Free and low cost summer activities for children

27th July 22

The cost of living is rising and some of us are really feeling the pinch. If you are one of the people caring for a family member or friend and have children to look after over the summer holidays, the information below on free or low cost activities could be useful to you.

Kids eat free summer holidays 2022

Some supermarket cafes and restaurants are now offering discount deals that allow kids to eat out for free or for as little as £1. Money Saving Central has a list of the supermarket cafes and restaurants that are offering the deals.

Click here for full details.

Cambourne Town FC Inclusive Football Festival (ages 5 – 16)

Date: Sunday 4 September from 3pm

Venue: 3G Pitches Cambourne

Activity: Four football activities (passing, goal keeping, dribbling, stop and change direction) lasting 10-15 minutes, with qualified coaches assisting the groups.

50 individual spaces available ages 5-16. Free to take part, medal presentation for all participants.

For information and to reserve your place email [email protected]

Cambridge Dons Goalball Youth Sessions (8 – 12)

Date: Saturday 13 August 2pm – 3pm

Venue: Cherry Hinton Leisure Centre Coleville Road, Cambridge CB1 9EJ

Activity: The free session is for young people aged 8-12 of any sight level and new or existing players. Cambridge Dons are fully inclusive and have people who are fully sighted, partially sighted and blind. Additional disabilities are welcome.

To find out more and book your place, contact Warren by calling, 07939 181 288 or email [email protected]

National Playday at Wisbech Adventure Playground

Date: Wednesday 3 August, 11am to 3pm

Activity: Staff and volunteers at Wisbech Adventure Playground will be hosting National Play Day to celebrate children’s play. There will be various activities such as a tombola, glitter and henna tattoos and a live Caribbean steel band.

There will also be information stalls including Wisbech Child and Family Centres, Cambridgeshire Libraries, Wisbech Fenland Museum and Market Place.

For further details email [email protected]

Summer with the museums in Cambridge, St Ives and Ely

Date: Monday 25 July – Wednesday 31 August 2022

Activities: From exploring the science of earthquakes, Treasure Island family days and creating glass animals, to Teddy Bears’ picnics, butterfly time travel and nature-themed art sessions – Summer with the Museums is back with a bang for the school holidays.

The programme offers a huge selection of museum-based creative activities, events and trails, so whether you are looking for a family day out, something to do on a rainy day, or an experience with a difference, you will find plenty of options to choose from – many of which are free.

Click here for details of the full programme. You can also sign up to receive regular programme updates, tips and weekly listings.

Cambridgeshire Libraries activities

From craft groups to Lego clubs, there is something for every child at Cambridgeshire Libraries.

Click here to view the Cambridgeshire libraries ‘What’s on’ guide which lists events taking place in the 33 libraries across the county.

You can also pick up a guide from your local library.

Six Weeks of ‘Summer in the Park’

Date: From Saturday 23 July

Venue: Nene Park, Peterborough

From Saturday 23 July look out for some exciting activities and events running for the six weeks of school summer holidays in the Park. There is something for everyone to enjoy, from holiday trails, guided walks and cycles to pond dipping and bug hunts, craft workshops and bushcraft sessions. Not to mention their daily water sports pay and play activities at Nene Outdoors and boat trips on Overton Lake.

Click here to find out what’s happening and when.