Going out on a budget

Looking for a good day/night out, but need it on a budget? Why not try something different or take advantage of the offers available out there. Here's a few ideas to get started...

Going out on a budget

Picnic is a great way to soak up the sun ... if there is any. Flickr: Chloe Lim

Our reporter Jody Ball has a look into some of the places to have fun without breaking the bank.

Why not have a go on the driving range?

Have you ever had a go at golf? Perton Golf Club has a great offer between 5-6pm during the week, where you can buy a basket of balls for £1.50 to blast up their driving range. If you haven’t got any clubs then simply hire them. It's something different and you never know, you might find you have a hidden skill. www.pertongolfclub.co.uk/

Love films, hate cinema prices? There is a way around it that'll make the movies a lot cheaper. Planning is the key – If you go to Cineworld at Bentley Bridge they offer 10% discount online, plus if you'd like it even cheaper take advantage of their bargain Tuesdays. You can get a ticket for as little as £4.59 if you do both.www.cineworld.co.uk/cinemas/69/information

Why not plan a day out to Cadbury World, Bournville:  Days out can get really expensive but with free parking and offers available on their website it can become seriously cheaper. With Purple Thursdays take advantage of a 2 for 1 on certain dates throughout the year. You have to print off the voucher and phone up to pre-book, but surely it’s worth it, there’s chocolate on offer! www.cadburyworld.co.uk/

Aged 16-25? Love the theatre? Wolverhampton’s own Grand Theatre offer £5 tickets for young people. 30 minutes prior to curtain-up special stand-by tickets are available which give you the chance to get some good seats left over for a number of performances. Tickets are limited and you need proof of age, so organise yourself. www.grandtheatre.info/default.asp

Food and friends: Something low cost and fun that can be enjoyed with a number of people... Admittedly it's weather dependant, even in the Midlands where we have little else but sunshine, but what about a good old traditional picnic? If the sun is shining why not grab a blanket, chuck together some sandwiches and a scotch egg and get on over to a local park. Maybe even take a Frisbee. Or what about swing ball? Maybe that was just me?


Have a laugh: For a bit of music or comedy, why not go and check out some new talent? The Midlands has a rich pool of artists to see. Wolverhampton’s Slade Rooms has a range of unsigned bands and if you’re up for a laugh check out a bit of comedy - you never know you might stumble across the next big thing, and you’ve seen them first! www.wolvescivic.co.uk/-/slade-room-events

Want to try something different? Why not Salsa dancing? If you’ve always wanted to have a go, or just want to give it a try, Cuban Exchange in Wolverhampton offers a Salsa night every Tuesday. A lesson costs £5 or £3 for students and ranges from complete beginners to intermediate level. If you already know a bit then enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and maybe even with a drink or two after you've shown off your new moves. uksalsafeet.com/Tuesday-Night-Salsa.php

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