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 £1.50, Dundee, Bristol and Belfast £2, Weston-Super-Mare £2.50, 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.
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 Big Brother 2015, X Factor and Never Mind The Buzzcocks.
TV Recordings offers tickets for shows like Russell Howard's Good News.
SRO Audiences is another biggie - expect to find tickets for shows like The Graham Norton Show,Comic Relief, The Voice and Mock The Week.
Lost in TV covers shows like The Cube 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.
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.
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.
Children aged between 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.
Northern Ireland residents aged 18 and over can get free guest tickets to arts events across Belfast. This is 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 but they are all subject to availability.
Tickets will be available a minimum of three weeks before the show, and must be booked at least seven days in advance. Thereís a limit of one show per person, and you will 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.
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