Summer in the City: Free fun for all

Summer in the City: Free fun for all



With the good weather set to continue for a good few weeks yet (fingers crossed!), there’s no better time to get out and about and enjoy the sun. So here’s our guide to won’t-cost-you-a-penny outings and entertainment in a city near you. How many will you do this summer?

Explore a museum or gallery

With over 2500 museums in the UK, there really is something for everyone. To find the best ones, check out this complete list of freebies organised by region. You can even show them on a map to see which ones are closest.

(P.S. If you’re around Manchester, why not give the National Football Museum a try?)


Join a walking tour 

See your city in a whole new light. Whether you focus on street art, city landmarks, or local history, you can often join a tour for free. Search Google or head to


Roll up, roll up to the carnival

Community events such as carnivals in the park and school fetes are common in the summer months, and entry is often free. Check any local notice boards or your council’s website to find out what’s coming up. 

Fancy trying something new?

Check out websites such as MeetUp and TimeOut, which help city dwellers discover new activities in their area. They’ve got something for everyone, so if you have a spare afternoon why not see what’s on offer and start a new hobby.


Keep an eye on your local paper

If you live in the city, you’ve always got a hundred fun opportunities on your doorstep – you just need to know where to look. 

Search for your local council’s website to find free events, pick up a copy of the local paper, and ask Google for ‘free events near me’. You may be surprised what you find.