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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.

National Citizen Service logoNational Citizen Service £50 teens' Easter activity weekRegister online for hundreds of places across England

England

The Easter break is looming and if you want to get your teenager doing something fun and productive, you can send them on a one-week activity programme (including a three-night 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 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 Easter break. The National Citizen Service says there's still availability in all areas but as we are so near to Easter, these may fill up quickly. You must book in advance. All food, transport, activities and accommodation is included. 

What’s planned for the week?

  • Days 1-4 (three days, three nights residential): Teens will stay at an outdoor activity centre and take part in activities such as hiking, kayaking and rock climbing. This part of the programme focuses on team building and communication skills. 
  • Days 5-7 (at home): Teens will take part in team workshops to learn life skills, such as first aid and financial management.
  • After 7-day course: An extra 30 hours will be spent during evenings and weekends after the course designing and delivering a social plan to make a positive change to the local community. Once complete they will graduate from the programme. 

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 Anna 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.

Grand Designs Live logo10,000 FREE Grand Designs Live London show tix*Code gets up to two adult tickets. Norm £14-£17. Kids go free

London

MSE Update 2.45pm, Thu 26 Mar: Apologies for the delay in releasing the code, we've had some issues but it's now live. 

If you're thinking of designing your own home or just love the TV show, we've 10,000 free tickets for Grand Designs Live* at the Excel London to give away.

There are 9,500 weekday tickets available – which give you access on one day only between Tue 5 May and Fri 8 May - and 500 weekend tickets available for either Sat 9 or Sun 10 May. 

How to get tickets:

Enter the code GDLTIX15 online at Grand Designs Live*

You must book by 11.59pm on Mon 6 Apr, or before they're all snapped up. Tickets normally cost £17-£20 on the door, or £13.70-£16.70 including the booking fee in advance.

There's a limit of two tickets per person and four per household. The usual £1.70 booking fee has been waived, so you won't have to enter any bank details. If at any point you're asked to add card details, go back and insert the code again - these are completely free tickets.

Your tickets will be emailed for you to print at home. Kids aged 15 or under get in free when accompanied by an adult. You'll need to collect child tickets at the box office on the day of your visit.

More info

One-day standard entry tickets only. It's on 10am-6pm each day apart from Sun 10 May when is finishes at 5pm. 

The show actually begins on Sat 2 May in London but these free tickets are only available between Tue 5 May and Sun 10 May.

About Grand Designs Live

Based on the Channel 4 TV show, the event has industry experts and 500+ exhibitors across seven sections: Interiors, Technology, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Gardens, Village and Build. 

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

Book ahead

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

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

National Trust logoNational Trust 1-yr family pass £78 (norm £104)*Free entry at 300+ sites for two adults & kids. Incl Churchill's house

2 days left

Castle Wray, National TrustFor a year's worth of cheap days out, you can get 25% off National Trust* annual memberships until Tue 31 Mar when you pay the full amount upfront by direct debit (which you can cancel, see below).

When you go via our links, the discounted price should appear on screen automatically - if not, simply enter the code NT15018M0 before you pay.

Your membership options:

What does it get you?

Free entry and parking at more than 300 historic houses, gardens and nature reserves across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, plus free admission to properties of the National Trust for Scotland. You also get a pair of binoculars, a members' handbook and three editions of the charity's magazine.

Places you can visit for free with membership include Winston Churchill's family home (Chartwell, Kent), Beatrix Potter's 17th-century farmhouse (Hill Top, Cumbria), Agatha Christie's holiday home (Greenway, Devon) and George Bernard Shaw's writing shed (Shaw's Corner, Hertfordshire).

You may sometimes have to pay for parking or entry to specific areas and special events at certain times of the year (eg, Easter egg hunts), so always check in advance.

Is it worth it?

Even with the discount, National Trust membership is only good value if you're going to get your money's worth by visiting lots of stately homes and gardens. For example, for a family to visit Basildon Park house and grounds in Reading (a Downton Abbey filming location) would cost £30+ without membership.

If you live near a National Trust property you visit often, or you regularly travel around to see historic homes and gardens, a membership will normally pay for itself after three or four separate days out. 

One extra thing to weigh up is that you have to pay for 12 months upfront to get the discount.

Important: The discounted annual price is an introductory rate for the first year of membership, so once the money's taken from your account you can cancel the direct debit if you want to avoid automatically being charged for a full-price membership next year.

More info

When signing up, you'll be asked to give the names and dates of birth for each person you want to be covered by the membership, so it can't be shared between more than one family.

National Trust says it cannot guarantee completely free entry at all of its properties all of the time. Some may charge for entry to specific areas or special events at certain times of year.

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

28 attractions

Look for promotional packs of Kellogg's cereal and snacks, including Rice Krispies, Frosties, Crunchy Nut and Squares (£2ish-£3ish at most supermarkets until 30 Jun 2015), to get a "Grown-Ups Go Free" voucher for 28 UK Merlin theme parks and attractions. Effectively this is a 2for1, as you must buy a full-price child or adult ticket to get the free adult entry. It's 'grrreat!' as you can get it now and go any time over the summer.

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

The vouchers can be exchanged for entry on the day at 28 Merlin attractions, such as Alton Towers, Legoland, Thorpe Park, Sea Life centres and sanctuaries and Madame Tussauds, until 30 Jun 2016. It also includes the London Eye, but only until 3 Apr 2015. Some dates are excluded at attractions, see 'more info' below.

Check online prices first

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

We couldn’t find any current offers when we looked, but a standard adult off-peak Thorpe Park ticket is £49.99 on the gate but costs £24.99 in advance online – so using the voucher will cost the same as booking online for two adults. 

On the other hand, an adult gate ticket at Alton Towers is £50.40 but £37.80 seven days in advance online, so the voucher saves  £25.20 for two adults. 

Also make sure there are no other deals on, as attractions have offers all year round. The Sun currently has an offer to collect codes in its newspaper to get a pair of 'free' Alton Towers tickets. Although this is the cheapest way to get them, it’s quite a bit of hassle and the valid dates aren't as flexible as this 2for1 deal. All info on our Alton Towers page. 

Important Make sure the expiry on the voucher matches 30 Jun 2016 at all attractions apart from London Eye, until 3 Apr 2015. This deal runs annually so there is a chance you could get a cereal with a voucher from last year’s promotion. 

More info

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

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

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

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

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


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

Offer can't be used with: 

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


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

Merlin logo2x 'free' Alton Towers tix (RRP £100) with £5ish spendCollect 10 codes from paper - bit of hassle, but BIG saving

From Sat 14

Collect 10 unique 'Paper Perks' codes printed on the back of The Sun newspaper (40p weekdays, or 60p on Sat and 80p Sun – excludes Northern Ireland) every day until Tue 31 Mar to get two 'free' adult tickets to Alton Towers. 

How do you get them?

  • You need to enter your 'Paper Perks' codes online by Tue 14 Apr, but your first code must be entered by Sun 22 Mar. You'll need to sign up to 'Sun Perks' (loyalty club) via the same link if you’re not already a member. 
  • The first code gets you five bonus codes and once you’ve reached 15 in total, click on the offer via your 'Sun Perks' account to book your tickets online. First chance to book is Mon 23 Mar. 

The Sun has 185,000 pairs in total to give away (spread across valid dates from Mar-Nov), but it's first come, first served, so you'll need apply as soon as you get to the 15th code (10 codes + five bonus codes). The Sun say the number of tickets available per date vary so you'll need to get in fast to get what you want. 

It will cost you £1.50 postage for your tickets to be sent out, so a total minimum spend of £5.50. As adult tickets at Alton Towers are £50.40 on the gate, this could save you £95.30, although you can get tickets for much cheaper than the full cost by using a voucher or booking in advance. 

Apply by post with tokens if you can't online

You can get this same deal but by collecting tokens inside the paper and applying by post. However this way you can't choose an exact date for your tickets. You'll have to choose five date bands from a list of nine on your application and you'll be given your one-day tickets on a specific date within one of these bands (subject to availability) -  see 'more info' below for the full details.

Sun+ members can get it without collecting

If you're a paid-up Sun+ website user (costs £7.99 a month), login to your account to claim your tickets online without having to collect tokens by Tue 14 Apr.

If you're on its free one-month trial, you can apply this way but you will not receive your tickets until your trial month ends and you've paid the second month. You will be charged £1.50 postage.

More info

You'll receive your tickets within 28 days - although tickets for band A dates will be sent out as a priority (see below). The offer does not appear in editions published in Northern Ireland.

Watch out, as if you send multiple applications from the same household they’ll all be void! Additional visitors must pay full price and the tokens can't be used with any other offer.

Subject to availability. If your tickets or application get lost in the post, The Sun and Alton Towers are not liable.

Postal application 

To apply this way you need to collect 10 differently-numbered tokens printed in the editorial space of the paper (not the 'Papar Perks' codes).

To get the application form you must buy the paper on Wed 18 Mar or it will be downloadable online for you to print out. The Sun couldn't tell us an exact date this application form link will go live, but it should be the same Wed  - we'll post it here once we have it. The last date you can start collecting the tokens is Sun 22 Mar.

Once your application form is complete, send it in with your tokens and a first class stamped addressed envelope (15cm x 8cm) by Tue 14 April to the address given on the form.

This way is ever so slightly cheaper compared to the online way, as your total spend is £5.24 if you get 40p papers and use two first-class stamps for £1.24. 

You must write five of these nine available date bands in order of preference on the bottom right-hand corner on the front of the envelope you send your application in (not your stamped-addressed envelope) when you apply. The dates bands are:

A

30/03/2015

18/04/2015

B

19/04/2015

15/05/2015

C

16/05/2015

14/06/2015

D

15/06/2015

12/07/2015

E

13/07/2015

09/08/2015

F

10/08/2015

05/09/2015

G

06/09/2015

27/09/2015

H

28/09/2015

23/10/2015

J

24/10/2015

05/11/2015

 

You’ll then be allocated a specific date on which you can use the tickets, and this is unchangeable. If all your choices are unavailable, you’ll be contacted with an alternative. 

Applications without five band choices won't be processed. If you don't put them on the envelope, it'll be processed last.

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

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.

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

Book ahead
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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Book ahead
Book online at Lakes Aquarium and 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.

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

Book ahead
Go to the Megabus* site, choose where you're travelling from and to and select "all" under "travelling by" to show results for both bus and train. These £1 tickets are available on several routes including Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Sheffield & more. A 50p booking fee applies.

See the Megabus route map.

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

Book ahead

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

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

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

Book ahead

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

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

Bournemouth Oceanarium says this is an ongoing offer.

A Place in the Sun logo20,000 FREE A Place in the Sun Live tix (norm £11)*Register for Manchester (13-15 Mar) or London (8-10 May) shows

Manc & Ldn

Interested in property abroad? Or just like the TV show and want a day out? We’ve 10,000 free one-day tickets to the Manchester: A Place in the Sun Live* on Fri 13 - Sun 15 Mar at Manchester Central and 10,000 free tickets to the London: A Place in the Sun Live* on Fri 8 - Sun 10 May at Olympia. Just sign up via the link above for the location you want. 

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. Advance tickets usually cost £10.90 each or £16.02 for two including a booking fee and on the door it's usually £12 each, so you're saving a great deal here.

It's on 10am-5pm each day at both locations and one ticket's valid for one day, so either the Fri, Sat or Sun - you don't have to choose which day on registering, just turn up on the day you want to visit. You can register for as many as you like, but as these are single tickets (not pairs) you’ll have to register again for every ticket.

The tickets are available till the last day of the event (Sun 15 Mar for Manchester and Sun 10 May for London), or before if all tickets go. Kids under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult and don't need a ticket. Tickets must be printed.

RipleyRipley's - Buy adult ticket, get child ticket for £1*Saves £21ish. Fast-track anytime tickets for London attraction

London

Buy an adult ticket to London's Ripley's Believe it or Not! for £22.95 and get a child ticket (4-15 years old) for £1 extra at Attraction Tix* until 31 Mar 2015 for any day and any time. What's more, these are fast-track tickets so you can queue jump on entry. There's no code to enter, the discount automatically appears. 

Under fours go free. It's a maximum of one £1 child ticket per adult. You must select the date you want to go when you book. Once booked, you'll receive your voucher by email - you must print it and bring it with you on the day. 

You're saving £21.02 compared to booking online at the Ripley's website, as a fast-track adult ticket costs £25.46 and a child ticket costs £19.51, which in total is £44.97 - you'll only pay £23.95 with Attraction Tix. 

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

Book ahead

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

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

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

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

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.

Tennis For Free logoFREE tennis coachingFind your nearest session

UK-wide

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

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

More info

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

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

At 38 stores

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

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

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

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

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

MSE Michael says:

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

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

  • Magazine Storage Box
  • Robin Nest Box
  • Garden trug

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

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

UK-wide
Spend your Clubcard points on days out from Tesco's Deals Brochure* and you get up to four times the vouchers' face value, eg, £12 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.

Cinema

Meerkat Movies logoMeerkat Movies - 2for1 cinema ticketsExisting comparison site customers. New customers from April

Tue/Wed

If you've used the comparison website Compare The Market during the past year, you can now get 2for1 cinema tickets every Tuesday or Wednesday for 12 months from the date you used the site to get a credit card, loan or insurance, or to 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.

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 - independents as well as the big chains (eg, Cineworld, Odeon and Vue) - but not all of them. If in doubt, just check with your local cinema before turning up.

Is there a catch?

At the moment, it's only available to existing Compare The Market customers. This means anyone who purchased one of the qualifying products (see 'more info') during the 12 months up to Thu 19 Mar 2015. From Fri 3 Apr, it will also be available to new Compare The Market customers.

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.

Odeon logo£28 for 5 Odeon cinema tix (selected films only)Usually up to £16/ticket, multiple visits allowed. Incl London

Until 2 April

You can get five Odeon cinema tickets for £24.99 (plus £2.95 delivery), online at Odeon until Thu 2 Apr, for 13 selected award-nominated films. Better still, you don't have to use them in one go and they can be used by different people – so they're great for a family outing.

Which films can you see with the tickets?

Boyhood, Gone Girl, Interstellar, Mr Turner, The Imitation Game, Unbroken, Exodus, The Theory of Everything, Birdman, Foxcatcher, Wild, Whiplash, Selma.

Before you buy, is it worth it for you?

Full-price on-the-door tickets usually cost £4-£16. As this offer gets tickets for £5.60 each, that means it usually works out cheaper, providing you will use all the tickets before the date runs out. But beware, a few Odeons do have cheaper tickets for specialist showings, so check prices at your local cinema before buying this deal.

If you’re not planning on visiting a London cinema and don’t fancy any of the 13 selected films, Mighty Deals is currently offering £5 Odeon cinema tickets.

Odeon says the packs are available while stocks last. We've asked how many are left in stock, but it hasn't got back to us yet. It's possible they could sell out before the deal is due to end, so go quick if you want one.

The tickets are valid at all Odeon cinemas in the UK, except the Lounge at Whiteleys and the BFI IMAX.

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 booked online with a myCineworld account, or £1.75 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 - £2.92 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.

It’s available on selected films only and will vary per cinema. See website for current listings.

MSE Anna says:

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

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

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

Vue logoVue Cinema weekend/school holiday £1.75 ticketsWeekend & school holiday mornings

Kids' deal
Children aged between 2-12 can get tickets from £1.75 with the Kids AM offer on selected weekend and school holiday morning movies. What's more, accompanying adults get in from £1.75 too. 3D films are from £3.

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.

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 £1.50 and Weston-Super-Mare £2.

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

Showings vary between cinemas. See website for full listings.
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Screenings are obviously aimed at a younger audience (kids are classed as 12 and under), so you won't find anything above PG certificate.

Theatre tickets

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.

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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.
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Tickets will be available a minimum of three weeks before the show, and must be booked at least seven days in advance. There’s 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’re interested, you’ll need to move fast as they’re snapped up quick.
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There's a maximum of two tickets per student and each ticket holder needs valid student ID. However, if booking as a group you can buy up to nine tickets provided a student card is shows for every two tickets.

Comedy

Free TV audience tickets

Applause Store logoFree audience tickets to your favourite TV showRegister online

UK-wide

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

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

Firms which offer TV show tickets include:

  • Applause Store is one of the largest free ticket providers. Shows on its books include Big Brother 2015, 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,Comic Relief, The Voice and Mock The Week.
  • Lost in TV covers shows like The Cube and 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

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 15% off entry prices.

A day ticket includes unlimited access to the safari park, adventure park and Longleat House on the day you visit.
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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.

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

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

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

Advance tickets
Students who have an "NUS Extra, "Graduate Extra" or "Apprentice Extra" card can get an extra 10% off selected CrossCountry advance tickets (the applicable tickets will show up in green in a search). It's valid with the 16-25 railcard discount.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.
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