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This is a regularly-updated list of vouchers, 2for1 deals, and offers on days out.

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Day trips and activities

Grand Designs Live logo
2for1 Grand Designs Live Show tickets*Code gets 2for1 advance price tickets (£13.70 weekday, £16.70 weekend)

London

If you missed out on the free Grand Designs Live entry we ran in March (make sure you sign up to the free MSE weekly email for future giveaways), then we've a code to get 2for1 tickets to the home improvement exhibition which is running between Sat 3 and Sun 11 May at London's Excel centre.

The 2for1 is based on the advance rate (£12 weekday or £15 weekend) and there's an unavoidable £1.70 booking fee per transaction, so you'll pay £13.70 for two weekday tickets and £16.70 for two weekend tickets. Two children aged 15 and under also go free per adult - their tickets can be collected from the box office on the day.

How to get your tickets

Click on the 'book tickets' tab online at Grand Designs*, then enter code GDL241XL before you pick any one date. You can also book over the phone by calling 0844 854 1348; either way, you must book by Fri 25 Apr. Tickets can be printed or you can have them posted to you for free.

More info

Tickets are only valid on the day you choose when booking. There's no limit to the number of 2for1 tickets you can buy. There are no additional credit card charges.

Grand Designs Live is a home improvement show featuring over 500 exhibitors giving tips and advice for interior design, gardening, renovations, technology and shopping.

P&O logo
'Free' £24 wine with P&O £23 Dover-Calais day return*Book online to get six 'free' bottles of wine with cross-Channel trip

Sun - Fri

You can get six 'free' bottles of wine (usually £4 each) when you book a P&O Ferries* Dover to Calais day return for a car and up to nine people from £23 (usually £30 - £60 rtn).

Here's how to get the six 'free' bottles of wine:

  • Enter the code winedt (or check if it's automatically been added to the promotional code box) when you book.
  • Show your voucher (issued at check-in) to the ferry shop staff on the outward journey only to get six bottles of Piat D'or red, white or rose wine.
  • You can mix and match the red, white or rose wine.


What you need to know about the £23 day return:
 

  • You have to book by Mon 21 Apr - the final trip date is Fri 9 May.
  • It's valid on Sun-Fri journeys (Saturday sailings cost an extra £5) only for a car and up to nine passengers heading from Dover to Calais only (not France to UK).
  • Book online. Phone bookings on 08716 646 464 carry an extra £5 fee.
  • Pay with a debit card if possible as credit cards carry a £4 fee.
  • The offer excludes travel on Sun 20 and Mon 21 Apr. 
More info

P&O says there are thousands of journeys available per day, showing up as £11.50 each way, and all eligible bookings will receive the 'free' case of wine. The earliest ferry out is at 12.45am and the latest inbound ferry leaves Calais at 11.25pm.

The Other Art Fair logo
500 free pairs of tix to The Other Art Fair (usually £14)First come, first served for 25 - 27 Apr

Limited tix

MSE update 12.45pm, Wed 16 Apr: There's a very limited number of these free tickets available so go quick if you want to bag a pair!

We've 500 free pairs of tickets to The Other Art Fair* in London at the end of the month - it's a showcase of works by emerging artists (which you can buy) as well as talks on taxidermy, music performances and a craft area for kids.

The show takes place at Ambika P3 at the University of Westminster from Thu 24 - Sun 27 Apr, though the free tickets are valid on any one day from Fri 25 - Sun 27 April.

How to get your free tickets:

You can only get a pair - if you only need one, you'll need to pay £6 for a ticket). Leave your email address via this special link. If you're one of the first 500 to apply, you'll be sent a printable ticket via email by Mon 21 Apr. If tickets have all gone, the link will no longer work.

Tickets usually cost £6 each plus a £2 booking fee. Up to two children aged under 12 go free per adult. 

Kellogg
2for1 Alton Towers, Thorpe Park & 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, Thorpe Park, Sea Life centres and sanctuaries, and Madame Tussauds, until 30 Jun 2015. It also includes the EDF Energy London Eye, but only until Fri 18 Apr, with very limited availability. 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 £48 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 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 at all attractions so check the attraction's website for details.

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Ripley
Ripley's Believe It or Not! £42 family ticket*Usually £68. Arrive between 3.30pm and 10.30pm.

London

Believe it or not, you can get a family ticket to Ripley's in London's Piccadilly Circus any day in April (including the Easter holidays) for £42.

Simply print this Ripley’s voucher* and present it at the counter on the day to get two adults and two children or one adult and three children entry. A child is classed as aged 4-15 (under-4s go free). 

You can stay as long as you like, but you must arrive between 3.30pm and 10.30pm.

A family ticket normally costs £67.96 online, so this offer saves you 38%. 

More info

Can't be used with any other offer.

Bournemouth Oceanarium logo
Bournemouth Oceanarium 30% offBook online for visits till Mon 21 Apr

3 days left

Get 30% off standard adult and child day tickets when you enter the code TURTLE online at Bournemouth Oceanarium by Mon 21 Apr. It's for visits from Sat 5 - Mon 21 Apr, including over the Easter holidays, and you can book tickets and visit the oceanarium on the same day. 

Adult tickets usually cost £9.95 and £6.50 for kids, but you'll pay £6.95 and £4.50 with the offer.

Drayton Manor logo
Drayton Manor 2for1 entry*When you buy a £36 adult gate ticket

12 days left

Register ‘n’ print the voucher from VoucherCodes* to get free entry for one adult or child (aged 4+) when you buy one full-price adult ticket (£36). The offer's available till Wed 30 Apr and you can use it up until that date. You can also show the voucher on your smartphone.

You’ll pay the gate price, not the discounted online price, however it still works out cheaper (saves up to £36) and you don't have to choose a specific date to go in advance. 

One voucher is valid for two people (with at least one adult), so if you're a bigger group make sure you have a voucher per couple. Also make sure each couple pays separately. 

Voucher isn't worth it for kids under 4

  • Tickets are £5 each online for children aged 2-3, so booking in advance online is a cheaper option if the second person is this age.
  • Even better, an adult and toddler (aged 2-3) can go anyday until 11 Apr or between 28-30 Apr and pay £20 altogether on the gate instead. 
  • Under 2s go free anyway.


We suggest doing some research online before you use the voucher to check there isn't a better deal that's cropped up.

More info

Car parking is £3. It can't be used with any other offer or promotion - including family, advanced and online tickets. 

Cineworld logo
£10 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 £10, including two drinks and popcorn.

Book online through mycineworld.com and join its free members club to get it for £10. Otherwise, you'll have to pay £11.10 if booked 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 £12.50.

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:

  • 12 Years a Slave - Thu 17 Apr
  • The Wolf of Wall Street - Thu 24 Apr
  • Non-stop - Thu 8 May

 

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.

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Tennis For Free logo
FREE tennis coaching & court usageFind your nearest court and book online. Ongoing promotion

UK-wide
Find your nearest participating tennis court and just turn up. Slots may be subject to availability. Courts are free at all times (unless otherwise stated), whilst free coaching sessions run during weekends and are suitable for anyone aged 5 or over, with equipment also provided for free. Free weekly 2hr coaching sessions exclude Christmas and New Year.

Tesco logo
Free football coaching for kidsFor girls and boys aged 5-11 in England

Kids 5-11
Throughout the kids' school holidays, girls and boys aged 5-11 can take part in free football coaching sessions via the Tesco FA Skills programme at more than 100 venues in England. Find your nearest skills session to book or call 020 8782 3310.
More info
Excludes Christmas holidays. Places are subject to availability and only one session is allowed per child. Sessions run either in the mornings or afternoons.

B&Q logo
B&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 logo
75% 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, £22 worth of Clubcard vouchers gets you an annual Legoland pass worth £110. You can get up to 75% off at Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Madame Tussauds and nearly 200 other days out offers.
MSE Steve says:

For a full list of ways to maximise Clubcard points, check out the Loyalty Schemes guide.

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Cinema

Orange logo
Orange/EE Wednesdays 2for1 ticketsPhone or broadband customers

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, however these will still cost you 35p.

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

Broadband customers can get the offer too - see Orange / EE for more info.

MSE Anna says:

If you use a different mobile network, you can get a sneaky free Orange PAYG sim card, which you can pop in your unlocked handset whenever you want the offer.

Cineworld logo
£10 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 £10, including two drinks and popcorn.

Book online through mycineworld.com and join its free members club to get it for £10. Otherwise, you'll have to pay £11.10 if booked 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 £12.50.

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:

  • 12 Years a Slave - Thu 17 Apr
  • The Wolf of Wall Street - Thu 24 Apr
  • Non-stop - Thu 8 May

 

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 logo
Cineworld £1.35 films for kidsWith free myCineworld account. School holiday and weekend offer

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 logo
Vue 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 (90p for phone bookings).

Offer is available at selected cinemas only. See website for more info.

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Odeon logo
Odeon 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.

Free preview cinema tickets logo
See new films for free with screening codesFree preview cinema tickets

UK-wide
Sign up to film preview websites and get screening codes to see selected new films for free. Enter the code it sends you on its website to see if your local cinema is participating. Sign up to sites such as Show Film First, and Disney Screenings.

Take a look at the Free Cinema Tickets forum and Free Cinema Tickets discussion threads, for codes and more info.
More info
Free tickets are given away to spread the word. Agencies are hired by studios to get people talking about new films, possibly with the hope that if you've seen a film for free you're more likely to give it good reviews. On occasion, they may request feedback via email or text message.

Only selected films have previews, and participating cinemas nationwide vary per showing, so there may not be any near you. Often there's more than one screening, with times/cinemas changing, so be quick to snag a seat!

The screenings are at less busy timeslots (so not weekend evenings), usually early on Monday and Tuesday evenings.

CEA logo
Carers get 2for1 cinema tickets with a CEA cardBuy one, get one free for the person you care for

UK-wide
Carers and the person they care for can get 2for1 cinema tickets at 500+ cinemas nationwide with the CEA card. The card costs £5.50, and is valid for as many films as you like for one year. See 'More info' for how to apply for the card.
More info
The person being cared for must apply, and to be in be in receipt of either Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, Armed Forces Independence Payment or be registered blind.

Fill out the CEA card application form and post it together with a passport-sized photo, proof of eligibility (examples given on application form) and £5.50 (cheque or postal order - no cash). Alternatively, pick up an application from participating national cinema chains.

It will take roughly three weeks to receive the card. Then you can check for your nearest participating cinema and simply show the CEA card at the box office when you go. The person in receipt of Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance or who is registered blind must buy one full price ticket, enabling their carer (who can be a parent, family member, friend, care worker etc.) to get in for free.

Theatre tickets

Test Drive the Arts logo
Free arts tickets in Northern IrelandFree tickets to selected events, incl theatre, comedy and cinema

Belfast
Northern Ireland residents over 18 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 chosen venue in the past 3 years as the offer is about trying something new.

Royal Opera House logo
Royal Opera House £10 student standby ticketsStudents can get unsold tickets (can cost £200) for a tenner

London
Students that register with the Royal Opera House are 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

We don't have any of these vouchers at the moment, but we'll update this as soon as we do.

Free TV audience tickets

Free tickets to TV shows, including...

  • Take Me Out, Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway and others via Applause Store.
  • Deal Or No Deal via its website.
  • Not Going Out and Vidiots via TV Recordings.
  • Alan Carr's Chatty Man, The Graham Norton Show, Pointless, Would I Lie To You and others by registering with SRO Audiences
  • The Paul O'Grady Show, The Cube, and others by registering with Lost in TV.

Get BBC TV and radio show tickets by registering at the BBC website.

More info
A lot of these shows tend to overbook, so make sure you arrive at least one hour before the show 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.

Regional days out

2for1 to loads of London attractions including Madame Tussauds and the London Zoo. Choose your offer online from the Days Out Guide, register 'n' print the voucher, and take it on the day, along with your two National Rail train tickets (sadly Oyster cards and London Underground tickets aren't accepted). A valid ticket will have the double-arrow (or 'crows-foot') National Rail logo on it and must be for travel on the day of your visit to your chosen attraction.

The key here is you need to print a voucher AND have a valid rail ticket for the same day. It’s still often worth doing this even if you’re not travelling by train since a cheap single ticket is available for a couple of quid, often far cheaper than the entry ticket price.
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National Rail states that while the destination of your train ticket must either be to a central London station for a London 2for1 or to the attraction's nearest station for attractions outside London, there's nothing in the T&Cs about the journey origin, which means you could get a ticket from one stop away, super cheap, and it would still be valid.

A one-way ticket from a London station to a central London station - e.g. Clapham Junction to London Bridge - is £2.80 and both visitors must have a rail ticket. Entry to the Tower of London is £19, so with £5.60 spent on a train fare you save £13.40. Even if you don't use your train ticket for travel and even if the journey was only one stop, so long as the destination is a central London station for London attractions or the nearest to the attraction for other UK 2for1s, it should be valid.

If you're travelling to one of the London attractions outside central London, e.g. Wembley for Tussauds or Kew Gardens, then the attraction will accept rail tickets for travel to the nearest National Rail station. You can print as many vouchers as you like; check the individual offer pages for full terms.

We've been told that each venue has the right to deny 2for1 entry if it "has cause to believe that a customer is gaming the offer (e.g. by having the cheapest possible ticket to a destination that is not within the vicinity of the attraction)", though since there's no minimum fare or journey origin stated in the T&Cs, you shouldn't have a problem.

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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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