Our cheap summer holiday at home.

This year we made the decision to spend our annual family holiday at home.  We are currently saving like crazy for a house and so a far flung holiday was off the cards.   To save even more money we vowed to do it as cheaply as possible so we made a list of ideas of how to spend our days together.

Out of the six ideas on that list we did five of them and had THE best 17 days together making wonderful memories.  So without further ado, here is what we got up to.


Our first day was a rainy day so we decided to have a lazy day and spend it at home playing.  We then went bowling in the evening with the rest of our family.  It was great fun and I kicked my little brother’s ass at Mario Kart in the amusements.


Horse riding & lunch at the Marina

Sunday is Luca’s riding day.  He had his riding lesson in the morning and then we headed over to Naburn Marina for some lunch beside the river and to watch the boats sailing by.  We may have also booked to hire a boat ourselves for the weekend after.


Farmer Copley’s

We got up bright and early the next day and took Luca and his best friend, Rowan to Farmer Copley’s for the day.  The weather was lovely and we had a great day playing outside and making our way through the maize maze.

Farmer Copley's 8

Riverside picnic

This was on of the things on our list and it was such a good idea.  We went to Wetherby and found a spot beside the river.  It was so quiet and we spend a good few hours paddling, eating, skimming stones and cuddling.  It was so relaxing and is one of my highlights of our summer.






It was our third anniversary whilst we were enjoying our holiday and the weather was glorious.  We went for a walk with Luca to our local park and to look at the progress the builders were making on some house we are hoping to buy.  After the park we walked to the shop for an ice cream and the boys went Pokemon hunting.  That evening we got a babysitter and went out for a meal together at a fancy new restaurant that has opened locally.  It was so nice to spend some time as a couple and celebrate our marriage together.

Blackberry picking

On a walk around our local area we noticed that lots of the blackberries were already ripe and so we made a deal to spend the next day blackberry picking.  Unfortunately the weather was against us and we got absolutely soaked and had to shelter under a train bridge at one point. When we got back we ended up having a bath to warm up and snuggled up to watch a film. The next day Ant and Luca baked blackberry muffins with what we did find.


Boat hire

Another Sunday, another riding lesson.  This one was once again followed by a trip over to Naburn marina but this time to hire a boat for the afternoon.  Oh what fun we had, again another highlight from our time together.


#OGgetkidsintogolf event

We were invited to the Online Golf event at the Hilton in Leeds and so we spent one of our days learning to play golf.  Luca really enjoyed it and I’m pretty sure Ant did too.  Luca really liked the ten pin bowling challenge and the crazy golf course they had set up and by the end of the day was getting pretty good at it. Golf isn’t really something I associate with kids but it’s definitely got me thinking differently about it.


North East Coast

Towards the end of our holiday we went up to the North East Coast for the Tall Ships Regatta. We hired a caravan at Whitley Bay Caravan Park, just a short drive away from where our friends live. We spent loads of time on the beach and exploring what the seaside has to offer, as well as admiring the beautiful tall ships in Blythe.



The last day of our time together was spent at the splash park near us.  Luca is getting so confident in the water now and is so so close to being able to swim without his SwimFin on. Proud mama alert.

That’s all we managed to squeeze into our two and a bit weeks off.  It was absolutely brilliant and none of us wanted it to end.  Hopefully next year we may get away for some real sunshine but if not, this year has proved we can have an amazing time at home.  You can make memories anywhere and we really have made some wonderful ones.

15 thoughts on “Our cheap summer holiday at home.

  1. Fiona Cambouropoulos says:

    Each one looks like a lovely day out. some of my favourites here. Whether you holiday in the UK or do day trips from home there is plenty to keep all the family busy without breaking the bank. I think the beach and river days might be my favourite, both of which are free!

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

    • Franki says:

      We usually do too. We go anywhere and everywhere and never take picnics so it all adds up eventually doesn’t it. We really tried this year though, quite proud that we actually managed it too.

  2. tracey at Mummyshire says:

    I love this post because it’s so true that some of the best times you can have are at home – and the best memories made. We spent our holiday at home last year exploring our local surroundings.
    Looks like you had a great time.
    Best of luck with the saving!

    • Franki says:

      Thank you Tracey. It is true, we have done it a few times now but never quite so cheaply. It’s proved to us though that there is so muh you can do for free without it having to feel like your scrimping. x

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