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Kellogg2for1 Alton Towers, Sea Life & more with £3ish cereal'Adults go free' voucher on selected Kellogg's cereals and snacks

28 attractions

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, Thorpe Park, Sea Life centres and sanctuaries and Madame Tussauds, until 30 Jun 2016. It also includes the London Eye, but only until 3 Apr 2015. 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. So if you’re planning a trip, check online first.  

We couldn’t find any current offers when we looked, but a standard adult off-peak Thorpe Park ticket is £49.99 on the gate but costs £24.99 in advance online – so using the voucher will cost the same as booking online for two adults. 

On the other hand, an adult gate ticket at Alton Towers is £50.40 but £37.80 seven days in advance online, so the voucher saves  £25.20 for two adults. 

Also make sure there are no other deals on, as attractions have offers all year round. The Sun currently has an offer to collect codes in its newspaper to get a pair of 'free' Alton Towers tickets. Although this is the cheapest way to get them, it’s quite a bit of hassle and the valid dates aren't as flexible as this 2for1 deal. All info on our Alton Towers page. 

Important Make sure the expiry on the voucher matches 30 Jun 2016 at all attractions apart from London Eye, until 3 Apr 2015. 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.

Merlin logo2x 'free' Alton Towers tix (RRP £100) with £5ish spendCollect 10 codes from paper - bit of hassle, but BIG saving

From Sat 14

Collect 10 unique 'Paper Perks' codes printed on the back of The Sun newspaper (40p weekdays, or 60p on Sat and 80p Sun – excludes Northern Ireland) every day until Tue 31 Mar to get two 'free' adult tickets to Alton Towers. 

How do you get them?

  • You need to enter your 'Paper Perks' codes online by Tue 14 Apr, but your first code must be entered by Sun 22 Mar. You'll need to sign up to 'Sun Perks' (loyalty club) via the same link if you’re not already a member. 
  • The first code gets you five bonus codes and once you’ve reached 15 in total, click on the offer via your 'Sun Perks' account to book your tickets online. First chance to book is Mon 23 Mar. 

The Sun has 185,000 pairs in total to give away (spread across valid dates from Mar-Nov), but it's first come, first served, so you'll need apply as soon as you get to the 15th code (10 codes + five bonus codes). The Sun say the number of tickets available per date vary so you'll need to get in fast to get what you want. 

It will cost you £1.50 postage for your tickets to be sent out, so a total minimum spend of £5.50. As adult tickets at Alton Towers are £50.40 on the gate, this could save you £95.30, although you can get tickets for much cheaper than the full cost by using a voucher or booking in advance. 

Apply by post with tokens if you can't online

You can get this same deal but by collecting tokens inside the paper and applying by post. However this way you can't choose an exact date for your tickets. You'll have to choose five date bands from a list of nine 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.

Sun+ members can get it without collecting

If you're a paid-up Sun+ website user (costs £7.99 a month), login to your account to claim your tickets online without having to collect tokens by Tue 14 Apr.

If you're on its free one-month trial, you can apply this way but you will not receive your tickets until your trial month ends and you've paid the second month. You will be charged £1.50 postage.

More info

You'll receive your tickets within 28 days - although tickets for band A dates will be sent out as a priority (see below). The offer does not appear in editions published in Northern Ireland.

Watch out, as if you send multiple applications from the same household they’ll all be void! Additional visitors must pay full price and the tokens can't be used with any other offer.

Subject to availability. If your tickets or application get lost in the post, The Sun and Alton Towers are not liable.

Postal application 

To apply this way you need to collect 10 differently-numbered tokens printed in the editorial space of the paper (not the 'Papar Perks' codes).

To get the application form you must buy the paper on Wed 18 Mar or it will be downloadable online for you to print out. The Sun couldn't tell us an exact date this application form link will go live, but it should be the same Wed  - we'll post it here once we have it. The last date you can start collecting the tokens is Sun 22 Mar.

Once your application form is complete, send it in with your tokens and a first class stamped addressed envelope (15cm x 8cm) by Tue 14 April to the address given on the form.

This way is ever so slightly cheaper compared to the online way, as your total spend is £5.24 if you get 40p papers and use two first-class stamps for £1.24. 

You must write five of these nine available date bands in order of preference on the bottom right-hand corner on the front of the envelope you send your application in (not your stamped-addressed envelope) when you apply. The dates bands are:

A

30/03/2015

18/04/2015

B

19/04/2015

15/05/2015

C

16/05/2015

14/06/2015

D

15/06/2015

12/07/2015

E

13/07/2015

09/08/2015

F

10/08/2015

05/09/2015

G

06/09/2015

27/09/2015

H

28/09/2015

23/10/2015

J

24/10/2015

05/11/2015

 

You’ll then be allocated a specific date on which you can use the tickets, and this is unchangeable. If all your choices are unavailable, you’ll be contacted with an alternative. 

Applications without five band choices won't be processed. If you don't put them on the envelope, it'll be processed last.

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About Merlin

Merlin Entertainment was formed in 1999 and comprises 99 attractions in 22 countries across four continents. Merlin attractions include Alton Towers, Madame Tussauds and Thorpe Park.

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