With a Bank Holiday right around the corner, we've rounded up plenty of cheap and free things to do to entertain the family.

This weekend is the first Bank Holiday of the summer, but you don't need to spend a fortune. There are plenty of things you can do to have fun without having to break the bank!

Lowry Outlet Food Festival
It's the first ever Lowry Outlet Food Festival up in Manchester between the 4th and 6th May. There's more than 80 stalls, plus celebrity chef demonstrations from the likes of Gino D'Acampo, James Martin and Paul Hollywood, and even live music.

Entry is free, though you will need to buy tickets to see the demonstrations.

Magnificent Motors
Eastbourne is host to the Magnificent Motors festival this weekend, boasting more than 500 vintage and classic cars, motorbikes and buses.

It all takes place on the seafront and is absolutely free.

Watch people get muddy
The Maldon Mud Race takes place in Maldon, Essex on Sunday 5th May.

It only costs you a charitable donation to watch hundreds of crazy people run through the mud of the River Blackwater at low tide.

The scarecrow festival!
Head to Urchfront in Wiltshire this weekend and you can check out the scarecrow festival. Each year as many as 50 scarecrows are made by local families to meet a theme. You can take part in a scarecrow trail, matching the scarecrows to the cryptic clues in the programme.

Free superheroes!
If you're in Leeds, head down to the Royal Armoury this weekend and check out the Arms & Armour of the Superhero exhibition. You can learn about the armour and combat skills of your favourite heroes, take part in an art masterclass and even have your photo taken with the likes of Batman, Wolverine and Iron Man.

And it won't cost you anything!

Teddy Bears Picnic
If you head down to Wentworth Castle on Bank Holiday Monday, you're in for a big surprise!
There's a teddy bears picnic going on, featuring a teddy home-made fancy dress competition, and lots of games and activities.

Entry is free for children who bring a teddy, while adults will have to pay £5.50.

Canalway Cavalcade
If you're around Paddington in London, head down to Little Venice where you can check out the Canalway Cavalcade, a waterways festival where there's a boat pageant, shows and stalls, Morris Dancers and all sorts of activities for the kids.

Entry is absolutely free.

The Dales Festival of Food & Drink
If you're near Wensleydale, head to Leyburn for the Dales Festival of Food & Drink.

There's more than 80 exhibitors, free cookery demonstrations, displays on how farmers' produce ends up in your supermarket and even a real ale festival.

Entry is free for under 16s, while adults will have to pay £8.

The Chilli Festival!
If you love your food with a kick, then head to the Eastnor Chilli Festival at Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire.

There will be more than 40 exhibitors, offering curry sauces, pastes, pickles and jams as well as a cookery theatre and live music.

Tickets are £9.50 for adults.

Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway
The Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway is holding a Family Fun Weekend, featuring circus skills workships, RSPB crafts, guided walks and Roman coin rubbing.

Entry is free though some activities will carry a charge.

National Trust events
Many National Trust locations are staging special events for the Bank Holiday which won't cost you any more than the standard admission charges.

For example of Sunday 5th May at Godolphin in Cornwall you can track the Gruffalo, while Corfe Castle in Dorset is holding a siege of Wareham re-enactment each day and Kingston Lacy near Bournemouth is holding the latest season of '50 things to do before you're 11 ¾'.

English National Surfing Championships
The English National Surfing Championships are taking place this weekend at Watergate Bay in Newquay this weekend.

Star Wars!
Hamleys in Glasgow is being invaded by Star Wars characters on Saturday and Sunday, with appearances from Darth Vader, Imperial Gunner, Wookies, Jedi Knights and even R2-D2.
The event is absolutely free, though you'll be invited to make donations to the CHAS charity.

Llandudno Transport Festival
Apparently the Llandudno Transport Festival is one of the UK's best-loved events. There's costumes, a vintage fairground and a number of attractions.

The festival includes commercial vehicles, tractors, steam engines, classic cars and bikes.
Entry is £6 for adults and £1 for children.

Southampton Maritime Festival
On Saturday and Sunday the Southampton Maritime Festival will be held at Ocean Cruise Terminal in Southampton.

Visitors will be able to visit ships that evacuated troops from Dunkirk, watch some re-enactments, enjoy live music and stage shows and watch diving displays. Admission is free for under 18s, and costs £5 for adults if you book in advance.

Oxfordshire Art Weeks
This one isn't just for the Bank Holiday, but all of May. Across Oxfordshire there's a massive arts festival with more than 500 exhibitions. And entry is completely free.

Family Fun Day at the Florrie
The Florrie is a Grade II listed Victoria building in Toxteth and on Bank Holiday Monday it's hosting a Family Fun Day, with activities, children's entertainer, face painters and even a home safari!

The British Rally Championships
On the 4th and 5th May Carlisle Racecourse will be hosting the Richard Burns Foundation Rally, the second round of the 2013 British Rally Championship.

You'll get to see more than 100 rally cars and some of the world's top racing drivers. And it won't cost you a penny!


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