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