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13 October 2016

A few weeks into the school holidays and you may have already done all the things on your summer bucket-list. Fear not! Here are some more low-cost activity ideas to keep you going for a few more weeks.

1. Fun on the farm

(Image: Walt Jabsco)

There are lots of places in Bristol to encounter a little bit of the countryside without venturing out of the city.  Windmill Hill City Farm, St Werburgh's City Farm and Grimsbury Farm are all free to visit (donations welcome).  Windmill Hill City Farm are also running some fab holiday activities, from just £2 per child. For those of you that live in Bath, you can get your animal culture fix at Bath City Farm

2. Calling all bookworms

Libraries everywhere are celebrating 100 years of the world's favourite storyteller - Roald Dahl, with this years Summer Reading Challenge.  All you have to do is read six library books of your choice over the summer, collecting cards along the way. Finish the challenge to get a special medal and certificate. And it's all completely free! Find your nearest library and join in the fun.

Or why not get cosy in the Watershed's Book Den between 1 August and 1 September, where there are comfy seats, copies of Roald Dahl's books and free activities. 

3. Food for free!

Eating out as a family can be expensive; but there are lots of deals to be had this summer. Jamie's Italian, for example, is currently offering a free children's meal for each main course ordered.  If you are eating out in Bristol it's worth checking the Bristol Pound website - some restaurants offer discounts when you pay in Bristol Pounds.

Out and about further afield? Sites like VoucherCodes.co.uk can help you find the best discounts from some of the big restaurant chains locally.

4. Local knowledge

There are lots of brilliant local bloggers out there with lots of, purse-friendly tricks for keeping little -ones entertained. The Bristol Parent, always has her finger on the pulse when it comes to what's going on and where when you have kids in tow. Check out her  round up of mega rainy day activities.

The Bristol Mum, who blogs about living and raising kids in the city, has a feature on 14 creative activities for children to do indoors on rainy days.

Broke in Bristol, a blog about socialising on a shoe-string, writes weekly round-ups of free or cheap things to do with (or without) children

Got more ideas to add to this list? Share them with us on Twitter with the hashtag #LowCostSummer, or over on our Facebook page.

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