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Day trips and activities

RipleyRipley's Believe It or Not! £42 family ticket*Norm £68. Arrive after 3.30pm

London

Believe it or not (see what we did there!), you can get an off-peak family ticket to Ripley's interactive attraction in London any day until Sun 30 Nov for £42 instead of the usual £67.96 online (£79.90 on the door).

Simply print this Ripley’s voucher* and present it at the Piccadilly Circus attraction to get entry for two adults and two children or one adult and three children for £42. A child is classed as aged 4-15 (under-4s go free) and the 700 peculiar exhibits are aimed at all ages.

Ripley’s doesn’t usually offer this type of off-peak ticket. A family ticket normally costs £67.96 in advance online for the whole day, and even if you bought the evening saver tickets after 5pm, it would still cost you £67.80 for two adults and two children.  So whichever way you look at it, this deal gives a saving of about £26.

You must arrive after 3.30pm with this deal but you can stay as long as you like, until it closes at midnight. Last entry is 10.30pm, but Ripley's suggests you'll need about two hours to visit the whole attraction.

More info

Can't be used with any other offer. One voucher per visit, but you can download and print another should you wish to return on or before 30 Nov.

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.

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.

More info

For more information about which parks take part in TFF take a look at their  Tennis For Free Session Sites.

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

At 38 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 and 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 03330 143 354 and quote the store, class and your B&Q membership number and it's free.

The classes take place at 38 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:

  • 'Santa stop here' sign
  • Hedgehog house
  • Toy boat
  • Halloween treat tub
  • Christmas advent calendar
  • Hanging bird feeder
  • Coaster sets

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

Odeon logoOdeon cinema tix: two for £10 or five for £20*Via daily deals site. Usually up to £16/ticket, multiple visits allowed

8 days left

Get two Odeon cinema tickets for £10, or five for £20, online at Groupon*. Better still, you don't have to use them in one go and they can be used by different people. The vouchers are valid on 2D and 3D showings at almost every UK cinema, though some films are excluded. 

How long do I have to buy them? The offer ends at 11:59pm on Fri 7 Nov, or earlier if the vouchers sell out. We got in touch with Groupon on Tue 28 Oct and it said 154,900 two-ticket vouchers were left (originally 170,656) and 51,000 five-ticket vouchers were left (originally 70,000). 

How long do I have to use them? The vouchers expire on Fri 19 Dec. This is the same end date as the Odeon deal Groupon ran last month, so it's worth noting you'll have less time to use the vouchers this time around. They can be used on multiple visits, so if you buy the five-ticket voucher, you can use it on five separate cinema visits before then.

You can't book ahead. They aren't valid for online or advance bookings, you'll have to go to the cinema box office on the day of the film to use them. It's worth calling ahead to check availability if you want to see a particular showing.

Where can they be used? They're valid at all 100+ UK cinemas, apart from these London branches: Leicester Square, The Lounge at Whiteleys and BFI IMAX. The offer also excludes any other IMAX screenings.

Are any films excluded? Yes, showings before Fri 21 Nov of Interstellar, showings before Fri 5 Dec of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and all showings of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

How do you get it? Go via this Groupon* link and purchase the voucher. You'll then need to redeem the code that appears on your Groupon voucher on this page to receive your Odeon voucher codes by email. You can either print them or show them on your phone at the box office.

Before you buy, is it worth it for you? 

A full-price box office ticket can cost £4-£16 depending on location and whether it’s for an adult or child. As this offer gets tickets for £4-£5, it's only worth getting if you usually pay more than that.

So before buying this deal, check prices at your local cinema. Certainly in London's West End branch you can save up to £22 for two adult tickets as they're usually £16 each. If you're visiting the West Bromwich branch however, you could get an adult ticket for as little as £5 so there wouldn't be much of a saving.

More info

Seats are subject to availability. The deal can't be used with any other offer or discount voucher (including Orange Wednesday, Tesco, Times, The Sun Perks, Movies in the Morning and Odeon Premier Club Film Fan Monday), or with Odeon points. 

The offer includes Newbies screenings, but excludes premier seats, D-Box seats, Gallery performances, The Lounge performances, IMAX, BFI IMAX, iSense, family tickets, Odeon Silver Screen, Odeon Kids, Odeon Plus, premieres, special events and events which are not usually open to the public. 

Also excludes these extras:

  • - 3D glasses
  • - Gift cards and vouchers
  • - Odeon Premiere Club cards
  • - Food & drink
  • - Merchandise

 

The tickets must be for personal use only - so the vouchers can't be used on school bookings, corporate or private hire, or third party bulk ticket bookings. 

Sweet Sundays logo'Free' cinema ticket with £8 worth of 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.

The promotional bags are £2 at Tesco, so you're effectively buying your cinema snacks for £8 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

Ongoing offer

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

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, X Factor and Take Me Out.
  • TV Recordings offers tickets for shows like Russell Howard's Good News.
  • SRO Audiences is another biggie - expect to find tickets for shows like Great British Bake Off - An Extra Slice,The Graham Norton Show, Live at the Apollo and Loose Women.
  • Lost in TV covers shows like Children in Need and Derren Brown.
  • 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 Frederika 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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