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3 Cheap and Cheerful Days Out You Won’t Want to Miss

· James Tweddle · Culture

Looking for something fun to do that won’t break the bank? Check these out…

St Aidan's Dog Walking

Amazing activities don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. We’ve rounded up three of the best value for you to try…

Searching for a day out that won’t cost the Earth? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Whether it’s in Leeds or somewhere further afield, there’s plenty of choice – but to help you out, we’ve narrowed down the options. Check out these three cheap and cheerful places for you or the whole family to visit – and they all cost less than a fiver.

National Science & Media Museum

National Science and Media Museum

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Something for everyone doesn’t even begin to cover the sheer amount of variety at the National Science & Media Museum. With eight floors of film, television and photography exhibitions, you can witness everything from the world’s first ever moving image to the story of the internet, the interactive delights of Wonderlab and a full animation gallery.

National Science & Media Museum, Little Horton Lane, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 1NQ. Entry to the museum is free, but some of the special exhibits may have a small entry fee. The IMAX inside has standard cinema ticket prices too.

The Donkey Sanctuary


Your biggest challenge when visiting The Donkey Sanctuary will be trying not to adopt all of them on the spot! Visitors of all ages are encouraged to come and learn everything there is to know about donkeys, from their daily routine and feeding patterns to The Donkey Sanctuary’s international work and their therapy sessions tailored for assisted-needs children.

The Donkey Sanctuary, Swan Lane, Off Blackhill Lane, Eccup, Leeds LS16 8AZ. Entry is free, but it’s hard to resist making a donation once you see the donkeys.

St Aidan’s Nature Reserve

Bower Lake St Aidan's

Credit: David Botham

Where else can you combine walking, cycling, wildlife watching and even horse riding in one location? St Aidan’s started life as an open-pit mine, but once it closed, the sheer variety of habitats on offer proved perfect for creating a nature reserve. From the rarest birds in the world to an enormous 1,200 tonne coal dragline, it’s ideal for families, couples, solo ramblers and dog walkers alike.

St Aidan’s Nature Reserve, Astley Lane, Great Preston, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 8AL. Entry and parking is free for RSPB members or £4 per car for non-members.

Cover image credit: David Botham