Make the most of your community!

I have been struck this week by just how many events are going on in and around Doncaster, many of which are free. I hear a lot of complaining at the school gates about how much it has cost to go bowling / to the cinema / out to eat, so I thought I would collate some of the information together about free (or extremely cheap) local activities. You can also view a ‘Doncaster What’s On’ pdf with all Spring events.

From today until 6th July there is a free exhibition at The Point, showcasing the ‘everyday objects made new; every day for a year; by Jason Taylor. There will be a selection of his favourite creations on display. This is along the same road as The Mac Gallery and you can find all the latest news about their exhibitions on their website.

Bank Holiday weekend looks to be a great opportunity to entertain the kids whilst protecting your pockets!

On Saturday 25th May there will be a free Jazz Day in Doncaster Market, culminating in a parade.

Potteric Carr has a free activity day on Sunday 26th May (10am to 4pm), as part of Yorkshire’s Nature Festival. There will be activities ongoing throughout the day and entry to the Potteric Carr is free on that day.

On 28th May you can join a Teddy Bear’s Picnic Walk as part of the Get Doncaster Walkinginitiative.

On the 28th and 29th May Doncaster Museum is hosting Roman activities at a charge of just £1 per child for materials, adults free.

Sandall Beat Park is a favourite with our kids, hosting frequent holiday activities in the woodland centre (nominal charge for materials), and a rustic wooden play area in the centre of the wood. We often take a picnic and let them run their energies off for free!

For further inspiration about local events and resources you can also visit NetMums website (local activities can be searched by area) and What’s On 4 Me – again there are regional pages for this site, so lots of inspiration!

Whatever you choose to do over the Bank Holiday weekend I hope you have a great time, and save your pennies in the process!


'Walking in the Park' A Phoenix Trading card by Louise Rawlings

‘Walking in the Park’ A Phoenix Trading card by Louise Rawlings



Free days out to National Trust properties – this weekend only!

National Trust

Take a look at The National Trust website for special news of limited FREE access to local treasure houses this weekend only!

From the 20th to 21st April 2013 you can visit a local National Trust property for free. Terms and conditions are listed on the site. There are a number of participating properties and most of these usually charge admission. Do check carefully though, as the first list is those properties NOT participating in the offer! With over 200 properties participating you are sure to find one of interest near to you.

We are looking forward to a family day out, picnic organised, and lots of fresh air! Let’s hope the sun keeps shining until then!

Save the bees! Marie Claire, Neal’s Yard hand cream and flower seeds – freebies

'blossom and bees'

‘blossom and bees’

WAYS TO SAVE THE BEES! You may be aware that British bees are under attack and the population is dwindling – bad news for our agriculture.

This month Marie Claire magazine is giving away a free Neal’s Yard honey hand cream with the March edition, profits of which go to save the bees. You can request a free copy of Marie Claire by completing your details, following which a representative will ring you to confirm your request is genuine. They will offer you the chance to receive further promotional copies, but I declined and still received my free copy – complete with free hand cream!

To reorder the gorgeous hand cream you can visit my friend at Penelopes Organic Health and Beauty, who stocks Neal’s Yard Remedies in Tickhill.

Until 31st March 2013, you can also receive a free packet of seeds from The Soil Association to help make your garden more bee friendly.

Can’t bee bad! Please share so your friends can enjoy the free-bees too! 😉

Healthy Eating – freebie guide and ‘meal mixers’

Are you trying to be healthy and want some inspiration in the kitchen? You can receive a free healthy eating guide, with bonus vouchers and ‘meal mixers’ – spices and herbs, from Simply submit your details to receive your pack in the post!

Our current favourite is chilli and lime Quorn fillets, wrapped in a wholewheat tortilla with bags of salad. Add home made, par-boiled then oven baked chipped potatoes as a healthy extra!

What’s your favourite healthy meal to cook?