Half term days out that won’t cost a penny
Exhibitions, events, workshops and festivals... Matt Hampton selects Britain’s best school-holiday offerings – with no entrance fee
My holiday epiphany arrived last summer, amid the ersatz Americana of the Hollywood Bowl (south London). The previous day, the kids had patiently absorbed humankind’s finest achievements at the British Museum, for nothing. Whereas I had just paid £23 for a single lane and a mad dash around the arcade games, where Miles and Ava shoved pound coins into slots like they were about to go out of circulation. It was enormous fun, but it did make me question the balance of payments: 5,000 years of cultural merit, gratis, vs 30 minutes of inept but expensive bowling.
Luckily, there is another way: free entertainment is available to all; you just have to know where to look. Here are 25 ideas for starters – so you can spend your half-term budget on more worthy fare, such as parking and ice cream. Enjoy the holidays!