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Build It Live! logoFREE Build It Live tix (norm £12 each)*1,500 tix for Manchester (7-8 Feb) & 1,500 tix for Kent (28 Feb-1 Mar)

Manchester & Kent

Are you thinking about building or renovating your pad? Go via this special Build it Live* link to get up to two tickets to the building show at either EventCity in Manchester from Sat 7 - Sun 8 Feb or Glow at Bluewater shopping centre in Kent from Sat 28 Feb - Sun 1 Mar. Just click on the location you want and enter the code FM85.

There are 1,500 tickets for each location so go quick, before they run out (max two per person). The tickets are available till the last day of the event (Sun 8 Feb for Manchester and Sun 1 March for Kent), or before if all tickets go. The event is on between 10am and 5pm on all dates. 

Tickets usually cost £12 each, although paying ticket holders get a Build It magazine which costs £4.25 and you won't get this with the free tickets.

One ticket gets you in on the Sat and/or the Sun at the location you choose, so if you're keen you could even spend the weekend there. You’ll get emailed your tickets which you can print or show on your smartphone. Kids under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult and don't need a ticket. 

What is Build It Live?

Build It Live is a building and renovation show where over 100 suppliers will be exhibiting. You'll be able to see thousands of products, ask experts for advice and attend workshops.

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 £8.95 for an adult ticket (£9.95 on the door), with a family ticket for four ranging from £22.05 to £24.65 (£25.95 on the door).

Bournemouth Oceanarium says this is an ongoing offer.

Merlin logo1-yr Merlin passes £119 for Alton Towers, Legoland etcGet it before prices go up. Unlimited entry to theme parks & more

7 days left

Until Sun 8 Feb, you can get annual Merlin passes for £119 per person. After that, prices will be going up to £169 per person. The pass gets you unlimited visits to attractions including Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Legoland, Madame Tussauds, London Dungeon, London Eye and the Blackpool Tower. 

Factoring in the regular 2for1 vouchers available (see our Theme Parks guide), you need to make about six theme park visits during the year to make it worth paying so much upfront. Alton Towers for two people costs £50ish with 2for1 tickets. However, if theme parks aren't your thing, you'd need to visit cheaper attractions such as Sea Life Centres (tickets £20-25ish) more regularly to make it work out cheaper than buying tickets separately.

If you’re buying passes for between three and five people (max three over-12s), you can get them at the reduced 'family' rate of £99 each in the sale (norm £129). You don't technically need to be family, or even visit together, so adults can team up to get the cheaper rate. See 'more info' for details - a few exclusions apply, so check before buying.

How do I get one?

Buy online at Merlin or call 0844 4774 444 (10p/min from landlines, so better to buy online if you can). Passes can either be posted out or collected from the box office at one of the attractions within six months of purchase. They’ll be valid for exactly one year from the date they’re printed.

Alternatively, if you've got Tesco points, you can buy an annual pass for £50 in Clubcard Boost vouchers. See our Tesco Clubcard Boost page for more info.

More info

To get the group discount select the 'family' rate, which is for groups of three to five purchasing together. A maximum of three adults (which Merlin defines as anyone aged 12+) can get passes at the discounted rate. Children aged 3+ (or measuring above 90cm tall) will need their own Merlin annual pass to gain entry. There's no difference in price for children's and adults' annual passes.

The following restrictions apply to the ‘standard’ Merlin annual pass:

  • London Eye, Madame Tussauds (London), London Dungeons and Sea Life London Aquarium: No entry during the month of August, or on bank holidays.
  • London Eye and London Dungeon: No entry from Thu 29 Oct until Sat 31 Oct.
  • London Eye: No entry on Sat 14 Feb.
  • Madame Tussauds (London): No entry from Thu 14 May until Sat 31 May.
  • Thorpe Park: No entry during 'Fright Nights' and other special events.
  • Warwick Castle: Not valid for admission to The Castle Dungeon.
  • Parking not included.
     

None of these restrictions apply to the ‘premium’ Merlin pass, currently £149 (norm £209).

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. 

Family of four going off-peak?

If you want to go off-peak (arrive after 3.30pm) and you're a family of four, you can get a cheaper deal by getting a Ripley's £42 family voucher until Sun 4 Jan. See our Ripley's page for the voucher and details.

GILT logo£10-£40 West End theatre ticketsUp to £27 off. For 70 shows incl Wicked and The Lion King

130,000 avail

Theatre lovers can go online now to Get Into London Theatre to get £10-£40 tickets for 70 selected shows performed until Fri 13 Feb. The tickets include matinée and evening performances on multiple days including some weekends.

At the start of this deal there were 130,000 tickets available across all dates, but tickets for specific performances are subject to availability, and many have now gone. Not all shows will offer tickets at the lowest price point of £10, and the cheaper tickets for the more popular shows are likely to go very quickly.

Here are some examples of discounted tickets (see the full price list)

  • Cinderella, limited £10 tickets (were £16) and £20 tickets (were £29.50) SOLD OUT
  • Ghost Stories limited £10 tickets (were £25), £20 tickets (were £39), £30 tickets (were £45) and £40 tickets (were £55)
  • Madama Butterfly £20 tickets (were £31)
  • Les Misérables  limited £20 tickets (were £35), limited £30  tickets  (were £45) and limited £40 tickets (were £67.50)
  • Thriller Live £20 tickets (were £37.50), £30 tickets (were £49.50) and £40 tickets (were £67.50)
  • Wicked £20 tickets (were £35), £30 tickets (were £55) and £40 tickets (were £65)
  • Disney's The Lion King £30 tickets (were £37.50) and £40 tickets (were £57.50)
  • Billy Elliot £30 tickets (were £38.70) and £40 tickets (were £66.20)
  • War Horse £40 tickets (were £62.50)
  • Matilda The Musical limited £40 tickets (were £67.50) SOLD OUT

 A maximum of eight tickets can be booked per show and there’s no limit to the number of transactions that can be made. Tickets are non-refundable.

There are no booking fees and the tickets will either be posted to you free of charge or you can collect them from the box office on the day of the performance. 

More info

Multiple theatres participating in the West End, Barbican Centre, Greenwich Theatre and New Wimbledon Theatre.

Get Into London Theatre has advised that no seats available should have any restricted views and that seat allocations will be visible to customers during the booking process.

Chester Zoo logoChester Zoo 10% off10% discount for online bookings made 7 days in advance

Ongoing

Book tickets online at Chester Zooat least 7 days in advance of your visit, and get 10% off entry prices.

We've asked Chester Zoo how long this offer is available but it hasn't got back to us yet.

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

Ongoing
Boys and girls aged 5-11 can take part in football coaching sessions running throughout the kids' school holidays. The programme, run by FA Tesco 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 Tesco 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:

  • 'Valentines Day Pen Holder
  • Magazine Storage Box
  • Robin Nest Box
  • Christmas advent calendar
  • Christmas planter
  • Christmas tree

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

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.

Orange/EE logoOrange/EE Wednesdays 2for1 ticketsPLUS tips to get the most out of the code

24 days left

MSE Update 5pm, Thu 11 Dec: Orange/EE has announced this offer will end on 25 Feb 2015, so make use of it while you can. See our EE to axe 'Orange Wednesdays' from February news story for full details and here's a round-up of other current cinema deals.

Orange and EE phone users can get 2for1 tickets at cinemas nationwide every Wednesday. Simply text FILM to 241 from your phone and it'll send you a code. Texts cost 35p.

You can call 241 or use your network's app (Orange app / EE app) instead to get the code, but you’ll still be charged 35p.

See the Orange or EE websites for participating cinemas (the same cinemas are listed on both sites). Once you receive the code, show it to cinema staff to get your 2for1. 

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?

You can get a sneaky free Orange PAYG Sim card, which you can pop in your unlocked handset whenever you want the offer. Read the tips & tricks guide for a full how-to.

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.

PizzaExpress 2for1

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. 

More info

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.

Cineworld logo£11 for two cinema tix, popcorn and soft drinksWatch a new popular film every Thursday. Book online

Ongoing

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

More info

Available in all cinemas nationwide except Haymarket and Chelsea in central London, Queens Links in Aberdeen and The Screening Rooms in Cheltenham. You can't use your Unlimited Card with this offer.

Cineworld logoCineworld £1.35/£1.50 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 £1.35 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.

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 £1.75 ticketsWeekend & school holiday mornings

Kids' deal
Children aged 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 Odeon cinemas are £2.50. The only exceptions are the following cinemas; Worcester and Dorchester tickets are £1, Dundee, Bristol and Belfast £1.50, Weston-Super-Mare £2, Dunfermline and Muswell Hill, London £3.

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

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

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.

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 guest tickets to arts events across Belfast 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.
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’s a limit of one show per person, and you’ll 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.
More info
There's a maximum of ten tickets per student and each ticket holder needs valid student ID.

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 Celebrity Juice, X Factor and Take Me Out.
  • TV Recordings offers tickets for shows like Russell Howard's Good News.
  • SRO Audiences is another biggie - expect to find tickets for shows like Great British Bake Off - An Extra Slice,The Graham Norton Show, Live at the Apollo and Loose Women.
  • Lost in TV covers shows like Children in Need 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

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). 

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

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

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

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