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That could mean you have an extra £40 a month to spend on fun things – woohoo!
With that in mind, here are our top things to do over the next month, all for under £40 and some completely FREE
Wicked the Musical in the West End
When? Selected dates in June and July
Where? Apollo Victoria Theatre, London
How much? £19.50
Tickets? Available here
Lastminute.com have some amazing deals for Wicked, one of the UK’s longest-running musicals (they celebrated its 10th-anniversary last year). More than 7.5 million people have seen it in London since its debut, so it must be half-decent! The story is a prequel to the classic Wizard of Oz, so if you fancy taking a return trip to the Yellow Brick Road, it’s a must see.
Greenwich Docklands International Festival
When? 23 June–8 July
Where? Greenwich, London
How much? FREE
10 days of outdoor performing arts, all for free! Last year, the Festival featured over a hundred performances by national and international companies with more than 100,000 people attending the shows. From the cinematic waterfront setting of A View from the Bridge to exquisite South Korean choreography in a column of water… There is something for all tastes.
You could even volunteer if you fancy joining their 100-strong team with all the fun!
Mouth of the Tyne Festival
When? 6-9 July
How much? Ticket for one day (12pm – late) is £27.50 Tickets
Pretty much the most reasonably priced festival you will find all summer, with a perfect combination of great music (think Elbow, Laura Marling and Tom Odell), unbelievable street entertainment, and loads of local food vendors.
When? 15 July
How much? FREE
A free party celebrating Carnival arts in the centre of beautiful Bath. The vibrant procession will transform the streets with a colourful blending pot of Carnival culture. Expect South American drumming, Caribbean steel pan, Mardi Gras style brass, a range of traditional and contemporary dance choreography and crazy colourful costumes! There will also be an after party at a city central venue.
Crash and Splash at Surf Snowdonia
When? 7 days a week
Where? Near Conwy, North Wales
How much? £25 pp at lastminute.com
If you fancy putting you and your mates’ agility to the test, head to this watery adventure park in North-West Wales, surrounded by the beautiful Snowdonia scenery. The best will be saved ‘til last, as at the very end of the assault course you’ll get to take part in ‘blobbing’, the most fun you’ll ever have had being flung into a pool of water. It’s like Total Wipeout, but without Richard Hammond’s snarky comments. Well worth the trip and the money!
A tour of Liverpool’s Old Dock
When? Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10.30am, 12 and 2.30pm. Also 1st Saturday of each month at same times
How much? FREE
Did you know that the world’s first commercial wet dock was in Liverpool? You can take a free tour around its caverns, which are preserved under the modern Liverpool One shopping centre. The activity is rated on TripAdvisor as one of the top activities in Liverpool, as visitors can see for the first time in centuries the bed of the Pool – the creek that gave Liverpool its name.
Places are limited on the tours so get booking – call up to reserve a place on 0151 478 4499.
Hidden and Haunted Edinburgh Tour
When? 9pm-10pm and 9:30pm-10:30pm most days
How much? £26 for two
Haunted Edinburgh tour for two
Whilst it’s all well and good exploring the beautiful Old Town of Edinburgh in the day, the darkest, most sinister stories can only be found long after the sun’s gone down and the witching hour approaches. This immersive Hidden and Haunted tour is by far the most spine-tingling way to discover the city, with only your guide and the candlelight to follow. Not for the faint-hearted!