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Register online at The Northern Homebuilding & Renovating and Home Improvement Show* and get a pair of free tickets for entry on Fri 7, Sat 8 or Sun 9 Nov at Harrogate International Centre in Yorkshire.
Two tickets usually cost £17.50 in advance, including a £1.50 booking fee (or £24 on the door). The offer's available until 1,000 pairs go or until 11:59pm on Wed 29 Oct, whichever's sooner. You can opt for one ticket instead of a pair.
The show includes more than 250 suppliers exhibiting and free seminars led by experts within the industry on topics such as design, self-builds, extensions, energy efficiency, budgets and legal issues.
Your ticket will get you entry on one of the three dates. Max two tickets per household. Tickets will be emailed to the person that registers and you must print each ticket out.
The show's open Fri-Sat 10am-5pm and Sun 10am-4.30pm. Up to four children aged 16 or under can go free per adult.
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'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.
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.
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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