The holidays can be an expensive time with the children but our guest blogger, mother of two Alison (member of Westwood PTA in Buckley) shares her experiences of free or cheap days out in North East Wales.
As a parent, I’m constantly trying to entertain my children during the weekends and the long summer holidays, without breaking the bank.
I’ve had some disastrous days out with the children, from just getting up and dressed in the morning, to asking the children where they want to go and then starting an argument, or getting somewhere and then realising you haven’t got the right change for the car park and you don’t know where the nearest toilets are.
All of the above are sure to ruin any day out. Well, with my top five places to visit in and around Flintshire, I hope to get you prepared for some great cheap – and even free – family days out.
Tŷ Mawr. Image credit: Author.
This has to be my family’s number one place to visit. It has everything we want in family fun. Located just outside of Wrexham, it’s a short drive out of the area but truly worth it.
Car parking is FREE and there are plenty of spaces during busy times. The park has short walks on good paths (ideal for pushchairs) down and along the river, or longer walks towards the Pontcysyllte aqueduct.
The small farm area is always a big hit with my two, with small animals, like guinea pigs and rabbits, and larger animals, like llamas and pigs. Children can really get up close to nature. Picnic benches and a park are also on-site. With toilets and a small shop/information centre as well, it’s got everything we’ve ever needed during the day.
During the summer holidays, they have an action-packed calendar of events too.
Alyn Waters. Image Credit: Author.
Great for getting your wellies on and getting back to nature. This family day out is again FREE, but car parking is charged.
Loggerheads is a lovely walk along the river Alyn, ideal for young legs as the walk is short. You can make it longer and harder for older children. It’s got a café and toilet with an outside picnic area. There’s a large area for ball games as well.
Again, during school holidays, they put on activities (sometimes at an extra cost).
Moel Famau is a short drive further into the Clwydian range. Here is a fantastic play area and woodland walk, again ideal wellie boot country. Here, parking is charged at £2 all day. A hollowed-out tree always give my two hours of fun and a bridge over a small stream is always fun, even during the not-so-sunny summer holidays.
Cost: Free (parking costs extra)
Ewloe Castle, Flintshire. Image credit: wikimedia commons.
This is a great little walk for little legs – ideal as it’s got a good path (pushchair-friendly, most of the way).
Parking is free and there’s plenty of it. It has park area with picnic benches and a café area next to the car park, also with toilets.
There’s a massive grass playing area next to the car park, so take a ball and have a kick around. Walking up to the castle is a good walk for little ones, with a few different paths to choose.
Please note though that the castle itself isn’t possible with a pushchair due to lots of steps.
Chester Walls. Image Credit: Author.
This is something that we’ve only just started doing really – when my two were little, it wasn’t possible with a pushchair due to steps and uneven paths. But, now they are able to walk (most of it), they love it.
We normally park in town, which is at a local charge. But, we can then get on the walls at the closest point and enjoy the history of Chester. This day out is good for grown-ups too, as it gives you a different view on Chester.
Coming off the walls by the river Dee and walking through the park gives you the chance for a picnic, and with a park and small ride on a train (this is charged), it’s a good rest for little legs. Just watch out for the squirrels stealing your lunch!
Cost: Free (parking costs extra)
This is my rainy day activity. Our local cinema does family showings on some films, every Saturday morning and during school holidays.
They aren’t the most recent films but for little ones who get bored, it’s ideal. My two love this. I bring my own snacks and drinks, and for the bargain price of £1.80 each, we get the full cinema experience.
It’s ideal if you’re not sure how your little ones are going to get on in the cinema. My little boy doesn’t like noise, so I thought I’d spend about 10 minutes in there and then have to come out, but he really settled into the film.
It’s such a cheap morning out… the only drawback is that they are only showing films for 10am, so it’s up and out early!
Cost: From £2 each (use the link above and choose Broughton in the drop down menu)
If you feel you need to talk to someone about any problems your family is having then call our advisors on the FamilyPoint Cymru helpline. The helpline is open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. They can help you to find organisations that can help.
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