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Packing your holiday with fun activities doesn't have to put a heavy strain on your spending money. Here are some inspirational ideas for things to do that won't cost you a penny.
Have a picnic
Melchester has plenty of well-kept green space, including formal gardens, parks and recreation grounds. Enjoy an al fresco feast and let the kids run off some energy.
Explore some history
You can easily while away a few hours exploring the fascinating displays in Melchester's family-friendly museum. And free entry is one of the big attractions. Don't miss the amazing fossilised skeleton of a triceratops and the gruesome collection of 18th century medical implements.
The De Vere Gallery is another great place to visit where there's no entrance fee. Local landowner and art lover Richard De Vere began his extensive collection in the 1850s and built this impressive gallery to house it 10 years later.
Enjoy a walking tour
Pop in to Melchester Tourist Information Centre and you'll find a selection of town walking trail guides, available free of charge. Easy to follow routes take in historical sites, famous landmarks and other locations of interest.
Get yourself some lines and some bait, then head down to the Pier where the kids can have a go at a time-honoured British seaside tradition.
Hit the beach
It's fun, fab and - best of all - free! When the sun comes out, a day on the beach just has to be done. Cream up and get down to one of Melchester's glorious stretches of sand to build castles, catch some rays and splash about in the shallows.
Listen to the band
There's free music every Sunday afternoon at the bandstand in Kensington Park. Grab a deckchair, sit back and listen to the Melchester Salvation Army Band playing classical favourites and arrangements of modern pop hits.
Take a hike
Love rambling? There are acres and acres of beautiful, unspoilt coastal and inland scenery to explore. Well-marked trails begin in the town centre and on the seafront, taking you into open countryside, with many secluded beauty spots tucked away in the time-warp landscape.
Do some window shopping
You don't have to be a big spender to enjoy looking around the many and varied retail outlets in Melchester town centre and along the seafront. Most places welcome browsers, and of course you might just see something you can't resist!
Visit St Peter's Church
A late Gothic architectural masterpiece, St Peter's has many standout features, including well-preserved 15th century frescoes, a spectacular golden lectern and an ornate 17th century stone font. The church is open to visitors every day from 10am to 5pm.