7 Summer activities to do with friends for FREE

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So, it’s Summertime and you have a few months of freedom.

It can be difficult to stay occupied whilst also keeping your bank balance happy so here’s a few ideas of Summer activities to do with friends (or alone, or with your pet) for absolutely free of charge!

In England, Summertime is very unpredictable. If it’s sunny and hot today, it could rain all day tomorrow. I’ve included things you can do both outdoors and indoors because the struggle is real when it comes to making plans based on the weather.

Free things to do with friends this summer

The list of Summer activities to do with friends is ideal for people who live close by and always have the “there’s nothing to do around here” dilemma.

Here’s a list of 7 Summer activities to do with friends for FREE:

1. Nature walks / hikes

It’s obvious but overlooked. A walk or hike doesn’t have to be boring and tiring, it can be really adventurous and fun if you plan it out beforehand and you have some sort of aim to it – Where do you want to go? What do you want to see or do along the way?

Maybe you want to explore the local area and see what’s around, that’s where the Walking Britain website comes in handy, you can search for walking trails near you. If going off the beaten track and woodlands is more your thing then check out the Woodland Trust website.

Finding a walking trail recommended by the National Trust is always a good choice if you don’t have any interesting local walks. They even have a list of pub walks!

For more information on hiking, make sure to check out this blog post.

2. Beach trips

If it’s a nice day, get out and enjoy some Vitamin Sea…(I’m hilarious).

This is only free if you live near the beach and don’t have to spend money on travel, but if you live close enough you can do a quick search online for free shuttle buses, cheap park & ride buses or walking trails that lead you to the beach.

We don’t get many days of hot weather in England so make the most of it!

3. Photoshoot

Remember in year 7 when you’d have a “photoshoot” with your friends? Yep, me too.

If you know how to work your angles, then you could have a photoshoot whilst doing activities 1 or 2 mentioned above. Thanks to amazing smartphone cameras, nowadays our photos always look professional and Instagram-worthy.

4. Museums and games

Unless you’re into that sort of thing, the idea of going to a museum sounds horrendously boring and this would be the last place you’d go with friends.

Well, let the games begin!

Here’s a few suggestions of games that you and your friends can play whilst visiting a museum to make it more interesting:

  • Do it for the ‘Gram – copy poses of statues and upload them to Instagram. You could even get your followers involved by running a poll on your story asking who’s pose is  better.
  • Birth Year – go round and find as many artifacts that were discovered/made/created/published in the year you were born and whoever finds the most wins.
  • Innuendo Bingo – have a look at some of the artefacts’ descriptions and you’ll realise that some phrases can be quite interesting. Note down or take a photo of as many as possible and that’ll give you something to giggle about on the way home.

Most museums are free for EU citizens (you might have to bring ID so check this online before you go). The Money Saving Expert has a huge list of museums and art galleries you can visit free of charge.

5. Movie marathon

When was the last time you watched a DVD?

If you can even find your DVD player then why not stay in and have a movie marathon and watch film after film, whole boxsets or series with your best gal pals or “the boys”.

If you’ve caught up with the times and gotten rid of your DVDs then there’s always something good on Netflix.

Here’s an IMBD recommendation of the Top 100 Greatest Movies of all time.

6. Party

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right?

Exams are over so get your drink on!* You’re probably all partied-out but still have a few half full bottles lying around. It would be a shame to let them go to waste and you deserve a fresh new bottle of booze for next year, so gather your friends together along with all your leftover alcohol and make a night (or day) of it.

This idea is great because when you have no drinks left you’ll have to stop drinking. Whereas if I’m on a night out, the bar is always in sight and there’s somehow always a drink in my hand…

*please drink responsibly. I am not recommending alcohol consumption, this is just an idea.

7. Cupboard clearout picnic

Perfect for those of you moving house for the next academic year, there’s so many people in the same position as you and of course you’ll want new food in your new kitchen. Only using the leftover food you have between you, create a picnic of homemade nibbles and meals to enjoy in a park on a sunny day, on a break from a hike like mentioned in activity 1 or even just sat indoors because it’ll probably be raining.

If you’re a Nutella-lover and don’t want to spend any money on buying it for your picnic, then check out my blog post on how to get Nutella for FREE!

MyFridgeFood is the site I’ve used so many times when I have leftover ingredients but no idea how to turn them into something edible. Simply select what food and ingredients you have and it will give you recipe ideas.


Get some more ideas about how to maintain a social life whilst saving money (or paying off debt) by reading Emma’s blog post on My Debt Diary.

If you’re London-based or visiting this summer, then check out free things to do in London each month, by Laura from Thrifty Londoner.

Summer activities to do with friends

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  1. Great post, nice to see some activities that don’t cost for once, normally it’s all about money, money, money. As a student money is the last thing we have!! Nice post!

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