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Legoland Windsor logo2 free Legoland Windsor tix with £6ish spendCollect 10 tokens from paper, get first by Sun 28 May

RRP up to £120

Collect 10 different tokens printed in The Sun (50p weekdays, or 70p on Saturdays), and The Sun on Sunday (£1) from Sat 20 May until Tue 6 June to get two free tickets to Legoland Windsor. The Sun has 125,000 pairs of tickets to give away, spread across valid dates from Jun-Oct 2017.

Once you have your 10 tokens - the last day to start collecting is Sun 28 May – apply by post with a completed application form, which will be printed in The Sun on Thu 25 May, 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 10 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 29 May and it's first-come, first-served to get the date band you want, so you should apply as soon as possible and by Mon 19 Jun, the closing date for applications.

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 and child tickets at Legoland Windsor cost up to £60 each on the gate, this could save you up to £114.36.

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), 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, you can't get this offer if you live in Northern Ireland.

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.

It's only open to people aged 18+ and it's one application per household - if you send multiple applications from the same household they’ll all be void. 

You must write five of these ten 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

18/06/2017

26/06/2017

B

27/06/2017

10/07/2017

C

11/07/2017

24/07/2017

D

25/07/2017

07/08/2017

E

08/08/2017

21/08/2017

F

22/08/2017

04/09/2017

G

05/09/2017

18/09/2017

H

19/09/2017

02/10/2017

I

03/10/2017

16/10/2017

J

17/10/2017

30/10/2017

 

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.

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

It can't be used with any other offer.

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Kids Pass logo£1 for 31-day Kids Pass (norm £7.50)*Get access to 4,500+ offers, eg, kids eat 'free' & cheap cinema

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Kids Pass members get access to over 4,500 offers, including kids eat 'free' and up to 40% off cinema tickets. If you go via this MSE Blagged Kids Pass* link, you can get a 31-day membership for £1 (usually £7.50 if you pay monthly) until Thu 1 Jun. Warning: After 31 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 seven days a week, including adult and child tickets at 389 cinemas.
  • Up to 57%ish off theme parks, including adult and child entry.
  • Up to 50% off UK breaks, eg, Haven, Eurocamp, Butlins, Hoeseasons, and Park Resorts.

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 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 31 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 30, 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 31-day membership. You can cancel by calling 01612448225 - we tested the cancellation process via phone and it worked fine.

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

30 attractions

Look for promotional packs of Kellogg's cereal and snacks, including Rice Krispies, Frosties, Crunchy Nut and Squares (norm £2ish-£4ish at most supermarkets), to get 'free' adult entry via a voucher for 30 Merlin attractions until 30 Jun 2018.

Effectively this is a 2for1, as you must buy a full-price on-the-gate child or adult ticket 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 Merlin attractions such as Legoland, Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Chessington, Sea Life centres and sanctuaries, the Dungeons and Madame Tussauds. Some dates are excluded and these vary between attractions - see 'more info' below.

Promotional packs will be readily available in stores until May, but they're subject to availability and will be harder to find after that. 

How much you can save

To illustrate the strength of this offer, below we compare what you’d pay for one child and one adult at Alton Towers using this deal versus two other fairly standard theme park promotions:

  • With the Kellogg’s deal, you have to buy a child ticket on the gate – which at Alton Towers is £46.80. Add £3ish for the cereal and it’s £50ish in total. But as you’ll get an adult ticket free (normally £52.80), this deal trims the cost of an adult and child ticket by about £50.
     
  • If you used a standard 2for1, where the cheapest of two tickets is free, it'd be like the Kellogg’s deal in reverse. So you'd pay £52.80 for an adult ticket and get a child ticket free. The saving would therefore be £46.80 (about £3 less than above), so the Kellogg’s offer beats it.
     
  • If you booked online five days in advance, you could get a child ticket for £27.50 and an adult ticket for £32 (£59.50 in total). So you’d save about £40 buying in advance instead of at the gate. But again, the Kellogg's offer wins as it’ll save you about £10 more.

These examples are based on visiting Alton Towers - find ticket prices for other attractions and see all our theme park deals to check which works best for you.

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

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. There are also some extra excluded dates in 2017 listed below (2018 exclusion dates will be available from the end of the 2017 season):

  • 21-31 Aug at all attractions
  • 8-9 Apr, 14-17 Apr and 31 Dec at Shrek’s Adventure! London
  • 14-17 Apr and 27-29 Oct at The London Dungeon
  • 8-Oct-5 Nov at The Blackpool Tower Eye and The Blackpool Tower Circus (The Blackpool Tower Eye is open subject to weather conditions)
  • 20-31 Oct at Thorpe Park
  • 28-31 Oct at The Blackpool Tower Dungeon, 27-29 Oct at The York and Edinburgh Dungeons
  • 19 Aug-3 Sep and 1-31 Dec at Legoland Windsor
  • 14 Feb, 8-9 Apr and 31 Dec at the Coca-Cola London Eye

 

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.

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.

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.
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Thorpe Park logoTwo free Thorpe Park tix with £6ish spendCollect 10 tokens from paper, get first by Sun 30 Apr

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Collect 10 different tokens printed in The Sun (50p weekdays, or 70p on Saturdays), and The Sun on Sunday (£1) from Sat 22 Apr until Tue 9 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 2017.

Once you have your 10 tokens - the last day to start collecting is Sun 30 Apr – apply by post with a completed application form, which will be printed in The Sun on Thu 27 Apr, 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 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) - see 'more info' below for the full details.

First chance to book is Mon 1 May and it's first-come, first-served to get the date band you want, so you should apply as soon as possible and by Mon 22 May, the closing date for applications.

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 Thorpe Park are £52.50 each on the gate, this could save you up to £99.36, 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, you can't get this offer if you live in Northern Ireland.

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.

It's only open to people aged 18+ and it's one application per household - if you send multiple applications from the same household they’ll all be void. 

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. The dates bands are:

A

29/05/2017

11/06/2017

B

12/06/2017

25/06/2017

C

26/06/2017

09/07/2017

D

10/07/2017

23/07/2017

E

24/07/2017

12/08/2017

F

13/08/2017

03/09/2017

G

04/09/2017

18/09/2017

H

19/09/2017

19/10/2017

 

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.

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

It can't be used with any other offer.

Thorpe Park logoUnlimited Thorpe Park entry for £51.50Discounted annual pass (norm £70). Cheaper than gate ticket

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If you're an adrenaline junkie and want to cut theme park costs, you can get a Thorpe Park annual pass for £51.50 (norm £69.99) until Sun 23 Apr.

This 26% discount makes an annual pass £1 cheaper than the current price of a one-day on-the-gate adult ticket (£52.50), although you can often gain entry for less than the full cost by using 2for1 vouchers or booking in advance (see all theme park deals).

However, even based on an adult visiting Thorpe Park for half price (£26.25) with a 2for1 voucher, you'd only need to go twice in a year and you'd save more money using this £51.50 annual pass instead.

What does an annual pass get?

It gets 12 months' unlimited access to the resort on any of the 200ish days it's open, though special events such as Fright Nights, Summer Nights and Ministry of Sound will incur an extra charge.

It also gets you 20% off the price of food and retail purchases at the resort (excluding KFC, Burger King, cigarettes and photography).

If you'll only go once, from Sat 22 Apr, you can get two free Thorpe Park tickets via a £6ish spend on newspapers.

Alton Towers logoTwo free Alton Towers tix with £6ish spendCollect 10 tokens from paper, get first by Sun 26 Mar

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Collect 10 different tokens printed in The Sun (50p weekdays, or 70p on Saturdays), and The Sun on Sunday (£1) from Sat 18 Mar until Tue 4 Apr to get two free tickets to Alton Towers. The Sun has 180,000 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 26 Mar – apply by post with a completed application form, which will be printed in The Sun on Thu 23 Mar, 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 27 Mar 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 17 Apr. 

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 Alton Towers are £52.80 each on the gate, this could save you up to £99.96, 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.

Only open to people aged 18+. 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 Alton Towers 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

18/05/2017

B

19/05/2017

11/06/2017

C

12/06/2017

05/07/2017

D

06/07/2017

31/07/2017

E

01/08/2017

25/08/2017

F

26/08/2017

28/09/2017

G

29/09/2017

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.

Legoland Windsor logo50% off Legoland tix with £3ish spendVia McDonald's Happy Meal voucher, valid for 2-5 people

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Buy a McDonald's Lego Batman Happy Meal (norm £2.50ish) before Tue 21 Mar to get a voucher on the box for half-price Legoland Windsor or Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester on-the-gate individual tickets for two-five people until October.

The group of two-five people must contain at least one child (aged 3-15 at Legoland Windsor or 3-17 at Legoland Discovery Centre) - under-threes go free and don't count towards the qualifying group.

At Legoland Windsor anyone aged 3+ normally pays £60 on the gate, at Legoland Discovery Centre it’s normally £19 for adults and £15 for kids aged 3+, but you’ll get 50% off these individual ticket prices with this voucher. 

To redeem the voucher, hand it in at the admissions booth at Legoland Windsor between 10 Mar and 30 Oct 2017, or at Legoland Discovery Centre by 20 Oct 2017 (there are some excluded dates, see 'more info' below).

How much can I save?

Based on five people visiting, including the cost of buying a £2.50 McDonald's Happy Meal, this deal could save you up to £147.50 at Legoland Windsor. At Legoland Discovery Centre you could save up to £43 for four adults and one child.

Although you can get tickets for much cheaper than the normal cost by using a 2for1 voucher, this 50% off deal will be stronger for larger groups as it gets up to five people in for half-price with just one voucher. See more theme park deals.

More info

The following dates are excluded at Legoland Windsor: 13-16 Mar, 21- 22 Mar, 28-29 Mar, 9-10 May, 16-17 May, 23-24 May, 19 Aug- 3 Sep, 6 Sep, 12-13 Sep, 19-21 Sep, 26-28 Sep, 3-5 Oct and 10-11 Oct. The voucher's not valid at Legoland Discovery Centre on Wed 28 Feb.

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or advance booking. Excludes secondary ticketed events/hotel events/concerts at both attractions.

Legoland Windsor logoTwo Legoland tix with £17ish spendCollect four codes from paper, get first by Sun 19 Feb

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Collect four unique codes printed in The Times (£1.40 weekdays, or £1.50 on Saturdays), and The Sunday Times (£2.50) until Wed 22 Feb to get two tickets to Legoland Windsor for £10, plus a £1.50 booking fee.

Once you have your codes - the last day to start collecting is Sun 19 Feb – enter them online and select a date to visit between Fri Mar 10 and Mon May 15, subject to availability - see 'more info' below for a list of 10 excluded dates during this period when the park's closed.

You can book from Wed 15 Feb and it's first-come, first-served to get the date you want, so you should apply as soon as possible and before Sun 26 Feb. The Times and The Sunday Times subscribers can get this offer without collecting codes.

How much can I save?

Including the cost of buying the newspapers on the days they're cheapest, you're looking at a total minimum spend of £17.10. As adult tickets at Leogoland can cost up to £60 each on the gate, this could save you up to £102.90, 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

Offer open to UK residents aged 18+ only. You'll receive your tickets via email. They're non-refundable and must be used together on the same date.

The offer's not valid on the following dates when the park is closed: 13-16 Mar, 21- 22-Mar, 28-29 Mar, 9-10 May.

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