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Nectar logoNectar points double (at least) exchange*1,000 pts gets £10 restaurant voucher or £20 theme park vch

21 days left

Usually 1,000 Nectar points get you just £5 off your shopping at Sainsbury's, Argos, Homebase and a few other retailers.

But from Wed 23 Jul you can get:

  • 2x the value at PizzaExpress (1,000pts = £10)
  • 3x the value at Go Ape, Longleat Safari Park and other Nectar Local Days Out partners (1,000pts = £15)
  • 4x the value at certain theme parks incl Thorpe Park and Alton Towers (1,000pts = £20)
  • 4x the value at participating Nectar Swim pools (usually 500pts per swim, now 500pts = 4 swims)

Nectar rarely offers ways to boost its points, so this is a great way to max their value. Here's how:

  1. First, see the Nectar Double Up* page for a list of participating chains.
  2. You can then exchange points for vouchers online or at the customer service desk in any larger Sainsbury's store (not Local branches), any time until Tue 12 Aug.
  3. They must be redeemed at your chosen venue by Tue 30 Sep.

T&Cs vary for different vouchers - there's more info about those below with a full list of participating venues.

It's worth noting the double-up vouchers can't be used in-store at Sainsbury's.

More info

PizzaExpress (2x value)

Multiple Nectar vouchers can be used in one transaction but not with any other offer, discount or coupons. Valid on food only, includes the children's menu but excludes drinks. Can't be used in Earls Court Exhibition Centre, the O2, Brent Cross, Westfield Stratford, Westfield White City, Olympia, Strand or at PizzaExpress Jazz Clubs, music rooms or pop-up restaurants.

Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester, The Dungeons, The Blackpool Tower Eye, The Blackpool Tower CircusSealife Centres and Sanctuaries (2x value)

One voucher per ticket, max voucher value is £20. Can't be used with any other offer, or on tickets booked online or over the phone. The London Aquarium is excluded from this offer.

Local Days Out Partners (3x value)

Max voucher value is £30, you can use multiple vouchers in one transacation. Some attractions require you to book over the phone in advance and quote the code on your voucher.

Go Ape (3x value)

Max voucher value is £30, you can use multiple vouchers in one transaction. You must book in advance online or by calling 0843 249 7058 and quoting the code on your voucher (there's a £2 fee for telephone bookings). Vouchers can't be used on food, drink or merchandise.

Alton Towers, Chessington World of Adventures, Thorpe Park and Legoland Windsor (4x value)

One voucher per person and per transaction, max voucher value is £40. Excludes music events and concerts. Can't be used with any other offer, or on tickets booked online or over the phone.

Madame Tussauds and Warwick Castle (4x value)

One voucher per person and per transaction, max voucher value is £30. Excludes music events, concerts and secondary attractions at Warwick Castle. Can't be used with any other offer, concession, online or phone bookings.

Nectar Swim (4x value)

Vouchers issued in bundles of four for 500 points and can be used at both silver and gold pools. Can't be used in conjunction with any other offer, promotion or discount rate unless otherwise stated. Voucher must be presented with your Nectar card.

Virgin Experience-Days logo24% off Virgin Experience Days*£2.50 delivery. Excludes VIP list plus special and new offers

5 days left

Enter the code MONEY24 online to get 24% off Virgin Experience Days* till 11:59pm on Sun 27 Jul.

It’s worth noting, the code excludes any experience on the VIP list, tangible gifts (e.g. hampers, wine and jewellery), any experience marked with a '2for1', 'special offers' or 'just added' symbol or any on the 'special offers' tab.

We've found some good savings with the code, but it's always best to check if you can find the same deal or similar for cheaper elsewhere first or directly with the venue. Here are some savings we found when we compared on Tue 22 Jul:

  • Afternoon tea for two at Park Lane Hotel - £51.89 (£49.40 with code plus £2.49 del), next cheapest £64 at
  • Ice climbing for two - £74.69 (£72.20 with code plus £2.49 del), next cheapest £94 at
  • Charnwood Forester first class steam train dining experience for Two - £85.33 (£82.84 with code plus £2.49 del), next cheapest £97 with

Once you've ordered your experience, you'll receive a voucher pack in the post. It will cost £2.49 for standard delivery to post the voucher pack to you. If you choose recorded, special or Sat Special Delivery it will cost more - see delivery details for the full info.

With some experiences you may have the option to pick an e-voucher - this means it sends the voucher to your email instead of by post for free. Once you have the voucher you'll need to activate it online and it'll then give you a phone number to book. 

The expiry is usually around 9 months, but it can vary so make sure you check the voucher. There may be a book-by date as well as an expiry so be aware of this. Also make sure you check what dates/time its valid as these might be restricted.

More info

Instead of booking online, you can call 0844 504 0844 and mention the code over the phone - although it will charge. 

One code per order, but you can add multiple valid experiences to the check out and the code will work on all of them. Valid on Virgin Experience Days website only. 

If you change your mind, you can get a refund, but you must return it within 14 days of receiving the pack - although you won't get a refund on the delivery charge and you will have to pay postage to return the pack (it recommends special delivery as you won't get your money back unless it receives it). 

Once you've booked though, you won't be able to get a refund and you are subject to the terms and conditions of the retailer. See terms and conditions for more details. 

Make sure you book your experience well in advance for the best availability. Some experiences may be subject to weather conditions - in these cases, call up the venue before you leave on the day to confirm the event. 

Doncaster Races logo10,000 FREE Doncaster Racecourse tix, usually £7.50*Enter special code online for the race night on Thu 24 Jul

Thu 24 Jul

Get completely FREE tickets to Doncaster Races* on Thu 24 Jul by entering the code RACING2014 online by 11:59pm Wed 23 Jul.  Either enter the code at the bottom of page and press 'apply' before selecting your tickets, or enter it later in the shopping basket. 

The free tickets are available in the family enclosure area. You don't need to go with kids, but if you are, up to three children under the age of 18 can go free per adult. It usually costs £7.50 on the door or £9 in advance online (£6.50 a ticket + £2.50 admin fee per order).

Max four tickets per transaction and household - the booking page says "max two tickets" but please ignore this, Doncaster Races has confirmed this code is valid for up to four people. 

These are completely free tickets, so if at any point you’re asked to enter your card details, go back and enter the RACING2014 code again. You’ll need to collect your tickets from the ticket booth on the day.

Although it's called a residents' night, with this code you can go no matter where you live in the UK. It's a ticket-only code though and race cards (programmes) will be £3 each. There are 10,000 tickets available in total, so if you do want to go, act quickly. 

More info

There are seven races on the night. Gates open at 4pm, it starts at 5.45pm and finishes at 9pm. There's free parking next to the Family Enclosure in car park C - If this is full there's £5 car parking available nearby also. 

Instead of booking online you can call 01302 304206 and mention the same code, but local phone rates will apply.

The family enclosure is located to the left of the main grandstand. There are seats available but it's first come, first served. You can bring your own food into this area, although alcohol isn't allowed. There's no dress code. 

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


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.

The Pet Show logo10,000 'free' Pet Show 2014 tix (usually £17)*Just pay £1.50-£1.75 booking fee


We've 10,000 'fur-ee' tickets to The Pet Show 2014 for a purrfect day out. Simply go via this Pet Show link* (it'll auto-fill in the MSE Blagged code MSETPS2014), select one free admission ticket for the day you want to go - Sat 2 or Sun 3 Aug - and you'll only pay a £1.50 booking fee (to print at home, or £1.75 if you want them delivered by post). There are 10,000 free tickets available, so fetch them quickly! 

Tickets usually cost £18.50 on the door or £16.90-£17.10 (incl booking fee) in advance. It's held at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire from 10am-5pm.

This year it features dog, bird of prey, and duck herding displays, ferret racing, a Lamb National, a book signing with A Street Cat Named Bob author James Bowen, a special guest dog listener and plenty more.

You can only get one 'free' ticket per person and per order - so if you're going with others, they'll need to order their own 'free' tickets but it is only one 'free' ticket per household.  

More info

Alternatively, you can order your ticket by phone using the same code and calling 0871 620 7070 - but calls cost 10p per minute plus standard network charges and you'll still be charged the booking fee: £1.50 to print ticket at home or £1.75 to deliver ticket by post. 

Kids week logoKids go 'free' to West End shows in August*Book online for a free child ticket with full-paying adult


Visit Kids Week* online to get a 'free' child's ticket (for under-16s) to any one of 37 London theatre shows in August when you buy a full-priced adult ticket (which can cost around £50). In addition, you'll get 50% off for up to two more children. As of Tue 17 Jun, there are over 65,000 tickets for sale, across all shows.

You'll go through to Ticketmaster where you can search for participating shows. Choose your seat and select the free child ticket. Shows this year include:

  • Matilda the Musical (currently no tickets available)
  • Billy Elliot the Musical
  • War Horse
  • Wicked
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • The Tiger who came to Tea

You could save £10-£65 depending on the show and performance you choose. The offer runs till Sun 31 Aug, though it's best to book at least two days in advance as it's subject to availability. You cannot book this deal in person at the theatre.

Warning! There may be cheaper theatre tickets available if you're looking just for adults, see our Cheap Tickets guide for techniques.

More info

There are no credit, booking or postage fees. You can also book by calling 0844 248 5151 (5p p/m from BT landlines). The Society of London Theatre has confirmed there were over 70,000 tickets available for the launch, but more could be added.

Maximum eight tickets per transaction. A child is aged 16 and under.

National Citizen Service logoSummer activity trip away £50 (some free) for teensApply online for hundreds of places across England & NI

England & NI

MSE Update 2pm, Wed 25 Jun: Whilst some areas are now full, National Citizen Service say there's still hundreds of places available, especially in Oxfordshire, Nottingham, Derby, Kent, Yorkshire and Humberside, Cornwall, Essex, Cumbria and Lancashire.

If you live in England or Northern Ireland and your kids are in years 11 and 12 (aged 16-17 - or aged 15 and turning 16 by Sun 31 Aug), you can send them on a three week course (including two weeks away) and 30 hours community work, during the summer holidays for £50 or less (it's free for some).

They'll stay in halls of residence and take part in activities such as abseiling, water-rafting and canoeing. It's part of the National Citizen Service programme which kicks off from Mon 30 Jun (though programmes continue to start until Mon 18 Aug). It's backed by the Government and includes:

  • Week one (4 night, five day residential): Outdoor activities focusing on personal and social development. 

  • Week two (4 night, five day residential): Team tasks to learn new skills, such as cooking and budgeting. This week is also in a residential setting, but in participants' local areas.

  • Week three (at home): Design a social plan to make a positive change to local communities. This involves spending an extra 30 hours after the course delivering this plan.

All food, transport, activities and accommodation are included. They'll also get a certificate signed by the Prime Minister at a graduation ceremony.

How to apply

Enter your details on the National Citizen Service page (parents, get your teenager to do it while you supervise).

Hundreds of places are available for the programme in 19 different regions in England and Northern Ireland taking place between June and September (exact dates vary per region), but NCS recommends you book as soon as possible - once the places are gone, they're gone.

If you can't afford the up to £50 cost (eg due to your income or you're 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:

This has been popular with MoneySavers. Here's some feedback from previous years:

"Highly recommend it, stops the kids being bored too." - Ann
"Yes, my son did the national citizenship (1 week outdoor pursuits 1 week learning life skills and 2 weeks volunteering) last year and had an excellent time and learnt many new skills. It also helps them to work as part of a team which always looks good on any CV for future employers." - Rachel
"All food, activities, accommodation & equipment included, great value & a fantastic experience!" - Jeanette

You can also find feedback on the NCS Facebook page.

More info

It doesn't matter if your kids are at school or not, just as long as they're aged 16-17 (or aged 15 and turning 16 by 31 Aug 2014). Only one application is allowed per teenager. 

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

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


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.

You can book online with some sessions whereas others you can just turn up - all the information for each venue is on the website. Excludes Christmas and New Year.

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

27 attractions

Look for promotional packs of Kellogg's cereal, including Rice Krispies, Coco Pops, Corn Flakes, Frosties and Crunchy Nut (£2-£3), which include a "Grown Ups go free" voucher. It's great, as you can get it now and go any time over the summer.

These can be used at 27 Merlin attractions, such as Alton Towers, Legoland, Thorpe Park, Sea Life centres and sanctuaries and Madame Tussauds, until 30 Jun 2015. Some dates are excluded, see below.

Effectively this is a 2for1, as you must buy a full-price child or adult ticket to get the free adult entry. 

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 tickets tend to be discounted. Also make sure there are no other deals on, as attractions have offers all year round.

More info

Voucher and details are on packs available in most supermarkets till 31 Jul 2014 - subject to availability. Ensure you take the voucher with you on the day. It can only be used against the on-the-day 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. One voucher per person, per transaction.

Also check the venue's individual opening dates as some are closed at certain times of the year. There are some extra excluded dates listed below:

  • 25-30 Oct 2014 at The Blackpool Tower Attractions
  • 30 Oct-2 Nov 2014 at Thorpe Park
  • 30-31 Oct 2014 at all Dungeons 
  • 8-9 Nov 2014 at Alton Towers
  • 25 Dec 2014 at all attractions.
  • any special events, hotel events, concerts at all attractions.

2015 exclusion dates will be available from the end of 2014 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
  • combination tickets, 2 Day Pass, Annual Pass, Q-bot, Fastrack, 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.

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

At 59 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, enter your postcode and click '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.

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:

  • Hanging bird feeder
  • 'Santa stop here' sign
  • Hedgehog house
  • Toy boat
  • Halloween treat tub

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

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.


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

till 24 Sep 2014

Orange and EE phone users can get 2for1 tickets at cinemas nationwide every Wednesday till 24 Sep 2014. 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/EE PAYG Sim card, which you can pop in your unlocked handset whenever you want the offer. Read the Orange/EE Wednesdays 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 £15.90 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


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 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


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

Kids week logoKids go 'free' to West End shows in August*Book online for a free child ticket with full-paying adult


Visit Kids Week* online to get a 'free' child's ticket (for under-16s) to any one of 37 London theatre shows in August when you buy a full-priced adult ticket (which can cost around £50). In addition, you'll get 50% off for up to two more children. As of Tue 17 Jun, there are over 65,000 tickets for sale, across all shows.

You'll go through to Ticketmaster where you can search for participating shows. Choose your seat and select the free child ticket. Shows this year include:

  • Matilda the Musical (currently no tickets available)
  • Billy Elliot the Musical
  • War Horse
  • Wicked
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • The Tiger who came to Tea

You could save £10-£65 depending on the show and performance you choose. The offer runs till Sun 31 Aug, though it's best to book at least two days in advance as it's subject to availability. You cannot book this deal in person at the theatre.

Warning! There may be cheaper theatre tickets available if you're looking just for adults, see our Cheap Tickets guide for techniques.

More info

There are no credit, booking or postage fees. You can also book by calling 0844 248 5151 (5p p/m from BT landlines). The Society of London Theatre has confirmed there were over 70,000 tickets available for the launch, but more could be added.

Maximum eight tickets per transaction. A child is aged 16 and under.

The Card Shark Show logo2for1 The Card Shark Show tickets*London show - Friday performances


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

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

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.


Free TV audience tickets

Applause Store logoFree audience tickets to your favourite TV showRegister online


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, Britain's Got Talent and Top Gear.
  • TV Recordings offers tickets for shows Not Going Out and Dave Gorman: Modern Life Is Goodish.
  • SRO Audiences is another biggie - expect to find tickets for shows like Alan Carr's Chatty Man, The Graham Norton Show, Pointless and Would I Lie To You
  • Lost in TV covers shows like The Paul O'Grady Show and The Cube.
  • 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 £46

Save up to £46
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). 

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 valid until Thu 31 Oct, but check the voucher for each individual attraction's restrictions, as these vary.
MSE Freddie 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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  • Can I afford it?
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Section 75

Free protection for all shopping!

There's a secret phrase that turns any credit card into a financial self-defence superhero. "Section 75" laws means your plastic must protect anything you buy over £100 for free, so if there's a problem or the company goes bust you can still get your money back.

Although Section 75 doesn't apply to debit cards there is something else to fall back on if you paid on a Visa debit or electron card, or Visa credit card under £100 (otherwise go for Section 75). Known as Visa Chargeback, this is part of Visa's internal rules and not a legal requirement. Full details of Section 75, chargeback and how to claim in the Section 75 Refunds guide.

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