Everyone loves a free day out, especially when money is tight. We are very lucky to have a vast amount of free places to visit, some of which we have visited and reviewed, others we haven’t. Here’s my round up of the best free places to visit in the South East. Enjoy!
*Moors Valley Country Park (New Forest). This is a huge country park in the New Forest with many different trails to follow, including the fabulous play trail perfect for families. Go Ape, bike hire, miniature steam railway and huge parks. You can read our full review of Moors Valley here: Moors Valley Country Park
*Banbury Museum. This museum is home to a collection of Civil War memorabilia, a victorian market town, costumes from the 17th century to the present day and lots more. http://www.banburymuseum.org/
*Nature Discovery Centre (Thatcham). This beautiful lake has several different trails to follow as well as a huge adventure park and informative visitor centre. This is one of my children’s favourite parks of all time. You can read our full review here: Nature Discovery Centre
*Dinton Pastures Country Park (Wokingham). This place has lots of walking trails to explore, a large play park, water activity centre, disc golf course, plus 2 cafes.
*Natural History Museum (Oxford, London, Tring). All 3 of these museums are full to the brim of amazing artifacts including dinosaur skeletons and so much more. They are fascinating museums to explore and I’m certain we find something new every time we visit! Here’s our review of Tring: https://mumsfamilyfun.com/days-out/hertfordshire/natural-history-museum-in-tring/
*Reading Museum has 11 family friendly galleries to explore as well as trails, worksheets, picture bingo and handling bags for interactive fun. There are a number of events and activities so check out their website before you visit.
*London RAF Museum. We visited this museum several years ago and it was fab. Easy to get to by car with a big free car park and we had a fab time looking round at the aircraft. Here’s our review: https://mumsfamilyfun.com/days-out/london/the-raf-museum-london/
*Ashmolean Museum (Oxford). There are always loads of activities going on here so check out their website to see what you can get involved in during your visit. You can read our review here: https://mumsfamilyfun.com/days-out/oxfordshire/ashmolean-museum/
*Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary is a lovely donkey sanctuary which rescues donkeys of all ages from various different backgrounds. They are full of character and love to be fussed over. Please pop a donation in the pot on your way out to help support this wonderful charity which is free to visit. You can read more about it here: Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary
*Redwings Horse Sanctuary Oxhill. This fab horse sanctuary does amazing work saving horses who are ill treated or whose owners can no longer care for them. You can even adopt them! Find out more on their website https://www.redwings.org.uk/get-involved/visit/oxhill-visitor-centre
*The Oxfordshire Museum has everything you can imagine throughout Oxfordshire’s history from Roman times right up until modern day science. Read more about it here: The Oxfordshire Museum
*Vale & Downland Museum. This museum had so much more than we expected and the kids had a great time. With everything from Anglo Saxon times up to modern day (and a real Williams F1 team car!) there is loads to see and do. We cant wait to go back again! https://mumsfamilyfun.com/days-out/oxfordshire/vale-downland-museum/
*Millets Farm Centre (nr Faringdon). Millets has a lovely play park and lots of animals to see. There is also a lovely woodland walk. We really enjoy walking around the garden centre to see their Christmas display from October onwards. In the summer they usually have a huge sandpit to play in too!
*Wendover Woods. Enjoy woodland walks including a Gruffalo trail. Please note there is a small charge for the car park. https://www.forestry.gov.uk/wendoverwoods
*Alice Holt Forest (Farnham). Walk, cycle and play in the woods with playgrounds, habitat trail, 3D maze, cycle hire and Go Ape tree top adventure. With a cafe, toilet facilities, BBQs to hire and dogs welcome along too its a fab place to explore. (Please note there is a charge for the car park). https://www.forestry.gov.uk/aliceholt
There are lots more free places to visit across the country. Where will you find? Leave your ideas in the comments below.