Summer school holidays are here and every parent wants their child to have the best time.

However, the cost of living crisis and rising energy costs mean that every penny is needed right now.

According to research by Epson, summer holidays cost parents an average of £1,445.23 per child, which is simply not possible for many families.

We’ve compiled a list of the best things to do with your kids in South London this summer if you’re on a budget.

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival 2022

A free arts festival is coming to Greenwich between August 26 and September 11.

The festival is fun for the whole family – with art, theatre, dance and circus performances.

Brockwell Lido

Make a splash this summer by taking your kids for an outdoor swim at Brockwell Lido.

We’ve already had a heat wave this summer, so if you need a place to pass the hot weather, head to Herne Hill.

South London Gallery

The Peckham Gallery is a great place to introduce your little one to art and holds regular workshops where you can all get involved.

There is also an on-site cafe and a lovely garden for strolling or relaxing.

Most museums and galleries in England are free, so taking a trip through London or your local area is a great cheap day out for your family.

National Trusted Sites

The National Trust website has a list of beautiful walks, gardens, parks and other sites you can visit in and around South London.

Take your kids out into nature and they can have hours of fun without spending a penny.

You can also find child-friendly cycle routes on the National Trust website if you are a cycling family.


Kids love being stuck indoors and muddy outdoors, so why not try your hand at gardening.

There are many resources online and you can buy seeds very cheaply.

If you don’t have your own garden, why not grow flowers or vegetables in flowerpots in your house.

Local libraries

Visit your local library to borrow children’s books, DVDs and more.

Many libraries will host summer reading challenges if your child is a bookworm, and they’ll also have even more information for you about free or inexpensive activities nearby.

Movie theater

On rainy days when you just don’t know how to entertain your kids, why not grab some great movie deals.

Visit Vue in the morning for £2.49 tickets to child-friendly films, or Odeon’s child-friendly screenings cost a similar £2.50.

Other offers

If your child has a Blue Peter badge, which they can apply for on the BBC website, they’ll get free entry to all sorts of attractions around London, including HMS Belfast.

And if your local supermarket is Tesco, start stocking up on those Clubcard points as you can redeem vouchers up to three times their value to buy tickets to Legoland, Chessington World of Adventures, Alton Towers and many more places.

This time of year can be stressful for parents, especially those who are already struggling financially.

But there are tons of awesome activities to do with your kids for free or very cheaply so you can create memories that will last a lifetime while staying within your budget.

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