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Are you thinking about building or renovating your pad? Go via this special Build it Live* link to get up to two tickets to the building show at either EventCity in Manchester from Sat 7 - Sun 8 Feb or Glow at Bluewater shopping centre in Kent from Sat 28 Feb - Sun 1 Mar. Just click on the location you want and enter the code FM85.
There are 1,500 tickets for each location so go quick, before they run out (max two per person). The tickets are available till the last day of the event (Sun 8 Feb for Manchester and Sun 1 March for Kent), or before if all tickets go. The event is on between 10am and 5pm on all dates.
Tickets usually cost £12 each, although paying ticket holders get a Build It magazine which costs £4.25 and you won't get this with the free tickets.
One ticket gets you in on the Sat and/or the Sun at the location you choose, so if you're keen you could even spend the weekend there. You’ll get emailed your tickets which you can print or show on your smartphone. Kids under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult and don't need a ticket.
What is Build It Live?
Build It Live is a building and renovation show where over 100 suppliers will be exhibiting. You'll be able to see thousands of products, ask experts for advice and attend workshops.
Book tickets online at Bournemouth Oceanarium to get up to 20% off ticket prices. The discount varies depending on how far in advance you book. Online prices range from £7.95 to £8.95 for an adult ticket (£9.95 on the door), with a family ticket for four ranging from £22.05 to £24.65 (£25.95 on the door).
We've asked Bournemouth Oceanarium if this is an ongoing offer, but it hasn't got back to us yet. We'll update here when we know.
Until Sun 8 Feb, you can get annual Merlin passes for £119 per person. After that, prices will be going up to £169 per person. The pass gets you unlimited visits to attractions including Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Legoland, Madame Tussauds, London Dungeon, London Eye and the Blackpool Tower.
Factoring in the regular 2for1 vouchers available (see our Theme Parks guide), you need to make about six theme park visits during the year to make it worth paying so much upfront. Alton Towers for two people costs £50ish with 2for1 tickets. However, if theme parks aren't your thing, you'd need to visit cheaper attractions such as Sea Life Centres (tickets £20-25ish) more regularly to make it work out cheaper than buying tickets separately.
If you’re buying passes for between three and five people (max three over-12s), you can get them at the reduced 'family' rate of £99 each in the sale (norm £129). You don't technically need to be family, or even visit together, so adults can team up to get the cheaper rate. See 'more info' for details - a few exclusions apply, so check before buying.
How do I get one?
Buy online at Merlin or call 0844 4774 444 (10p/min from landlines, so better to buy online if you can). Passes can either be posted out or collected from the box office at one of the attractions within six months of purchase. They’ll be valid for exactly one year from the date they’re printed.
Alternatively, if you've got Tesco points, you can buy an annual pass for £50 in Clubcard Boost vouchers. See our Tesco Clubcard Boost page for more info.
To get the group discount select the 'family' rate, which is for groups of three to five purchasing together. A maximum of three adults (which Merlin defines as anyone aged 12+) can get passes at the discounted rate. Children aged 3+ (or measuring above 90cm tall) will need their own Merlin annual pass to gain entry. There's no difference in price for children's and adults' annual passes.
The following restrictions apply to the ‘standard’ Merlin annual pass:
None of these restrictions apply to the ‘premium’ Merlin pass, currently £149 (norm £209).
Interested in property abroad? Or just like the TV show and want a day out? We’ve 10,000 free one-day tickets to the Manchester: A Place in the Sun Live* on Fri 13 - Sun 15 Mar at Manchester Central and 10,000 free tickets to the London: A Place in the Sun Live* on Fri 8 - Sun 10 May at Olympia. Just sign up via the link above for the location you want.
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. Advance tickets usually cost £10.90 each or £16.02 for two including a booking fee and on the door it's usually £12 each, so you're saving a great deal here.
It's on 10am-5pm each day at both locations and one ticket's valid for one day, so either the Fri, Sat or Sun - you don't have to choose which day on registering, just turn up on the day you want to visit. You can register for as many as you like, but as these are single tickets (not pairs) you’ll have to register again for every ticket.
The tickets are available till the last day of the event (Sun 15 Mar for Manchester and Sun 10 May for London), or before if all tickets go. Kids under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult and don't need a ticket. Tickets must be printed.
Buy an adult ticket to London's Ripley's Believe it or Not! for £22.95 and get a child ticket (4-15 years old) for £1 extra at Attraction Tix* until 31 Mar 2015 for any day and any time. What's more, these are fast-track tickets so you can queue jump on entry. There's no code to enter, the discount automatically appears.
Under fours go free. It's a maximum of one £1 child ticket per adult. You must select the date you want to go when you book. Once booked, you'll receive your voucher by email - you must print it and bring it with you on the day.
You're saving £21.02 compared to booking online at the Ripley's website, as a fast-track adult ticket costs £25.46 and a child ticket costs £19.51, which in total is £44.97 - you'll only pay £23.95 with Attraction Tix.
Family of four going off-peak?
If you want to go off-peak (arrive after 3.30pm) and you're a family of four, you can get a cheaper deal by getting a Ripley's £42 family voucher until Sun 4 Jan. See our Ripley's page for the voucher and details.
Theatre lovers can go online now to Get Into London Theatre to get £10-£40 tickets for 70 selected shows performed until Fri 13 Feb. The tickets include matinée and evening performances on multiple days including some weekends.
At the start of this deal there were 130,000 tickets available across all dates, but tickets for specific performances are subject to availability, and many have now gone. Not all shows will offer tickets at the lowest price point of £10, and the cheaper tickets for the more popular shows are likely to go very quickly.
Here are some examples of discounted tickets (see the full price list)
A maximum of eight tickets can be booked per show and there’s no limit to the number of transactions that can be made. Tickets are non-refundable.
There are no booking fees and the tickets will either be posted to you free of charge or you can collect them from the box office on the day of the performance.
Multiple theatres participating in the West End, Barbican Centre, Greenwich Theatre and New Wimbledon Theatre.
Get Into London Theatre has advised that no seats available should have any restricted views and that seat allocations will be visible to customers during the booking process.
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.
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.
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.
At Vue Cinemas across the UK military personnel can show a Defence Privilege Card or MoD service ID to get up to 20% off a cinema ticket.
Discounts range from 15%-20% and this is dependent on location. The discount is valid seven days a week on all films. Tickets must be purchased from the box office, not online.
MSE Update 5pm, Thu 11 Dec: Orange/EE has announced this offer will end on 25 Feb 2015, so make use of it while you can. See our EE to axe 'Orange Wednesdays' from February news story for full details and here's a round-up of other current cinema deals.
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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