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Sweet Sundays logo'Free' Sunday cinema ticket when you buy £4 of sweetsLook out for special packs of Revels, M&M's, Maltesers & more

Sundays

You can get a 'free' cinema ticket on Sundays at participating cinemas (including Cineworld and some independent cinemas, but excluding Odeon and Vue - see the full list), when you buy promotional chocolate pouches before 14 Oct 2015.

The bags include M&M's, Maltesers, Minstrels, Galaxy Counters and Revels (see the full list). You need to buy four small pouches or two large pouches to get the 'free' ticket. Make sure they have the Sweet Sundays promotion on them.

Where can I buy the Sweet Sundays pouches?

You can buy the promotional chocolate pouches at most major supermarkets, but to make the most of this deal, it's best to buy them when they're on offer, or at the lowest price available. The cheapest we've found the large pouches is £1.80 at Asda (next cheapest is £2.50 at Sainsbury's). The smaller pouches are on offer for £1 (norm £2.09) at Asda until Fri 17 Jul.

So if you can find the promotional packs in your local Asda, you'd effectively be buying your cinema snacks for £3.60-£4 and getting your ticket, which can cost up to £10, for 'free'.

How do I get the 'free' ticket?

  1. Make sure you have enough promo packs of sweets (see the picture on the right for what to look out for).
  2. Find the codes at the bottom of the bags.
  3. Register online at Sweet Sundays and enter the codes.
  4. Find your nearest participating cinema (incl Cineworld, Showcase and Reel Cinemas. See the full list).
  5. Cineworld cinemas will send vouchers by email. All other cinemas will be sent by post, which can take up to two weeks. 
  6. The vouchers can be used on 2D films at participating cinemas, every Sunday until 1 Nov 2015.

 

How good is this deal?

If you're able to buy the promotional packs for £4ish you could make a decent saving with this deal, depending on ticket prices at your local cinema. Buying four small pouches would cost you £8ish at full-price, so it's only worth doing if your tickets normally cost more (unless you were planning to buy the chocolate anyway).

More info

Valid on 2D screenings on Sundays only. Max two free cinema tickets per person. Tickets must be used by 1 Nov 2015. 13+ only. Excludes premieres, 3D films, previews and premium seats. Can't be used with any other offer.

Vue logoUp to 1/3 off Vue Cinemas on TuesdaysVia Super Tuesday code. Discount depends on location & time

Ongoing

You can get up to 1/3 off ticket prices at Vue Cinemas with its Super Tuesday offer. The discount you'll get varies depending on the location and the time of the film, but Vue says you'll get at least an 18% discount.

You'll need a unique code to get the offer - simply enter your details online, or text SUPER to 51055 (standard SMS text messaging rates apply). You can then get the discount by quoting the code at the box office when you buy your tickets. Some exclusions apply - see 'more info' below for details.

Unfortunately this discount isn't valid with the Meerkat Movies deal, which can get you 2for1 cinema tickets on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (see our Deals Hunters blog - Meerkat Movies trick: £2ish gets 2for1 movies for a year). So check which offer is best for you - if there's two of you, a 2for1 offer could work out cheaper.

More info

You'll have to pay extra for upgrades, premium seats and special events or screenings. The Super Tuesday offer isn't available at Vue Cardiff.

Odeon logoOdeon £3-£4 'senior' screeningsVia Odeon Silver Cinema, aimed at cinema goers aged 55+

Ongoing

If you're aged 55+, you can get tickets to Odeon Silver Cinema showings (previously known as Odeon Senior Screen) for £3-£3.95, depending on location. See 'more info' below for the prices at different cinemas. You'll also get tea, coffee and biscuits before the film starts.

Odeon says the films selected for Odeon Silver Cinema are aimed at a 'mature audience', aged 55+, but there is no formal age restriction on the tickets.

More info

Tickets for Odeon Silver Cinema are £3 except at the following cinemas:

Ayr, Banbury, Bournemouth Odeon, Bournemouth ABC, Dunfermline, Guildford, Kilmarnock, Kettering, Lincoln and Mansfield tickets are £3.50.

Aylesbury, Bridgend, Chelmsford, Harrogate, Hastings, Newark, Port Solent, Putney, Salisbury, Southend and Tunbridge Wells tickets are £3.95.

You'll need to pay extra to upgrade to other seat types. Odeon Silver Cinema special screenings tickets may cost more - check the cinema's film listings for more information

Odeon logoOdeon extra 25% off student tickets with NUS ExtraAvailable to all students aged 16+ via £12 NUS Extra card

Mon-Thu

If you're a student with an NUS Extra card you can get an extra 25% off student ticket prices at Odeon cinemas, Mondays-Thursdays. Simply show your NUS Extra card at the box office to get the discount. Ticket prices vary, depending on location and the time of the film.

Who is eligible for an NUS Extra card?

The NUS Extra card is available to all students aged over 16 years (including distance learners, vocational and part-time students). It costs £12 and is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. You can use it to get discounts at lots of stores and websites, including Asos, Spotify, Amazon and Domino's. It gets discounts at more retailers than the student ID card issued by universities and colleges.

Vue logoVue Cinemas - swap Nectar pointsConvert your Nectar points into cinema tickets

500pts = £2.50

Every 500 Nectar points is worth £2.50 at Vue Cinemas. To get the offer, simply hand over your Nectar card at the box office and tell them how many points you'd like to convert.

You have to pay in multiples of 500 points - if you don't have enough you can part-pay with points, a debit card or cash in the same transaction.

1,000 points = 2 Vue tickets (until Tue 11 Aug)

You can get two Vue cinema tickets for 1,000 points until Tue 11 Aug, as part of Nectar's Summer Rewards. 1,000 points are normally worth £5, so this is a pretty good deal as an adult ticket usually costs £4-£14.79, depending on location.

More info

You can't use Nectar points to book tickets in advance by telephone or via Vue's website. Points can't be redeemed in conjunction with any other offer, promotion or discount, unless otherwise stated.

You can't currently spend your Nectar points at the new Vue Farnborough cinema. 

Meerkat Movies logoMeerkat Movies - 2for1 cinema ticketsYear's 2for1 from £2ish. New & existing comparison site customers

Tue/Wed

If you use the comparison website Compare The Market, or if you’ve used it during the past year, you can get 2for1 cinema tickets every Tuesday or Wednesday for 12 months from the date you use the site to get a credit card, loan or insurance, or switch your energy, broadband, TV or landline provider.

The offer expires 12 months after the date of your purchase or switch, not 12 months from when you activate it. Please note: activation can take at least 48 hours, so you’ll have to be patient.

How much do I have to spend?

Compare The Market isn’t always the cheapest place to buy insurance (see our insurance guides for the top deals), but you can get Meerkat Movies by spending as little as £2ish on a single-trip travel insurance policy for one person travelling within the UK. For more on this trick, read our Deals Hunters blog.

What do I get?

You're entitled to one voucher per week (so you can't go both days) and to get it you can either download the Meerkat Movies app (iPhone and Android only) or log in at the website. You can then simply print the code or show it on your smartphone at the box office. 

If you fancy an IMAX screening, want to upgrade to premium seats or see a 3D film, you'll be asked to pay the price difference between this and a standard cinema ticket.

Where can I use it?

Like the extremely popular Orange Wednesdays (which ended shortly before Meerkat Movies launched), it's valid at most cinemas across the UK - the big chains (eg, Cineworld, Odeon and Vue) as well as lots of independents - but not all of them. If in doubt, check with your local cinema before turning up.

Important: 2for1 cinema tickets should never be your reason for choosing a product like insurance. Use other sites to check it's a good deal and don't be swayed by freebies that could end up costing you a lot more in the long run.

More info

To qualify for Meerkat Movies membership, you need to purchase one of the following products via Compare The Market: car, motorcycle, home, van, pet, landlord, life, home/content or travel insurance. You can also qualify by taking out a credit card or loan or switch energy, digital TV or broadband supplier.

You can only hold one Meerkat Movies membership in any 12-month period, but if you purchase a second product whilst you have an active Meerkat Movies membership you can choose to claim a cuddly toy instead.

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 Q.I, 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, Live at the Apollo, The Voice and Mock The Week.
  • Lost in TV covers shows like The Cube The Clare Balding showand 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.

Cineworld logoCineworld £1.60/£1.75 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 £1.58 per showing, per person if you book online with a myCineworld account, or £1.75 if bought at the 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 - £2.93 per person (if booked online with myCineworld, or £3.25 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.

The offer'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 £1.99 ticketsWeekend & school holiday mornings

Kids' deal
Children aged between 2-12 can get tickets from £1.99 with the Kids AM offer on selected weekend and school holiday morning movies. What's more, accompanying adults get in from £1.99 too. 3D films are from £2.79.

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 participating Odeon cinemas are £2.50. The only exceptions are the following cinemas; Worcester, Telford and Dorchester tickets are £1, Dundee, Bristol and Belfast tickets are £1.50, and Weston-Super-Mare tickets are £2.

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.

Vue logoVue Cinemas armed forces discount15%-20% discount using MoD card

Ongoing

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.

More info

Valid for the cardholder’s ticket only. So if you are in the armed forces and buying tickets for others, only yours will be discounted.

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 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.
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 is 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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