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MSE Update: Tickets for Sat 11 Oct and Sun 12 Oct have now sold out, but there are still tickets available for Thu 9 Oct and Fri 10 Oct.
We've 13,000 free tickets for Grand Designs Live* at the NEC Birmingham - just enter the code GDL14FT before picking a date. There are 5,000 tickets available for both Thu 9 Oct and Fri 10 Oct, and 1,500 tickets available for both Sat 11 Oct and Sun 12 Oct. Originally the free tickets were only available for Thursday and Friday, but we've managed to get hold of some for the weekend too.
You must book by 11.59pm on Fri 19 Sep, or before they're all snapped up. Tickets normally cost £19 on the door, or £15 in advance.
There's a limit of two tickets per person. The usual £1.70 booking fee has been waived, so you won't have to enter any bank details. If at any point you're asked to add card details, go back and insert the code again - these are completely free tickets.
Your tickets will be emailed for you to print at home. Kids under 15 get in free but there's a limit of one child per adult. You'll need to request child tickets when you book, or collect them at the box office on the day of your visit.
Open House London ) is an annual event where venues that usually charge or are closed to the public open up so you can have a good nosey-round for free. This year over 800 venues are participating on Sat 20 Sep and Sun 21 Sep.
The venues include grade-listed properties, offices, museums, gardens, attractions and more. For most, you can just turn up on the day (though expect LONG queues for the more popular buildings). However, some do require you to book in advance.
Unfortunately, it's too late to apply for the more popular ballot-draw properties, such as 10 Downing Street and the London Eye (the ballot shut on 7 Sep), but there are still plenty of great places to check out, including:
Three places for free that usually charge
Three places usually closed to the public
My friend and I got up super-early on the Sunday last year to try and beat the queues at St Mary Axe (the Gherkin) only to find the queue was already miles long and an expected wait of six hours to the front. As a result, we went elsewhere. You've been warned!
Enter 300+ Scottish properties for free on selected Sep dates (mainly weekends) as part of Scottish Civic Trust's Doors Open Days annual architectural festival.
The venues included usually charge an admission fee or are closed to the public, so it’s a great opportunity to have a peep inside them. There are also some venues that are free anyway, but are putting on special free events.
Use this Doors Open Days link to find the venues and entry details - each property will have selected dates and times it's free, and some may require booking.
There were originally 1000+ venue's participating, but in some areas the free entry dates at venues have expired. Here's a list of the dates for each region.
Here are some examples:
Three places that usually charge
Pollok House, Glasgow (usually £6.50)
Glencoe Folk Museum, Glencoe (usually £3)
Cairn O' Mohr Winery, Errol (usually £5)
Three places usually closed to the public
Perth Community Fire Station, Perth
Kinneil House, Bo'ness
Benjamin Tindall Architects, Edinburgh
Throughout September, 100+ buildings in Wales, which usually charge to enter or are normally closed, are open to the public for free. This is part of the Welsh government's historic environment service's (Cadw) annual Open Doors event.
The opening dates and times will vary between venues and some will require you to book - here's all the info for each event. There were originally 300+ venue's participating, but the free entry dates at some venues have expired.
Important. There are 23 sites you will need to print or show on your smartphone a voucher to get in on the last weekend (Sat 27-Sun 28 Sep). You will find a list of these properties on this voucher registration link. Max four vouchers per person.
Here are some examples:
Buildings that usually charge
BBC Broadcasting House, Cardiff (usually £8.50)
Denbigh Castle, Denbigh (usually £3.50)
Greenfield Valley Heritage Park, Holywell (usually £5.50)
Buidlings usually closed to the public
South Wales Police Museum, Bridgend
Eglwys Unedig, Penmachno
Howells School, Llandaff
Get a pair of tickets to the Cake & Bake Show London (Earl's Court) on Fri 3 Oct for just a £2.50 booking fee. Two adult tickets usually cost £29 (or £30.50 in advance including a booking fee).
There are 250 pairs available on a first-come, first-served basis and it's strictly one pair per household. They’re likely to go extremely quickly as this is a very popular event.
How do you get it?
As the MSE weekly email goes to over nine million people, we've arranged to set the code live at 2.30pm on Thu 18 Sep to give everyone a fair chance.
We'll publish the code here at 2.30pm on Thu 18 Sep
Then go online and enter it at The Cake & Bake Show*
Once they're all gone, get 2for1
If you aren’t lucky enough to get a pair of the ‘freebies’, we’ve also blagged a 2for1 code for two adult Fri tickets. We’ll publish the code here on Thursday, when the 'free' ones have gone.
You’ll have until Mon 22 Sep to use the 2for1 code, but bear in mind the tickets may have sold out by then. This code takes the price of two adult tickets from £29 to £14.50, though you'll pay a £1.50 transaction fee per booking on top.
The code only works on adult tickets (aged 17+), but concessions (aged 13-16, 65+ or students) and children (aged 5-12) can also gain entry with an adult ticket. If the 2for1 is for two children though it's best to buy full price as they'll be £14 altogether (£7 each), 50p cheaper than the discounted adult ones.
There are live demonstrations by celebrity bakers, such as Simon Rimmer and Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn, classes with the experts and produce and stalls full of baking supplies.
The tickets will be posted to you. Under-5s go free and under-16s must be accompanied by an adult. To take part in the classrooms or if you want VIP seating at the Cake Kitchen/Bakery, you’ll have to pay extra.
The show runs that Friday-Sun, but both codes do not apply on the Saturday and Sunday. One day's entry only. The event's open 11am-6pm on Fri.
If you're interested in 'free-from' food and drink, keep your dairy… ahem, diary free. Register your details for the show at the BT Convention Centre, Liverpool via this special Allergy & Free From Show link, then print your free ticket or show it on your smart phone (usually £5 in advance, £7.50 on-the-door).
The ticket will be valid for either date - Sat 25 Oct (10am - 5pm) or Sun 26 Oct (10am - 4pm). You can apply for free tickets up to the last day, Sun 26 Oct - so you can visit on the same day you register.
One free ticket per person, per day. If you want to go on more than one day, then you'll need to print out more tickets. Under-16s go free anyway so don't need a ticket, though there must be one adult there for every two present.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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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