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Western Home Show logo5,000 free Western Home Show tickets*Register and print tickets for 12-14 Sep

5,000 avail

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. 

More info

Max two tickets per transaction. 

London Midland logoHereford-Birmingham £5.50 return. Book Thu only.Plus new routes announced every 24 hrs in flash sale

1-day sales

Every day this week London Midland will announce up to 75% off some off-peak returns to/from Birmingham when you book online as part of its flash sale. Each discount will be available for just 24 hours.

The full details of the sales are only revealed on the day, but we know all routes chosen will be 62%-75% off and returns will be less than £10.

Here are the routes that have been discounted so far this week and those planned (we'll update this as the week goes on):

Mon: Liverpool to Birmingham (or vice versa) £9 return (normally £36.60)

Tue: Northampton to Birmingham £6 return (normally £18.30)

Wed: London to Birmingham £8 return (normally £28)

Thu: Hereford to Birmingham £5.50 return (normally £19.20)

Fri: Milton Keynes to Birmingham (price TBC, normally £20)

The first leg of the journey must be taken by Sun 31 Aug, and return travel must be made within one month of the outbound.

More info

No further discounts are available with railcards. Child tickets will be the same price. Under-5s can travel for free.

Off-peak travel is available at any time during weekends and outside morning and evening rush hour Mon - Fri. For full details see London Midland's page.

The North East Wedding Show logo1,500 FREE North East Wedding Show tix (usually £8)*Sat 13 or Sun 14 Sep, Newcastle

Newcastle

Get up to two free tickets to the North East Wedding Show (usually £7 each plus £1 booking fee in advance or £9 on the door). Simply click this MSE blagged North East Wedding Show* link, select ‘buy tickets’ and enter the code UKWS2014FF. 

The show’s on Sat 13 and Sun 14 Sep at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle – you can choose either the Sat or the Sun, but both tickets must be for the same day. There are only 1,500 free tickets in total so you'll need to be quick. The last day you can order is 11:59pm on Tue 26 Aug, but all the tickets could go before then.

The tickets are totally free so the usual advance £1 booking fee is waived. Up to two kids under 16 can go free when accompanied by an adult. Your tickets must be printed so you won’t be able to show them on your smartphone. 

The North East Wedding Show says it'll have 100+ wedding specialists present. There'll be suppliers for venues, honeymoons, photographers and more, plus a catwalk. 

More info

You must book online and it’s max two tickets per household. The show's open from 10am-5pm on both days.

The National Wedding Show logo3,500 FREE Manchester National Wedding Show tix (usually £16.50)*Sun 12 Oct only

Manchester

Go via this MSE blagged National Wedding Show* link to get up to two free tickets to the Manchester show (held at Manchester Central Convention Centre) for Sun 12 Oct only. Just click on 'book tickets', then enter the code NWSMANCFS14 when prompted. 

You must order your tickets by 11.59pm on Tue 26 Aug, but there are only 3,500 tickets so they may go earlier. Once you receive your tickets, make sure you print them out and bring them with you on the day as tickets cannot be shown on your smartphone. 

A ticket usually costs £15 in advance (plus £1.50 booking fee) or £18 on the door. Kids (aged 6-16) are usually £6.50 in advance (plus £1.50 booking fee) or £8 on the door. But this code gets you two totally free tickets with no booking fee. Kids aged five or under can go for free anyway – up to two with each adult – so this offer will allow two adults with up to four under-5s to go for free.

The National Wedding Show says it is the UK's biggest wedding event with 250+ wedding specialists attending. It includes bridal and grooms-wear, florists, venues, photographers, cake designers and more, plus catwalk shows and talks in the 'Wedding Theatre'. 

More info

You can only book online and it's for standard tickets only. It's max two tickets per household.

The show's open from 10am-5pm. The event runs for two days (Sat 11 - Sun 12 Oct) in Manchester, but this offer is for the Sun only. 

Merlin logo50% off gate prices at Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, etcOn selected single packs of £1ish Walkers crisps

25 attractions

Look for promotional single packs of Walkers Wotsits, Quavers, Squares, Monster Munch and French Fries (55p-£1), which have a half-price entry voucher on the back. Each voucher gets 50% off one adult or child full-price gate ticket at one of 25 Merlin attractions, including Alton Towers, Legoland, Thorpe Park, Sea Life and Madame Tussauds.

Check online prices first

The 50% saving is based on tickets bought on the gate, which can cost up to £49.99. However online tickets (which you need to book at least a day in advance) are cheaper, so the saving against these tickets is smaller or about the same.

For example, an adult ticket on the gate at Thorpe Park is £49.99 (£25 with voucher) but only £25.99 if you book 2+ days in advance online. On the other hand, an adult gate ticket at Alton Towers is £49.20 (£24.60 with voucher) but £36.90 seven days in advance online. So use it with Thorpe Park and the deals not that strong, but use it at Alton Towers and it's cracking. Always check online prices if you know you’re visiting. 

The voucher’s valid till the end of the year but promotional packs are likely to disappear at the end of August, so grab them now if you think you might make a trip this year. Some attractions close before the end of the year and there are some excluded dates, see more info below. See the T&Cs for a full list of attractions

More info

We got in touch with Walkers and it says the packs will be delivered to retailers until the end of August, although it couldn't give an exact date and it's while stocks last. It's valid on single standard or grab bag packs.  

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. Valid for standard entry tickets only. Children must always be accompanied by an adult, check the attraction's website for more details. 

The T&Cs say one voucher per person and per transaction, so if there's more than one of you in your group with a voucher, you may have to pay separately.

The voucher's valid till 31 Dec 2014, apart from the following as they close earlier: Thorpe Park, Chessington and Legoland Windsor (till Mon 3 Nov) and Alton Towers (till Fri 7 Nov). Be aware, the opening times of the individual attractions may still vary, so always check. 

There are some extra excluded dates listed below:

  • 25-30 Oct 2014 at The Blackpool Tower Attractions
  • 11 Oct-2 Nov 2014 at Thorpe Park
  • 30-31 Oct 2014 at York, Edinburgh and Blackpool Dungeons (voucher excludes London Dungeon) 
  • 8-9 Nov 2014 at Alton Towers
  • 25 Dec 2014 at all attractions
  • any special events, hotel events, concerts at all attractions


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

A Place in the Sun logo10,000 FREE A Place in the Sun Live tix (usually £10)*Register for the Birmingham show Fri 3-Sun 5 Oct

Birmingham

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.

More info

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: marketing@aplaceinthesun.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. 

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.

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

London

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 Thu 14 Aug, there are over 20,000 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:

  • Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain – Part Two!
  • I Believe In Unicorns
  • The Elephantom
  • The Commitments
  • Stomp

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.

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.

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 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

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

Sweet Sundays logo'Free' cinema ticket with £4 worth of promotional sweetsLook out for special packs of Revels, M&Ms, Maltesers & more

Sundays

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:

  1. Find the codes inside the bags (they're at the bottom).
  2. Register online at Sweet Sundays and enter the codes.
  3. Find your nearest participating cinema (Cineworld, Showcase, Apollo and Movie House).
  4. You'll be sent a voucher via SMS, email or post. Cineworld cinemas are only able to send vouchers by email or text. If you pick a Cineworld, you can book your tickets in advance, but if you choose to go to any of the others, you can only go on the day.
MSE Charlotte says:

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.

More info

Valid on 2D screenings on Sundays only. Max two free cinema tickets per person. Tickets must be used by 17 Dec 2014. 13+ only. Excludes premieres, 3D films, previews and premium seats. Can't be used with any other offer.

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 £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

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

London

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 Thu 14 Aug, there are over 20,000 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:

  • Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain – Part Two!
  • I Believe In Unicorns
  • The Elephantom
  • The Commitments
  • Stomp

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

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, 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 £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 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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