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We’ve 5,000 pairs of free tickets to the Manchester: Ideal Home Show at Christmas on Fri 14 - Sun 16 Nov at EventCity and 10,000 pairs for the London: Ideal Home Show at Christmas on Wed 19 - Sun 23 Nov at Earl's Court.
How do I get them?
As the MSE weekly email goes to over nine million people, we've arranged to set the code live at 2pm on Thu 2 Oct to give everyone a fair chance.
The code will go live here at 2pm on Thu 2 Oct - come back to this page then. You must get the code AND BOOK by 11:59pm on Fri 3 Oct. Max two tickets per household. Two adult tickets usually cost around £26 in advance including a booking fee or £30-£33 on-the-door (depending on location). There are no booking fees on the freebies and you don't need to enter any payment card info. If you’re asked to add any card details, go back and re-enter the code – these tickets are totally free. Tickets will be emailed within five days and you’ll need to print them before you go. One child aged 15 and under can go free per adult - their tickets can be booked online or collected from the box office on the day. There are 15,000 pairs in total: 5,000 in Manchester and 10,000 in London. Here's the breakdown of how many pairs of tickets are available per day: Manchester London The festive themed shows have hundreds of exhibitors and will include furniture, gifts, decor, gadgets, food and drink, home improvements, fashion and beauty. There are also celebrities including a designer and chef, plus industry experts and demonstrations.
Be quick, but on past experience there should still be a few left by early evening Thu.
Fri 14 Nov: 3,000 pairs
Sat 15 Nov: 1,000 pairs
Sun 16 Nov: 1,000 pairs
Wed 19 Nov: 3,000 pairs
Thu 20 Nov (late night opening till 9pm): 3,000 pairs. Martin will be there on this day, filming for his ITV1 show – including filming a ‘cashmob’ and doing a Q&A at the Christmas Theatre at 3.30pm.
Fri 21 Nov: 2,000 pairs
Sat 22 Nov: 1,000 pairs
Sun 23 Nov: 1,000 pairs
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You must get the code AND BOOK by 11:59pm on Fri 3 Oct. Max two tickets per household. Two adult tickets usually cost around £26 in advance including a booking fee or £30-£33 on-the-door (depending on location).
There are no booking fees on the freebies and you don't need to enter any payment card info. If you’re asked to add any card details, go back and re-enter the code – these tickets are totally free. Tickets will be emailed within five days and you’ll need to print them before you go.
One child aged 15 and under can go free per adult - their tickets can be booked online or collected from the box office on the day. There are 15,000 pairs in total: 5,000 in Manchester and 10,000 in London. Here's the breakdown of how many pairs of tickets are available per day:
The festive themed shows have hundreds of exhibitors and will include furniture, gifts, decor, gadgets, food and drink, home improvements, fashion and beauty. There are also celebrities including a designer and chef, plus industry experts and demonstrations.
You need to enter the code first before you pick the date. If all the tickets for a particular date have gone, it'll be clearly marked online.
Valid for entry on the date you select only and you can't change your booking. The Manchester and London shows are open 10am-6pm every day (apart from Thu in London it's open till 9pm).
Valid for entry only - show guides and magazines will be charged on top. There'll be a skating rink too at the London event - if you want to give it a go, it'll cost extra (adults £5, kids £3.50).
To stop your teenager from saying ''I'm bored!'' this Oct half-term, why not send them on a one week course (including a three-night activity 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.
You need to live in England or Northern Ireland and your kid must be aged 16 (and turned this age before 31 Aug this year) or 17 at the time of the trip. It doesn't matter if your kids are at school or not. If a teenager's been on a course 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 Oct half-term week. All food, transport, activities and accommodation are included. They'll also get a certificate signed by the Prime Minister at a graduation ceremony. The course includes:
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.
Here's some feedback:
"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.
If you missed out on the free Grand Designs Live* tickets we featured earlier this month, we've a code to get 2for1 tickets to the home improvement exhibition, which is running between Thu 9 Oct to Sun 12 Oct at the NEC Birmingham.
The 2for1 is based on the advance rate (£15 per ticket) and there’s an unavoidable £1.70 booking fee, so you could get two tickets for £16.70 for either Saturday or Sunday. Better yet, you can also get 60% off weekday tickets, which gets you two tickets for £13.70. Children aged 15 and under go free, but the limit’s two per paying adult - their tickets can be booked online or collected from the box office on the day.
How to get your tickets
Click on the 'book now' tab online at Grand Designs*, then enter the code GDL241AR before you pick any one date. You can also book over the phone by calling 0844 854 1348 (but it will cost you 6p per minute plus network charges); either way, you must book by 11:59pm on Fri 3 Oct.
Tickets can be printed or you can have them posted to you for free.
Excludes concession tickets. Tickets are only valid on the day you choose when booking. They must be bought as pairs and there's a max of 5 pairs per person.
Grand Designs Live is a home improvement show featuring over 500 exhibitors giving tips and advice for interior design, gardening, renovations, technology and shopping.
If you're interested in 'free-from' food and drink, keep your dairy… ahem, diary free. Register your details for the show at the BT Convention Centre, Liverpool via this special Allergy & Free From Show link, then print your free ticket or show it on your smart phone (usually £5 in advance, £7.50 on-the-door).
The ticket will be valid for either date - Sat 25 Oct (10am - 5pm) or Sun 26 Oct (10am - 4pm). You can apply for free tickets up to the last day, Sun 26 Oct - so you can visit on the same day you register.
One free ticket per person, per day. If you want to go on more than one day, then you'll need to print out more tickets. Under-16s go free anyway so don't need a ticket, though there must be one adult there for every two present.
Go via this A Place in the Sun Live* link to get free entry to the NEC Birmingham show (usually £10 per adult) between Fri 3-Sun 5 Oct. If you haven't heard of it before, it’s an overseas property exhibition based on the TV show, with industry experts and properties for sale.
It's on 10am-5pm and one ticket's valid for all three dates, so just turn up on the days you want to visit. There's 10,000 tickets up for grabs and they're available till the last day of the event (Sun 5 Oct), or before if they all go. You can register for as many as you like. Kids 16 and under go free.
Tickets must be printed - If you don't have access to a printer you can get them delivered by contacting A Place in the Sun via email: firstname.lastname@example.org, but you must do this by Tue 30 Sep.
You don't need to enter any credit or debit card details. Parking is £10 per day.
We've asked Chester Zoo how long this offer is available but it hasn't got back to us yet.
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.
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 0845 600 5428 and quote the store, class and your B&Q membership number and it's free.
The classes take place at 59 B&Q stores and there's no limit to the number you can book.
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:
For a full list of ways to maximise Clubcard points, check out the Loyalty Schemes guide.
Get two cinema tickets for £10 or five for £20 at Odeon online at Groupon*. Better still you don't have to use the tickets in one go. It's valid at almost every UK cinema, though there are some film exceptions.
The savings can be large at some cinemas, but if you want to pay upfront there's a re-usable 40% off Odeon voucher instead - see the offer below this one for info on this.
When can I get it until? The offer ends at 11:59pm on Sat 4 Oct, or earlier if the vouchers sell out. We got in touch with Groupon on Tue 30 Sep and it said 150,000+ two-ticket vouchers were left (originally 200,000) and 50,000+ five-ticket vouchers were left (originally 100,000).
How long do I have to use them? It expires on Fri 19 Dec and the tickets can be used on one or multiple visits.
What do I get? The offer's valid on standard tickets and seating for 2D and 3D films - see 'more info' for some other exclusions. The tickets aren't valid for online or advance bookings, you'll have to go to the cinema box office on the day of the film to use your tickets.
Where can it be used? It's valid at all 100+ UK cinemas, apart from London's Leicester Square, The Lounge at Whiteleys and BFI IMAX. Plus it excludes any other IMAX screenings.
Are any films excluded? Yes, showings before Fri 21 Nov for Interstellar, before Fri 5 Dec for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and all showings for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
How do you get it? Go via the Groupon* link and purchase the voucher. You'll then need to redeem the code that appears on your Groupon voucher on this page to receive your Odeon voucher codes by email to print off.
Before you buy, is worth it for you?
A full-price box office ticket (50p cheaper than the online price) can cost £4-£16 depending on location and whether it’s for an adult or child. As you can see, this offer is only worth it if you usually pay more than £4-5 for a ticket.
So, before buying this deal, check your local cinema. Certainly in London's West End branch you can save up to £22 for two adult tickets as it’s £16 each (saving you 68%) or if you go for the five-ticket option it saves up to £60 (saving you 75%).
Seats are subject to availability. The deal can't be used with any other offer or discount (including Orange Wednesday, Tesco, Times, The Sun Perks, Movies in the Morning and Odeon Premier Club Film Fan Monday), voucher or with Odeon points.
The offer includes Newbies screenings, but excludes premier seats, D-Box seats, gallery performances, The Lounge performances, IMAX, BFI IMAX, iSense, family tickets, Odeon Senior Screen, Odeon Kid’s, Odeon Plus, premieres, special events and events which are not usually open to the public.
Also excludes these extras:
The tickets must be for personal use only - so the tickets can't be used on school bookings, corporate or private hire, or third party bulk ticket bookings.
You can get a 'free' cinema ticket valid on Sundays at participating cinemas - which include Cineworld - when you buy four big bags of promotional chocolates before 19 Nov 2014. The share bags include Galaxy Counters, Revels, M&Ms, Maltesers, Minstrels, Twix, Mars Mix, Galaxy Bites and Magic Stars. They must have the Sweet Sundays promotion on them.
Better still, the promotional bags are usually £2 but are on sale for £1 at Tesco, so you're effectively buying your cinema snacks, and getting your ticket, which can cost up to £10, for 'free'.
Once you have all four promo packs of sweets, follow these steps:
As I like to go the extra mile at work, I went in our local Tesco pick up a bag (or four) of chocolates to try this out. Be warned, the bags were mixed in with non-promotional packs - so really keep an eye out.
It's also useful to know you can get two tickets per Sweet Sundays account, so unless you're going to the movies solo it's probably worth picking up eight packs so two of you can go - although after eight bags of sweets, you'd probably feel too sick to enjoy the film.
Broadband customers can get the offer too - see the links above for more info.
Tips and tricks to get the most out of the code
Are you on a different network?
Order online and save 10% at Cineworld cinemas
You can book online with the code at Cineworld cinemas, saving an extra 10% on the ticket you pay for. You can only book on the Wednesday you want to go though. All you need to do is enter the code online in the special field added to the booking page every Wednesday.
The booking process will require you to set up a myCineworld account - it's free, but means you will be sent offers and info (so opt out if you wish). See the Cineworld site for full details.
Have you got a Cineworld Unlimited card?
If you have a Cineworld Unlimited card (pay from £16.40 a month for unlimited films) you can get a pal in free each time you go on a Wednesday. Simply show your code and the card. Check out our tips & tricks guide for full details.
Make a night of it and use the same code to get 2for1 mains and dough balls at most PizzaExpress restaurants. Although it runs deals regularly, this is usually the best deal out there.
Valid for standard tickets only. You may be able to pay a supplement for the following but check with your local cinema: premium seating, 3D screenings, Imax, VIP seats, premium seats, Gold Class, Extreme Screen and other premium offers.
It excludes premieres and private screenings. You can’t use the code on advance bookings. Code can only be used once per week, and can’t be used with any other offer. The 2for1 is only valid if both people are watching the same film.
T-Mobile customers can't get this offer.
At almost every Cineworld, you can get its Take 2 Offer, which means you and a friend can see popular films with the full cinematic experience for £11 all-in, including two drinks and popcorn.
Book online through mycineworld.com and join its free members club to get the deal for £11. Otherwise, you'll have to pay £12.10 if booking in a cinema (or online without joining its free members club).
These tickets go quick, so it's best to book in advance.
With tickets usually £8-£10, two small drinks £3 each and a regular popcorn to share for £6.50, you could save up to £10.50.
The only downside is you can't pick which film to watch. And you must go on a Thursday. Here's what's coming up.
Keep your nippers (and yourself) amused on weekend and school holiday mornings with Movies For Juniors kids’ films at Cineworld. It’s £1.35 per showing, per person (if booked online with a myCineworld account, or £1.50 if bought at 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 though - £2.70 per person (if booked online with myCineworld, or £3 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.
It’s available on selected films only and will vary per cinema. See website for current listings.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Before spending, use Martin's Mantras. If you answer 'NO' to any, Don't buy!
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