Free Fun at the Fair

The season of country fetes and May Day fayres is fast approaching. As family days out they can be enormous fun but often cost a small fortune. Yet with a little careful planning you can have a recession-proof frugal, or even free, bank holiday and not lose out on any of the fun.

Whether you love homemade jam, crafts, bouncy castles, live music or fairground rides, a good May Fayre will keep the family entertained all day. It needn’t cost the earth as many of the activities and entertainment are available free of charge. If your aim is for a cheap day out then you will need to be careful and plan ahead because it’s easy to get carried away.

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Most fayres will publish details of the day’s events online. Pick out the best of the free entertainment – jazz bands, fire engine tours, puppet shows, animal petting, gymnastics and dance displays. Arrange your day around the events you’re interested in. Councils may be cutting back on their financial input but there are still businesses and clubs keen to market their services. Larger fetes will frequently offer free football sessions, climbing walls, bouncy castles and even pizza. Arrive early though because long queues will form quickly once word gets around!
Set yourself a budget for the day and only take this amount of cash with you. Involve the children in decisions about how to spend the money. Allow them, say, three rides/side shows each and let them make their own choices. This gives them the responsibility for the decisions and teaches them the value of budgeting.

For any day out it’s a good idea to take a picnic. Although, if you don’t fancy lugging round a family sized lunch and picnic rug then maybe start the adventure post-lunch and just take water and snacks.

Now you’re all set for a frugal day at the fair! Leave a message below and let us know how it went.

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