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

20+ attractions

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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Kids Pass logo£1 for 100-day Kids Pass (norm £25ish)Gets access to 4,500 offers, eg, kids eat free & cheap cinema

Ongoing

Kids Pass members get access to about 4,500 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 4 Sep, you can get a 100-day membership for £1 (usually £7.50 per month). 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 1,276 restaurants, eg, Pizza Hut Delivery, Ask Italian, Strada, Bella Itallia, TGI Fridays, Crown Carveries, Giraffe 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.

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.

Merlin logo2for1 Thorpe Park, Dungeons with £1ish spendCode found on promotional packs of Branston baked beans

Use in 2016

Look for promotional packs of Branston baked beans, which include single cans for 65p and four packs for £2, to get a code for a free adult or child ticket when you buy one full-price adult ticket to Thorpe Park or The Dungeons (Blackpool, Edinburgh, London, York).

You need to purchase your ticket online (at the more expensive on-the-gate price) using the code, which can be found on the inside of your Branston beans product label or shrink wrap, or by presenting the promotional product wrapper at the gate when you visit your chosen attraction.

The promotional packs are available nationally at all major supermarket chains until September. The code's valid until Wed 2 Nov at Thorpe Park and Sat 31 Dec at The Dungeons, although some dates are excluded - see 'more info' below.

How much you’ll save

A full-price adult Thorpe Park ticket’s £51.50 on the gate, but only £27.99 if booked online five or more days in advance. While this 2for1’s only valid on the pricier tickets (even if buying online), it’ll still save you £3.50ish factoring in the cost of beans compared with buying two cheaper tickets without a 2for1.

There’s also the added benefit of not having to commit to your plans five 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.

An adult ticket to the London Dungeon costs £28.95 on the gate, or £19.95 bought online. Including the cost of beans, as you have to pay the on-the-gate price with this deal, you'll be saving £10ish compared to buying two advance tickets online.

MSE Tom says:

Before using the voucher, you should compare this offer against others to see if there's a better one for you. For example, a current Kellogg's promotion also offering 2for1 tickets to Merlin attractions only requires you to purchase a child ticket to claim a free child or adult ticket (see all theme park deals).

More info

Not valid 21-31 Oct at Thorpe Park, or 28-31 Oct and 25 Dec at The Dungeons. York Dungeon is currently closed due to flooding in late 2015 and there isn't a timescale for when it will reopen.

One free entry per code. Excludes any secondary ticketed events/hotel events/concerts/Xmas events.

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer, discount, or attraction website/call centre booking.

Merlin logo2for1 Alton Tws, Legoland etc with £3ish cerealAdults go 'free' vch on selected Kellogg's cereals and snacks

32 attractions

Look for promotional packs of Kellogg's cereal and snacks, including Rice Krispies, Frosties, Crunchy Nut and Squares (£2ish-£4ish at most supermarkets), to get free adult entry via a 'Grown-Ups Go Free' voucher for 32 Merlin attractions.

The voucher's valid until 30 Jun 2017. Effectively this is a 2for1, as you must buy a full-price on-the-gate child or adult ticket (usually up to £52ish) to get the free adult entry, but this could actually work out better than a 2for1 ticket if you’re an adult going with a child as generally child tickets tend to be cheaper than adult ones.

The vouchers can be exchanged for entry on the day at 32 Merlin attractions such as Legoland, Thorpe Park, Chessington, Alton Towers, Sea Life centres and sanctuaries, the Dungeons and Madame Tussauds. Some dates are excluded at attractions - see 'more info' below.

How much you’ll save

As this 2for1 is for on-the-gate tickets, you can save a great deal. For example, an adult ticket at Alton Towers is £51.60 on the gate, so even compared with buying a cheaper advance ticket online for £36.12, the voucher saves you £22.80ish factoring in the cereal cost. 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).

You can also book online

To guarantee entry and beat the queues at selected attractions, there's also an option to book your tickets online in advance using unique codes found on Kellogg’s cereal packets (though you’ll still pay the on-the-gate price). Technically, these codes can be combined with the physical vouchers to obtain two free adult tickets with two full-price child tickets purchased - see 'more info' for full details.

More info

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.

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 close in November. There are also some extra excluded dates listed below:

  • 25-28 Mar and 1-4 Apr 2016 at The London Eye
  • 9 Oct-6 Nov 2016 at The Blackpool Tower Attractions (The Blackpool Tower Eye is subject to weather conditions)
  • 21-31 Oct 2016 at Thorpe Park
  • Every Fri and Mon until Sun 27 Mar, and 29-31 Oct 2016 at The Blackpool Tower Dungeon
  • 28-31 Oct 2016 at The London, York and Edinburgh Dungeons
  • 1-31 Dec 2016 at Legoland Windsor
  • 25 Dec 2016 at all attractions


York Dungeon is currently closed due to flooding in late 2015 and there isn't a timescale for when it will reopen.

Promotional vouchers don’t guarantee entry into attractions in the event of venue capacity being reached. Offer 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, priority entrance, early ride time, secondary ticketed events, hotel events or group bookings.

Or book online in advance using promo codes on cereal packets

To guarantee entry in advance, you can book tickets online (excludes The Blackpool Tower Circus) at a special Merlin website ahead of your visit. To do this, you need a unique 10 digit code found on promotional packs of Kellogg’s cereal only, either underneath the carton flap or on the base of the box.

This method of redeeming the offer requires you to pay the gate price in advance and print out your tickets. At selected attractions, you can scan these tickets and walk right through the gates, enabling you to beat the queues.

Get a free digital photograph

For a limited time in Tesco stores, special packs of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes 750g will include an additional voucher to claim a free digital photograph at participating venues.

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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.

Thorpe Park logoThorpe Park £28 early bird tix (norm £51.50)Save 45% when you book online

Ongoing

If you're going to Thorpe Park, you can make significant savings by booking in advance online.

For example, a standard adult ticket is £51.50 if bought on the day at the gate, but it’s 40% cheaper (£30.99) booked one to four days in advance and 45% cheaper (£27.99) when booked five days ahead. A child ticket costs £44.99 on the day, but it's 31% cheaper (£30.99) booked one to four days in advance and 38% cheaper (£27.99) when booked five days ahead.

More info

Discounted advance tickets purchased online can’t be used in conjunction with any other promotional offer.

Legoland Windsor logoLegoland £37 early bird tix (norm up to £50)Save 25% when you book online a week in advance

Ongoing

If you're going to Legoland, you can make significant savings by booking in advance online.

For example, an adult gate ticket (16+ years) for Legoland Windsor is £50.40. It’s normally 20% cheaper (£40) when booked online two to six days in advance, and 25% cheaper (£37) when purchased a week or more in advance.

Discounts also apply to tickets for children (£46.20 on the gate, £37 bought seven days in advance) and seniors, while larger discounts are available for families and bigger groups. Legoland entry is free for kids under the age of three.

Discounted advance tickets purchased online can’t be used in conjunction with any other promotional offer. Additional charges may apply for special event days. 

As well as being cheaper, Legoland says booking online and printing the tickets at home will allow quick access to the park by enabling you to beat gate queues.

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Alton Towers logoAlton Towers £36ish early bird tix (norm up to £52ish)Save 30% when you book online five days in advance

Ongoing

If you're going to Alton Towers then you can make significant savings by booking in advance online.

For example, an adult gate ticket (12+ years) is £51.60 if bought on the day or the day before visiting. It’s normally 15% cheaper (£43.86) when booked online one to four days in advance, and 30% less expensive (£36.12) when purchased five days or more in advance.

The same discounts apply to tickets for children (£45.60 on the gate, £38.76 bought one to four days in advance, and £31.92 when purchased five days or more in advance), seniors and families, while larger discounts are available for groups of seven or more. Alton Towers entry is free for kids under the age of four.

It costs a standard £7.50 to upgrade a one-day ticket to a two-day one, but unless you live locally you’ll need to factor in accommodation or travel costs.

Discounted advance tickets purchased online can’t be used in conjunction with any other promotional offer.

Chessington Zoo logoChessington £28ish early bird tickets (norm £48ish)When you book online 5+ days in advance. Includes zoo

Ongoing

Book online for Chessington World of Adventures at least five days in advance, and you can get tickets for £27.60 (usually £47.60 adult/£43.60 child on the day). These tickets will get you access to the whole park, including the zoo.

If you book between one and four days ahead of your visit you can still get discounted tickets for £32.60 per person. Children under three years old get in for free.

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

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Merlin logoDiscounted 1-yr Merlin theme parks pass £129Norm £169. Unlimited entry to Legoland, Alton Towers etc

Expired

Until 11.59pm on Thu 30 Jun, you can get an annual 'standard' Merlin pass at the discounted price of £129 per person. After that, it will rise to the normal 2016 price of £169 per person.

The pass gets you unlimited visits to 32 attractions including Legoland, Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Madame Tussauds, London Dungeon, London Eye and the Blackpool Tower. 

Given you could also go to many attractions using a 2for1 voucher (see our Theme Parks guide), you need to make about six theme park visits during the year to make it worth buying an annual pass. Legoland 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. See 'more info' below as a few exclusions apply, so check before buying.

If you're buying passes for between three and five people (max three over-12s), you can get them at the reduced 'standard family' rate of £109 per person, going up to £129 on Thu 30 Jun. You don't technically need to be family, or even visit together, so adults can team up to get the cheaper rate.

How do I get one?

Buy online at Merlin or call 0844 4774 444 (13p/min from landlines plus your access charge, so better to buy online if you can). Depending on the attraction, passes can either be posted out (allow 3-5 working days for distribution) or collected from the box office within six months of purchase. They'll be valid for one year from the date they're posted to you or from the date you collect them.

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.

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+ will need their own pass at most Merlin attractions, although the age at which Merlin charges varies depending on the attraction (see number 32 in the full Merlin annual pass T&Cs). There's no difference in price for children's and adults' annual passes.

The following restrictions apply to the 'standard' Merlin annual pass, but not to the 'premium' pass, which currently costs £159 (rising to £209):

  • Madame Tussauds London, London Eye, Sea Life London aquarium, DreamWorks Tours Shrek’s Adventure London and London Dungeon: no entry during the whole of August
  • Madame Tussauds London, London Eye, Sea Life London aquarium, DreamWorks Tours Shrek’s Adventure London and London Dungeon: no entry on UK bank holidays 1 Jan, 25 Mar, 28 Mar, 2 May, 30 May, 29 Aug, 26 Dec, 27 Dec
  • London Eye: no entry 14 Feb
  • London Dungeon: no entry 28-29 Oct
  • Secondary attractions at Warwick Castle will be subject to additional charges
  • Parking not included

 

'Standard' and 'premium' Merlin annual passes are subject to additional charges including entrance fees and/or booking fees for concerts, themed and special events, Christmas event openings, Blackpool Tower circus, secondary attractions at Alton Towers, Chessington and Thorpe Park, any other event as determined by Merlin.

 

Thorpe Park logo2x 'free' Thorpe Park tix with £6ish spendCollect 10 codes from paper, collect first by Sun 1 May

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From Sat 23 Apr, collect 10 unique codes printed on the back page of The Sun (50p weekdays, or 70p on Saturdays), and The Sun on Sunday (£1) until Tue 10 May to get two 'free' tickets to Thorpe Park. The Sun has 120,000 pairs of tickets to give away, spread across valid dates from May-Oct 2016 - full list in 'more info' below.

How do you get them?

  • Sign up to 'Sun Perks' (free loyalty club) if you’re not already a member.
  • Enter all your codes online by Tue 24 May, but your first code must be entered by Fri 6 May.
  • The first code gets you five bonus codes (so you start with six in total), and once you reach 15 you can click on the offer via your 'Sun Perks' account to book tickets online.
  • First chance to book is Mon 2 May. It's first-come, first-served to get the dates you want, so you should apply as soon as you get to the 15th code.
  • Online applications are subject to a £1.50 booking fee.

Including the cost of buying the newspapers and paying the booking fee, you're looking at a total minimum spend of £6.50. As adult tickets at Thorpe Park are £51.50 on the gate, this could save you up to £96.50, 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).

Unfortunately, Northern Ireland is excluded from this offer.

Apply by post with tokens if you can't online

You can also get this deal 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 eight on your application and you'll be given your one-day tickets on a specific date within one of these bands (subject to availability).

This way is ever so slightly cheaper compared to the online way, as your total spend is £6.26 if you get 50p papers and use two first-class stamps for £1.26. See 'more info' below for the full details.

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).

One application per household. Watch out, as if you send multiple applications from the same household they’ll all be void. Additional visitors accompanying offer ticket holders 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 Thorpe Park are not liable.

Postal applications

To apply this way you need to collect 10 differently-numbered tokens printed among the news pages of the paper (not codes printed on the back page).

To get the application form, you must buy the paper on Thu 28 Apr (it will also be printed on other dates across the campaign, but these have yet to be confirmed) or download it online to print out. The last date you can start collecting the tokens is Sun 1 May.

Once your application form is complete, send it in with your tokens and a first class stamped self-addressed envelope (at least 15cm x 8cm) by Tue 24 May to the address given on the form.

You must write five of these eight 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

30/05/2016

12/06/2016

B

13/06/2016

26/06/2016

C

27/06/2016

10/07/2016

D

11/07/2016

24/07/2016

E

25/07/2016

13/08/2016

F

14/08/2016

04/09/2016

G

05/09/2016

19/09/2016

H

20/09/2016

20/10/2016

 

Band H excludes closed dates Sep 20-22, Sep 27-29, Oct 4-6, Oct 11-13, and Oct 18-19.

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 that do not have the five bands indicated in order of preference will be processed last.

Alton Towers logo2x 'free' Alton Towers tix with £6ish spendCollect 10 codes from paper, enter first by Wed 30 Mar

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MSE Update 1pm Tue 12 Apr: You can no longer collect codes, but we've kept this info here to help you if you're applying.

Collect 10 unique codes printed on the back page of The Sun (50p weekdays, or 70p on Saturdays), and The Sun on Sunday (£1) from Sat 19 Mar until Fri 8 Apr to get two 'free' adult tickets to Alton Towers, though the offer won't be available in editions published in Northern Ireland. The Sun has 180,000 pairs of tickets to give away, spread across valid dates from Apr 2016-Jan 2017 – full list in ‘more info’ below.

How do you get them?

  • You need to sign up to 'Sun Perks' (free loyalty club) if you’re not already a member.
  • You need to enter all your codes online by Fri 22 Apr, but your first code must be entered by Wed 30 Mar.
  • The first code gets you five bonus codes (so you start with six in total), and once you reach 15 you can click on the offer via your 'Sun Perks' account to book tickets online.
  • First chance to book is Mon 28 Mar. It's first come, first served to get the dates you want, so you should apply as soon as you get to the 15th code.
  • Online applications are subject to a £1.50 booking fee.

Including the cost of buying the newspapers and paying the booking fee, you're looking at a total minimum spend of £6.50. As adult tickets at Alton Towers are £51.60 on the gate, this could save you up to £96.70, although you can get tickets for much cheaper than the full cost by using a voucher or booking in advance (see all theme park deals). 

Apply by post with tokens if you can't online

You can also get this deal 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 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).

This way is ever so slightly cheaper compared to the online way, as your total spend is £6.26 if you get 50p papers and use two first-class stamps for £1.26. See 'more info' below for the full details.

Existing 'Sun Perks Premium' members can get it without collecting

If you're already a 'Sun Perks Premium' member (meaning you've collected and entered 15 daily newspaper codes online) when booking goes live, there's no need for you to collect any additional codes.

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).

One application per household. Watch out, as if you send multiple applications from the same household they’ll all be void. Additional visitors accompanying offer ticket holders 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 applications

To apply this way you need to collect 10 differently-numbered tokens printed among the news pages of the paper (not codes printed on the back page).

To get the application form, you must buy the paper on Thu 24 Mar (it will also be printed on other dates across the campaign, but these have yet to be confirmed) or download it online to print out. The last date you can start collecting the tokens is Wed 30 Mar.

Once your application form is complete, send it in with your tokens and a first class stamped self-addressed envelope (15cm x 8cm) by Fri 22 Apr to the address given on the form.

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 (not your stamped-addressed envelope) when you apply. The dates bands are:

A

18/04/2016

16/05/2016

B

19/05/2016

11/06/2016

C

12/06/2016

05/07/2016

D

06/07/2016

31/07/2016

E

01/08/2016

25/08/2016

F

26/08/2016

26/09/2016

G

29/09/2016

31/01/2017

 

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 that do not have the five bands indicated in order of preference will be processed last.

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Thorpe Park logoSOLD OUT: 12p Thorpe Park ticketsOnly 1,871 tickets available

Expired

MSE Update 10.35am Fri 25 Mar: All 1,871 of the 12p tickets sold out slightly before the 10am launch time. Thorpe Park told us: "Due to technical difficulties the site went live a few minutes sooner than anticipated. Sorry for any inconvenience caused." See our Thorpe Park ticket gaffe news story. We have kept the below write-up for reference.

Theme park season has started and even with a 2for1 voucher the ticket prices can still force you to dig deep and put your budget into a loop-the-loop. However, this Friday (25 March) you could bag yourself up to four Thorpe Park tickets valid for any date until October for just 12p each.

There are only 1,871 tickets available so they're bound to be snapped up quickly. You’ll need to be on the page ready when the deal goes live. Having more than one device logged onto the website or having more people helping will increase your chances.

How to get 12p tickets

At 10am on Friday 25 March, the 12p tickets will be available online at Thorpe Park. Enter the code DBGT1871 and your contact details, then you’ll be told if you are successful or not – it’s first-come, first-served.

If you are successful, you’ll be sent an email with information on how to select a date and pay for your 12p tickets – there’s no rush, you can claim up to four tickets until 5 Oct to use in the park by 6 Oct. 

Thorpe Park is running this offer to celebrate the launch of a new ride in May - Derren Brown’s Ghost Train. It’s inspired by the Victorian era, which is why it has reduced tickets to one shilling (or 12 pence). There are 1,871 tickets as that is the year the new attraction is set.

How much do you save?

If you don’t have any kind of discount voucher, a normal online advance ticket will cost you £27.99 each (£111.96 for four people), so buying four tickets at 12p (48p for four people) will save you a massive £111.48 on a great day out.

Even if you do have a 2for1 when you get to the gate, tickets are £51.50 each for adults and £44.99 each for kids. After your discount for two tickets, you would either pay £44.99 or £51.50 depending on who gets in free, as opposed to 24p with this deal.

Other ways to save

If you don’t manage to nab some bargain tickets, there are still ways you can save at Thorpe Park, including 2for1 tickets with £2-£3ish cereal. See Kellogg’s 2for1 and all deals on our cheap theme parks page.

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.

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And although Section 75 doesn't apply to debit cards, there is something else to fall back on if you've paid using a debit card, or used a credit card for a purchase under £100. Known as Chargeback, this is part of banks' and card companies' internal rules and not a legal requirement. Read full details of Section 75 or Chargeback, plus how to claim, in our guides.

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