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Free family days out in South West England

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Everybody needs some time to switch off and let their hair down to go out for a day without being afraid of the amount they may have to spend to do just that. And having dependants can only multiply the costs and make it even worse. Well if you live in South West England, don’t get too stressed out about it just yet. We may be able to help you find a solution.

Blaise Castle  

This beautiful castle estate which boasts more than 5000 years of history is located in the Bristol area. It is surrounded by 650 magnificent acres of parkland and there is also a museum situated in a late 18th century Grade II listed mansion.  

The castle is open to the public from April on certain Sundays and closes around the end of October, but the museum remains open at the weekends throughout the winter months. Climb to the top to witness spectacular views over five counties that includes the Cotswold Hills, Wales and the Mendips. Admission to both are free.

The Museum in the Park  

Some consider this interesting local museum as one of the best smaller museums in the country. You will find this venue set in Stratford Park, Stroud, South Gloucestershire. 

It displays many artefacts of local heritage in a variety of rooms and periodically hosts some high calibre temporary exhibitions. There are ever changing activities for children and adults to keep them amused and for this reason, many will go back time and time again. One of their ongoing current projects includes restoring the ‘hidden’ walled garden to it’s former splendour. Visiting this venue costs nothing to enter.

Weston Super-Mare Beach   

If you are fortunate enough to live within the Somerset area, then I am sure you have visited this beautiful beach on numerous occasions along with many other thousands of tourists. If you live a little bit further, but not too far, then this beach is considered to be one of the best that the UK has to offer. With miles of golden soft sand, this is certainly a place to visit, especially in beautiful weather.


Coate Water Country Park   

You will find this County Park in Swindon, North Wiltshire. Coate Water is now a beautiful artificial lake that was originally built as a water supply for a canal that no longer exists. There is a miniature railway and a small lido that is open in the summer months. 

If you enjoy watching wildlife, you will certainly spot a few interesting species including the lake habitat and the nature reserve. A leisurely stroll around the lake will take a couple of hours and feel like a couple of minutes because of the surrounding beauty.

There is also a free interactive splash park that has been designed to entertain children up to 12 years old that opens between May and September. However there is no age restriction.

Old Wardour Castle  

This 14th century beautiful castle, now owned by the national trust was featured in the best known Robin Hood movie that starred Kevin Costner. This piece of English heritage does charge an admission fee, but is quite low. Presently it costs £4.20 for an adult and £2.50 per child. 

Climb to the summit of the circular stairs and take in the stunning serene views that overlooking the gorgeous lake. This castle is located just outside the delightful village of Tisbury, a few miles west of Salisbury in Wiltshire.

Bath City Farm  

This small and friendly farm will take you back to nature and help put life back into prospective – something we can all do with from time to time! As the name suggests, the farm is situated in Whiteway, Bath. Visit here and spend a bit of time and this author guarantees that you will feel a better spirited person for it. Kids will absolutely love it and likewise adults. Free admission also.

The Museum of Somerset  

This hidden gem located in Taunton is part of the South West Heritage Trust and covers 400 million years of history. Exhibits on display are regularly changed throughout the year, so it is worthwhile visiting on more than one occasion.

It is presently hosting a brilliant First World War special display. The Monmouth Rebellion display is definitely worth a look along with many other eye opening topics including interactive toys for all ages.

Although it is not shown clearly on their website, upon phoning I was informed that general admission is free.

Chew Valley Lake

West of Bath you will find this beautiful lake which was built to provide drinking water in the city area. Water from the lake is pumped elsewhere to be treated before being supplied to parts of Bristol. 

Enjoy beautiful walks around the lake and experience the Chew nature trail with informative boards along the way telling you more about the wildlife.They have a lovely tea shop and there is the reasonable lodge restaurant if you want to stay longer. At the time of writing this article, car parking for the day is £1.80.

Buckfast Abbey  

This beautiful tranquil abbey located in Plymouth was re-built on it’s medieval foundations by the monks themselves at the beginning of the last century. Visitors can explore free of charge the art treasures within the Abbey church, the impressive grounds and even purchase the famous Buckfast Tonic.

Hannahs at Seale-Hayne

You will find these stunning grounds and historical buildings with spectacular views of the sea and the moors near Newton Abbot. There is a Grade II listed Quadrangle in the centre surrounded by artist’s workshops, Indian Runner Ducks, donkeys, pigs, ponies, chickens, goats, alpacas and fun activities.

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Peter Davis Peter Davis is a Marketing Analyst at PaydayLoan123 specialising in financial products. Peter writes most of our articles as he stays up to date with the latest information. He enjoys most sports, particularly playing football and watching his favourite football team. Peter really like his food too as we have all witnessed first hand!

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