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How to find free days out for the kids this summer

The summer holidays are just around the corner, and it's one of the most expensive times for families.

Parents spend about £600 per child over the six weeks, and a family holiday costs an average of £1,200.

Barafundle Bay in Pembrokeshire was named one of the best beaches in the world. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/PA Images

To keep costs down, many are looking at finding free days out. We've been looking at how you can get started.

One of the ways to find out what's going on in your area is via your local council. Their website will often include a 'What's On' page where you can see what's happening on certain days.

Clicking on events may link back to another website where you can find out more information.

Alternatively, you can often find information about what's happening by picking up a summer activities programme from your local library, museum, tourist information office or community centre.

These places may have free activities running over the summer too - libraries often hold reading sessions and other events, while your local community centre or leisure centre may run free sessions during the school holidays - pay them a visit or check their website.

Across Wales, swimming is free during the holidays for under 16-year-olds. Credit: Franziska Kraufmann/DPA/PA Images

Museums across Wales also offer activities over the summer break. The National Museums, like the Slate museum or St Fagans, are free and their websites will have an events page where you can find their programme of activities. Local museums may also be holding sessions over the holiday.

For more history, you can also check what organisations such as Cadw and the National Trust are running at their sites. Some of these may be free to all, otherwise they're likely to only be free to members, or once you've paid to get in.

Again, their websites are full of information, and tell you what's free at each of their locations.

The National Trust often run activities for children during the summer. Credit: David Parry/PA Archive/PA Images

For things to do even closer to home, look to your local community. If you have a village hall or community group, find out whether they have anything planned for the summer by using their website or phoning them up!

Churches often run activities for all children in the community too. The parish newsletter will have information on what's on.

For more local information, you can join neighbourhood and community groups on social media. Events and activities are often shared with locals via these groups, and you can find some lesser known things to do from people in the know!

Charities also hold free events in the summer - the RNLI host events at lifeboat stations across Wales Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/PA Images

For more of the great outdoors, Wales has many options!

We have three national parks, Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire Coast and the Brecon Beacons, that offer wild walking trails and picnic spots with a view. The National Parks of Wales website can tell you the best places to go.

Meanwhile, Natural Resources Wales offer maps of walking routes through some of these parks, and other trails across the country.

You can find 'places to visit' and 'things to do' on their website, including walking, cycling, horse riding and orienteering.

With three national parks in Wales, there's plenty of places for a walk or hike Credit: Neil Squires/PA Archive/PA Images

Finally, some of the sunniest days out in Wales will be spent on our beaches.

With some of the best in the world on our doorstep, it's a popular place to spend time with family.

Visit Wales lists all beaches in Wales, and also gives advice on those with easy access, that are child friendly and those that allow dogs.

And don't forget, once you've found a free day out, share it with friends to help fill those six weeks of summer!

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