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Free museums

Culture vultures can stroll through the history of art, find out about forensics or see the evolution of toys at more than 170 free museums and galleries across the UK – see the Free Museums & Galleries guide to find your nearest.

Free in-store activities

Free farms

You don't have to be out in the countryside to get a taste of rural life. Your little ones can make furry or feathery friends by visiting local children's farms, even in the big cities. Here are some that are free to enter:

Kids eat 'free' or for '£1'

  • Frankie & Benny's kids eat free

    Frankie & Benny's kids eat free

    Print voucher or show on phone

    Register with Frankie & Benny's to get one free kids' meal (aged 11 or under) for every adult meal purchased from the main, breakfast, gluten free, lunch or fixed price menus, valid every day until Tue 26 Feb.

    Kids' meals normally cost £4.49-£7.49. One voucher's good for the whole table and you can print it or show it on your smartphone.

    The offer's available at all Frankie & Benny's restaurants except airport branches, although Frankie & Benny's says the voucher may be refused at the following restaurants on event days, so it's best to check ahead first: Coventry Arena, Wembley Stadium, Leeds the Light, Greenwich O2, Argyll Street, Cardiff St David’s, The Printworks, Salford Quay, Edinburgh Omni Centre, Glasgow Quay and Sheffield.

    It excludes the Italian Family Feast and takeaways, and can't be used in conjunction with any other offer.

  • Sign up online at Bella Italia for a code to get a £1 kids' meal for each adult main purchased, valid from noon Sun-Fri at most restaurants until Sun 24 Mar.

    Some locations, times and additional dates are excluded depending on the restaurant – see 'More info' below for full exclusions.

    The 'free' kids' meal includes a main from the 'Piccolo' (ages 2-6) or 'Grande' (ages 7-11) menu, a starter, dessert and unlimited squash (norm £5.95-£7.95 all-in).

    Only one code can be used per table, up to a maximum of three 'free' kids' meals – just show the code when you ask for your bill.

    • The deal can't be used with any other offer, set menu, Tesco Clubcard vouchers, takeaway or delivery.

      It's not valid at airports, Center Parcs or Edinburgh Northbridge on any day.

      You can't get the offer at Bluewater or Edinburgh Hanover between 4pm on Fridays and 6pm on Sundays. Not valid in Cheltenham during festival week.

      Not valid between 5pm and 7.30pm at the following London restaurants: Cranbourn Street, Irving Street, Shaftesbury Avenue, South Kensington, St Martin’s Lane, Strand and Wellington Street. Not valid between 5pm and 7.30pm on show days in Coventry or Milton Keynes Theatre. 

      Not valid in London Argyll Street on show days at the London Palladium, Cardiff Old Brewery Quarter on event days at the Principality Stadium, or Sheffield on event days at the Sheffield Arena.

  • Get one free kids’ meal (aged 12 and under) when one adult spends £10 or more on full-priced food dishes at La Tasca, valid every day.

    So, if you’re a family of four (two adults and two children) both adults must spend £10+ to get two free meals for your kids. 

    Each free kids’ meal includes a main, a dessert and a drink (saving £6ish per child). It can't be used with any other offer.

  • If you download the Sizzling Pubs app, you can get a voucher giving you one kids' main for £1 per adult meal purchased on Mon-Fri between 3pm and 7pm only.

    Kids' mains are normally £3.49 (or £2.49 for under-5s). You can't use it with any other offer.

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Free outdoor sports

  • Check out Tennis For Free's website to see if there are free coaching sessions in your area. The sessions mostly run during weekends and are suitable for anyone aged three or over.

    The equipment’s also provided free. It’s told us the sessions aren't professional coaching, they're more focused on having fun. Individual sessions might cater for certain age groups.

  • If you go online to free physical activity provider Parkrun you can sign up to take part in completely free weekly timed 5K runs at selected parks (find your nearest) across the country, usually at 9am on Saturday mornings.

    You don’t need to be Mo Farah to participate, Parkrun welcomes all abilities. You don't even have to run, you can walk if you prefer and kids and dogs are also welcome. Once you’re registered you’ll be allocated a barcode which you’ll need to print out and bring with you to the park as this will be scanned to give you an accurate 5K time.

    What is Parkrun?

    Parkrun has been running (pardon the pun) since Oct 2004 with funding from sponsors. It currently has more than two million registered runners and volunteers and operates free weekly runs in 850+ parks worldwide. 

    Junior Parkrun for 4-14-yr-olds

    Junior Parkrun is similar, and often at the same locations as the regular Parkrun (which children are also welcome to run), but is 2K long instead of 5K and held at 9am on Sundays instead of Saturdays. Children aged between four and 14 years old can participate.

    How do I get a 'free' T-shirt?

    On your 50th official timed run (as an adult), you can claim a 'free' Club 50 T-shirt (you'll pay £3.95 postage, see full T&Cs).

    If you're aged 17 and under, you can claim a 'free' Club 10 T-shirt after your 10th official timed run.

    If you don't want to run or prefer to volunteer, you can get a 'free' volunteer's T-shirt after volunteering on 25 separate occasions. 

Free audience tickets

Rather than sitting at home in front of the box, you can get behind the big screen yourself with free audience tickets for big shows such as Britain's Got Talent, Michael McIntyre's Big Show and The X Factor.

Register your details with Applause Store. It tends to operate a reserve list system where you register your interest and if you're chosen, one of the site's researchers will be in touch with show dates.

Plus SRO Audiences offers free tickets for shows such as The VoicePointless and The Chase.

Some of the bigger shows have a waiting list, so you might have to wait for a cancellation to get a seat at a very popular show.

Always make sure you check out the 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.