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This is a regularly-updated list of vouchers, 2for1 deals, and offers on days out.

We aim to ensure all the vouchers in this section can be used by everyone and we've checked them with the company's press office where possible (unless stated).

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Eden Project logoEden Project up to 10% off online*Up to 10% discount for online bookings made in advance

Ongoing

If you go online to Eden Project at least 14 days before you visit the Cornwall attraction and know the date you'll be visiting, you can get up to 10% off entry prices.

When booking in advance, you can get an adult ticket for £22.50 (£25 at the gate) and a child ticket for £12.60 (£14 at the gate).

Throughout summer it's open until 8pm, Mon-Thu, until Wed 2 Sep. If you visit after 3.30pm on a late entry night, you can get an adult ticket for £18 and a child ticket for £10 - but these prices are not available online, only at the gate.

It's also running dinosaur-themed activities during summer, with hidden dinosaurs to spot, learning sessions, jigsaws and more. Plus it's giving out free journals for youngsters to record their activities. 

The National Gallery logoFREE art workshops and drawing sessionsAt The National Gallery. Every Sunday between 11am & 4pm

Sun only

If you've a budding artist in your family, you can visit The National Gallery in London any Sunday between 11am and 4pm where kids aged 5-11 can take part in free hands-on workshops and drawing sessions.

Entry to the museum is free and there's no need to book, but turn up early as places are allocated an hour before the workshops start. There are two workshops each day, most last for two hours and are ongoing throughout the year.

When are the next workshops?

  • 23 Aug, 11am-1pm or 2-4pm - Leguminous landscapes
  • 6 Sep, 11am-12.20pm or  2-3.30pm - Changing perspectives
  • 13 Sep, 11am-1pm or 2-4pm - Dream designs
  • 20 Sep, 11am-1pm or 2-4pm - How's my halo?

Parents or guardians will need to stay with their children during the workshops.

Tennis For Free logoFREE tennis court accessFind your nearest tennis court to play for free

UK-wide

Check Tennis For Free's website to see if there are free tennis courts available for use in your local area.

Tennis for Free works with local councils to provide free 'walk on and play' court access on as many parks as possible, so there's a good chance you'll be able to use a court year-round.

More info

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

Merlin logo2for1 to 28 attractions via £1-£4ish frozen foodFree child ticket with full-paying adult. Incl Legoland & Sea Life

14 attractions

If you buy a promotional Birds Eye pack, including 10 Potato Waffles, 24 Chicken Dippers, 800g Garden Peas and 12 Fish Fingers (see 'more info' for all included), you'll get a voucher for a 'free' child ticket to one of 28 UK theme parks and attractions, valid with a full-priced adult gate ticket.

You can buy the packs for £1-£3ish at major supermarkets including Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Iceland and Waitrose until the end of October 2015, when they'll be taken off the shelves.

Each pack will include one voucher that can be exchanged for entry on the day to any one of 14 attractions, including Legoland, Alton Towers, Sea Life, and Madame Tussauds (see ‘more info’ for full list of attractions). 

Based on one child and one adult visiting the attractions during the summer holidays, we've worked out that it's cheaper to use the Birds Eye voucher for every attraction included in this offer apart from Thorpe Park, where it's cheaper to buy tickets online in advance when you factor in the cost of Birds Eye frozen food (see full analysis below).

Child ticket ages vary from attraction to attraction, eg, an Alton Towers child ticket is under-12s - so check before you go.

The voucher is valid until Sat 31 Dec 2016. There are a few dates excluded - see 'more info' below for 2015 exclusion dates. Birds Eye told us that it doesn't have 2016 exclusion dates yet - we'll update you here when we know them.

Is this the best deal for you?

Since this ‘free’ child ticket is only valid with an adult gate ticket (usually up to £50), it's always worth checking online before you use it. Online tickets can be much cheaper than on the gate, plus there are sometimes online offers. There's also a kids go 'free' voucher with kids' magazines - if you're more likely to buy a kids' mag than Birds Eye frozen food, you'd be better off opting for the kids' mag voucher.

Kellogg's is running a 2for1 promotion on selected cereal boxes and snacks, including Rice Krispies, Frosties, Crunchy Nut and Squares (£2ish-£3ish at most supermarkets, valid until 30 Jun 2016), offering a 'Grown-Ups Go Free' voucher for 28 UK Merlin theme parks and attractions with the purchase of a child's ticket. If it's cheaper for a gate child ticket at the attraction you're going to (some aren't), this would work out cheaper than the Birds Eye and kids' mag vouchers.

A peak Thorpe Park ticket is £59.99 on the gate and £29.99 in advance online, so using the Birds Eye voucher will cost the same as booking online for two adults (child tickets are not available online). If you then factor in the price of the Birds Eye item, you're actually making a £1-£3ish loss using the voucher. However, if you can't book online in advance and have to buy on the day, you should use the voucher.

With some attractions you can save quite a bit using the voucher, eg, an adult and child ticket for Legoland Windsor Resort would cost £70.65 online (£36.90 adult ticket plus £33.75 child ticket) compared to £51ish using the voucher at the gate (£49.20 adult ticket plus £1-£3ish Birds Eye item).

More info

All attractions included:

Chessington World of Adventures Resort, Thorpe Park Resort, Legoland Windsor Resort, Warwick Castle, Madame Tussauds London or Blackpool, the London, York, Edinburgh or Blackpool Tower Dungeons,  The Blackpool Tower Eye or The Blackpool Tower Circus, Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester, Sea Life Bray, Sea Life centres & Sanctuaries in the UK (Birmingham, Great Yarmouth, Loch Lomond, Weymouth, Blackpool, Gweek, Oban, Brighton, Manchester, Scarborough and Hunstanton), Sea Life London Aquarium, Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park & Tower and Alton Towers.

Birds Eye products included:

10 Potato Waffles 567g, 24 Crispy Chicken Dippers 440g, 12 Cod Fish Fingers MSC 336g, Garden Peas Resealable 800g, 2 Crispy Chicken 170g, 2 Southern Fried Chicken 180g, 2 Original Chicken Chargrills 170g, 2 Hot & Spicy Chicken 180g, 4 Crispy Chicken 340g, 4 Southern Fried Chicken 360g, 4 Chicken Burgers 200g, 10 Chicken Fingers 250g, 12 Crispy Chicken Dippers 220g, Harry Ramsdens 4 Cod Batter 480g NO msc, Harry Ramsdens 4 Cod Breadcrumbs 480g NO msc,  Garden Peas Resealable 1.37kg, Petits Pois Resealable 1.07kg, 36 for 24 Crispy Chicken Dippers 660g, 42 Crispy Chicken Dippers 770g, Petits Pois 545g, 4 Original Beef Burgers 227G, 12 Original Beef Burgers 680g, 15 for 12 Cod Fish Fingers MSC 420g, 15 for 12 Omega 3 Fish Fingers 420g, 12 Wholegrain Chicken Nuggets and 12 Omega 3 Fish Fingers 336g.

2015 exclusion dates:

Fri 9 Oct - Sun 1 Nov at The Blackpool Tower Attractions (The Blackpool Tower Eye is subject to weather conditions),  Fri 23 Oct –  Sat 31 Oct at Thorpe Park Resort, Sat 1 Aug - Mon 31 Aug and Thu 29th - Sat 31 Oct at the London Dungeon, Fri 30 Oct – Sat 31 Oct at the Blackpool Tower Dungeon, Sat 31 Oct - Sun 1 Nov at the Edinburgh Dungeon, Fri 30 Oct - Mon 2 Nov at the York Dungeon and 25th December 2015 and any secondary ticketed events/hotel events/concerts at all Attractions.

ParkLives logoFREE £5-£10ish yoga, pilates, Zumba, bootcamp & moreOutdoor classes across Eng & Scot. Sign up & book online

Ongoing

If you go online to free fitness initiative ParkLives, you can sign up for completely free exercise classes for adults and children held in more than 130 outdoor locations across Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle, Newham in London and Nottingham (find your nearest park).

If you live in London or Bedfordshire, see Our Parks free fitness classes.

There are 69 different classes to choose from, including yoga, pilates, Zumba, bootcamp, family rounders & baby ballet (see ‘more info’ for all classes included). Classes like this would normally cost £5-£10ish, but it's worth bearing in mind that all ParkLives sessions are outdoors - so if you fancy taking part, during the summer is your best bet.

What is ParkLives?

ParkLives is a partnership programme funded by local authorities and Coca-Cola Great Britain, that runs 260 hour-long fitness classes per week in playing fields and some other venues across England & Scotland. It currently has about 10,000 users and has funding to run until 2020.  

How to book

  • Join ParkLives by filling in a few details on its website, including your email address, postcode and local council (you can untick boxes at the bottom of the page if you don't want to be sent marketing from your local council or Coca-Cola).
  • Browse available classes in the list of upcoming sessions.
  • Reserve a place by selecting 'save me a spot'. Classes can be booked up to two months in advance and you can book as many as you like. ParkLives told us that some classes have started to build a regular following, so it'd be worth checking the website in advance if you've got a particular session in mind.

Under-13s must be signed up and accompanied by a parent. All session leaders are qualified professionals employed by the council, so should be DBS checked.

More info

Classes included:

Active push
Adult come and try tennis 
Baby ballet 
Baby loves disco
Basketball
Beginners netball
Bootcamp
Bowls
Buggy bootcamp
Buggy safari
Canoeing 
Circuits
Conservation and down to earth
Couch to 5km 
Cricket
Cycling 
Den building 
Dog walking 
Donkey grooming 
Exercise to music
Family circuits
Family frisbee golf
Family fun fishing 
Family fun fitness
Family fun golf
Family games
Family rounders 
Family tennis
Family Zumba
Fitness
Fitness bingo
Flexibility & wellness (over-16s)
Football
Gentle bootcamp (over-50s)
Green fit baby
Green flag walk
Kids & teenage giant twister
Kids & teenage sports day
Led walking group
Lickey explorers
Mousercise
Muddy hands
Multisport
Nordic walking
Park rangers 
Park rugby 
Parkfit
Pilates
Play in the park
Power walking
Reggae aerobics
Roaming rangers
Rounders
Rowing 
Rugby
Rugby fitcamp
Running 
Sailing 
Skateboarding 
Summer games
Tai Chi
Tennis
Ultimate frisbee
Walk to run 
Walking football
Women & girls' Zumba
Women only bootcamp
Yoga
Zumba

Our Parks logoFREE £5-£10ish yoga, Zumba, boxfit, bootcamp & moreOutdoor classes across London & Bedfordshire. Sign up & book online

Ongoing

If you go online to free fitness initiative Our Parks, you can sign up for completely free exercise classes for adults and children held in more than 50 locations across London and Bedfordshire (see ‘more info’ below for the full list). 

There are 28 different classes to choose from, including yoga, pilates, Zumba, bootcamp, dance, tots tennis and kids fitness (see ‘more info’ for all classes included). It provides free group exercise classes mostly in parks, but also in community centres and libraries during winter.

Classes like this would normally cost £5-£10ish, but it's worth noting that some of the calmer classes in particular, would normally be indoors.

What is Our Parks?

Our Parks has been running since March 2014 with funding from local councils. It currently has more than 15,000 users and offers around 160 hour-long classes per week. 

How to book

  • Join Our Parks by completing a short registration form online (you'll need to give a contact email address and fill out a health questionnaire).
  • Subscribe to one or more boroughs near you.
  • Browse and book classes. Classes can be booked online up to two weeks in advance and you can book as many as you like. 
  • Sign in with your instructor at the start of each class.

Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult. Our Parks says all trainers are fully qualified and all coaches who work with children or vulnerable adults are DBS checked. 

More info

Classes included:
Abs, bums & thighs 
Baby yoga
Bootcamp
Boxfit
Boxing yoga
Buggy exercise
Cardio tennis 
Dance fit
Elite fitness 
Flow yoga
Hula hoop fitness
Kids fitness
Olympic fitness
Our circuit
Our circuit with box fit
Parkour
Pilates
Run fit
Skip fit
Soccercise
Social basketball
Social football
Social volley
Social netball
Social rugby
Tots tennis
Yoga 
Zumba

Locations included:
Abbotts Park, Waltham Forest
Appenine Park, Central Bedfordshire 
Arlesey Recreation Ground, Central Bedfordshire 
Biggleswade, Central Bedfordshire 
Broomfield, Enfield
Bruce Castle, Haringey
Carole young community centre, Hackney
Centenary Park, Harrow
Church Lane Muga, Waltham Forest
Churchfield Gardens, Hillingdon
Clissold Park, Hackney
Concorde Centre, Hackney
Fassnidge Park, Hillingdon
Gladstone Park, Brent
Hanworth Park, Hounslow
Hawksley Estate Community Centre, Hackney
Henry Reynard, Waltham Forest
Highams Recreational Ground, Waltham Forest
Jardine Way Park, Central Bedfordshire 
Jubilee Park, Enfield 
King Edward VII, Brent 
Kingsmeade Community Centre, Hackney
Lampton Park, Hounslow
Lancaster Court, Hammersmith & Fulham 
Langthorne Park, Waltham Forest
Lea View, Hackney
Leyton Jubilee Park, Waltham Forest
Lloyd Park Waltham, Forest
London fields, Hackney
Lordship Park, Haringey
Mabley Green, Hackney
Millfields, Hackney
Milton Gardens Community Centre, Hackney
Nightingale, Hackney
North Park, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 
Nye Bevan, Hackney
Nye Bevan Community Kitchen, Hackney
Ponders end, Enfield
Pymmes Park, Enfield
Queens Park, Brent
Regents Senior Club, Hackney
Rhodes Estate Community Centre, Hackney
Ridgeway, Waltham Forest
Ridgeway Park, Waltham Forest
Roe Green, Brent
Roundwood, Brent
Rowley Gardens, Hackney
Roxeth Park, Harrow
Shoreditch Park, Hackney
South Lawn, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 
Southall Park, Ealing
Spikes Bridge Park, Ealing
Springfield park, Hackney
Stonebridge Park, Brent 
Tithe Farm Park, Central Bedfordshire 
Town Parks, Enfield 
Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets
Victory Park, East Village
Wormholt Park, Hammersmith & Fulham 

Lego logoLego Tour Bus free goodie bagAvailable at Legoland Windsor Thu 3 to Sun 6 Sep

At 6 stores

You can visit the Lego Friends Tour Bus at Legoland Windsor between 9am and 5pm from Thu 3 Sep to Sun 6 Sep. 

Your child can get a free goodie bag, including a small Lego Friends set and Lego Friends magazine, build with Lego’s new Pop Star sets, get glitter tattoos and have their photo taken. Under-16s need to be accompanied by an adult.

If you’re looking to visit the attraction, see our 2for1 theme parks and attractions deals page.

Halfords logoHalfords free bike workshops for kids*Over the summer holidays at 416 UK branches

Limited slots

If you go online to Halfords, you can book your child a place on its free kids' bike workshops*, which cover basic checks and safety tips for 7-11-year-olds. It's available at over 416 of its 468 stores across the UK but slots are very limited, so go quick.

The workshops will take place between 11am and 12pm every Wednesday in July in Northern Ireland and Scotland, and every Wednesday between 11am and 12pm in August in England and Wales.

Group sizes will be between 5-10 children. Halfords told us parents must stay with the youngsters during the workshop and they're encouraged to take part too.

Dobbies logoDobbies free gardening workshops for kidsFirst Sunday of every month at 34 UK branches

Every month

If you call up your local Dobbies Garden Centre (find your nearest store), you can book your child a place on its free workshops for 4-10-year-olds, Little Seedlings, which run on the first Sunday of every month at 34 stores across the UK (excluding only its Bar Hill store).

Workshop times vary per store, so you'll need to ask the store for the relevant times when you call.

Little Seedlings workshops get children planting and learning about nature and wildlife. Each workshop is on a different topic and lasts around 45-60 minutes. Past activities have included planting seeds to take home, colouring in activity sheets and making sweet pea tepees.  

It's told us parents will need to stay with their children during the workshops.

Kids week logoKids go 'free' to West End shows in August*Free child with paying adult. 35+ shows incl Wicked & Billy Elliot

Go quick

MSE Update 5pm, Wed 29 Jul: Kids Week tickets for The Lion King, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Les Misérables, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Pinocchio, The Gingerbread Man and Matilda the Musical have sold out. There are around 90,000 tickets left, but go quick if you have a particular show in mind. See 'more info' below 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 35+ 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 (now sold out)

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 Lucia 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, Dinosaur Zoo, The Gruffalo, The 3 Little Pigs.

All ages 5+

Adventures In Wonderland, Hetty Feather, Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain - Part Three!, I Believe In Unicorns, Let It Be, Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games, Mamma Mia!, 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, 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.

Merlin logo2for1 Legoland, 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 Fruit Winders Doubles, Rice Krispies, Frosties, Crunchy Nut and Squares (£2ish-£3ish at most supermarkets), to get a "Grown-Ups Go Free" voucher for 28 UK Merlin theme parks and attractions.

Kellogg’s says the promotional packs of cereal are being phased out, but we’ve seen plenty of promotional boxes in supermarkets with the vouchers valid until 30 Jun 2016.

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 and into next year (when the parks are open).

This could actually work out better than a 2for1 ticket if you’re an adult going with a child as generally child tickets tend to be cheaper than adult tickets. Based on one child and one adult visiting the attractions during the summer holidays, we've worked out that it's cheaper to use the Kellogg's voucher for every attraction included in this offer apart from Thorpe Park, where it's cheaper to buy tickets online in advance when you factor in the cost of cereal (see full analysis below).

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

Is this the best deal for you?

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. 

There's also a kids go 'free' Birds Eye voucher and a kids go 'free' kids' magazine voucher. A child ticket can cost the same as an adult ticket at some attractions, meaning a free child ticket is effectively the same as a free adult ticket - so if you're more likely to buy Birds Eye frozen food or a kids' mag, it'd be worth checking the ticket prices of the attraction, and opting for one of those vouchers if you'd save the same as with the Kellogg's voucher.

A peak Thorpe Park ticket is £59.99 on the gate and £29.99 in advance online, so using the Kellogg's voucher will cost the same as booking online for two adults (child tickets are not available online). If you then factor in the price of the cereal, you're actually making a £3ish loss using the voucher. However, if you can't book online in advance and have to buy on the day, you should use 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 box with a voucher from last year’s promotion. 

More info

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 it's one voucher per person, per transaction. 

Also check the venue's individual opening dates as some are closed at certain times of the year. Chessington and the Legoland Windsor Resort close on 2 Nov 2015, the Alton Towers Resort and Thorpe Park Resort close on 8 Nov 2015.

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
  • 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

 

Exclusion dates for 2016 will be available at the end of the 2015 season.

Offer can't be used with: 

  • Any other offer or concession
  • Reward or loyalty schemes
  • 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.

Merlin logo2for1 to 13 attractions with £3-£4ish kids magFree child ticket with full-paying adult. Incl Sea Life & Legoland

7 days left

If you purchase a promotional pre-school, pre-teen or teen magazine, including CBeebies, Girl Talk, Match of the Day and Top of the Pops (see ‘more info’ below for all titles included), you can get a ‘Kids go free’ voucher for one of 13 UK theme parks and attractions, valid with a full-priced adult gate ticket.

The magazines are £3-£4ish at major supermarkets and independent retailers and the last promotional magazine will be published on Wed 26 Aug and will be on sale until the first week in September.

Each magazine will include one voucher that can be exchanged for entry on the day to one attraction, including Sea Life, Legoland, Thorpe Park and Ripley’s Believe it or Not (see ‘more info’ for full list of attractions). Check the pre-school schedule and pre-teen and teen schedule to see which vouchers will be in each promotional magazine. The voucher will be advertised on the front of each promotional magazine (see front cover of promotional Match of the Day magazine below).

The end dates will be printed on each voucher and will vary depending on the attraction and magazine. If there are dates excluded, these will also be stated in the terms and conditions on the voucher.

Check online prices first

Since this ‘free’ child ticket is only valid with an adult gate ticket (usually up to £50), it's always worth checking online before you use it. Online tickets can be much cheaper than on the gate, plus there are sometimes online offers.

Kellogg's is currently running a 2for1 promotion on selected cereal boxes and snacks, including Rice Krispies, Frosties, Crunchy Nut and Squares (£2ish-£3ish at most supermarkets until 30 Jun 2016), offering a 'Grown-Ups Go Free' voucher for 28 UK Merlin theme parks and attractions with the purchase of a child's ticket.

We found at some attractions this voucher isn't worth it compared to normal online advance prices, eg, 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 (child tickets are not available online). If you then factor in the price of the magazine, you're actually making a £3-£4ish loss with the voucher.

However, there are other attractions where you can save quite a bit, eg, an adult and child ticket for Legoland Windsor Resort would cost £70.65 online (£36.90 adult ticket plus £33.75 child ticket) compared to £53ish using the voucher at the gate (£49.20 adult ticket plus £3-£4ish magazine).  

More info

All attractions included:

Sea Life, Legoland Windsor Resort, Legoland Discovery Centre, Thorpe Park, The Dungeons, Chessington World of Adventures, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Colchester Zoo, Warwick Castle, Horrible Histories, MCFC, Chelsea Football Club and Newcastle United.

Pre-school magazines included:

BBC Toybox, Bob the Builder, CBeebies Magazine, CBeebies Art, CBeebies Special, In the Night Garden, Mike the Knight, Mister Maker, Octonauts, Peter Rabbit, BBC Something Special, BBC Swashbuckle and The Furchester Hotel.

Pre-teen and teen magazines included:

Dreamworks, Girl Talk, Girl Talk Art, Horrible Histories, Lego Friends, Lego Chima, Lego Ninjago, Match of the Day, Mega, Skylanders and Top of the Pops.

 

RipleyRipley's Believe It or Not! £42 family ticket*Saves £18-£38ish. Book online, arrive after 3pm

London

Believe it or not (see what we did there!), we've blagged MoneySavers off-peak family tickets with fast-track entry to Ripley's interactive attraction in London any day until Mon 31 Aug for £42.

Simply book online at Ripley's Believe It or Not!* at least one day before your visit and print your tickets or show them on your smartphone at the Piccadilly Circus attraction to get entry for two adults and two children, or one adult and three children for £42. A child is classed as aged 4-15 (under-4s go free) and the 700 peculiar exhibits are aimed at all ages.

Ripley’s doesn’t usually offer this type of off-peak ticket. A family ticket normally costs from £59.96 (booked 14+ days in advance) to £79.95 (booked less than 48hrs in advance) online for the whole day, and even if you bought the evening saver tickets after 5pm, it would still cost you from £59.80 (booked 14+ days in advance) to £67.84 (booked 2-13 days in advance) for two adults and two children (as there's no discounted child rate).  So whichever way you look at it, this deal gives a saving of at least £18ish and up to £38ish.

You must arrive after 3pm with this deal but you can stay as long as you like, until it closes at midnight. Last entry is 10.30pm, but Ripley's suggests you'll need about two hours to visit the whole attraction, which includes a mirror maze and laser race.

More info

Can't be used with any other offer.

National Citizen Service logoNational Citizen Service free/£50 teens' activity holidayRegister online for hundreds of places across England & NI

England & NI

The summer break is looming and if you want to get your teenager doing something fun and productive, you can send them on a three-week activity programme (including a two-week trip away) and 30 hours voluntary work in the community. It’s £50 or less, or even free for some.

It's part of the National Citizen Service programme backed by the Government and participants will get a certificate signed by the Prime Minister at a graduation ceremony.

You need to live in England or Northern Ireland and your child must be aged 16 or 17 at the time of the trip. It doesn't matter if your children are at school or not. If a teenager's been on a programme before, they unfortunately can't go again.

There are hundreds of places available and the programmes will take place during the dates of your local area's summer break until Mon 17 Aug. NCS has told us that due to the programme’s popularity, most areas are nearing capacity but spaces are still available. You must book in advance. All food, transport, activities and accommodation is included. 

What's involved?

  • Week 1: The first week is spent at an outward bound facility, participating in outdoor activities such as abseiling, water rafting and canoeing.
  • Week 2: The second week teens continue to live away from home, typically at local university halls of residence. There, they’ll learn to be self-sufficient, cook for themselves and their team, they’ll manage a budget and develop invaluable skills including presentation, teamwork and leadership, whilst also finding out more about the needs of their local community 
  • Phase 3: Based back at home, in the third and final phase, teens will then continue to work together, organising a community project of their choice to help make a real and lasting difference to the lives of others. 

How to apply

Enter your details on the National Citizen Service registration page (parents or teenagers can fill it out) and it will contact you to explain more. Register as soon as possible - once the places are gone, they're gone.

Can't afford it?
If you have a low income or are receiving certain benefits, you may be able to get it for less or even free with a bursary - you can find out more once registered.

MSE Rhiannon says:

Here's some feedback from previous programmes:

"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity, which your child will enjoy every moment of" - Farnoosh
"Teenagers need opportunities to shine, and that’s exactly what NCS gave my daughter" - Sharon
"The change has been wonderful; it’s something that a parent only hopes to witness, their child growing into a better person." - Dawn

Add your feedback on the camps on the National Citizen Service thread.

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.

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

School holidays
The summer holidays might be drawing to a close, but if the kids love footie and fancy brushing up on their skills, FA Skills football coaching sessions are still going. The programme 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.

London Zoo logoLondon Zoo up to 10% off online*Book online to get discounted entry

Book ahead

If you book tickets online at London Zoo*, you can get up to 10% off the gate price.

Adult tickets are £22.50 online without a donation (£24.30 at the gate) and child tickets are £16.65 (£17.10 at the gate).

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.

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.

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.

Tennis For Free logoFREE tennis coachingFind your nearest session

UK-wide

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

Megabus logoMegabus £2.50 advance returns*Incl coach, train & combo of both. Ongoing offer. Limited avail

Book well ahead

If you go online to Megabus*, if you get lucky, you can book rail and coach travel across the UK and Europe from £1 each way (plus 50p booking fee, so from £2.50 return).

It offers cheap tickets on coaches (Megabus), trains (Megatrain) and a combination of the two (Megaplusbus).

These £1 fares sell out quickly, so try to book months in advance where possible, be flexible with your dates and be prepared to travel at unsociable hours. Even if you miss out on £1 deals, we found many £10 and under singles which aren't bad. See the Megabus route map.

Example £1 each way fares

When we checked on Mon 3 Aug, £1 single tickets were available on routes in September from:

Megabus:

  • Birmingham to Bristol
  • Newcastle to Edinburgh
  • London to Loughborough

  • Megabusplus (bus and train split journey):

  • London to Hull via East Midlands Parkway (where you change to the bus)
  • London to Bradford via East Midlands Parkway (where you change to the bus)

  • London to York via East Midlands Parkway (where you change to the bus)

  • How to book them

    The sub-£10 deals, if available, should appear as normal. Simply choose where you're travelling from and to and select "all" under "travelling by" to show results for both bus and train.

    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.

    Cinema

    Cineworld logo'Free' cinema ticket when you buy £1.60 of Tic TacsLook out for special 'Happy Rewards' packs of sweets

    31 days left

    You can get a 'free' cinema ticket for any 2D film at any Cineworld when you buy promotional Tic Tacs before Wed 30 Sep. Do note, you won’t be able to instantly claim the tickets. 

    What Tic Tacs should I buy to claim the ‘free’ tickets?

    • You need to buy four small 18g boxes (see image, below) or two large 48g promo boxes.
    • Then enter the codes found on the pack online to get the 'free' ticket, just make sure they have the Happy Rewards promotion on them. It's one 'free' Cineworld ticket per over 16 (find your nearest).
    • The flavours with promotional branding include: fresh mint, strawberry fields, apple burst, spearmint twist, cherry passion and lime and orange.

    Where can I buy the Happy Rewards Tic Tacs?

    • You can get the promotional boxes at most major supermarkets,
    • Asda has a three for £1 offer on 18g Tic Tacs running until at least the end of the year - you'll have to buy a fourth (60p each) to get a free ticket for £1.60.
    • Tesco is running a similar offer of three for £1.20 until Sat 3 Oct, so with the fourth box at 60p you’ll pay £1.80 per ticket - a great saving as cinema tickets can cost up to £10.

    How do I get the 'free' ticket?

    1. Find the pack codes behind the label and register them online at Happy Rewards to get your reward points. You can only enter one code per person, per day, so this deal isn’t instant.
    2. Once you've four points (one per small box, two for a large), click 'claim' a free cinema ticket. A Cineworld eCode will appear immediately.
    3. Show the eCode within three months at the box office or you can book online (there's a 50p fee).

     

    How good is this deal?

    Even if you're unable to buy the promotional packs for £1.60ish, they’re normally about 60p each which means each ticket will cost you £2.40 - still a decent saving on the cost of an adult ticket, which is normally up to £10. Just remember you can only enter one pack code per day on the website, so you will need to plan in advance of your cinema visit as this will take 2-4 days.

    If you're planning to go with friends or family, they'll each need their own account and promotional boxes of Tic Tac sweets to redeem the offer. If your kids are under 16 they won't be able to register or collect codes, so check out our family friendly cheap cinema deals instead to see if there's a deal for your little ones, too.

    More info

    Not valid for 4DX, D-Box, IMAX, Super screen or Alternative Content, special Unlimited screenings, VIP/premium seating or redemption via telephone booking. eCode is valid for three months from date of issue and can't be used with any other offer.

    If you want to upgrade to see a 3D film, it's £2.20 per adult and £1.60 per child extra.

    Odeon logo£20 for 5 Odeon cinema tickets (or £10 for 2)*Via daily deals site. Multiple visits allowed. Norm up to £15 each

    Ends 15 Oct

    You can get five Odeon cinema tickets for £20, or two for £10, online at daily deals site Groupon*. Better still, you don't have to use them in one go and they can be used by different people (great for families), until they expire on Thu 15 Oct. 

    Just purchase the deal, copy the link from the deal into your browser, press enter and the five codes will appear. These codes can then be exchanged for a ticket at the cinema box office on the day of the film (they can't be used for advance or online bookings, so it's worth calling ahead to check availability). You can either print them or show them on your smartphone.

    What's excluded?

    The codes can't be used for screenings of The Martian, but they're valid for all other 2D and 3D showings.

    They're valid at all Odeon cinemas except these London branches: Leicester Square, The Lounge at Whiteleys and BFI IMAX (the offer also excludes any other IMAX screenings). 

    Before you buy, is it worth it? 

    A full-price adult ticket can cost £2.50-£14.75 depending on location. As this offer gets tickets for £4-£5, depending on which deal you choose, it's only worth getting if you usually pay more. Before buying, check prices at your local cinema.

    For example, at London's Swiss Cottage branch, you could save more than £10 for an adult ticket as they're usually £14.75 for a 3D film. However, if you're visiting the Odeon in Dorchester, you wouldn't necessarily make a saving at all - adult tickets there start at just £2.50.

    Unfortunately these tickets aren'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 works out cheaper for you - if your local Odeon sells tickets for less than £8, you may be able to get a cheaper deal with Meerkat Movies on those days.

    More info

    It can't be used with any other offer or discount voucher (including Tesco, Times Plus, O2 Priority Moments, The Sun Perks, Movies in the Morning), or with Odeon points.

    The tickets must be for personal use only - so the vouchers can't be used on school bookings, corporate or private hire, or third-party bulk ticket bookings. 

    The offer includes Newbies screenings and club seats, but excludes premier seats, D-Box seats, Gallery performances, The Lounge performances, IMAX, BFI IMAX, iSense, family tickets, Odeon Silver Cinema, Odeon Kids, Odeon Plus, premieres, special events or events not open to the public.

    Also excludes these extras:

    • 3D glasses
    • Gift cards and vouchers
    • Odeon Premiere Club cards
    • Food & drink
    • Merchandise

    Sweet Sundays logo'Free' Sunday cinema ticket when you buy £4 of sweetsLook out for special packs of Revels, M&M's, Maltesers & more

    Sundays

    MSE Update Fri 7 Aug, 3.30pm: Some users have got in touch to say the codes aren't working online at Cineworld. Cineworld says the issue should be fixed soon, but if you have any problems you can contact customer services on 0333 003 3444 or email customer.services@cineworld.co.uk

    You can get a 'free' cinema ticket on Sundays at participating cinemas (including Cineworld and some independent cinemas, but excluding Odeon and Vue - see the full list), when you buy promotional chocolate pouches before 14 Oct 2015.

    The bags include M&M's, Maltesers, Minstrels, Galaxy Counters and Revels (see the full list). You need to buy four small pouches or two large pouches to get the 'free' ticket. Make sure they have the Sweet Sundays promotion on them.

    Where can I buy the Sweet Sundays pouches?

    You can buy the promotional chocolate pouches at most major supermarkets, but to make the most of this deal, it's best to buy them when they're on offer, or at the lowest price available. The cheapest we've found the large pouches is £1.80 at Asda (next cheapest is £2.50 at Sainsbury's). The smaller pouches are on offer for £1 (norm £2.09) at Asda until Fri 17 Jul.

    So if you can find the promotional packs in your local Asda, you'd effectively be buying your cinema snacks for £3.60-£4 and getting your ticket, which can cost up to £10, for 'free'.

    How do I get the 'free' ticket?

    1. Make sure you have enough promo packs of sweets (see the picture on the right for what to look out for).
    2. Find the codes at the bottom of the bags.
    3. Register online at Sweet Sundays and enter the codes.
    4. Find your nearest participating cinema (incl Cineworld, Showcase and Reel Cinemas. See the full list).
    5. Cineworld cinemas will send vouchers by email. All other cinemas will be sent by post, which can take up to two weeks. 
    6. The vouchers can be used on 2D films at participating cinemas, every Sunday until 1 Nov 2015.

     

    How good is this deal?

    If you're able to buy the promotional packs for £4ish you could make a decent saving with this deal, depending on ticket prices at your local cinema. Buying four small pouches would cost you £8ish at full-price, so it's only worth doing if your tickets normally cost more (unless you were planning to buy the chocolate anyway).

    More info

    Valid on 2D screenings on Sundays only. Max two free cinema tickets per person. Tickets must be used by 1 Nov 2015. 13+ only. Excludes premieres, 3D films, previews and premium seats. Can't be used with any other offer.

    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

    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 (until Tue 11 Aug)

    You can get two Vue cinema tickets for 1,000 points 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 online in advance via the website or app.

    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.

    More info

    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.

    More info

    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

    Lastminute.com logoLastminute.com theatre tix sale, eg, £15 Thriller*Incl 32 West End shows. Limited availability, go quick

    Go quick!

    If you go online to Lastminute.com*, you can book discounted theatre tickets until 10am on Tue 1 Sep for 32 West End shows including Thriller - Live, War Horse and The Gruffalo (see 'more info' for the full list of shows). We found the majority of tickets have 40% off or more.

    Lastminute only has a limited allocation of discounted tickets per show (some can be booked for dates up untill December), so they may get snapped up quickly. Some of the discounted tickets are for more expensive seats, for example, the only discounted tickets for Let it Be cost £45 for premium seats (norm up to £105), which are a lot more than the cheapest seats, normally £17.

    Some of the discounted tickets we found on Tue 18 Aug include:

    If you select your show via the link above and click 'check availability', you can see all the available tickets including those with discounted prices. Performances with discounted tickets are marked with a purple triangle in the top right corner. The cheapest tickets are usually for Mon-Fri performances and weekend matinees. 

    If you're looking to book tickets for adults and children for a date before Tue 1 Sep, it works out cheaper to book via Kids Week, where you can get a 'free' child's ticket to 35+ West End shows with a full paying adult.

    More info

    All shows included:

    Jersey Boys
    Memphis
    War Horse
    Sunny Afternoon
    The Play That Goes Wrong
    The Commitments
    Thriller - Live
    Let It Be
    The Mentalists
    Impossible
    The Woman In Black
    Dear Lupin
    The Railway Children
    The Gruffalo
    The Importance of Being Earnest
    Oresteia - Trafalgar Studios 
    Stomp
    Shaolin
    Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain Part Three
    The 3 Little Pigs
    Macbeth in Cantonese
    The Oresteia -Shakespeare's Globe
    Blood Brothers
    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
    The Glenn Miller Story
    Jesus Christ Superstar
    I Believe In Unicorns
    Hairspray
    Briefs
    Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
    Bend It Like Beckham
    Lord of the Dance

    Kids week logoKids go 'free' to West End shows in August*Free child with paying adult. 35+ shows incl Wicked & Billy Elliot

    Go quick

    MSE Update 5pm, Wed 29 Jul: Kids Week tickets for The Lion King, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Les Misérables, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Pinocchio, The Gingerbread Man and Matilda the Musical have sold out. There are around 90,000 tickets left, but go quick if you have a particular show in mind. See 'more info' below 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 35+ 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 (now sold out)

    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 Lucia 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, Dinosaur Zoo, The Gruffalo, The 3 Little Pigs.

    All ages 5+

    Adventures In Wonderland, Hetty Feather, Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain - Part Three!, I Believe In Unicorns, Let It Be, Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games, Mamma Mia!, 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, 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.
    More info
    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

    If you register and print a voucher from Days Out Guide then buy a National Rail ticket from a train station you can get 2for1 entry to over 150 top UK attractions, including SeaLife Centres, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures, Alton Towers and Legoland Windsor when you present both at the attraction. 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 for a single or day return ticket, or within the days of travel for a return ticket. 

    What if I live near the attraction/am travelling by other means?

    It's worth doing this even if you are not travelling by train as a cheap single ticket can be 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. See the full T&Cs including which tickets are valid.

    MSE Rhiannon says:

    Electronic ticket barriers can sometimes retain your ticket (especially if it's a single), so to make sure you don't lose your proof of travel, ask a member of the station staff at a manned gate 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.

    You can get an online adult ticket for £5.95 (£6.95 on the gate) and an online child ticket for £3.95 (£4.95 at the gate).

    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 £8.95 to £9.95 for an adult ticket, with a family ticket for four ranging from £24.95 to £26.95.

    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 £20 online (£26 at the gate), and a peak child ticket for £16.36 (£22 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 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 the size of your party and how far in advance you book.

    Online prices range from £20 to £25 for an adult ticket (£36 at the gate), £15 to £20 for a child ticket (£27 at the gate), and £65 to £80 for a family of four ticket (£108 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 (£14 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.

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

    Advance tickets
    Students who have an NUS 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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    Section 75

    Free protection for all shopping!

    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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