free parks in Great Britain cc IMage courtesy of NOO on Flickr

The UK’s Best Free Activities for 2012

Guest Post by Charlotte Stamper

the UK Coast cc IMage courtesy of Fenners on FlickrThere are so many free things to do in the UK making it a great destination for a budget friendly trip.

1. Free museums and art galleries

The vast majority of museums in the UK are totally free of charge! They are fantastic places to learn about the history of the British Empire, nature and the social history of the UK as well as so much more. Liverpool in the north west of England has a particularly good selection of high quality totally free museums where you can learn about slavery, the history of Liverpool and the natural world.

2. Summer of sport

Summer 2012 is a huge summer of sport for the UK! London is hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games but forget splashing out on expensive tickets, there are big screens in loads of towns and cities across the country where you can congregate and watch the action all for free.

free parks in Great Britain cc IMage courtesy of NOO on Flickr3. Sit out in a park

Although the UK is a rather small and highly populated country, there are plenty of green spaces to enjoy. There are literally hundreds of parks, community gardens and green spaces in and around London and in most major cities. Great for sitting out in the sunshine, soaking up the atmosphere and watching the world go by.

4. Go walking

One of the best ways to see new places is on your own two feet. If you can, walking around rather than taking busses, taxis and tubes means that you can see so much more than you otherwise would. It’s slower and harder work, but your wallet will thank you for it and who said it was a race anyway? Take your time and really get to know a place rather than just rushing on to the next place.

If you are a keen walker or are at least keen to try, a walking holiday means that you can get out in the great British countryside. Sometimes the simplest things are the best! Try walking in the Lake District or along the coastal paths of Wales. You may even want to make a longer trip of it and stay in a holiday cottage in the countryside like one from Sykes Holiday Cottages. Plus walking is a great way to stay in shape and work off the extra calories that you are sure to put on when you are sampling the local food of the UK.

5. Take a trip to the British seaside

The UK has some truly fantastic beaches. From the golden sands of Cornwall and Devon to the serene stretches of golden sand on the coast of Wales and on the Northumbrian and Yorkshire coasts. If the sun is shining and you are near to the coast, pack your beach mats and head to the beach for a paddle in the sea and a game of frisbee, all without spending a penny!