Not Going to Glastonbury? Here Are Some Fun (and Cheap) Alternatives!

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Glastonbury Alternatives

Glastonbury festival is famously one of the most expensive festivals in the UK, leaving many of us no choice but to watch it on the telly (if you can bear the FOMO!). If you’re not at Glastonbury this year, here are some free and cheap activities you can do to turn that FOMO into BOMO.

Go to the park

The United Kingdom has many parks to offer, and they are the perfect place to spend a hot summer day. You can go for a walk or a bike ride and have a picnic. You can bring some sporting equipment and kick around a football or toss a Frisbee.

Some easy ways to save on a picnic is to make your own food. Don’t waste your money on store-bought sandwiches, fruit salads, or biscuits; make your own! Plus, homemade always tastes better. However, if you’re not feeling up to making something yourself, look in the reduced section of the grocer’s.

Go to the pool or beach

Perhaps one of the most fun ways to cool off on a hot, summer day is to go to the pool or beach. If there’s one near you, make sure to get there early because you’ll want to get the best spot. Just like the park, feel free to pack a lunch, snacks, and a football. Kick back, relax, and enjoy the sun!

Arts and crafts

Arts and crafts can be a cheap and fun way to spend your afternoon, either inside or out. You can sit outside with some lemonade and snacks and made friendship bracelets. Or you can try something else like this piggy bank, which you can put in all the money you’ll be saving this weekend. Here are some more ideas: If you feel like you need to buy too many items and aren’t willing to spend the money, see what creative things you can make with what you already have around your house!

Go to a museum

There are over 50 free national museums throughout the UK. If you’re in or around London check out the British Museum, Science Museum, or the Natural History Museum. But if you’re not, don’t fret, there are plenty all over the country.

Watch a play

Although most theatre tickets are expensive, there are some options out there that many young people will be able to afford. Swing by the Globe and see a play for as little as £5! (But make sure you book tickets in advance because these sell out rather quickly.) You can see plays like Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, or King Lear.

Or, if you don’t want to pay to see a play, gather up some friends and try to write and perform a short play for each other!


There are plenty of games you can play without spending a pence. Write down some fun words on pieces of paper and throw them into a hat to play a simple game of charades. Have a deck of cards? There are endless amounts of games you can play, from Old Maid (Scabby Queen) or go fish, to games like rummy and bridge. Or you could invite a bunch of friends over and have them bring their favourite board game (that they already own) and have a game night!


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