Half Term for Free!

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As the last school run for a week draws to a close, car journeys take twice as long and parents prepare for the onslaught of half term. We look at how you can entertain the little ones for a week on a very low budget.

If a holiday to Cornwall or Devon is on the agenda, staying in one of Forgotten Houses gorgeous cottages of course, then there is a myriad of things to do in these wonderful counties without breaking the bank.

With high hopes of sunshine (you can check the real weather forecast for the week here) the outdoors is a giant playground for children ready to explore,just don’t forget to pack the bucket and spade!

The first obvious choice  (come rain or shine) is the beach, a truly magical place to spend the day and enjoy the likes of  swimming, rock pooling, dune walking and sand castle building. Stop off at a local shop to pick up a picnic or pasties for lunch or pick a beach with its own cafe and indulge in a delicious icecream or two. Don’t forget to choose a beach with lifeguards and make sure to familirise yourself with safe areas to swim. For more information on beach flags, sun safety and how to spot a rip tide please see RNLI .

The second port of call would have to be the wonderful parks dotted around the counties, from adventure lands to wild woodlands there is an array of places to tire the kids out in. Why not take the bikes on holiday (or rent some) and enjoy trails and tracks through the countryside such as the Great Flat Lode, north to south coast path and Camel Trail in Cornwall and in Devon; Turf Locks, Halton Forest and the Tarka Trail.

For rainy days there are a number of free attractions to amuse the kids for a couple of hours. For a touch of history why not visit the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro  (link), Heartlands in Pool (they also have a great adventure playground!) or the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter.

For a sweet treat pop to Callestick Farm in Cornwall to see how they make their renowned icecream and of course sample some! Visit House of Marbles in Devon to see games and glass being made and be entertained by their number of attractions including marble runs and fairground mirrors.

The list is endless for free days out but for more ideas of what to do in Devon visit http://www.visitsouthdevon.co.uk/lots-to-do/free/50-free-things-to-do

And for rainy days in Cornwall just in case visit http://www.101-things-to-do-on-a-rainy-day-in-cornwall.co.uk/