Whether it’s your younger siblings, grandchildren or your own little ones that you are taking care of over the next six weeks, the cost of feeding and keeping children entertained over the school summer holidays is always tricky. We have pulled together some information that we hope will make life a little bit easier for you.
Going for a bite to eat is a nice way to break up the day and sometimes you need a change from packed lunches or picnics in the park. Here is a list of places where children can eat for free or for just £1! For a closer look, at the offers below, click here.
In any Morrisons Café, if you ‘Ask for Ellen’ from 17 July to 13 August, you will receive a portion of two standard crumpets, with butter and jam for FREE, no questions asked. (Information correct at the time of being published).
Some of our Delivery Partners such as OSCAR Birmingham, Action for Children, Chinese Community Centre Birmingham, Ashiana Community Project, YMCA Sutton Coldfield and Midland Mencap offer activities for families, just click on the relevant link to get in touch with them.
Within the West Midlands, we are lucky to be able to access a variety of places for free, such as:
- Certain museums
- Parks and play areas
- Sandwell Valley Nature Reserve
- Sheldon Country Park
- Top Barn Farm Park, Worcestershire
- Riverside Gardens, Webbs of Wychbold, Worcestershire
- RAF Museum Cosford, Shropshire
- The Farm, Stratford-upon-Avon
- Himley Hall Park, Dudley
- Lapworth Museum of Geology, West Midlands
Concessions for Carers
Here are some examples where Carers can either get in free or pay a discounted rate.
|Legoland Discovery Centre Birmingham||Carer goes free|
|Birmingham Botanical Gardens||Carers pay the concessionary rate of £4.72|
|Birmingham Symphony Hall & Town Hall||Free companion ticket|
|The Rep Birmingham||Free carers tickets if attending with the person you care for and they are members of the access register|
FREE National Trust Family Day Pass
Birmingham Live has teamed up with the National Trust to give away 250,000 FREE family day passes (worth up to £50 each) for a FREE visit to one of its spectacular sites this summer. This is a very popular offer, so apply for your free pass while they are still available.
Cheap Cinema Tickets
|Odeon||Adults pay children’s prices every day during the summer holidays. Odeon |
Kids also offer early morning screensing for £3.25
|Cineworld||Movies for Juniors offers screenings daily at 10am and 10.15am for £2.50 per ticket for adults and children|
|Vue||Mini morning screenings from 10am daily during the summer holidays, where both adults and children pay £2.49 per ticket (online)|
Things to do this Summer
Birmingham is blessed with its central location making travelling to travel to various places to visit relatively easy, but Birmingham is also a great place in its own right. Take a look what Birmingham has to offer this summer.
- Birmingham Beach and Digbeth Funfair 2023 held at the Smithfield Festival Site on Pershore Street is open until 29 August 29.
- Birmingham Festival 2023 to celebrate the Commonwealth Games legacy runs from 28 July to 6 August at Centenary Square.
- Entry to the Science Garden at Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum, Millenium Point is free after 3pm every day.
- Learn fishing for free at Ackers Adventure Golden in Sparkbrook on 28 July, 2 and 9 August thanks to The Canal & River Trust
- There’s going to be live performances and fun activities at Northfield and Kings Norton beaches from 26 – 30 July in Northfield and 9 – 13 August in Kings Norton.
- Aston Hall has a range of free historically inspired have-a-go activities. The activities are free but standard ticket prices apply if you wish to visit the Hall. There are also events on 29 July and 5 August to celebrate South Asian Heritage month.
- Touchwood is setting up its very own beach once again this year, returned to its usual home of Theatre Square until Sunday 4th September.
- During Barber Family Summer Festival 2023, everyone is invited to drop-in for free outdoor activities during certain dates from 1 – 11 August.
- Soho House visitor centre and garden is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11am – 4pm and is free to visit with activities over the summer holidays.
- The Adventure Playground in Sandwell Valley Country Park is suitable for those aged 5 to 13 to have a swing about, climb nets, scale an 8 metre high tower with a slide, play in the sand or have a go at crazy golf.
Whatever, you choose to do this summer, we hope you stay safe, happy and healthy.