Places Where Children Can Eat For Free Over The Holidays

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The Big Issue have put together a list of places where kids can eat for free during the school summer holidays this year.

For many parents this summer, finding places where kids eat free will be an incredible help. Having somewhere to go to where children can eat for free, or at least cheaply, will help thousands of families to cope through the summer holidays. Whether it’s for a money-saving treat or help to get through the week, these are the places kids eat free or cheap this summer.


From 25 July to 2 September, kids can eat at any time of day at Asda’s cafes for just £1. Crucially, there is no need for adults to purchase a meal in order to get the offer, meaning families don’t have to incur any extra financial burden. Asda is the only venue removing the need for adults to purchase a meal for the kids to eat free.


Up until 3 September, all kids can get one meal from the IKEA children’s menu for just 95p, or a combination meal including jelly, a drink, and fruit for £1.50, according to the website. 


During the summer holidays, children aged 16 and below can get one free meal with every adult meal. In addition, every day from 3pm Morrisons discounts their daily special meal to £4.99, meaning a parent and child can be fed for less than £5.


The Italian chain restaurant is offering three courses plus a Cawston Press fruit water for children for just £1 during the summer break. However, this offer is only available with every adult main meal purchased, and can only be claimed between Monday and Thursday, from 4pm to 6pm.

The cheapest adult main courses are the margherita pizza and the pasta with tomato sauce and mozzarella, both of which are priced at £10.29

The children’s dishes are only suitable for children up to 11-years.


Many of the furnishing brand’s branches have an in-store eatery, the Pausa Cafe. Over the summer, kids can get a ‘mini main’, two snacks and a drink for free, as long as an accompanying adult spends £4 or more.


Whitbread, the company that owns brands including Table Table and Beefeater, is giving out free kids breakfasts with every adult breakfast. The all-you-can-eat adult breakfast buffet is priced at £9.50 for cooked items and £7.50 for just continental items. With every adult breakfast purchased, two children aged 15 and under eat whatever breakfast items they like for free, and this offer is available every day.


The pub restaurant chain is offering free kids’ breakfasts up to the cost of £2.49 with every adult breakfast costing £3.49 or more (the breakfast wrap, for example, is priced at £3.49). The offer is available every day from 8am to midday, with a maximum number of two children’s breakfasts for every adult breakfast.


Kids eat for free every day from midday at national garden centre Dobbies, with one meal and drink available for every adult main purchased. The cheapest adult main, the chicken caesar salad, comes in at £7.25.


YO! Sushi is running an “after school club” every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3pm to 5:30pm, up until 29 September. 

For every £10 spent by an accompanying adult, one child under the age of 10 eats for free.


There’s more than 200 branches of Sizzling Pubs across the UK, and throughout the summer holidays, kids can eat for free at every one. One adult main meal must be purchased for the offer to be valid, and it’s only available during weekdays. Breakfast and other set menus are also excluded.

The cheapest main for adults is the superfood salad, which costs £4.99.

If you’re heading to a Sizzling Pubs branch outside of the summer holidays, kids still eat for free — as long as it’s between 3pm and 7pm.

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