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Legoland Windsor logoLegoland £36 early bird tix (norm up to £48)Save 25% when you book online a week in advance

Ongoing

If you can’t get your hands on any 2for1 Legoland vouchers then you can still make significant savings by booking in advance online.

For example, an adult gate ticket (16+ years) for Legoland Windsor is £48. It’s normally 10% cheaper (£43.20) when booked online two to six days in advance, and 25% cheaper (£36) when purchased a week or more in advance.

The same discounts apply to tickets for children (£43.80 on the gate, £32.85 bought seven days in advance) and seniors, while larger discounts are available for families and bigger groups. Legoland entry is free for kids under the age of three.

Discounted advance tickets purchased online can’t be used in conjunction with any other promotional offer. Additional charges may apply for special event days. 

As well as being cheaper, Legoland says booking online and printing the tickets at home will allow quick access to the park by enabling you to beat gate queues.

Alternatively, if you’ve got Tesco points, you can buy a one-day Legoland ticket for £13 in Clubcard Boost vouchers, or an annual Merlin attractions pass for £50 in Clubcard Boost vouchers. See our Tesco Clubcard Boost page for more info. Also see our Theme Parks guide for other handy MoneySaving tips.

Kids week logoKids go 'free' to West End shows in August*Free child with paying adult. 40+ shows incl Wicked & Lion King

Go quick

MSE Update 5.30pm, Wed 17 Jun: 116,000 adult and kids' tickets have already gone. Kids Week tickets for The Lion King, Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom, Bend it Like Beckham, Pinocchio and Matilda the Musical have sold out. There are more than 140,000 tickets left, but go quick if you have a particular show in mind. See 'More info' for a list of all available shows.

If you’re planning a trip to the theatre this August, you can get a ‘free’ child’s ticket (16s and under) to one of 40+ participating London shows at major theatres, including Wicked and The Lion King, throughout the month when you buy a full-priced adult ticket via the Kids Week website*. There’s no booking or postage fees, so you can can save £15-£65 depending on the show and seats you choose. You can also get 50% off for up to two more children.

Tickets went on sale at 10am on Tue 16 Jun and you can book until the offer ends on Mon 31 Aug, but go quickly if you have specific performances in mind as tickets are limited. You can order max eight tickets per show.

Shows this year include:

  • Wicked
  • Disney's The Lion King (now sold out)
  • Billy Elliot the Musical
  • The Gruffalo
  • Stomp
  • Aliens Love Underpants
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

See 'more info' below for full list of shows participating in Kids Week 2015.

You can also book a free activity with tickets bought as part of a Show & Activity Package, including a Billy Elliot ballet class, meeting the Gruffalo and learning some of Wicked’s secrets. Children aged eight or under will need to be accompanied by an adult.

For more ways of booking theatre tickets for less, see our Cheap Tickets guide. 

MSE Gary says:

If you have £20 Tesco Clubcard vouchers, you could exchange them online at Tesco* for a £40 Ticketmaster eGift card which can be then redeemed online or over the phone on Kids Week bookings. 

More info

All shows included in Kids Week 2015 (with Kids Week's age ratings):

Ages 3+

Aliens Love Underpants, David Woods Storytime - The Gingerbread Man, Dinosaur Zoo, The Gruffalo, The 3 Little Pigs.

All ages 5+

Adventures In Wonderland, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Hetty Feather, Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain - Part Three!, I Believe In Unicorns, Let It Be, Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games, Mamma Mia!, Les Misérables, The Phantom Of The Opera, The Railway Children, Sinatra: The Man & His Music, Stomp, Thriller Live, Wicked, The 39 Steps.

Parental Guidance

Billy Elliot the Musical, Dusty, The Importance Of Being Earnest, Impossible, Memphis The Musical, The Mousetrap, The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time, The Commitments, The Play That Goes Wrong, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Sinatra: The Man & His Music, Sunny Afternoon, The Woman In Black, War Horse.

15+

American Idiot, Dear Lupin, Jersey Boys, The Mentalists, Miss Saigon, 1984.

Lawn Tennis Association logoFree tennis sessions & coachingBooking open now. Two weekends to choose in Eng, Sco & Wal

Jun & Aug dates

If you or your kids dream of being the next Andy Murray, you can net free tennis sessions and coaching as part of the Great British Tennis Weekend, an event organised by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA). It has hundreds of venues across England, Scotland and Wales, and a coaching lesson can cost up to £15 per person, so it's great for a MoneySaving day out.

The best bit is you can go to as many sessions as you like. There are 375 events taking place this weekend (Sat 13 Jun & Sun 14 Jun) and 148 more in August (Sat 1 Aug & Sun 2 Aug) - so the ball's in your court to decide where and when you're going to play.

Activities will vary between venues, but can include cardio tennis, mini tennis, coaching and free play. It's open to all abilities and for adults, families and kids, but certain sessions might cater for a particular age group (under-18s must be accompanied by an adult, but they don't need to participate). 

Rackets and balls will be provided and all the information and venues can be found online.

How to book

The LTA suggests you book online in advance, but in some case it's fine to turn up on the day as long as there's room. You won't be able to book in advance at some smaller venues - in these cases just go along. 

You can book for multiple people and sessions, but you'll need to book different venues separately on the system. Booking will be available until the day of the event, or until the session is booked up.

Warning: If you book online, you'll be asked to create a ClubSpark account (if you don't have one already). It's a free booking system run by a third party called SportLabs (a software and digital services company). You'll have to agree to it and/or LTA contacting you, sending information and using your personal details. You can opt out of being sent marketing material and it sharing your details with other third parties though. It's all explained when you register.

You can cancel your account after the event by emailing enquiries@sportlabs.com

More info

Excludes Northern Ireland. Under-18s must be accompanied by an adult, but they don't need to participate. Although it's completely free to take part, there may be a charge for off-court additional activities and extras, such as food.

Love Natural Love Organic logoFree Love Natural Love Organic London show ticketsPlus access to 'Allergy & Free From Show' & 'Just V Show'

3-5 Jul

If you're interested in all things ethical, natural and organic, register your details via this special Love Natural Love Organic show link for free tickets to the event at London Olympia from Fri 3 July to Sun 5 July. Then either print your ticket - which will be sent via email - or show it on your smartphone (tickets norm £7.50 in advance, £10 on the door, but are not yet on sale).

It’s one free ticket per person per day and you can register for as many other people you want, but you’ll need to enter their details. Tickets can be used on one day only (you don’t need to choose in advance) and you have until the final day - Sun 5 July - to register.

Not only will you gain entry to this show with your ticket, you'll also have free access to the Allergy & Free From Show  (for those who have allergies or intolerances) and Just V Show (for those who are veggies and vegans) as it's all in the same hall, at the same time. 

More info

If you want to go on more than one day, you'll need to register for more tickets. 

Under-16s go free anyway so they don't need a ticket, though there must be one adult there for every two present. The shows are open 10am-5pm on all days. 

Just V Show logoFree Just V Show London ticketsPlus access to 'Allergy & Free From' & 'Love Natural Love Organic' shows

3-5 Jul

If you're a veggie or vegan (or just want to go along anyway), register your details via this special Just V Show link for free tickets to the event at London Olympia from Fri 3 July to Sun 5 July. Then either print your ticket - which will be sent via email - or show it on your smartphone (tickets norm £7.50 in advance, £10 on the door, but are not yet on sale).

It’s one free ticket per person per day and you can register for as many other people you want, but you’ll need to enter their details. Tickets can be used on one day only (you don’t need to choose in advance) and you have until the final day - Sun 5 July - to register.

Not only will you gain entry to this show with your ticket, you'll also have free access to the Allergy & Free From Show (for those who have allergies or intolerances) and Love Natural Love Organic show (for those who are interested in ethical, natural and organic food, cosmetics, clothing etc) as it's all in the same hall, at the same time. 

More info

If you want to go on more than one day, you'll need to register for more tickets. 

Under-16s go free anyway so they don't need a ticket, though there must be one adult there for every two present. The shows are open 10am-5pm on all days. 

The Allergy & Free From Show logoFree Allergy & Free From Show London ticketsPlus access to 'Just V Show' & 'Love Natural Love Organic' show

3-5 Jul

If you suffer from allergies or intolerances (or just want to go along anyway), register your details via this special Allergy & Free From Show link for free tickets to the event at London Olympia from Fri 3 July to Sun 5 July. Then either print your ticket - which will be sent via email - or show it on your smartphone (tickets norm £7.50 in advance, £10 on the door, but are not yet on sale).

It’s one free ticket per person per day and you can register for as many other people you want, but you’ll need to enter their details. Tickets can be used on one day only (you don’t need to choose in advance) and you have until the final day - Sun 5 July - to register.

Not only will you gain entry to this show with your ticket, you'll also have free access to the Just V Show (aimed at veggies and vegans) and the Love Natural Love Organic show (for those interested in ethical, natural and organic food, cosmetics, clothing etc) as it's all in the same hall, at the same time. 

More info

If you want to go on more than one day, you'll need to register for more tickets. 

Under-16s go free anyway so they don't need a ticket, though there must be one adult there for every two present. The shows are open 10am-5pm on all days. 

Kellogg2for1 Alton Towers, Sea Life & more with £3ish cereal'Adults go free' voucher on selected Kellogg's cereals and snacks

28 attractions

Look for promotional packs of Kellogg's cereal and snacks, including Rice Krispies, Frosties, Crunchy Nut and Squares (£2ish-£3ish at most supermarkets until 30 Jun 2015), to get a "Grown-Ups Go Free" voucher for 28 UK Merlin theme parks and attractions.

Effectively this is a 2for1, as you must buy a full-price child or adult ticket to get the free adult entry. It's 'grrreat!' as you can get it now and go any time over the summer.

This could actually work out better than a 2for1 ticket if you’re an adult going with a child as generally, children’s tickets tend to be cheaper than adult tickets.

The vouchers can be exchanged for entry on the day at 28 Merlin attractions, such as Alton Towers, Legoland, Chessington, Sea Life centres and sanctuaries and Madame Tussauds, until 30 Jun 2016. Some dates are excluded at attractions, see 'more info' below.

Check online prices first

As this 2for1 is for on-the-gate tickets (usually up to £50 a ticket), it's always worth checking online before you use the voucher as these can be much cheaper than the gate and there are sometimes online offers.

We found at some attractions this voucher isn't worth it compared to normal online advance prices. For example, a standard adult off-peak Thorpe Park ticket is £49.99 on the gate and £24.99 in advance online – so using the voucher will cost the same as booking online for two adults. If you then factor in the price of the cereal, you're actually making a £3ish loss with the voucher.

However, there are other attractions where you can save a great deal. For example, an adult gate ticket at Alton Towers is £50.40 but £37.80 seven days in advance online normally, so the voucher saves £22.20ish factoring in the cereal cost.  

Also make sure there are no other deals on, as attractions have offers all year round. 

Important: Make sure the expiry on the voucher matches 30 Jun 2016. This deal runs annually so there is a chance you could get a cereal with a voucher from last year’s promotion. 

More info

Voucher and details are on packs available in most supermarkets till 30 Jun 2015 - subject to availability. Here's a list of Kellogg's products with the voucher. Ensure you take the voucher with you on the day. It can only be used against the gate price, not the discounted online price.

The age classification for an adult ticket varies between attractions so make sure you check before you go. Valid for standard entry tickets only and one voucher per person, per transaction. 

Also check the venue's individual opening dates as some are closed at certain times of the year. 

Excludes the upcoming Shrek's Adventure attraction and any secondary attractions including the Castle Dungeon at Warwick Castle. There are also some extra excluded dates listed below:

  • 9 Oct –1 Nov 2015 at The Blackpool Tower Attractions (The Blackpool Tower Eye is subject to weather conditions)
  • 23–31 Oct 2015 at Thorpe Park
  • 1-31 Aug 2015 & 29–31 Oct 2015 at The London Dungeon
  • 30–31 Oct 2015 at The Blackpool Tower Dungeon
  • 31 Oct–1 Nov 2015 at the Edinburgh Dungeon
  • 11–31 May 2015 at Madame Tussauds London
  • 30 Oct–2 Nov 2015 at The York Dungeon
  • 25 Dec 2015 at all attractions
  • When there are special events on (e.g. Lates at The Dungeons and Legoland Windsor Christmas events), hotel events or concerts at all attractions


2016 exclusion dates will be available from the end of 2015 on the Kellogg's website. 

Offer can't be used with: 

  • Any other offer or concession
  • Reward or loyalty scheme
  • Pre-purchased/advance tickets
  • Online or call centre ticket bookings (except the London Dungeon which you can pre-book online via this Kellogg's London Dungeon link, but you must still bring your voucher with you on the day along with your pre-booked ticket)
  • Combination tickets, 2 Day Pass, Annual Pass, Q-bot, Fastrack or priority entrance, Early Ride Time, or rail inclusive tickets
  • Event or concert tickets
  • Group bookings


Children must always be accompanied by an adult, check the attraction's website for more details.

Legoland Discovery Centre logoLegoland Discovery Manc: £13.50 adult & toddler tixSave £20 on usual gate price. Excl school holidays

Term time
Buy a parent and toddler midweek ticket from the Legoland Discovery website to get £13.50 entry at the Trafford Centre, Manchester for an adult and toddler (aged 5 and under).

There's no voucher or tickets to print, simply make a note of the transaction number on your confirmation email or show on your smartphone on the day. Valid Mon-Fri 10am-5pm only. Legoland says the offer is ongoing.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach logoBlackpool Pleasure Beach under-2s go freeFree pass for little 'uns who can walk unaided

From box office
Blackpool Pleasure Beach is offering children aged under two (who can walk unaided) a free Pleasure beach pass for entry to certain areas of the park. Simply walk up to the box office to get the offer.
More info
Includes entry to the Chinese puzzle maze, pleasure beach express, Bradley and Bella's learning garden and the spectacular dancing water fountain. However, it excludes the main park and Nickelodeon Land rides.

FA logoFree football coaching for kidsFor boys and girls aged 5-11

Half term activity
If the kids fancy taking part in football coaching sessions running throughout the school holidays. The programme, run by FA Skills, aims to improve dribbling, passing and shooting skills for all abilities for boys and girls aged between 5-11.

Places are subject to availability and you must book in advance. Kids must be signed up by a parent or guardian. Free holiday football coaching sessions take place during every school holiday, except for Christmas. For more info visit the FA Skills website.

Alton Towers logoAlton Towers £38ish early bird tix (norm up to £50ish)Save 25% when you book online a week in advance

Ongoing

If you can’t get your hands on any 2for1 Alton Towers vouchers then you can still make significant savings by booking in advance online.

For example, an adult gate ticket (12+ years) is £50.40 if bought on the day or the day before visiting. It’s normally 10% cheaper (£45.36) when booked online two to six days in advance, and 25% less expensive (£37.80) when purchased a week or more in advance.

The same discounts apply to tickets for children (£45.60 on the gate, £34.20 bought seven days in advance), seniors and families, while larger discounts are available for groups of seven or more. Alton Towers entry is free for kids under the age of four.

It costs a standard £7.50 to upgrade a one-day ticket to a two-day one, but unless you live locally you’ll need to factor in accommodation or travel costs.

Discounted advance tickets purchased online can’t be used in conjunction with any other promotional offer.

Alternatively, if you’ve got Tesco points, you can buy a one-day Alton Towers ticket for £13 in Clubcard Boost vouchers, or an annual Merlin attractions pass for £50 in Clubcard Boost vouchers. See our Tesco Clubcard Boost page for more info. Also see our Theme Parks guide for other handy MoneySaving tips.

Tennis For Free logoFREE tennis coachingFind your nearest session

UK-wide

Check out Tennis For Free's website to see if there's free coaching sessions in your area. The sessions mostly run during weekends and are suitable for anyone aged 3 or over.

The equipment’s also provided free. It’s told us the sessions aren't professional coaching, they're more focused on having fun. Individual sessions might cater for certain age groups.

More info

For more information about which parks take part in TFF take a look at their  Tennis For Free Session Sites.

B&Q logoB&Q free kids' DIY classesCheck out the classes online, then book by phone

At 38 stores

B&Q Kids Can Do It classes help children aged 7-11 learn basic DIY skills through small projects such as building bird feeders and making picture frames. They usually cost £5 a session, but members of the free B&Q Club get them free.

Become a member: Simply register online and you'll be sent a confirmation email with your membership code in. If you're already a member, you don't have to re-register.

Book your class: To see the available classes, go via this Kids Can Do It link and book on the store and month you'd like. It'll then show you all the slots available and what your little 'uns will be building.

It says the classes cost £5, but telephone 03330 143 354 and quote the store, class and your B&Q membership number and it's free.

The classes take place at 38 B&Q stores and there's no limit to the number you can book.

MSE Michael says:

Classes run on Saturdays and Sundays and B&Q provides all the tools and materials needed.

Sessions usually last an hour and, depending on the store, here are some of the things kids make:

  • Magazine Storage Box
  • Robin Nest Box
  • Garden trug

More info
Only available for children aged 7-11 and must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Advance booking required.

Tesco Clubcard logo75% off days out with Tesco Clubcard*Convert Tesco points into rewards

UK-wide
Spend your Clubcard points on days out from Tesco's Deals Brochure* and you get up to four times the vouchers' face value, eg, £12.50 worth of Clubcard vouchers gets you one day's entry to Thorpe Park worth £49.99 on the gate.

You can get up to 75% off at Alton Towers, Legoland, Madame Tussauds and nearly 200 other days out offers.
MSE Steve B says:

For a full list of ways to maximise Clubcard points, check out the Loyalty Schemes guide.

Megabus logoMegatrain & Megabus £1 advance fares*Ongoing offer on selected routes only. 50p booking fee applies

Book ahead
Go to the Megabus* site, choose where you're travelling from and to and select "all" under "travelling by" to show results for both bus and train.

These £1 tickets are available on several routes including Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Sheffield & more. A 50p booking fee applies.

See the Megabus route map.

Cinema

Vue logoUp to 1/3 off Vue Cinemas on TuesdaysVia Super Tuesday code. Discount depends on location & time

Ongoing

You can get up to 1/3 off ticket prices at Vue Cinemas with its Super Tuesday offer. The discount you'll get varies depending on the location and the time of the film, but Vue says you'll get at least an 18% discount.

You'll need a unique code to get the offer - simply enter your details online, or text SUPER to 51055 (standard SMS text messaging rates apply). You can then get the discount by quoting the code at the box office when you buy your tickets. Some exclusions apply - see 'more info' below for details.

Unfortunately this discount isn't valid with the Meerkat Movies deal, which can get you 2for1 cinema tickets on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (see our Deals Hunters blog - Meerkat Movies trick: £2ish gets 2for1 movies for a year). So check which offer is best for you - if there's two of you, a 2for1 offer could work out cheaper.

More info

You'll have to pay extra for upgrades, premium seats and special events or screenings. The Super Tuesday offer isn't available at Vue Cardiff.

Odeon logoOdeon £3-£4 'senior' screeningsVia Odeon Silver Cinema, aimed at cinema goers aged 55+

Ongoing

If you're aged 55+, you can get tickets to Odeon Silver Cinema showings (previously known as Odeon Senior Screen) for £3-£3.95, depending on location. See 'more info' below for the prices at different cinemas. You'll also get tea, coffee and biscuits before the film starts.

Odeon says the films selected for Odeon Silver Cinema are aimed at a 'mature audience', aged 55+, but there is no formal age restriction on the tickets.

More info

Tickets for Odeon Silver Cinema are £3 except at the following cinemas:

Ayr, Banbury, Bournemouth Odeon, Bournemouth ABC, Dunfermline, Guildford, Kilmarnock, Kettering, Lincoln and Mansfield tickets are £3.50.

Aylesbury, Bridgend, Chelmsford, Harrogate, Hastings, Newark, Port Solent, Putney, Salisbury, Southend and Tunbridge Wells tickets are £3.95.

You'll need to pay extra to upgrade to other seat types. Odeon Silver Cinema special screenings tickets may cost more - check the cinema's film listings for more information

Amex logoAmerican Express - £10 off £50 House of Fraser & moreOffers incl Vue, Caffè Nero, Fat Face, World Duty Free

Limited availability

American Express regularly releases a new set of cashback offers when you spend a set amount at certain stores. Anyone with a personal Amex card qualifies (including cards issued by Lloyds, TSB, MBNA and Barclays), but not corporate or prepaid cards.

What's more, you can use these offers alongside discount vouchers, or in a sale, to maximise the savings. Plus if you've got an Amex cashback card, you get your normal level of cashback as well.

Until Sun 28 Jun, American Express cardholders can get cashback at the following stores if they add the offer to their cards and spend the qualifying amount (in one transaction):

  • Vue Cinemas - £10 cashback on a £25 spend (first 100,000 cardholders)
  • thetrainline.com - £10 cashback on a £50 spend (first 60,000 cardholders)
  • Caffè Nero - £5 cashback on a £10 spend (first 100,000 cardholders)
  • Ocado - £15 cashback on a £60 spend (first 60,000 cardholders)
  • Fat Face -  £10 cashback on a £50 spend (first 20,000 cardholders)
  • Heal's -  £10 cashback on a £100 spend (no redemption limit)
  • The Co-operative electrical - £20 cashback on a £200 spend (first 100,000 cardholders)

These offers are available until Sun 9 Aug:

  • House of Fraser - £10 cashback on a £50 spend (first 25,000 cardholders)
  • World Duty Free - £10 cashback on a £70 spend (first 20,000 cardholders)

The offer only gets you cashback once at each retailer, but there’s no limit to the number of retailers you can get cashback from before the offer ends. These are only the biggies, see 'more info' for the full list of offers currently available.

How it works

  • Log in to your account. Log in online at American Express or via the Amex app. If your card is issued by an Amex partner (eg, Lloyds, MBNA) you can log in at Amex Connect to access these offers.
  • Go to the 'Offers' section. Choose an offer and add it to your card. You must pre-select the offer online before you visit a store, you can't just walk in and pay. Each offer is valid once per card.
  • Visit a store and shop!  Pay with your connected card in a store or online to redeem the offer. You don’t need a code or a voucher.

Once you've redeemed an offer, you'll have to wait for the cash. It should appear as a credit to your card between three and five days after payment, but could take up to eight weeks to appear in your account.

It's worth noting that once the offers have been redeemed the maximum number of times, they will disappear from the site. See the full T&Cs.

More info

What if I don't have an Amex card?

If you don't have an American Express card, in theory you could get one to access these deals, but consider first if a credit card is right for you. Read MSE's Credit Cards section for full info. If you do go for it, it'll take around two weeks for your application to be processed and for you to receive your card. Use our credit card eligibility checker to see if you'll be accepted first.

Other cashback offers available:

  • Paper London - £50 cashback on a £300 spend (no redemption limit, until Sun 28 Jun)
  • Otis Batterbee - £20 cashback on a £100 spend  (no redemption limit, until Sat 18 Jul)
  • Achicha.com - £25 cashback on a £85 spend (first 10,000 cardholders, until Sun 9 Aug)
  • D&D London - £20 cashback on a £100 spend (first 10,000 cardholders, until Mon 31 Aug)
  • The Landmark Hotel Group - £50 cashback on a £200 spend (first 10,000 cardholders, until Mon 31 Aug)

Odeon logoOdeon extra 25% off student tickets with NUS ExtraAvailable to all students aged 16+ via £12 NUS Extra card

Mon-Thu

If you're a student with an NUS Extra card you can get an extra 25% off student ticket prices at Odeon cinemas, Mondays-Thursdays. Simply show your NUS Extra card at the box office to get the discount. Ticket prices vary, depending on location and the time of the film.

Who is eligible for an NUS Extra card?

The NUS Extra card is available to all students aged over 16 years (including distance learners, vocational and part-time students). It costs £12 and is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. You can use it to get discounts at lots of stores and websites, including Asos, Spotify, Amazon and Domino's. It gets discounts at more retailers than the student ID card issued by universities and colleges.

Vue logoVue Cinemas - swap Nectar pointsConvert your Nectar points into cinema tickets

500pts = £2.50

Every 500 Nectar points is worth £2.50 at Vue Cinemas. To get the offer, simply hand over your Nectar card at the box office and tell them how many points you'd like to convert.

You have to pay in multiples of 500 points - if you don't have enough you can part-pay with points, a debit card or cash in the same transaction.

1,000 points = 2 Vue tickets (from Wed 1 Jul)

It may be worth saving your points until July, as you can get two Vue cinema tickets for 1,000 points from Wed 1 Jul until Tue 11 Aug, as part of Nectar's Summer Rewards. 1,000 points are normally worth £5, so this is a pretty good deal as an adult ticket usually costs £4-£14.79, depending on location.

More info

You can't use Nectar points to book tickets in advance by telephone or via Vue's website. Points can't be redeemed in conjunction with any other offer, promotion or discount, unless otherwise stated.

You can't currently spend your Nectar points at the new Vue Farnborough cinema. 

Odeon logoOdeon kids' screenings for £2.50Weekend & school holiday offer

Kids' deal

On weekends and holiday mornings for selected films, adult and kids' tickets at participating Odeon cinemas are £2.50. The only exceptions are the following cinemas; Worcester, Telford and Dorchester tickets are £1, Dundee, Bristol and Belfast tickets are £1.50, and Weston-Super-Mare tickets are £2.

You can either just turn up at the cinema on the day and trust there'll be seats available. Or you can book by phone or online (website or app) - though you'll pay 50p booking fee per ticket and debit and credit cards carry a 21p fee.

Showings vary between cinemas. See website for full listings.

More info

Screenings are obviously aimed at a younger audience (kids are classed as 12 and under), so you won't find anything above PG certificate.

Meerkat Movies logoMeerkat Movies - 2for1 cinema ticketsYear's 2for1 from £2ish. New & existing comparison site customers

Tue/Wed

If you use the comparison website Compare The Market, or if you’ve used it during the past year, you can get 2for1 cinema tickets every Tuesday or Wednesday for 12 months from the date you use the site to get a credit card, loan or insurance, or switch your energy, broadband, TV or landline provider.

The offer expires 12 months after the date of your purchase or switch, not 12 months from when you activate it. Please note: activation can take at least 48 hours, so you’ll have to be patient.

How much do I have to spend?

Compare The Market isn’t always the cheapest place to buy insurance (see our insurance guides for the top deals), but you can get Meerkat Movies by spending as little as £2ish on a single-trip travel insurance policy for one person travelling within the UK. For more on this trick, read our Deals Hunters blog.

What do I get?

You're entitled to one voucher per week (so you can't go both days) and to get it you can either download the Meerkat Movies app (iPhone and Android only) or log in at the website. You can then simply print the code or show it on your smartphone at the box office. 

If you fancy an IMAX screening, want to upgrade to premium seats or see a 3D film, you'll be asked to pay the price difference between this and a standard cinema ticket.

Where can I use it?

Like the extremely popular Orange Wednesdays (which ended shortly before Meerkat Movies launched), it's valid at most cinemas across the UK - the big chains (eg, Cineworld, Odeon and Vue) as well as lots of independents - but not all of them. If in doubt, check with your local cinema before turning up.

Important: 2for1 cinema tickets should never be your reason for choosing a product like insurance. Use other sites to check it's a good deal and don't be swayed by freebies that could end up costing you a lot more in the long run.

More info

To qualify for Meerkat Movies membership, you need to purchase one of the following products via Compare The Market: car, motorcycle, home, van, pet, landlord, life, home/content or travel insurance. You can also qualify by taking out a credit card or loan or switch energy, digital TV or broadband supplier.

You can only hold one Meerkat Movies membership in any 12-month period, but if you purchase a second product whilst you have an active Meerkat Movies membership you can choose to claim a cuddly toy instead.

Vue logoVue Cinemas armed forces discount15%-20% discount using MoD card

Ongoing

At Vue Cinemas across the UK military personnel can show a Defence Privilege Card or MoD service ID to get up to 20% off a cinema ticket.

Discounts range from 15%-20% and this is dependent on location. The discount is valid seven days a week on all films. Tickets must be purchased from the box office, not online.

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Valid for the cardholder’s ticket only. So if you are in the armed forces and buying tickets for others, only yours will be discounted.

Cineworld logoCineworld £1.60/£1.75 films for kidsWith free myCineworld account. School holidays and weekends

Mornings

Keep your nippers (and yourself) amused on weekend and school holiday mornings with Movies For Juniors kids’ films at Cineworld. It’s £1.58 per showing, per person if you book online with a myCineworld account, or £1.75 if bought at the cinema box office, for both adults and sprogs. 

What is myCineworld?  

myCineworld is a free online account that gives you access to Cineworld deals (including 10% off online bookings), forthcoming offers, faster booking and a newsletter (if you opt in). To get it, simply register online. It’s totally free. 

3D films are more expensive - £2.93 per person (if booked online with myCineworld, or £3.25 if bought at the cinema). Remember the glasses aren’t included, so unless you have some already, it’s £1 each on top of the ticket.

The offer's available on selected films only and will vary per cinema. See website for current listings.

MSE Anna says:

Although the films on offer aren’t the latest movies, kids’ tickets usually cost upwards of £7, so this is a decent saving. See full listings and cinema details for more info.

We looked at the other major cinemas and found this deal to be cheapest out there for kids - see Cheap Cinema Tickets for Vue and Odeon offers.

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Adults can't get this offer unless they are accompanied by a child. A child is classified as aged 14 or under, though films are aimed at under eight audiences. 

Vue logoVue Cinema weekend/school holiday £1.99 ticketsWeekend & school holiday mornings

Kids' deal
Children aged between 2-12 can get tickets from £1.99 with the Kids AM offer on selected weekend and school holiday morning movies. What's more, accompanying adults get in from £1.99 too. 3D films are from £2.79.

You can buy tickets on the day, but seats can sell out, so go early if possible. To be safe, book online or over the phone, though you'll pay a 75p booking fee each (90p for phone bookings).

Offer is available at selected cinemas only. See website for more info.

Theatre tickets

Kids week logoKids go 'free' to West End shows in August*Free child with paying adult. 40+ shows incl Wicked & Lion King

Go quick

MSE Update 5.30pm, Wed 17 Jun: 116,000 adult and kids' tickets have already gone. Kids Week tickets for The Lion King, Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom, Bend it Like Beckham, Pinocchio and Matilda the Musical have sold out. There are more than 140,000 tickets left, but go quick if you have a particular show in mind. See 'More info' for a list of all available shows.

If you’re planning a trip to the theatre this August, you can get a ‘free’ child’s ticket (16s and under) to one of 40+ participating London shows at major theatres, including Wicked and The Lion King, throughout the month when you buy a full-priced adult ticket via the Kids Week website*. There’s no booking or postage fees, so you can can save £15-£65 depending on the show and seats you choose. You can also get 50% off for up to two more children.

Tickets went on sale at 10am on Tue 16 Jun and you can book until the offer ends on Mon 31 Aug, but go quickly if you have specific performances in mind as tickets are limited. You can order max eight tickets per show.

Shows this year include:

  • Wicked
  • Disney's The Lion King (now sold out)
  • Billy Elliot the Musical
  • The Gruffalo
  • Stomp
  • Aliens Love Underpants
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

See 'more info' below for full list of shows participating in Kids Week 2015.

You can also book a free activity with tickets bought as part of a Show & Activity Package, including a Billy Elliot ballet class, meeting the Gruffalo and learning some of Wicked’s secrets. Children aged eight or under will need to be accompanied by an adult.

For more ways of booking theatre tickets for less, see our Cheap Tickets guide. 

MSE Gary says:

If you have £20 Tesco Clubcard vouchers, you could exchange them online at Tesco* for a £40 Ticketmaster eGift card which can be then redeemed online or over the phone on Kids Week bookings. 

More info

All shows included in Kids Week 2015 (with Kids Week's age ratings):

Ages 3+

Aliens Love Underpants, David Woods Storytime - The Gingerbread Man, Dinosaur Zoo, The Gruffalo, The 3 Little Pigs.

All ages 5+

Adventures In Wonderland, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Hetty Feather, Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain - Part Three!, I Believe In Unicorns, Let It Be, Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games, Mamma Mia!, Les Misérables, The Phantom Of The Opera, The Railway Children, Sinatra: The Man & His Music, Stomp, Thriller Live, Wicked, The 39 Steps.

Parental Guidance

Billy Elliot the Musical, Dusty, The Importance Of Being Earnest, Impossible, Memphis The Musical, The Mousetrap, The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time, The Commitments, The Play That Goes Wrong, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Sinatra: The Man & His Music, Sunny Afternoon, The Woman In Black, War Horse.

15+

American Idiot, Dear Lupin, Jersey Boys, The Mentalists, Miss Saigon, 1984.

The Card Shark Show logo2for1 The Card Shark Show tickets*London show - Friday performances

London

We've blagged MoneySavers 2for1 tickets for The Card Shark Show, an interactive magic show all about classic card tricks, cheats and scams throughout the ages.

To get them, go via this special Ticket Factory link*, then pick your date and time, choose from either premium or standard seats (the code MSE21 should be added automatically) at all Friday performances (7pm and 9pm).

Premium tickets (first five rows) are £64 for two people, standard tickets (the next 10 rows) are £53 for two people including admin fees. The show's at the Courthouse Hotel in London's West End.

More info

There are 94 seats available per performance, all of which are available at the discounted rate. This deal is capped at 20 premium and 30 standard tickets per show (two shows every Friday). There's no max per customer.

Test Drive the Arts logoFree arts tickets in Northern IrelandFree tickets to selected events, incl theatre, comedy and cinema

Belfast
Northern Ireland residents aged 18 and over can get free guest tickets to arts events across Belfast. This is as part of the Test Drive The Arts programme, funded by Belfast City Council and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

The tickets are available for selected theatre, music, dance, cinema, comedy, family events and festivals but they are all subject to availability.
More info
Tickets will be available a minimum of three weeks before the show, and must be booked at least seven days in advance. There is a limit of one show per person, and you will be asked to fill out a short survey the day after and the following year to provide feedback.

You must not have attended a live performance at your chosen venue in the past three years, as the offer is about trying something new.

Royal Opera House logoRoyal Opera House £10 student standby ticketsStudents can get unsold tickets (usually up to £200) for a tenner

London
Students who register with the Royal Opera House can be put on a list for £10 standby tickets to The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera.

When tickets (generally £25 - £200) go unsold, you're emailed a code and link to a booking website (sent a minimum of 24 hrs before the performance).

If you are interested, you will need to move fast as they are snapped up quick.
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There's a maximum of two tickets per student and each ticket holder needs valid student ID. However, if booking as a group you can buy up to nine tickets provided a student card is shows for every two tickets.

Comedy

Free TV audience tickets

Applause Store logoFree audience tickets to your favourite TV showRegister online

UK-wide

In order to avoid the dreaded 'canned laughter', TV companies regularly offer free tickets to see popular TV shows. In return, you're expected to listen to direction, shout when asked to and generally be enthusiastic. Although you could also potentially have to sit around for long periods without breaks and for the more popular shows - queue!

A lot of shows overbook, so make sure you arrive at least an hour early is due to start to ensure you get a seat. Often, if you are refused entry due to overbooking, organisers will try to arrange for you to get priority seating for another time.

Firms which offer TV show tickets include:

  • Applause Store is one of the largest free ticket providers. Shows on its books include Q.I, X Factor and Never Mind The Buzzcocks.
  • TV Recordings offers tickets for shows like Russell Howard's Good News.
  • SRO Audiences is another biggie - expect to find tickets for shows like The Graham Norton Show, Live at the Apollo, The Voice and Mock The Week.
  • Lost in TV covers shows like The Cube The Clare Balding showand Derren Brown.
  • If Deal Or No Deal is more of your thing, go directly to the Deal or No Deal website to apply.

Always make sure you check out the above lists for these free ticket shows, so you never end up paying money for them on eBay or other ticket sites. Depending on availability, you should always be able to get them for free.

Regional days out

National Rail logo2for1 attractions with National RailBuy train ticket & print vch to save up to £50

Save up to £50
Buy a National Rail ticket and register 'n' print a voucher from Days Out Guide to get 2for1 entry to some top UK attractions, incl Drayton Manor, Madame Tussauds, Legoland, London Zoo (see the full theme park list or the zoo and wildlife list).

You need to print a voucher for the relevant attraction (follow the link above and search for it) AND have a valid rail ticket bought from National Rail on the same day. It's worth doing this even if you are not travelling by train a cheap single ticket is available for a couple of quid, far cheaper than the entry ticket price (Thorpe Park is the most expensive at £50 on the gate). 

Just stop by the nearest station on your way and pick one up, then present both to get your 2for1. Crucially, your rail ticket must show that you have travelled to one of the stations nearest the attraction. So for Thorpe Park, you need to have a ticket with an end destination of Staines or Chertsey.

The offer's ongoing, but check the voucher for each individual attraction's restrictions, as these vary.
MSE Frederika says:

Electronic ticket barriers can sometimes gobble up your ticket, so to make sure you don't lose your proof of travel, ask a member of the station staff to help you through.

More info
Excludes family, advance and web tickets as well as Oyster cards, and tickets and travelcards bought from London Underground. Can't be used with other offers or promotions.

Lakes Aquarium logoLakes Aquarium up to 20% off onlineAutomatic discount when you book online

Book ahead
If you book online at Lakes Aquarium you'll get up to 20% off the gate price. Select a date up to 30 days in advance and your ticket(s) will be valid for 7 days from that date. Can't be used with other offers.

Bournemouth Oceanarium logoBournemouth Oceanarium up to 20% off onlineBook in advance to get the biggest discount

Book ahead

Book tickets online at Bournemouth Oceanarium to get up to 20% off ticket prices. The discount varies depending on how far in advance you book.

Online prices range from £7.95 to £9.95 for an adult ticket, with a family ticket for four ranging from £22.05 to £25.95.

Bournemouth Oceanarium says this is an ongoing offer.

Chester Zoo logoChester Zoo up to 20% off onlineUp to 20% discount for online bookings made in advance

Book ahead

Book tickets online at Chester Zoo, at least one day before your visit, and get up to 20% off entry prices.

Without the optional donation, you can get a peak adult ticket for £18 online (£22 at the gate), and a peak child ticket for £14.72 (£18 at the gate).

Drusillas Park logoDrusillas Park 10% off onlineBook online to get discounted entry

Book ahead
If you book online at Drusillas Park to get 10% off entry for your entire group.

You can book up till midnight the night before to get the online rate. This available online only and can't be used with any other offer.

Bristol Zoo logoBristol Zoo 15% student discountDiscount for students with valid ID and 15 to 18-year-olds

Need valid ID

If you're a student (or aged between 15-18 years old), you can get 15% off ticket prices at Bristol Zoo. Students will need to show an NUS or ISIC card.

Without the optional donation, adult tickets are £14.53, but you can get a ticket for £12.71 with this deal.

Drayton Manor logoDrayton Manor - Swap Tesco Clubcard points*Book online to get discounted entry

Book ahead

Every £10.50 of Tesco Clubcard points is worth one ticket for Drayton Manor.

To get the offer, register or log-in with Tesco*, then visit the Drayton Manor Clubcard rewards page* and enter the amount of points you want to convert. At the checkout you will need to enter the codes on your Clubcard vouchers.

Drayton Manor logoDrayton Manor up to 45% off onlineBook 7+ days in advance to get the biggest discount

Book ahead

If you book tickets online at Drayton Manor you'll get up to 45% off the gate price. The discount varies depending on how far in advance you book.

Online prices range from £20 to £25 for an adult ticket (£36 at the gate) and £15 to £20 for a child ticket (£27 at the gate).

Longleat logoLongleat 15% off day tickets onlineAll-day, unlimited access ticket

Book ahead
Buy an all in one day ticket online at Longleat Safari and you'll get up to 15% off entry prices.

A day ticket includes unlimited access to the safari park, adventure park and Longleat House on the day you visit.
More info
You must book by midnight on the day before your visit. Tickets booked on the same day as your visit will not be eligible for the discount.

Oxford Tube logoOxford Tube to London from £18 returnIncl Hillingdon, Shep's Bush, Notting Hill, Marble Arch & Victoria

Oxford-Ldn
Get single adult coach tickets between London and Oxford for £15 (£18rtn), single student and over-60s tickets for £11 (£13 rtn) or under-16s for £7.50 (£9rtns) on the Oxford Tube Coach service. Pickups and drops-offs are from London, Hillingdon, Lewknor and Oxford.

You can buy tickets and passes for a month in advance from the driver and the service's full range of tickets can be bought on the Oxford Tube website, by phone or from the Gloucester Green travel shop.

Megabusplus logoMegabusplus Yorkshire £2.50 return faresIncl York, Castleford, Harrogate, Hull, Halifax, Doncaster...

Train/coach
Megabusplus, set up by Megabus*, provides combined rail and bus journeys, eg, buy a ticket from London to York and you'll journey from London to East Midlands Parkway by train and between East Midlands Parkway and Yorkshire by coach. Journeys are from £1 each way, plus a 50p booking fee.
More info
Routes include: York, Castleford, Harrogate, Hull, Halifax, Doncaster, Scunthorpe, Huddersfield and Bradford.

CrossCountry trains logoCrossCountry trains 10% Student/Graduate discountAvailable for NUS holders

Advance tickets
Students who have an "NUS Extra, "Graduate Extra" or "Apprentice Extra" card can get an extra 10% off selected CrossCountry advance tickets (the applicable tickets will show up in green in a search).

It's valid with the 16-25 railcard discount.
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There's a little-known piece of legislation that turns any credit card into a financial self-defence superhero. 'Section 75' of the Consumer Credit Act means your plastic must protect anything you buy for more than £100 for free, so if there's a problem or the company goes bust, you can still get your money back.

And although Section 75 doesn't apply to debit cards, there is something else to fall back on if you've paid using a debit card, or used a credit card for a purchase under £100. Known as Chargeback, this is part of banks' and card companies' internal rules and not a legal requirement. Read full details of Section 75 or Chargeback, plus how to claim, in our guides.

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