Half term treats on a budget spells fun and games for Burnley families

Cash strapped families in Burnley, who may be wondering how they are going to keep their youngsters entertained during the October half term, may be surprised to find there is a range of affordable attractions on the doorstep.
There are plenty of activities available for cost conscious families during the half term holidays.There are plenty of activities available for cost conscious families during the half term holidays.
There are plenty of activities available for cost conscious families during the half term holidays.

Trips to theme parks and other popular attractions are often just too expensive for a lot of families so Voucherbox has collated the top three things for a family of four to do for under £20 in and around Burnley.

From a ride on a miniature railway at Thompson Park to a trip to the cinema and also swimming there are some good deals for those on a budget.

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Thompson Park is a popular destination for families and boasts a miniature railway boating lake, play area, Italian gardens and putting green.

Entry to the park is free and it costs around a £1 for the miniature railway and there is a variety of prices for the different types of boats on the lake.

The 25m swimming pool at Pendle Wavelengths in Nelson has a gently sloping beach which edges into the warm water, ideal for young children and the leisure pool also has a ceiling high water slide plus a wave machine that fills the pool with swell at regular intervals.

The average cost of a trip here is £3.30 per head for the family fun inflatable sessions.

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Burnley's newly refurbished Reel Cinema shows all the latest blockbusters in 2D or 3D at a competitive rate and the movie hub even hosts children's screenings during the school holidays, which offer discounted tickets for the little ones and family friendly films

The average entrance cost for a family of four is £19.50, for one adult and two children under 12.

Perhaps the jewel in Burnley's crown is Towneley Hall and the entrance cost is £5 per head which gives you unlimited entrance for a year.

Along with the hall there is a pottery centre, woodland walks and sculpture trails, an organic garden, play areas, sports pitches, two golf courses, ornamental gardens, a cafe and gift shop.

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If you are looking to go further afield the National Football Museum in Manchester is a great place for the kids to burn off some of their energy by having a kick about and discovering fun facts about the 150-year history of this world renowned British sport.

Entry is free but you are encouraged to donate £3 per person which goes towards the running of this charity-run football centre.

Bookworms can always check out the city's John Rylands Library, which was created 100-years ago as a gift to Manchester and its people.

This neo-gothic venue hosts events for children, including dedicated Toddler Tale sessions in a cosy corner of the library where your little ones can pull up a cushion and listen to fun stories. They also offer playtime where kids are encouraged to create a story of their own.

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Again the average cost of entrance for a family of four is free.

Another attraction that boasts free entry is Moss Bank Park where you can let your kids roam free in the great outdoors.

Children blow off some steam by riding the huge model train and there is a giant sandpit and play area in the park that set in 34 hectares.

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