FREE & Low Budget Activities

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Don’t let a tight budget ruin quality family time this summer. Spending time together enjoying the summer holidays as a family doesn’t need to break the bank. Start planning your family day out with these free attractions in mind:

Williamson Park

Visiting Williamson Park is the perfect free attraction to explore in Lancaster. Wander around 54 acres of beautiful parkland and enchanting walks and play areas with breathtaking views to the Lake District. Also home to The Ashton Memorial, a famous Edwardian folly known as the Taj Mahal of the North. For a small charge pay the Butterfly House and Mini Zoo a visit.

*Keep an eye out for special summer holiday workshops, meet the keeper and The Dukes Williamson Park film screenings at The Dell. Choose from Jurassic Park (PG) and the Princess Bride (PG) both family-friendly!

Lancaster City Museum is the perfect place for you and your family to learn about the city. Situated in the heart of the historic cultural city and housed within an elegant Georgian building this is where you’ll discover more about Lancaster’s past from the Romans to the present day.

Trace the pedigree of Lancaster’s regiment from 1680 onwards at the King’s Own Royal Regiment Museum. See the wonderful collection of portraits and landscapes on display. There are regularly changing exhibitions, events and activities for families.

*Lancaster City Museum will be hosting a range of children’s themed workshops and activities during the summer holidays. 

Walling’s Farm

Three generations of the Walling family operate this visitor destination working farm with a diverse range of enterprises. In a beautifully converted barn situated in lovely rural Lancashire countryside with ample free parking and fantastic views, you can enjoy a delicious ice cream from the parlour or choose from one of their mouth-watering sweet treats on the main menu in the eatery. Other attractions include ‘Inspirations Plant Centre’, Alpacas, sheep, calves, rare breeds and hens.

Bring On The Brollies Trail 

As part of Lancaster Festa Italia running again will be the ‘Bring On The Brollies’ trail to celebrate the Umbrella Canopy that will go up on New Street from Mid-July.  The trail will start from the 2nd August and guides participants around Lancaster, counting the number of brollies they can find along the way. Each time you find a ‘Brolly Bonus’ sticker, you can go in the business and claim your treat. This trail will be running from August through to the Festa Italia and a great FREE activity for families so there is plenty of time to claim your treats and explore the city.

Judges Lodgings

Between 1776 and 1975 the Judges Lodgings became an impressive residence for judges visiting nearby Lancaster Castle. Today there is something for everyone with beautiful period rooms, gorgeous Gillows furniture, Victorian schoolroom and Museum of Childhood.

*During the holidays make your own masterpieces, get up close & personal to real museum objects, discover fascinating facts about life in the past or explore Lancaster’s oldest town house following some terrific trails and workshops. 

Lancaster and the Lune Walking Map

A FREE active walk for all of the family. It’s part of Lancaster’s charm that it remains a compact city, enjoying close contact with the surrounding countryside. This easy walk is perfect for families as it takes full advantage of everything the city has to offer, allowing you to move from the bustle of the city centre to the leisurely pace of the canal and on to the wide open spaces of the Lune Estuary, where binoculars and a bird book would be ideal companions.