Things to do on a budget in January

I’m always on the look out for ideas of places to go and things to see.  As unpredictable as our weather is at the moment, it’s great to visit new places. I can certainly recommend Snowdonia, I love it there and can’t wait to take Monkey.  Here is a great post with lots of ideas for you.

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January is a strange time of year, when it feels like everywhere has gone into hibernation and there’s nothing to do. And everything there is to do is indoors and expensive.

Our children are grown up now but over the years we’ve found that there are plenty of inexpensive things to do in January if you know where to look. We’ve also lived all over the country and know exactly what there is to do outside of the holiday season when the weather’s still a bit grim.

So here’s our run-down of the top things to do in January that won’t break the bank either!

Visit Cheddar Gorge

When our kids were really young we lived in Somerset and had a great time living in one of the nation’s favourite holiday resorts. Spring, summer, autumn or winter we were able to use our weekends going on great days out and now it’s a place we regularly go back to on holiday.

If you’re visiting Somerset in January and don’t want to spend too much, my advice is to take in the county’s natural wonders.Things to do on a budget in JanuaryCheddar Gorge is one of Somerset’s most iconic attractions and a popular place for visitors all year round. Since January’s always a bit chilly, we tend to visit Cheddar Gorge as part of a scenic drive –parking up to admire the view costs absolutely nothing and you can keep the heating on!

If money’s not too tight after Christmas, you could buy tickets to see Gough’s Cave and visit the Cheddar Man museum but honestly, the scenery alone is priceless.

And if you enjoy Somerset in January, you can plan to come back for your summer holiday. This year we’ll be going camping at Burnham-on-Sea. At Burnham-on-Sea, camping is a great way to take advantage of everything Somerset has to offer while still saving money – and you get all the benefits of staying on a holiday park.

Coastal walks in Newquay

After a few years of living in Somerset we made the move to Cornwall, which is still one of our favourite places to go back and visit today.

If you can make it to Newquay for a day trip, I’d recommend heading down to the coast for a brisk winter walk. I know you must think I’m mad but all wrapping up for a walk along the beach is a lovely family activity – particularly when you can all warm up drinking hot chocolate in a café afterwards.

And when you’ve finished paying for Christmas, you can come back in the summer, stay at Perran Sands Holiday Park and enrol in a surf school – the perfect way to soak up the Cornish beach vibe!

Winter walks in Snowdonia

Nowadays we live just outside of Liverpool and Snowdonia is our go-to getaway location. It’s just two hours from home and perfect for both day trips and weekend breaks.

Things to do on a budget in JanuaryWhile it’s certainly not advisable to go hiking up any mountains in January, there are plenty of winter walks to keep you occupied until the snow and ice thaws.

The hills above Llanberis are perfect for winter walking and when the weather’s warmer and the holiday parks are open, you can come back for some family camping in the UK, stay at Haven Greenacres and tackle Mount Snowdon!

Have you got any more suggestions for things to do on a budget in January? Let me know!

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About Over 40 and a Mum to One

I'm a Mum in my late 40′s with a 7 year old son. I had a busy life in Export Sales before my Monkey came along, but decided to become a stay at home Mum once he arrived. Now I enjoy writing my own family lifestyle and travel blog. sharing the adventures that we have as Monkey makes his journey through school. We have a cat called Brewster who makes appearances and I’m a mad Ferrari Formula 1 fan, so that expect to hear about as each season unfolds. We love reviewing toys, games and books and would love the opportunity to look at anything that fits in with our family lifestyle. We are always out and about and offering an insight on the places we visit, with a passion for nature thrown in for good measure. If you like what you read please leave me a comment, I love to hear from people, and always try to reply. Enjoy the read.

15 thoughts on “Things to do on a budget in January

  1. These are some great tips. I haven’t yet been to Snowdonia and would absolutely love to get there, it looks so beautiful…in fact I think it should be my 2014 resolution!! Thank you for sharing.

  2. I visited Cheddar Gorge when I was about 11 and remember being completely blown away by it, even at that age…you’ve reminded me we should take our kids to visit, as it’s not too far way from us! Great post 🙂

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