If your planning to stay in the UK this October holidays here is a guide on how to save money but still have fun with the kids.
Why not visit a free museum, there are plenty within striking distance of Essex and Herts:
Colchester Natural History Museum
Open: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm. Closed 24-27 Dec and 1 Jan.
Description: Focuses on the natural heritage of north-east Essex. For more info please visit the Natuarl History Museum website http://www.cimuseums.org.uk/article/10732/Natural-History-Museum
Kettle's Yard Cambridge
Open: Tue-Sun & bank hols 11.30am-5pm. Closed 25 Dec to 1 Jan, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
Description: House and gallery containing a rich variety of modern art, founded by HS 'Jim' Ede for visual arts and music.
For more information please visit the Kettle's Yard website http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/
Royston & District Museum Art Gallery
Open: Wed, Thu & Sat 10am-4.45pm. (Easter-Sept also open bank hol Mon, and the Sun before the bank hol, 2pm-4.45pm) Closed 25 Dec and 1 Jan.
Description: Museum and art gallery, with Royston's heritage detailed in its Royston Tapestry.
For more information on the Royston & District Museum Art Gallery http://www.roystonmuseum.org.uk/
The Sedgewick Museum of Earth and Sciences - Cambridge
Open: Mon-Fri 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm. Sat 10am-4pm. Closed Good Friday and 23 Dec-13 Jan. Description: Collection of over 2 million fossils, rocks and minerals. Display themes include forests and shallow seas, tropical reefs, costal plains and the ice ages. For more information please visit the The Sedgewick Museum of Earth and Sciences website http://www.sedgwickmuseum.org/
Money off restaurant vouchers, here are our family picks:
Prezzo are offering 25% off food until the 3 November, Sun-Fri, register to get your free vouchers http://prezzorestaurants.co.uk/offers. To find out where your nearest Prezzo is please visit http://prezzorestaurants.co.uk/restaurants
Toby Carvery Restaurant - Free ice cream when you buy a main meal, worth £2.79 http://www.tobycarvery.co.uk/offer/icecreamautumn2014/ to find a Toby Carvery visit http://www.tobycarvery.co.uk/nationalsearch/ valid Mon-Sat.
Pizza Hut - 2 for 1 Tuesdays - just enter the code AF111E on line, the cheapest pizza is free - only available at Pizza Hut delivery restaurants, excludes small pizzas and double up deals http://www.pizzahut.co.uk/
Pizza Express - Orange/EE customers can get 2 for 1 on both cinema and Pizza Express mains and dough balls every Wednesday, text film to 241, texts cost 35p or use the Orange app.
Ripley's family ticket for £42 normally £67, arrive after 3.30pm, T's and C's do apply please visit their website http://images.moneysavingexpert.com/images/ripleysresize.jpg?_ga=1.54240744.1305317247.1411461249
Looking for more things to do with the kids in London: http://www.timeout.com/london/kids