Wednesday 19 July 2023


 Keeping the cost down in the summer holidays is sometimes harder than you think right?. Especially if you have more than one little one and everything is double or more.I’ve been on the hunt for things to do for under a fiver, I love a challenge and I have managed to find some really cool and fun things to do with the children that isn’t going to break the bank.


All the dance lovers out there The Gruffalo dance workshop at Mitchell Arts Centre in Hanley looks a brilliant afternoon for little ones aged 6 and over. The perfect opportunity to  get their bodies moving to the music and exploring animal movements.

Its on Wednesday 26th July at 1.30pm - Parents are welcome to leave or wait nearby. Get yourself a coffee and enjoy a well deserved hour to relax :)


Kids club at the cinema is a great way to enjoy the movies on a budget. Mini mornings at the VUE are £2.49 per ticket and have some great movies on at the minute ,including the Super Mario Brothers. Cineworld has movie for juniors which is £2.25 and the odeon has kids club tickets for £3.25.

Pack some snacks from home. I love doing the girls a pick and mix from home, so popcorn, sweets and some chocolate buttons in a zip bag, pop in my bag with some fruit shoots and we are good to go :)


Fingers and toes crossed we have some lovely days where we can get the paddling pool out in the garden, but if not, Dimensions in Tunstall is a great place for a swimming session.

Child entry is £5, adult is £6, but a lovely swimming pool, with on site soft play, cafe, coffee and a super cool dragon slide as well as slides and splash pads for toddlers. Ring up to book 01782233500.


We love crafts and Nila can spend hours making up some fantastic bits at home with all the recycled stuff we keep for a rainy day- we are having a lot of them, when is summer actually going to start?.

Biddulph library has a kids craft club on 22nd August from 10.30-12pm for £1!. Have a morning off from cleaning up all the glitter and let the library do that for you :) .Booking is essential, number is 01782485491 or email them at


Shakes on the rocks in Biddulph Moor is somewhere we've not been before and is on our summer bucket list this year. A self service milkshake machine with a view. Picnic benches so pack some lunch and enjoy an afternoon sipping on some really cool flavours!. Weekly special flavours include blueberry muffin, creme egg and even mint chocolate, all from £1.50.

During the summer they have pony rides for £5. I went to Croatia last month and did horseback riding, ever since, the girls have been asking if they can get to ride a horse, I can not wait to take them here.

Pony ride times are:

Wednesday 2nd August 10.30 - 12.30
Tuesday 15th August 10.30 - 12.30
Tuesday 22nd August 10.30 - 12.30
Wednesday 30th August 10.30 - 12.30

Rides are £5. They also doing lessons too , which I think the girls would really enjoy!.

Id love to know if you have any fun things planned or booked any of the above. I also have some really cool free things you can do in Staffordshire this summer, get your diary out and plan some free and affordable days out :)


  1. These are all great suggestions of activities especially the swimming. It helps to keep them busy and active.

  2. I always love an affordable idea that gets my kids & I out of the house. All of these sound like awesome options!

  3. Marie Cris Angeles25 July 2023 at 16:27

    Thanks for sharing all these tips with us! I loved to plan my summer getaways but still figure out how I can save.

  4. Glad to know there a lot of stuff to do at an affordable price! Looks like a fun place to be!

  5. It is always good to find some inexpensive activities to do with the kids. It sounds like there is a fair amount of stuff to keep them entertained.

  6. It is indeed quite hard to keep things costs down in summer holidays especially with kids So thank you so much for these.

  7. Lots of great ideas here to keep the family busy and entertained over the summer. Creating memories doesn't always require big trips or vacations...sometimes just fun afternoons out and local spots are the best.

  8. This article on "5 Things to Do This Summer in Staffordshire for £5 and Under" is fantastic! The suggestions are budget-friendly and perfect for enjoying the season without breaking the bank. The writing style is engaging, making it a delightful read. Great job in providing valuable and affordable options!