Families forced to scrap summer day trips due to money worries

A free day out, yesterday

As we all know, we’re living in ‘tough economic times’ and ‘tough decisions’ need to be made all over the place. It looks as though over the school summer holidays, some of those decisions will include not going on day trips with the kids, as they’re too frigging expensive.

Charity Family Action have surveyed 2,214 yummy mummies and 54% of them say that they’ll be cutting back on trips and activities with the younglings over the summer break for financial reasons. As a result, the charity is lashing out at high prices charged by visitor attractions as well as griping about the additional costs of food, travel etc.

Family Action Chief Executive Helen Dent said: "Families are facing summer on a shoestring with parents and children cooped up at home as a result of falling incomes and rising prices.

"We know that children get a boost from days out - including to their educational development. However, this year many parents are so worried that summer day trips will break the bank that they're cutting back."

Have they got a point? Are you a parent who is struggling to take your kids on days out this summer? Or should people just cut their cloth and take packed lunches to places that are free, using sites like Day Out With The Kids to plan their outings?

Maybe we should just all go to the woods and build a den. Never did us any harm.


  • oliverreed
    It's too wet to go to out, that's why people will be "cooped up". However when the sun does make an appearance last time I checked parks/woods/walking was free?
  • Haggis
    When I was a kid our den in the woods was filled with porn.
  • Boring B.
    The park/woods etc are free as long as you don't have to pay for bus/car/train to get there, which leaves most people with a rather limited choice of things to do - especially if their children aren't up to walking miles and miles every day...
  • Inspector G.
    Does this mean that the queue for the Oblivion at Alton Towers will be less than 3 hours?
  • Raggedy
    Can't believe there's no pictures of the "yummy mummies" that were mentioned in the article. Poor reporting.
  • Sicknote
    At last some good news. As a hard worker, landlord of schumbag tenants and prolific saver I will not have to tolerate a bunch of skint chavs on my summer holidays this year.
  • Bob
    I have read threads about the missing porn magazines in the woods. I remember the good old days where any venture into a wooded area was met with porn magazines, alas no more.
  • oliverreed
    @Boring Boy if transport is a problem you weren't very forward thinking about your home and local amenities before having kids?
  • Boring B.
    @oliver: I couldn't afford/find a house within a mile or so of all the amenities I might need for an entire summer of days out. I have a feeling I might not be the only one.

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