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5 free fun things you can do this summer with your family

With the school holidays looming and the pennies a pinching, parents all over the country will be in search of ways to entertain the kids whilst sticking to a tight budget. Engaging, exciting days out don't have to cost a fortune and here are 5 examples of free family adventures.

Galleries and Museums

Despite the much lamented government cuts to the arts and culture sector, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport continue to fund 21 institutions throughout the UK . This means free entry for all to all kinds of national treasures, from the Science and Natural History in London , through to the National Museums in Liverpool , Royal Armouries and Tate nationwide.

Free Festivals

Taking a family of four to a full on weekend music festival is no cheap feat – but there are loads of free options on the summer agenda. Check out the internet for ‘free festivals' and find everything from balloons and kites in Bristol through to birdmen in Worthing and Mela in Manchester . Local councils are also a great place to check for family friendly citywide events.

National Play Day

Taking place on 3 August 2011, National Play Day sweeps the entire country with community events aimed at children of all ages. In 2010 over 850 events took place nationwide – host an event and get involved with the campaign or find out what's on near you.

National Trust

Whilst membership to the National Trust is not free, the organisation has taken on board our moment of austerity and organised a summer schedule packed full of free activities for families. Alongside big stately homes with suitably impressive entry prices, the Trust owns huge swathes of the countryside – events are taking place both in the wild and in house, with everything from crabbing and rock pooling through to free entry at selected properties.

Free Theatre

The National Theatre are staging their fourth year of the ‘Watch this Space' festival – with all manner of theatrical shenanigans, including theatre, fire eaters, circus, jugglers, cabaret, music and performance. Taking place in the outdoor space of Theatre Square , the two month season kicks off on the first weekend of July with a Polish production involving robots, aliens and cosmonauts. All events are free.

So what are you waiting for? Leave your savings in tact and try out these free family adventures this summer. Enjoy!