Finding family events close to you – the top Apps to help


By Sophie Hainsworth, LoyalFree

We’ve all been there; heard about a local event, perfect for your family… after it happened!

Have you moved to a new area and would like to get tapped into what’s happening around you? Or perhaps you just want to get out more and meet other families? Perhaps your kids have outgrown their old activities and you’re looking for inspiration for new things to try. Whatever your reason, with today’s technology finding out what is going on in your local area has never been easier. Here are some fabulous apps to help you find the events that are perfect for you:


LoyalFree is available in 15 towns and cities in the UK – with more areas being added all the time. The app not only helps you save money when you shop locally by providing a variety of discounts, it also has a handy events feature. So you can search for events and activities close to you.  In addition, a Local Guide gives you information about the area – and is automatically updated to show you what’s close to you. So it’s ideal for locals and visitors, and great to help you find what’s going on when you arrive in a new town or city.

The events can be filtered by type, for example, ‘Family Friendly’.  As an added bonus there are also regular giveaways held within the app.

You can download the app for free on iOS and Android by clicking here: or searching for LoyalFree on the app store.


Eventbrite is the world’s largest event technology platform, powering millions of events in 180+ countries and territories – and it now has an accompanying app to the popular website.

It’s well established – so it has a LOT of events to choose from. You can find popular local events, search your local area by category (e.g. family events, family fun day, free events for kids, etc.), buy tickets and see which events your friends are going to.

If you choose to buy your tickets via the app you can store these digital tickets directly on your phone. You can get the app and start exploring here:


Often overlooked as an events platform, Facebook has an amazing directory of events, uploaded by businesses and event organisers. It has the handy functionality of letting you click ‘interested’ to store the event for future consideration and can also let you know which of your friends are attending events.

Furthermore the ‘invite’ and ‘share’ functionalities can easily let you share the event with your Facebook friends by inviting them along or posting about the event. Search for upcoming events here:


Meetup gives you the option to join existing local meetups or better still, to create your own. The premise of Meetup is to connect people with local groups to try new things, find support or pursue a passion.

The app shows events which are hosted locally and is perfect when looking to meet new people in an area. For example,local groups may learn to cook together, arrange group walks or plan a visit to an outdoor cinema. You can also browse by categories including family, pets, hobbies and crafts, and career and business.

The app now enables people to set up meet ups and manage them from a phone – ideal for planning on the go. Find out more here:


Skiddle is great for music fans, young and old; it can be used to find and buy tickets for clubs, gigs and festivals. Skiddle’saim is to get “more tickets to real fans who deserve a better experience.

Within the app you can search in a variety of ways – for example by location or genre. Tickets can be bought within the app – with 10 million tickets already sold.

Skiddle is run by music fans and has raised over £200,000 for a variety of charities. Find out more about their app here:

There is always so much going on, once you know where to look for it. With these apps you’ll never miss another event again. More likely you’ll have difficulty choosing what to go to and what to miss!

About the Author

Sophie Hainsworth is co-founder of LoyalFree, a multi-award winning innovative mobile phone app which helps connect people to special offers in their area. The app combines this with local digital loyalty schemes, tourism information, tours & trails and events. Users benefit by using one app across the UK – so they can tap into the local area wherever they are.



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