5 Things to Do under £5 in Powys/Shropshire with Kids this Summer

Is there honestly still three weeks left of the Summer holidays? Yes I’m afraid so.  We all love time with our children, we really do, but the constant “where are we going today?” demands can get a little expensive.

I’ve put together a little list of things to do near where we live (Powys/Shropshire Border) which won’t cost you an arm and a leg or even a little toe for that matter.

So what’s there to do in and around Powys/Shropshire border?

1. Go to The Quarry Park, Shrewsbury  – This park is bloomin’ fantastic. Not only is is stunning with beautiful flower gardens, and an idyllic walk along the river, there’s a lot to offer for little ones: a newly renovated play park and splash area (all free), lawns for ball games and paths for bicycles or scooters.

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2. Go GeoCaching – if you have a smart phone, you can download the app for free and then the world is your treasure trail. There are thousands of capsules to find all over Wales, with an abundance of them in our area. Have a gander along the canal, visit a local Church, Rodney’s pillar… they’re everywhere and give purpose to a walk. Get on it people. Here are just the ones you can find in and around the Welshpool/Shropshire border.
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Searching for a Geocache near Trewern…
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3. Go for Bike-Ride or a Picnic at Lake Vyrnwy – If you are able to go for a drive with kids in tow, then head up to the beautiful Lake Vyrnwy. This place is breathtaking and has a lot to offer for free. There are picnic areas, a sculpture park, walks and a lovely flat road which is ideal to cycle along.  There are often events on (which may involve a small fee), such as craft fairs (There is one in early September) and cycle activities – do go check out their website.
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Cuddles in the sculpture park.
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4. Go on a Stickman Trail – Houghmond Hill – If you’ve got Julia Donaldson bookworms then they’ll love this. You can buy an activity pack for £3 and parking costs £1. The walk is buggy/stroller friendly and is the perfect distance for 3 year olds +. There are some fun activities to do around the trail and our boys loved it. You can check out a full post on this HERE.
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5. Walk up Rodney’s Pillar – ok so perhaps this isn’t one for tiny ones – unless they’re in a backpack. We’ve taken our boys up there in a backpack a few times before, but now Arthur is 3, he’s a bit heavy and so will probably not be old enough to do the walk until he’s about 5. But if you have older children or babes in arms (or a super duper off roader buggy/stroller), then go for an adventure up to this monument. The views from Rodney’s Pillar are absolutely breathtaking.

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Here’s the location on a MAP.
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In fact – go and get yourself an ordinance survey map, or download the app and purchase your local map to view on your phone. There are so many beautiful walks in and around Powys/Shropshire – don’t let the little ones stop you getting out and about…
I hope you have a great break this summer and have lots of fun and adventures with your children.
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Do let me know what you’ve been up to so far and if you’ve got any recommendations.
Travel Monkey


  1. August 15, 2016 / 9:02 am

    such a useful list – it can be easy to spend a lot of money in the school holidays!

  2. August 15, 2016 / 12:22 pm

    Some wonderful ideas for getting out and about without having to spend loads of money.

  3. August 15, 2016 / 6:23 pm

    Awesome post lovely, I’ll be filing this away should we every be over that way 🙂 H x

  4. August 15, 2016 / 9:14 pm

    That lake looks stunning! I’d love to visit it one day. I haven’t been geocaching since just after Little London was born… I need to get back into it (although I was bad at actually finding them). xx

  5. August 17, 2016 / 3:19 pm

    Ah, what a fab post, it looks super fun where you live. I really want to try Geocaching with Jack – thanks for the reminder, i must download that app! x

  6. August 17, 2016 / 10:00 pm

    What a great little list. Bargain days out! I always hear people talking about geocaching but have never really gotten it till now, so thank you!x

  7. August 18, 2016 / 11:52 am

    Fab, it’s great to have a list of cheap or free days to get out and about. Love the geocaching we used to do this when I was younger can’t wait till my girls are bit older to do this with them. Makes a walk so much more interesting xx

  8. August 19, 2016 / 12:49 pm

    Lake Vyrnwy looks spectacular. Next time I am heading west, I must go – just my sort of place. And I really must try geocaching. Even now my son is grown-up I think my husband and I would have a laugh giving it a go.

  9. August 22, 2016 / 6:18 pm

    Some fantastic ideas here. It’s a part of the world I’ve never visited and I’m with Trish – Lake Vyrnwy looks incredible! Nice to find your blog on #MondayEscapes

  10. August 27, 2016 / 12:20 pm

    Such great suggestions and all look so much fun – I really need to make a trip to this part of the UK. Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes

  11. August 29, 2016 / 9:31 pm

    Great list of places to go, I don’t think you need to spend loads of money to have a nice day out. That lake is stunning!

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