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Chessington logoTwo free Chessington tix with £6ish spendCollect 10 tokens from paper, get first by Sun 19 Feb

RRP £100ish

Collect 10 different tokens printed in The Sun (50p weekdays, or 70p on Saturdays), and The Sun on Sunday (£1) until Tue 28 Feb to get two free tickets to Chessington World of Adventures. The Sun has 87,500 pairs of tickets to give away, spread across valid dates from Apr-Oct 2017.

Once you have your 10 tokens - the last day to start collecting is Sun 19 Feb – apply by post with a completed application form, which will be printed in The Sun on Thu 16 Feb, or you can download it online to print out.

You can't choose an exact date for your tickets, you'll have to choose five date bands in order of preference from a list of seven on your application and you'll be given your one-day tickets on a specific date within one of these bands (subject to availability) - see 'more info' below for the full details.

First chance to book is Mon 20 Feb and it's first-come, first-served to get the date band you want, so you should apply as soon as possible and before Mon 13 Mar. 

How much can I save?

Including the cost of buying the newspapers on the days they're cheapest and paying for a first-class stamp, you're looking at a total minimum spend of £5.64. As adult tickets at Chessington are £49 each on the gate, this could save you up to £92.36, although you can get tickets for much cheaper than the full cost by using a 2for1 voucher or booking in advance (see all theme park deals).

Yet this deal is still going to save you the most money – if you’re able and willing to put the effort into collecting tokens.

More info

Unfortunately, Northern Ireland is excluded from this offer.

You'll receive your tickets via email (unless you opt in to receive them by post) within 28 days - although tickets for band A dates will be sent out as a priority.

One application per household. Watch out, as if you send multiple applications from the same household they’ll all be void. Can't be used with any other offer.

If your tickets or application get lost in the post, The Sun and Chessington aren't liable.

You must write five of these seven available date bands in order of preference on the bottom right-hand corner on the front of the envelope you send your application in. The dates bands are:

A

18/04/2017

13/05/2017

B

14/05/2017

10/06/2017

C

11/06/2017

08/07/2017

D

09/07/2017

05/08/2017

E

06/08/2017

02/09/2017

F

03/09/2017

30/09/2017

G

01/10/2017

31/10/2017

 

You'll then be allocated a specific date on which you can use the tickets, and this is unchangeable. Applications that do not have the five bands indicated in order of preference will be processed last.

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Kids Pass logo£1 for 100-day Kids Pass (norm £25ish)Gets access to 5,000+ offers, eg, kids eat free & cheap cinema

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Kids Pass members get access to over 5,000 offers, including kids eat free and up to 40% off cinema tickets. If you go via this MSE Blagged Kids Pass* link by 11.59pm on Sun 30 Apr, you can get a 100-day membership for £1 (usually £7.50 per month). Warning: After 100 days you'll be automatically enrolled into a year's membership - see how to cancel below. 

What it gets you

Offers run across England, Wales and Scotland (plus a few offers in Northern Ireland) and you only need one Kids Pass per household. Kids Pass told us there's no limit on the number of adults or children, but there may be 'certain restrictions', so you'll need to check each offer individually.

It's a closed group so we can’t share the specifics of most deals - but, we've seen a preview, and decent savings include:

  • Free child meals at 1,500 restaurants, eg, Giraffe, Fayre & Square, Pizza Hut Delivery, Bella Italia, and Handmade Burger Co (with a paying adult).
  • Up to 40% off cinema tickets, including adult and child tickets at 401 cinemas.
  • Up to 57%ish off theme parks, including adult and child entry.
  • 2for1 bowling at 32 MFA bowling centres.

Let us know what you think of it in the forum, on Twitter or Facebook.

How to use Kids Pass

Once you've signed up for the free trial via the link above, you'll need to download the Kids Pass app* (for Apple or Android only) and sign in using your login details. Search for offers by category, and click 'claim offer' to get any you want to use.

Every offer you claim will be stored as a document, including instructions on how to use it, in the 'my offers' tab. Redemption methods we found include showing your Kids Pass membership (via the app, under the 'membership card' tab) for kids eat free, quoting a code via telephone to book theme park tickets, and following a link to book cinema tickets online.

How to cancel your membership

After 100 days from the point of signing up, you'll automatically be enrolled for a year's membership for £29.99 (usually £75). If you don't want to be automatically enrolled, you'll need to cancel before day 99, but to be on the safe side, cancel as soon as you decide you don’t want the year’s membership – you’ll still have access to all of the offers until the end of your 100-day membership. You can cancel by calling 01612448225 - we tested the cancellation process via phone and it worked fine.

National Rail logo2for1 attractions with National RailBuy train ticket & print vch to save up to £50

Save up to £50

If you register and print a voucher from Days Out Guide then buy a National Rail ticket from a train station you can get 2for1 entry to over 150 top UK attractions, including SeaLife Centres, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures, Alton Towers and Legoland Windsor when you present both at the attraction. 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 for a single or day return ticket, or within the days of travel for a return ticket. 

What if I live near the attraction/am travelling by other means?

It's worth doing this even if you are not travelling by train as a cheap single ticket can be available for a couple of quid, far cheaper than the entry ticket price (Alton Towers is the most expensive at £51.60 on the gate). 

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 ongoing, but check the voucher for each individual attraction's restrictions, as these vary. See the full T&Cs including which tickets are valid.

MSE Rhiannon says:

Electronic ticket barriers can sometimes retain your ticket (especially if it's a single), so to make sure you don't lose your proof of travel, ask a member of the station staff at a manned gate 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. Excludes Thorpe Park from Mon 26 Oct 2015 until Sun 1 Nov 2015.

Merlin logo2for1 Alton Tws, Legoland etc with £2ish chocsGet one 'free' adult ticket with vch on selected Cadbury packs

20+ attractions

MSE Update Tue 14 Feb: While there may still be the odd promotional pack available at independent retailers, the majority will now be out of stores so you'll have to look harder to find one - check discounters such as Home Bargains or Poundland to see if they've got them, and search the cupboards for old packets.

Look for promotional packs of Cadbury chocolates, including Chocolate Orange Minis, Dairy Milk Giant Buttons and Crunchie Rocks (£2ish at most supermarkets, see image below), to get a voucher for 2for1 entry at more than 20 Merlin attractions.

The voucher's valid until 31 Jul 2017 at attractions including Legoland, Thorpe Park, Chessington, Alton Towers, Sea Life centres and sanctuaries, the Dungeons and Madame Tussauds. Some dates are excluded at selected attractions, including some in August - see 'more info' below.

Just present the voucher at your chosen attraction when buying one full-price on-the-gate adult ticket (usually up to £55ish) and another person will gain free entry.

How much you'll save

A full-price adult Legoland ticket’s £55.40 on the gate, but £41 if booked online more than a week in advance. While this 2for1’s only valid on the pricier tickets, it’ll still save you £24.60 factoring in the cost of chocolate compared with buying two cheaper tickets without a 2for1 (£53.40 if you’d normally buy on-the-gate tickets).

There’s also the added benefit of not having to commit to your plans seven or more days ahead – allowing you to wait and see what the weather’s like, and simply rock up at the gate with your voucher.

Before using the voucher, you should compare this offer against others to see if there's a better one for you (see all theme park deals).

More info

The participating attractions are Alton Towers, Chessington World of Adventures, Thorpe Park, Legoland Windsor, Warwick Castle, Shrek’s Adventure! London, Madame Tussauds London or Blackpool, The London, York, Edinburgh or Blackpool Tower Dungeons, The Blackpool Tower Eye or The Blackpool Tower Circus, Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester, Sea Life Bray, Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park and Jurassic Skyline, Sea Life centres and sanctuaries in the UK (Birmingham, Great Yarmouth, Loch Lomond, Blackpool, Gweek, London, Oban, Brighton, Manchester, Scarborough and Hunstanton).

The age classification for an adult ticket varies between attractions so make sure you check before you go. Also check the venue's individual opening dates as some are closed at certain times of the year. For example, Chessington, Legoland Windsor, Alton Towers and Thorpe Park are closed in November. There are also some extra excluded dates listed below:

  • 20-31 Aug at all attractions
  • 9 Oct-6 Nov at The Blackpool Tower Attractions (The Blackpool Tower Eye is subject to weather conditions)
  • 21-31 Oct at Thorpe Park
  • 29-31 Oct at The Blackpool Tower Dungeon and The London, York and Edinburgh Dungeons
  • 1-31 Dec at Legoland Windsor
  • 25 Dec at all attractions


2017 exclusion dates will be available at the end of the 2016 season. Promotional vouchers don’t guarantee entry into attractions in the event of venue capacity being reached. Voucher can't be used with any other offer or concession, reward or loyalty schemes, pre-purchased/advance tickets, online or call centre bookings, combination tickets, two day passes, annual passes, Q-bot, Fastrack, secondary ticketed events, hotel events, concerts or group bookings. Only one voucher can be used per person and per transaction. See full T&Cs.

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Tesco Clubcard logoUp to 75% off theme parks with Clubcard*Use at 20 theme parks, or over 200 days out venues

Mar-Oct
Convert Tesco Clubcard points into Tesco Boost tokens* and on some theme parks you get four times the vouchers' face value to use on tickets, eg, £5 in points converts into £20 worth of Boost rewards.

Here are some of the places you can visit:

The London Dungeon*
Alton Towers*
Blackpool Pleasure Beach*
Chessington*
Drayton Manor*
Diggerland*
Legoland*
Lightwater Valley*
Legoland Discovery Centre*
Longleat*
Madame Tussaud's London*
Thorpe Park*
Warwick Castle*

For how to fully maximise Clubcard points, see the Loyalty Schemes guide.

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Kids Pass logoFREE one-month Kids Pass (norm £7.50)*Gets access to 3,700 offers, eg, kids eat free & cheap cinema

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Kids Pass members get access to about 3,700 offers, including kids eat free and up to 40% off cinema tickets. You can't see specific deals before you sign up and we haven't featured it before, so we've blagged a free month trial (usually £7.50) that won't auto-enrol you afterwards - meaning you can try it for free, with no strings attached.

Simply go via this MSE Blagged Kids Pass* link by 11.59pm on Thu 31 Mar to get a free month's membership (you'll then need to download the app for Apple or Android only, see below). Let us know what you think of it in the forum, on Twitter or Facebook.

What it gets you

Offers run across England, Wales and Scotland (plus a few offers in Northern Ireland) and you only need one Kids Pass per household. Kids Pass told us there's no limit on the number of adults or children, but there may be 'certain restrictions', so you'll need to check each offer individually.

It's a closed group so we can’t share the specifics of most deals - but, we've seen a preview, and decent savings include:

  • Free child meals at 1,300 restaurants, eg, Brewers Fayre, Strada, Giraffe, Papa Johns and Handmade Burger Co (with a paying adult)
  • Up to 40% off cinema tickets, including adult and child tickets at 420 cinemas
  • Up to 50%ish off theme parks, including adult and child entry
  • 2for1 bowling at 32 MFA bowling centres

How to use Kids Pass

Once you've signed up for the free trial via the link above, you'll need to download the Kids Pass app (for Apple or Android only) and sign in using your login details. Search for offers by category, and click 'claim offer' to get any you want to use.

Every offer you claim will be stored as a document, including instructions on how to use it, in the 'my offers' tab. Redemption methods we found include showing your Kids Pass membership (via the app, under the 'membership card' tab) for kids eat free, quoting a code via telephone to book theme park tickets, and following a link to book cinema tickets online.

Extend your membership after free trial for £1 for two months

If you want to extend your membership, it's £1 for two months after your free month’s trial, then £29.99 for a year (usually £75). Important: If you don't want to be automatically enrolled for a year's membership, you'll need to cancel in the second month, before the £29.99 direct debit comes out. You can cancel by emailing membership@kidspass.co.uk or by calling 01612448225.

Kellogg's logo2for1 Alton Towers, Sea Life & more with £3ish cereal'Adults go free' voucher on selected Kellogg's cereals and snacks

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Look for promotional packs of Kellogg's cereal and snacks, including Rice Krispies, Frosties, Crunchy Nut and Squares (£2ish-£3ish at most supermarkets until 30 Jun 2015), to get a "Grown-Ups Go Free" voucher for 28 UK Merlin theme parks and attractions.

Effectively this is a 2for1, as you must buy a full-price child or adult ticket to get the free adult entry. It's 'grrreat!' as you can get it now and go any time over the summer.

This could actually work out better than a 2for1 ticket if you’re an adult going with a child as generally, children’s tickets tend to be cheaper than adult tickets.

The vouchers can be exchanged for entry on the day at 28 Merlin attractions, such as Alton Towers, Legoland, Chessington, Sea Life centres and sanctuaries and Madame Tussauds, until 30 Jun 2016. Some dates are excluded at attractions, see 'more info' below.

Check online prices first

As this 2for1 is for on-the-gate tickets (usually up to £50 a ticket), it's always worth checking online before you use the voucher as these can be much cheaper than the gate and there are sometimes online offers.

We found at some attractions this voucher isn't worth it compared to normal online advance prices. For example, a standard adult off-peak Thorpe Park ticket is £49.99 on the gate and £24.99 in advance online – so using the voucher will cost the same as booking online for two adults. If you then factor in the price of the cereal, you're actually making a £3ish loss with the voucher.

However, there are other attractions where you can save a great deal. For example, an adult gate ticket at Alton Towers is £50.40 but £37.80 seven days in advance online normally, so the voucher saves £22.20ish factoring in the cereal cost.  

Also make sure there are no other deals on, as attractions have offers all year round. 

Important: Make sure the expiry on the voucher matches 30 Jun 2016. This deal runs annually so there is a chance you could get a cereal with a voucher from last year’s promotion. 

More info

Voucher and details are on packs available in most supermarkets till 30 Jun 2015 - subject to availability. Here's a list of Kellogg's products with the voucher. Ensure you take the voucher with you on the day. It can only be used against the gate price, not the discounted online price.

The age classification for an adult ticket varies between attractions so make sure you check before you go. Valid for standard entry tickets only and one voucher per person, per transaction. 

Also check the venue's individual opening dates as some are closed at certain times of the year. 

Excludes the upcoming Shrek's Adventure attraction and any secondary attractions including the Castle Dungeon at Warwick Castle. There are also some extra excluded dates listed below:

  • 9 Oct –1 Nov 2015 at The Blackpool Tower Attractions (The Blackpool Tower Eye is subject to weather conditions)
  • 23–31 Oct 2015 at Thorpe Park
  • 1-31 Aug 2015 & 29–31 Oct 2015 at The London Dungeon
  • 30–31 Oct 2015 at The Blackpool Tower Dungeon
  • 31 Oct–1 Nov 2015 at the Edinburgh Dungeon
  • 11–31 May 2015 at Madame Tussauds London
  • 30 Oct–2 Nov 2015 at The York Dungeon
  • 25 Dec 2015 at all attractions
  • When there are special events on (e.g. Lates at The Dungeons and Legoland Windsor Christmas events), hotel events or concerts at all attractions


2016 exclusion dates will be available from the end of 2015 on the Kellogg's website. 

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 (except the London Dungeon which you can pre-book online via this Kellogg's London Dungeon link, but you must still bring your voucher with you on the day along with your pre-booked ticket)
  • Combination tickets, 2 Day Pass, Annual Pass, Q-bot, Fastrack or priority entrance, Early Ride Time, or rail inclusive tickets
  • Event or concert tickets
  • Group bookings


Children must always be accompanied by an adult, check the attraction's website for more details.

Chessington logoChessington Zoo £9 early bird ticketsDuring weekends and school holidays only. Limited availability

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Book online for Chessington Zoo at least five days in advance, and you can get £9 tickets until 8 Mar 2015. The zoo is only open on weekends and school holidays during this time. If you buy tickets at the zoo on the day they're £14 for adults and £11 for children under 12.

There's a limited number of £9 tickets available each day. Chessington Zoo says that if they're all gone, or if you're booking within five days of your visit, you'll still pay a reduced price of £10 when you book online. 

You can print the tickets at home, or collect at the zoo for free.

Merlin logo2for1 theme park tix with 40p-70p papersMust buy adult ticket. Incl Alton Towers, Thorpe Park & Chessington

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Buy The Sun, The Sun on Sunday or The Scottish Sun (40p weekdays, 60p Sat, 70p Sun) between Sat 11 and Fri 17 Oct and get a 2for1 voucher every day for 24 Merlin attractions, including Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Sea Life centres and The Dungeons.

Each voucher gets one adult or child free ticket when one full-price gate adult ticket is bought. It's good, as you can get it now and go any time till the end of the year or until the attraction closes for the 2014 season. Some dates are excluded, see 'more info' below.

Check online prices first

Buying tickets online in advance can be much cheaper than the gate price – sometimes just over half the price. So if there’s an odd number of people in your party, buying this way will often beat buying at the gate with the 2for1. So if you’re planning a trip, check online first.  

For example, an adult Thorpe Park ticket is £49.99 on the gate but costs from £25.99 if you book 2+ days in advance online - so the voucher only saves around £1 for two adults.

On the other hand, an adult gate ticket at Alton Towers is £49.20 but £36.90 seven days in advance online, so voucher saves around £24 for two adults. 

See the T&Cs for a full list of attractions

More info

The offer's not available in Northern Ireland. 

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 you’re a big group, 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:

  • 29 Oct - 2 Nov 2014 at Thorpe Park
  • 29-31 Oct 2014 at London Dungeons
  • 30 Oct-1 Nov 2014 at The Blackpool Tower Dungeons
  • 31 Oct - 2 Nov 2014 at York Dungeons
  • 30 Oct - 2 Nov 2014 at Edinburgh Dungeons
  • 8-9 Nov 2014 at Alton Towers
  • 25 Dec 2014 at all attractions
  • any special events, hotel events and concerts at all attractions


Plus, Sea Life Hunstanton is closed until Thu 16 Oct.

Offer can't be used with: 

  • any other offer or concession 
  • reward or loyalty scheme
  • pre-purchased, advance tickets, call centre or online ticket bookings (apart from London Dungeons where you also have the option to book online - see below)
  • combination tickets, 2 Day Pass, Annual Pass, Q-bot, Fastrack, priority entrance, Early Ride Time or rail inclusive tickets
  • secondary attractions, events or concerts
  • group bookings


The London Dungeons

This is the only attraction you can choose to pre-book online. Just go via this London Dungeons link, enter your code and follow the instructions. Make sure you bring the The Sun voucher, as well as your pre-booked ticket with you on the day.

Chessington logoChessington Zoo (& theme park) 2for1 with National RailBuy a cheap single rail ticket to get 2for1 entry

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Buy a National Rail ticket, register via Chessington Days Out Guide site and print vouchers. You need to print a voucher AND have a valid rail ticket with Chessington South as the final destination, 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. So just stop by the nearest station on your way and pick one up, then present both to get your 2for1.

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 website tickets. Can't be used with other offers or promotions.
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