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Summer holidays more expensive than Christmas, survey finds

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Christmas is the most expensive holiday of the year, right? Well, not necessarily. According to a new survey of parents, it’s the summer holidays that cost mums and dads the most each year.

The survey of parents with kids aged 3-13 years old found that on average, parents spend £1,445 per child on activities during the summer break. When compared to what families spend at Christmas, this amount is a whopping £408 more per child!

Not surprisingly, it’s parents living in the capital cities of Edinburgh and London who end up having to pay the most during summer – mums and dads in the two cities pay nearly £2,000 per child.

In Southampton, the average spend is lowest at £742 per child during the summer holidays.

Annika Fagerstrom, consumer director for Epson UK, who conducted the survey said: ‘Our research found that summer school holidays are far more expensive than Christmas, when parents say they spend an average of £1,037.

‘And it’s not just the cost that troubles parents – over half (58%) admit they find themselves running out of things to do to keep their child entertained, and just under half (48%) feeling the summer holidays are too long.’

This research makes the summer holidays sound incredibly expensive doesn’t it?

Not to worry, read our tips for having a fun summer on a budget.

Below is a list of the average amounts parents in cities across Britain typically have to pay per child.

  • Southampton, £742
  • Cardiff, £906
  • Brighton, £1,010
  • Sheffield, £1,021
  • Plymouth, £1,026
  • Belfast, £1,051
  • Leeds, £1,134
  • Newcastle, £1,152
  • Glasgow, £1,195
  • Nottingham, £1,240
  • Birmingham, £1,252
  • Norwich, £1,287
  • Bristol, £1,289
  • Manchester, £1,313
  • Liverpool, £1,644
  • Edinburgh, £1,897