Thursday 5 April 2018

Our No Spend Day Out at Heaton Park with Subway #ad

I've been looking forward to the Easter break for so long, waiting for the chance to spend some quality time with the children without worrying about work, dreaming of lazy mornings, fun days out and cuddled up movie nights...

However, the school holidays can be an expensive business, with the cost of entertaining the family for two weeks really adding up. That's why Subway have decided to give parents a helping hand with their Kids Eat Free offer this Easter holiday. 

From now until 17th of April in participting stores in Great Britain, you can pick up a completely free Kids Pak with every Six-inch Meal Deal at your local Subway store. As well as a four-inch sub with a choice of filling and salad, the Kids Pak includes a drink, a snack and a gift to take home. 

To celebrate this fantastic offer, we were challenged to enjoy a day out in Manchester over Easter without spending a penny on the kids! As soon as I heard the challenge I knew that Heaton Park would be the perfect place to visit. Located just fifteen minutes drive (or 20 minutes on the Metrolink) outside of Manchester City centre, at 600 acres, it's one of the largest municipal parks in Europe and has so much to offer!

Eating Subway in the Park #kidseatfree

Enjoying Subway in the Park #kidseatfree

We started our day off with one of those lazy mornings I'd been looking forward to so much (isn't it just an amazing feeling to wake up without an alarm? ) then headed out to lunch. It's super easy to find your nearest Subway branch, using the Store locator and we found one in Whitefield, just a few minutes drive away from Heaton Park.

A Subway Picnic Lunch

Treating myself and my husband to a six-inch sub and drink meal deal, meant that both our children got a Kids’ Pak™  absolutely free! Each Kids’ Pak™ is 2 of a child’s 5-a-day. Every Kids’ Pak™ Sub is low fat, low in saturated fat and low in sugars, as well being a source of protein. They both chose brown bread with ham and cheese and a generous selection of salad and paired their sub with a Fruit Shoot My-5 and a Bear Yo-Yo fruit treat for afters. They each got a SEA LIFE Splashy Sticker Mosaic pack which was perfect for entertaining them on the journey home! We also received a voucher giving 50% off access to SEA LIFE centres across the UK & Ireland, for a family of four, perfect for saving money on another day out in the holidays!

This delicious, healthy lunch for all four members of our family, cost less than £8. What a bargain!

Subway is great for fussy eaters of all ages (I include myself in that!) as you get to choose exactly what you get, from the type of bread down to salad and sauce.

Subway six-inch meal deals

Subway Kids Pak with free SEALIFE gift #kidseatfree

Despite it being a typical cloudy April day, the children decided we were having a picnic, so we took our lunch to the park and enjoyed it while in the grounds of the beautiful 18th century Heaton Hall which is currently undergoing renovations.

Once our tummies were full and our thirst quenched, it was time to continue on with our adventures!

Heaton Park Animal Centre - Free to visit!

With so much to do for free in Heaton Park, we were spoiled for choice so decided to start off with a visit to the Animal Centre. Our youngest is a big animal lover and couldn't wait to find out which new friends we would meet today. 

Peacock with feathers at Heaton Park animal centre

Rosie the Oxford Sandy and Black pig at Heaton Park animal centre

Goat sticking tongue out at Heaton Park animal centre

Chickens at Heaton Park animal centre

Alpaca at Heaton Park animal centre

We had great fun watching the pigs get fed, the goat pull tongues, and the peacocks show off their stunning plumes. I absolutely love the fluffy alpacas, they are just adorable!

Visiting the Highest Point In Manchester

Once we'd bid farewell to all of the animals  - Elizabeth had found out each of their names from the friendly staff of course - we decided to go for a wall around the grounds of Heaton Hall and visit the highest point in Manchester, where the ornamental temple designed in 1800 sits atop a hill. The children ran up and down the hill playing football and giggling at their made up games, while we followed them at a leisurely pace and enjoyed the breathtaking views for miles around. 

Heaton Hall at Heaton Park Manchester

kids playing football in Heaton Park

girl playing football in Heaton Park, Manchester

 Heaton Park Tramway Museum - Free Entry!

Our final adventure of the day was a visit to the Historical Heaton Park Tramway, which is run by the Manchester Transport Museum Society. Heaton Park is home to the oldest section of original tramtrack in the UK, dating back to 1905!

On Sundays between Easter and October, you can watch a selection of lovingly restored trams running through the park, and even ride on one for a small fee, we were happy to watch them and wave at the passengers as they went past as we walked along to the museum which is full of Manchester tramway history.

Manchester 765  - a 1914 Manchester 'California' type tram - restored and running through Heaton Park

Manchester Transport Museum Society, Heaton Park

old tram being restored at Heaton Park Tramways museum

We didn't Spend a Penny on the Kids all Day

We had a fantastic day out that was filled with fun activities and we didn't need to spend a single penny on the children all day. I really enjoyed taking part in the challenge and it made me realise that there are so many things in Manchester to enjoy for free! You really don't need to spend money to enjoy a fun day out.

The #KidsEatFree offer at Subway is excellent value for money and we'll be taking advantage of it again while we are out and about during the holidays as it's running right up until 17 April!

Disclaimer: We have been compensated for this post but all images and opinions are our own.

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