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11 Free Family Days Out In The South East

Free Family Days Out In The South East - North Weald Airfield

We really enjoy our fun filled family adventures; but financing day trips doesn’t come easy.  We, therefore, often like to take advantage of Free Days Out; such as a trip to one of the 27 Must See UK Beaches or day trips to Free Stately homes such as Forty Hall.  We often visit London with our Thrifty London Guide in hand too as that has literally hundreds of Free and Cheap family days out inside – we are still slowly but surely working our way through them!  We teamed up with some of the UK’s Best Bloggers to bring you Free Family Days Out In The South East!

Free Family Days Out In The South East - North Weald Airfield


11 Free Family Days Out In The South East:

    1. North Weald Airfield, Essex – This place is amazing for aircraft or transport enthusiasts, but is also an amazing place to take the kids.  The Herts & Essex Air Ambulance is based there so usually if you there for a couple of hours you will see the helicopter coming/going.  They have lots of light aircraft based there that are constantly taking off and landing and there is also a cafe which does lovely food – with incredibly generous portions (be warned!).  There is a huge play area for children with a  playhouse, large trampolines and an little adventure playground.  There is also a small selection of toys inside in the cafe for colder/wetter days.  We have had some incredible days out at North Weald, but nothing will ever beat the day we drove behind a taxiing aircraft – the road/taxiing area are the same.  Do be careful on the way in & out and bear in mind that aircraft have right of way!  They have lots of regular events for all the family so make sure you follow North Weald Aifield on Facebook.Free Family Days Out In The South East - North Weald Airfield
      Free Family Days Out In The South East - North Weald Airfield
    2. Forty Hall, London – a beautiful Grade 1 Jacobean Manor House set in incredible parklands that includes a lovely duck pond, amazing tea room and beautiful gardens.  There is also a little farm to keep the little ones happy.  The Gardens are beautiful and its a lovely spot for a leisurely family walk or to sit and read a book.  The food is incredible too!
      3. Emmy’s Mummy said Great Notley Country Park is lovely.  A lovely long walk with paths all around dotted with fun activities for the kids to play on as you stroll around.  You can take dogs too.  Just paying for parking.  There is a cafe and high ropes on site too.
      Free Family Days Out In The South East - North Weald Airfield - High Ropes Great Notley4. Dear Bear and Beany loves Victora County Park. So much space to take games and have a picnic. It has a fantastic play area and so many beautiful walks. There is a cafe where you can buy lunch if needed, we just pop in for an ice cream. For more info visit:
      Free Family Days Out In The South East
      5. Juggling on Roller Skates loves Cycling the Cuckoo Trail. Runs from Heathfield to Eastbourne in East Sussex. Car parks along the route mean easy access. Flat track means family friendly and takes you along very pretty fields and disused rail tracks.
      Free Family Days Out In The South East
      6. Emma Reed loves Waggoners Wells in Grayshott, Hampshire (not too far from Alice Holt) we love it here. Lakes, woods, walks… perfect if you have a dog. Free Family Days Out In The South East 7. All Things Spliced loves The White Water Rafting Centre at Lee Valley is lovely for a wander. You can watch the rafts go up and down the course and then we usually stop in the cafe for a cuppa. There’s usually events taking place & Team GB regularly train there.  There is a sandpit in the summer months.  We also love the White Water Centre and visit it often.  Here is photo of Mike & Lily from last summer:Free Family Days Out In The South East
      8. Counting To Ten Blog loves South Weald Country Park in Brentwood has a Stickman Trail with lots of activities for children, a deer enclosure, a beautiful big lake with ducks and lots of space to run around.
      You have to pay for parking, but if you take a picnic everything else is free. There is a cafe, shop and toilets.Free Family Days Out In The South East
      9. Whinge Whinge Wineloves  Tonbridge Castle Grounds and Tonbridge Racecourse Sports ground/Park, TonbridgeThe Whingelets like nothing better than running around the open area in front of the castle. As the big one puts it, ‘I like princesses and princesses live in castles’. It’s a nice open spot for a game of chase and a roll around on the grass, apparently. Free Family Days Out In The South East
      10. The Incidental Parent loves Knole – it is a National Trust property but the grounds are open to the public all year round. Knole is famous for it’s deer, please don’t feed them. They are wild animals! Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead. Here there are acres of woodland to explore. Knole produced a lovely map a while back with a good trail on for kids to explore. There is also a lovely café that sells everything from snacks to light lunches. Not the cheapest but if you can’t be arsed with a packed lunch (and I rarely can) you won’t starve! Whilst the park is free you do have to pay an entrance fee to the house.
      Free Family Days Out In The South East
      11.  Over 40 and Mum To Oneloves Frensham Ponds.  I spent the majority of my childhood growing up in Surrey. I probably have rose-tinted memories of life there, but it’s certainly a time when I felt happy. Before teenage meltdowns, before we moved to Oxfordshire. I was so excited when we revisited a childhood haunt in the summer. I’d seem a post from Charly at PODCast and knew I had to return to Frensham Ponds. So this week’s summer of fun post takes me back to memories of pond dipping and paddling over 30 plus years ago.Frensham Great Pond and Frensham Little Pond are fairly close together on either side of Frensham Common. We’d been out for the day in Surrey and I decided we’d make a detour on our way home. We started at Frensham Great Pond; it has a large car park and is free on Sundays. As the name suggests it’s the larger of the two ponds. There is an Information Hut and toilets and a large area for paddling, relaxing and even at 4 o’clock on a Sunday afternoon in August, it was busy.Free Family Days Out In The South East

I hope you have found some new places to visit; if you do head to any of these Fab places then don’t forget to tag my linky on instagram #HMCapturingMoments on Instagram so I can take a look at your photos.

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