Kids Go Free
When you’re looking for something to do with kids during the summer, bear in mind that certain places have “kids go free” offers in August. The cost of taking a couple of under-twelves to places can really mount up so here is a list of some organisations that have such schemes.
The National Trust’s scheme runs from today until August 26th but you can’t just turn up. You need to download a voucher from their website. Not every one of their properties is participating but there is a list of those that do and those that don’t on their website. The NT has properties in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The National Trust for Scotland doesn’t seem to be participating.
In London the many west end theatres are offering free tickets to under sixteens. Their kids go free programme runs from 12th August and has been extended, this year, to run up until 4th of September. Again, not every show in London or every performance is available for the free ticket offer so you’ll need to check the website.
Visit London has a listing of some places in London that have free events for kids. Some places make a charge for entry, some don’t and some have waived them during the period so, once again, you’ll need to check beforehand.
The railway system around Glasgow, the SPT, has been running their kids go free system for getting on for six weeks ever since the Scottish school holidays began. From 25 June – 21 August two children up to the age of 16 can travel all day at no charge provided there is a full fare paying adult with them. Tickets can only be bought on the day that you travel and apply only to the subway.
The gardens of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) operate a scheme whereby up to two children 16 and under can go in for nothing provided that each of them has an accompanying adult.
The Kent & East Sussex Railway doesn’t quite let kids travel for nothing. They only charge £1 each though and this runs up until the 28th August. Again, you have to download a voucher before you visit them.
Remember also that all our national museums and galleries wherever they are are open free to all comers not just children.
Try your local tourist board for discounts as well. For example, Heart of England, has seven pages of discounts on their website. Some have children going free when accompanied, others are money off.
CD-traveller is happy to add to this list, so tell us if you know of more.