Move over winter, spring is on the way! Soon enough the UK Easter holidays will be here and it will be time to get out of town and embrace the more moderate weather.

What?! No money you say? No problem. I find that no matter where I am there is usually a good mix of free, or nearly free, fun and interesting things to do. Here are some great ideas for fun weekend breaks this spring:

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Head to the coast of Wales and visit Cardiff for a few days. The first place to visit would be the interesting architecture of the Cardiff Visitors Center. Not only filled with information about the area but a great building to explore that offers great views too. There are a number of museums and cathedrals that also offer free entrance; St Fagans Natural History Museum would be a great place to spend an afternoon wandering through some of the many historic Welsh buildings on site. Catching an outdoor performance or festival is one of my favorite things to do. You can find free, or inexpensive, festivals and events on the Cardiff Festival site.

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I think just being in Edinburgh, Scotland would make me happy. I love it when a place just IS interesting because it means that I don’t have to spend a lot of money to be entertained! How about a volcano in the middle of the city? OK, it’s not active any longer (now THAT would be amazing!) but you can hike to the top of Arthur’s Seat and get some great views of the city. A ghost tour of the city may not be free but sure would be interesting in a city that has such history; do you think you’ll see one?

How about a good, old fashioned pub crawl in some of the most unusual pubs around? There’s the Temple in Manchester; housed in an old public toilet this below ground watering hole is popular so get there early! The Cockpit Tavern, in London, near St Pauls Cathedral, this small pub has an interesting history; the main floor was once a cockfighting pit (complete with gallery to watch from above), while the basement was once part of Blackfriars Monastery. Great beer, great pies, and the sound of trains overhead welcome you to The Hop in Leeds. Home to live music and a popular quiz night it’s a great place to wile away an evening.

Another great seaside location for your weekend break is Skegness on the Lincolnshire coast of the North Sea. Stroll along the Skegness pier, enjoy the waterpark, or catch a festival; this resort town has all you need for a relaxing get-away!

Have fun on your weekend away wherever it takes you!