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10 cheap and free things to do this Easter

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Check out these ideas on how to enjoy the Easter break without breaking the bank.

Easter is nearly here, and that means time off for kids and adults. So if you're looking for some ideas on how to have fun on a budget, look no further!

1) Go on an Easter egg hunt

If you’ve got kids why not try an Easter egg hunt? There’s certain to be one going on near you or you could try putting one on yourself!

For the eighth year running Cadbury is teaming up with the National Trust and the National Trust for Scotland to put on egg hunts at over 300 locations across the UK. You’ll get a Cadbury Egghead reward for completing the trail and there are other prizes up for grabs too. Find your nearest hunt here.

2) Do a spring clean

The four-day weekend is the perfect opportunity for a massive clear out. Plus if you manage to sell your unwanted stuff you could earn a bit of extra cash to fund some more exciting activities.

With the weather warming up you could try a car boot sale. You can find one going on near you at Car Boot Junction. Read How to be successful at a car boot sale if you've never done one before.

Or alternatively you can sell from the comfort of your own home using sites like eBay or Gumtree. Read How to sell successfully on eBay for some tips.

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3) Pack off the kids

If you’ve got teens loitering around the house, you could get them out of your hair and give them an enriching experience to boot by enrolling them in the National Citizen Service.

It’s a scheme run by the Government that allows 15-17 year olds in England and Northern Ireland to take part in a one-week activity programme outside term time, which involves a three-day trip and workshops to learn new skills.

It costs £50 or less and is free for some. Participants get a certificate signed by the Prime Minister at a graduation ceremony. You or your teen just need to register here to learn more and secure a place.

4) Get cooking

If you have younger kids and are looking for something fun to do Tesco are holding free pop-up cooking courses around the country for children aged 5-11 as part of its Eat Happy Project.

All the ingredients will be provided on the day, so you won’t need to bring anything with you. Children will also get an apron and recipes to take home with them so that they can share their newfound skills with the rest of the family.

You can book a spot online on the Eat Happy Project website.

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5) Watch a film

Most cinemas have special viewings set up for kids over the Easter holidays. But that doesn’t mean the grown-ups can’t catch a film too!

There are plenty of ways to cut the cost of going to the cinema, like redeeming Nectar or Clubcard points for cinema tickets. Check out How to get cheap and free cinema tickets for more.

Alternatively why not give one of the many streaming services a go? Now TV, Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video all offer 30-day free trials initially, so whether you’re after a recent big budget blockbuster or a classic, you won’t have to pay a penny!

6) Visit a museum

Make some time to check out your local museums – many of which should be free.

If you’re based in London, there’s the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum. Or why not pop along to the V&A Museum or Tate Modern?

Alternatively, check out the dofreestuff.com website which allows you to click on your area and find out which museums and attractions are free nearby. For example, if you live in the West Midlands, you can pay a visit to the Coventry Transport Museum or the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Visit Britain also has a great list of free museums on its website.

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7) Catch a show

Going to the theatre doesn’t have to be expensive.

You can find great deals on websites like lastminute.com and cheaptheatretickets.com for big shows like The Commitments and War Horse with tickets costing as little as £10.

Alternatively you can have a cracking time at a comedy club.

You can get tickets for Foster’s Comedy Live at Highlight Comedy Club venues for just £5 through Vouchercloud.com right now.

Don’t forget your local council’s arts website to find out what’s going on near you for even cheaper shows you could try.

8) Travel for less

If you’re keen to get out and about over Easter, you can save by using the train.

Children under the age of five travel on trains for free and those aged five to 15 get a 50% discount. And if you're travelling in and around London, your train ticket can open up a host of two-for-one offers at attractions via the Days Out Guide website.

Anyone over the age of 16 travelling together might do well getting the Two Together railcard. It only costs £30 for the two cards and can save a third on journeys and can also get you two-for-one offers via the Days Out Guide website.

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9) Go for a walk

For a truly cheap activity, why not get out and about in the fresh air and go for a walk?

You can’t beat a refreshing walk in the countryside, followed by a fabulous pub lunch to refuel! If you’re not sure where to go, check out websites such as nationaltrail.co.uk and walkingbritain.co.uk which have lots of free routes to try out.

You can also take a look at the Woodland Trust website which has more than 1,000 woodland sites which are free to visit across the country. The website includes a selection of downloadable woodland walks.

10) Have a cheap meal out

If you fancy a meal out over the Easter break, it doesn’t have to burn a hole in your wallet.

There are loads of discount vouchers around at the moment, although many are restricted over the long weekend itself.

Check out Vouchercodes, Vouchercloud and MyVoucherCodes to see what you can get.

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