Two fun family days out on a budget within greater Manchester

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Entertaining children throughout the holidays can be costly, over half term we wanted something the children would enjoy but without spending too much.

We went on two days out. One costing a reasonable amount, and the other costing very little.
Whether you live locally and want to explore. Or you’re visiting the city, where you can also book a Serviced Apartment for a reasonable price.

Manchester Museum – FREE entry

Our first day out was a visit to the Manchester Museum. The museum has lots to offer and the children loved meeting Stan the infamous museum T-Rex.
Some areas of the museum were closed due to a refurb, but we couldn’t complain, because this day out is FREE! That’s right Manchester Museum entry is free. There is a donation box so you can pop as much or as little as you would like into the box. We saw dinosaurs, animals, and historical relics.

To finish off the day we went out for some of the best pizza in the city, Rudys. If you want to experience something different from the usual food chains in the city then you need to try Rudy’s pizza. A Neapolitan Pizzeria in the heart of Ancoats.

We had 4 pizzas and drinks between us and spent around £35. Which ended up being even less when the other half revealed he had a gift voucher too.

Overall our day out in the city centre was a very low budget in comparison to most family days out. That is until the kids got us in the Disney store. Let’s not talk about that!

Cockfield’s Farm Park – £47 for a family of 4

Our other family day out was further afield in Oldham, Greater Manchester. Where we experienced Cockfield’s, Farm Park.

We paid £47  entry fee for a family of 4.  Although it wasn’t the cheapest you can enter the farm park as much as you like throughout the day. So you’re not tied to the location if you wanted to go for lunch elsewhere.

They had a pumpkin patch, Halloween disco, pumpkin carving and various other themed activities for the Halloween season. These were in addition to the usual farm animals, play park, jumping pillow and rides.

The children loved feeding the animals and picking their own pumpkins to take home. Keeping the rest of our day on a lower budget we opted for a good old McDonalds lunch to top off this day out without spending too much.

Days out don’t always have to cost a lot, there are plenty of free options from museums to country trails all over the country and budget accommodation for getaways! Make sure you research your local area ahead of the school holidays and plan your days!

* gifted us spending money towards our days out, but all opinions are my own.

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