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Between Thu 11 - Sun 14 Sep, you can get FREE access to many sites and tourist attractions in England as part of Heritage Open Days - an annual event in its 20th year. The venues included usually charge an admission fee or are closed to the public.
How to find those open near you
See the full list of heritage sites open for free. Opening dates and times vary for each venue, and you may need to book in advance for some - all the details are on the website.
There's only a small number in London, but a separate event called Open House London is running Sat 20- Sun 21 Sep - so we'll tell you more about this soon.
Here are some top picks:
Five places for free that usually charge
Five places normally closed that are open
Why do they do this?
The spirit of Heritage Open Days is to celebrate England’s hidden history and culture. However, a small number of privately-owned properties taking part get funding or have tax-exempt collections, which means they must allow public access for certain number of days a year. But most of them just open up for the joy of it!
MSE Update 1.30pm, Wed 27 Aug: Unfortunately the event has been cancelled due to a large number of exhibitors pulling out.
Western Home Show says it will be informing those who already got tickets via email and will be offering them free tickets to the Southern Home Show (30 Jan – 1 Feb 2015 at Alexandra Palace, London) or Northern Home Show (3-5 Jul 2015 at Manchester Central) instead.
Register online at The Western Home Show* (the code WHS will be filled in automatically) and your ticket will be emailed to you instantly. You can select one or two tickets for entry from Fri 12 to Sun 14 Sep at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern.
The offer's available until 5,000 tickets go or until Thu 11 Sep, whichever's sooner. No booking fee is required for the free tickets. Tickets usually cost £8 on the door or £9 (incl a £1 booking fee) in advance. It's worth knowing under 16s go free anyway.
It's on 10am-4pm Fri and Sun and 10am-5pm Sat and one ticket gets you in on all three days. You'll receive email confirmation once registered, which you must print out and bring with you to get in.
The Western Home Show say visitors will be able to attend free seminars led by experts within the industry on topics such as design and self-builds, plus DIY workshops.
Go via this A Place in the Sun Live* link to get free entry to the NEC Birmingham show (usually £10 per adult) between Fri 3-Sun 5 Oct. 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.
It's on 10am-5pm and one ticket's valid for all three dates, so just turn up on the days you want to visit. There's 10,000 tickets up for grabs and they're available till the last day of the event (Sun 5 Oct), or before if they all go. You can register for as many as you like. Kids 16 and under go free.
Tickets must be printed - If you don't have access to a printer you can get them delivered by contacting A Place in the Sun via email: email@example.com, but you must do this by Tue 30 Sep.
You don't need to enter any credit or debit card details. Parking is £10 per day.
We've asked Chester Zoo how long this offer is available but it hasn't got back to us yet.
Check out Tennis For Free's website to see if there's free coaching sessions in your area. The sessions mostly run during weekends and are suitable for anyone aged 3 or over. The equipment’s also provided free. It’s told us the sessions aren't professional coaching, they're more focused on having fun. Individual sessions might cater for certain age groups.
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.
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.
Classes run on Saturdays and Sundays and B&Q provides all the tools and materials needed.Sessions usually last an hour and, depending on the store, here are some of the things kids make:
For a full list of ways to maximise Clubcard points, check out the Loyalty Schemes guide.
You can get a 'free' cinema ticket valid on Sundays at participating cinemas - which include Cineworld - when you buy four big bags of promotional chocolates before 19 Nov 2014. The share bags include Galaxy Counters, Revels, M&Ms, Maltesers, Minstrels, Twix, Mars Mix, Galaxy Bites and Magic Stars. They must have the Sweet Sundays promotion on them.
Better still, the promotional bags are usually £2 but are on sale for £1 at Tesco, so you're effectively buying your cinema snacks, and getting your ticket, which can cost up to £10, for 'free'.
Once you have all four promo packs of sweets, follow these steps:
As I like to go the extra mile at work, I went in our local Tesco pick up a bag (or four) of chocolates to try this out. Be warned, the bags were mixed in with non-promotional packs - so really keep an eye out.
It's also useful to know you can get two tickets per Sweet Sundays account, so unless you're going to the movies solo it's probably worth picking up eight packs so two of you can go - although after eight bags of sweets, you'd probably feel too sick to enjoy the film.
Broadband customers can get the offer too - see the links above for more info.
Tips and tricks to get the most out of the code
Are you on a different network?
Order online and save 10% at Cineworld cinemas
You can book online with the code at Cineworld cinemas, saving an extra 10% on the ticket you pay for. You can only book on the Wednesday you want to go though. All you need to do is enter the code online in the special field added to the booking page every Wednesday.
The booking process will require you to set up a myCineworld account - it's free, but means you will be sent offers and info (so opt out if you wish). See the Cineworld site for full details.
Have you got a Cineworld Unlimited card?
If you have a Cineworld Unlimited card (pay from £16.40 a month for unlimited films) you can get a pal in free each time you go on a Wednesday. Simply show your code and the card. Check out our tips & tricks guide for full details.
Make a night of it and use the same code to get 2for1 mains and dough balls at most PizzaExpress restaurants. Although it runs deals regularly, this is usually the best deal out there.
Valid for standard tickets only. You may be able to pay a supplement for the following but check with your local cinema: premium seating, 3D screenings, Imax, VIP seats, premium seats, Gold Class, Extreme Screen and other premium offers.
It excludes premieres and private screenings. You can’t use the code on advance bookings. Code can only be used once per week, and can’t be used with any other offer. The 2for1 is only valid if both people are watching the same film.
T-Mobile customers can't get this offer.
At almost every Cineworld, you can get its Take 2 Offer, which means you and a friend can see popular films with the full cinematic experience for £11 all-in, including two drinks and popcorn.
Book online through mycineworld.com and join its free members club to get the deal for £11. Otherwise, you'll have to pay £12.10 if booking in a cinema (or online without joining its free members club).
These tickets go quick, so it's best to book in advance.
With tickets usually £8-£10, two small drinks £3 each and a regular popcorn to share for £6.50, you could save up to £10.50.
The only downside is you can't pick which film to watch. And you must go on a Thursday. Here's what's coming up.
Keep your nippers (and yourself) amused on weekend and school holiday mornings with Movies For Juniors kids’ films at Cineworld. It’s £1.35 per showing, per person (if booked online with a myCineworld account, or £1.50 if bought at cinema box office) for both adults and sprogs.
What is myCineworld?
myCineworld is a free online account that gives you access to Cineworld deals (including 10% off online bookings), forthcoming offers, faster booking and a newsletter (if you opt in). To get it, simply register online. It’s totally free.
3D films are more expensive though - £2.70 per person (if booked online with myCineworld, or £3 if bought at the cinema). Remember the glasses aren’t included, so unless you have some already, it’s £1 each on top of the ticket.
It’s available on selected films only and will vary per cinema. See website for current listings.
Although the films on offer aren’t the latest movies, kids’ tickets usually cost upwards of £7, so this is a decent saving. See full listings and cinema details for more info.
We looked at the other major cinemas and found this deal to be cheapest out there for kids - see Cheap Cinema Tickets for Vue and Odeon offers.
We've blagged MoneySavers 2for1 tickets for The Card Shark Show, an interactive magic show all about classic card tricks, cheats and scams throughout the ages. To get them, go via this special Ticket Factory link*, then pick your date and time, choose from either premium or standard seats (the code MSE21 should be added automatically) at all Friday performances (7pm and 9pm).
Premium tickets (first five rows) are £64 for two people, standard tickets (the next 10 rows) are £53 for two people including admin fees. The show's at the Courthouse Hotel in London's West End.
In order to avoid the dreaded 'canned laughter', TV companies regularly offer free tickets to see popular TV shows. In return, you're expected to listen to direction, shout when asked to and generally be enthusiastic. Although you could also potentially have to sit around for long periods without breaks and for the more popular shows - queue!
A lot of shows overbook, so make sure you arrive at least an hour early is due to start to ensure you get a seat. Often, if you are refused entry due to overbooking, organisers will try to arrange for you to get priority seating for another time.
Firms which offer TV show tickets include:
Always make sure you check out the above lists for these free ticket shows, so you never end up paying money for them on eBay or other ticket sites. Depending on availability, you should always be able to get them for free.
Electronic ticket barriers can sometimes gobble up your ticket, so to make sure you don't lose your proof of travel, ask a member of the station staff to help you through.
Before spending, use Martin's Mantras. If you answer 'NO' to any, Don't buy!
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