The Emmerdale studios were the first place I thought of when challenged to have a family day out locally. Leeds is less than an hour away from me and as I live in a remote small market town and wanted to branch out a little but not too far, this was the perfect location.
We often go away and stay with friends for a few days, this means we get a holiday each year but its much more cost effective to stay with friends, they then visit us in return for a week.
Scottish Friendly, a UK based finance company specialising in savings and ISAs, revealed in their new Disposable Income Index that 19% of us want to opt for more staycations, while 16% are looking for cheaper style holidays.
Expensive family days out are not possible for us as a family, with 6 children it’s just impossible to finance regular holidays, so it’s great to know that I can save money each month by discovering affordable days out locally.
What I also like to do is have days away with different children, being a single mother to 6 is tough and I often feel I am not giving each child my individual attention, my children are aged 7, 8, 9, 13, 14 and 18 and it’s not often I can find an activity that all children want to attend. So for this challenge, I chose to focus on my teenage girls and as they and I are all Emmerdale fans it seemed the perfect day out.
As I do not drive the travelling can become the most expensive part of having days out, a local company was advertising days out on Facebook and the Emmerdale Studios Tours were there, it was perfect timing to complete my staycation challenge.
I love the coach trips as they are so well organised, they are more cost effective and I like to have an itinerary I can follow. We took a packed lunch so we didn’t have to buy anything at all while we were away for the day. We were collected at 8 am and arrived home at 8 pm, so it was a full 12 hours day out together.
First, we attended the Emmerdale Studios tour experience where we saw the indoor sets, costumes and got a taste of what really goes on behind the scenes, how they achieve weather and sound changes and also how they edit the show.
The show has 20 writers and the table they all sit around to plan and come up with story lines was interesting, we also got to look at the stars working rotas.
Then we were dropped off in Leeds city centre for a couple of hours for lunch and returned to the bus for the second tour, of the actual Emmerdale village, which seems so small in comparison to what you see on TV.
It was great t watch Emmerdale last night after we had been on Sunday.
As you will see from the pictures we had an amazing day.
Emmerdale Studios Tour
I choose the Emmerdale Studios as our local day out have you ever been?
If I gave you the chance to have an affordable day out locally to yourself where would you go and why?
Do you prefer to have local days out?