving on normal, standard seats. Most kids love a trip to the cinema, and this is one way to enjoy it that won’t break the bank.

Photo by Tima Miroshnichenko:

The Great Outdoors

Weather permitting, Spring is a lovely time to get outdoors, and the Midlands has some wonderful countryside on it’s doorstep that doesn’t cost a penny. Sutton Park and Cannock Chase are just two of the areas made for exploring, climbing and enjoying nature trails. These definitely need to be taken advantage of on a sunny, Spring day.

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