Tomorrow is officially the first day of Summer and with that comes lot’s of opportunities to spend however with the advent of us buying a house and planning our wedding, we are interested in making this summer as free as possible!
Did you know that over 37,000 people gather at Stonehenge to see sun rise on the day of the summer solstice? 2 years ago today I travelled there and from midnight to 6am watched people sing, dance and party outside around the stones. I believe it’s the only time of the year you can actually touch, sit on and go inside all the stones so I felt very privileged. At 6am when the sun started to rise, tens of thousands of people all went silent and stood in unison watching the sun rise over the cliffs. Once the sun was up fully, everyone erupted in a loud cheer and the party resumed.
I highly recommend experiencing this for yourself if you can get there. The event was free and was like nothing I’ve ever seen or will see again. Watching hundreds of people do sun salutations in unisons in the fields is a sight to remember if nothing else.
However, for now, here are 21 absolutely free activities to keep you entertained this summer whilst sticking to your no spend days. I’ll be using some of these this year and hope you will too.
Totally free if you have bikes already or very cheap if your local area offers bikes for rent like the free bikes in London. They cost just £2 to access the bikes for 24 hour bike access, and the first 30 minutes of each journey is free so you can keep bike hopping.
There almost certainly a better name for it out there but a ‘Frankenstein picnic’ is a picnic where you use up the remnants of what you have left in your kitchen. Clear out your cupboards and freezer and you probably have enough for a Frankenstein picnic this summer.
Sometimes an evening can be made by spending some quality time together. Instead of cooking alone, invite your kids, friend or partner in the kitchen, crank up the music and cook together. Whilst they’re there, why not batch cook to make the most of the time together?
This is one for the kids you have – or the big kids inside you. Your tent likely needs airing out once a year anyway so I recommend you pitch up in your own backyard for some wholesome fun! Have a girls night or a romantic night under the stars this summer.
Hosting a summer BBQ may seem like it will cost you money but why not host a potluck BBQ where everyone brings something to the table. Someone will bring alcohol, others will bring meat etc so by the end you’ll have a full feast for everyone.
Board games are a hugely growing industry and more and more people are getting into it. It’s likely you have a friend who has a collection that will love to host to help you host a game night. If you’re not into board games, you could borrow a video game like Tekken or Super Smash Bros which is fun – even if you’re button mashing.
Enjoyment of a market for me isn’t what I buy but the conversation it starts and the exploring nature of sifting through the nik naks. You don’t need to spend £££ at your local market, just go to stay active, get out the house and spend some time with a friend.
A quick Google of your area will return some free festivals from food festivals to music festivals or even something obscure like a sausage festival! But you should always go and keep your mind open as you might just discover a new hobby or interest
A scavenger hunt isn’t just for kids. Idea’s can include a bridal scavenger hunt for your soon-to-be-wed friend, a romantic hunt for your partner or a hunt ending in a present for your best friend. If you don’t feel you’re creative, there are tons of guides out there on the internet.
Summer is the perfect time to get in the garden so if you’ve always wanted to try to get your fingers green then this summer make yourself a promise and get in the garden. If you don’t feel you’re ready, try a windowsill garden or grow some herbs in the house.
Decluttering is literally one of my favourite things. You can get rid of unwanted clutter from the house AND possibly make money as you go. If you don’t know where to start either go room by room each weekend or start big to small with what needs to be decluttered / sold.
Take a chair outside and lie back to see the stars with the kids, a friend or your partner. If you’re really into it there are lot’s of guides online you can use to see what you’re really looking at. I recently visited the planetarium in London and I can’t wait to try this.
Learn something yourself or educate the little ones this summer with some free museums. If you live in London very much recommend the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum which are both free and amazing. They do ask for a donated so give if you feel inclined.
Giving back to the community make not earn you any money for your time like most things I would advocate but if you have the time to help someone in need then I please advise you do this summer. You never know how far your kindness will go or be remembered but it’s further than you think.
Challenge a friend to a water fight this summer or, even better, host a water fight event with friends. If you’re a big kid like me you’ll love being a little bit silly this summer. You could host a 1-1 tournament system or a mega holi-style water fight free for all.
Do you have a friend with animals that wouldn’t mind a bit of help? If not, there are always some local shelters or farms that would welcome some free labour.
The sleepover is the classic get together when you’re young but there’s no reason to stop when you’re adults. I highly recommend getting a few of your gang together and hosting a fun sleepover. Except as an adult it can include wine!
If you have kids, own your land and have no intention to move for 10 years then this summer you could bury a time capsule full of things to open on your kids birthday or a special event. I can’t wait to do this with my future kids one day.
Some outdoor public pools are free at certain times during quieter times so take advantage of this and get yourself down to the lido this summer.
If you’re a parent you’ll know how quickly time with your kids goes so take this summer and make a funny home movie together whilst they’re at an age they aren’t embarrassed. If you’re a fully grown adult with no kids like myself, why not make a silly movie just for the sake of it then send it to grandma or a friend.
I love wandering around farmers markets which is a wonderfully free activity. If you do see something you like then you can support your local farmers and treat yourself.
Thank you for reading my guide. Please leave a comment below if you’ve tried any of these and see my other cheap and free activities here.