We're long overdue a bank holiday and, with a rush of them all about to come at once, everyone's looking for smart ways to make the day count. But don’t worry, we’ve come up with some brilliant ideas to please different age groups - and fortunately these won’t cost you a fortune.
1. Get Outdoors.
From hunting for bugs to exploring historic mansions there are plenty of adventures to be had with the National Trust. And, if you enjoy your day out don't forget that you can purchase an annual membership card which will grant you access to over 500 sites across the country.
2. Hit the Museums
Tear the kids away from the TV and take them on a museum trip instead. The National History Museum in London will get their imaginations running wild. If the sun is shining make a day of it and pack a picnic to enjoy in the museum's gardens too.
3. Theme Park Ahoy!
Gulliver’s World is a brilliant, fun filled day out for all the family. With three UK parks - Milton Keynes, Warrington and Matlock Baths - and a whole host of rides to try out at just £24.95 a ticket, or £4.95 for children smaller than 90cms, it's well worth the money.
4. Let Battle Commence
If knights and battles are your thing, English Heritage is running some brilliant Adventure Quests at their historic sites across the UK. Make a shield, take part in drawing competitions and try your hand with a sword.
5. Bake Off!
Feeling brave? If the weather’s rubbish, why not let the (older) kids loose in the kitchen to host their own bake off competition. Introduce a theme if you want to make things tougher. All you need to do is stock up on ingredients then judge the finished cakes.