Half Term Activities That Don’t Break The Bank
Half terms activities can get expensive: there are always new children’s movies being released, theme parks to head to, and pricey play areas to visit. So why not consider a few of these inexpensive and free nature-based activities that will save you money and turn half term into an exciting adventure so you can make the most of the outdoors when the weather is good and enjoy some fresh air and good old fashioned fun and games!
Coastal Activity Park
“I do like to be beside the seaside…”
Bournemouth is a great place to start your half term activities because Bournemouth Borough Council created the Coastal Activity Park for all to enjoy with many free half term activities, yes FREE, or opportunities to hire equipment for just a few pounds.
As part of the Coastal Activity Park there are posts for slacklining, an activity which has grown massively in popularity over the past few years, and is fantastic for balance, core strength, and to get the kids outdoors trying something different. You can buy a slackline online if you don’t already have one for around £12 and use the posts on the beach whenever you like. And because you slackline over the sand, you can rest assured they’ll have a soft landing whilst they play.
Other FREE elements of the Coastal Activity Park are the Bouldering stones for everyone to climb, the Swingball court (bring your own bats or hire them), and the Table Tennis terrace, which also requires you to bring your own or hire bats and balls, also available online or from sports shops.
New Forest National Park
Adventure’s in an ancient woodland…
If it’s a forest adventure you seek, in nearby Hampshire you can discover more of the New Forest National Park, famous for its roaming ponies and beautiful ancient tree.
There are miles of walking trails, picnic spots, opportunities to hire bicycles, and there’s always a cream tea spot to find if you’re after a special treat!
Moors Valley Country Park
Make it a picnic!
For a more interactive forest experience head to Moors Valley Country Park in Ringwood, with fun walking trails paired with children’s play areas, a dedicated play park, tree top trails, its very own steam train, cycle hire, and so much more, you can enjoy a whole day exploring!
[Top Tip – Save money by gathering some other half-termers and share fuel and parking costs, and take a picnic with you to enjoy whilst on the trail so you don’t have to buy lunch whilst you’re out.]
Snowtrax Alpine Activity Centre
Just imagine the snow!
For something a little different, try Ringos or Ski Bobbing on the dry slopes at Snowtrax, The Alpine Activity Centre in Hurn, Dorset.
They offer half an hour or hour sessions that the kids will love, and they even have an Early Bird Special – £6 for half an hour session and a FREE cup of coffee for you. Check out their website for full details.
So, when you’re planning your half term activities and they ask to go to the cinema or theme park why not suggest instead, an outdoor adventure at the beach, and another in the forest; where you can create stories, enjoy walks, get out and get moving, and be sure to take a camera so you don’t miss a moment whilst you renew your love of the outdoors.
And if you need a fun family camera that isn’t afraid of getting wet? Try the Splash Action Camera, perfect to capture every adventure, big or small, and turn your half term activities into an adventure!