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  • Update at 2pm on Tue 20 Aug: A customer reported that Thorpe Park's recycling machines were out of order during a recent visit. Merlin has informed us that these are fully operational now. It's also told us that, from now on, if you encounter a faulty machine at Thorpe Park, there should be signage directing you to the ticket buildings. Staff can still process the discount there if you give them your empty bottle.

    If you’re looking for a novel way to save on days out, Coca-Cola is offering 50% off entry to some of the UK's biggest theme parks and attractions when you recycle a 500ml plastic bottle.

    A total of 23 reverse vending machines have been installed outside the entrances of Legoland Windsor, Alton Towers, Chessington and more, and within the gates of many other resorts. Simply pop your empty bottle in and a voucher will immediately be dispensed, giving 50% off the ‘walk up’ ticket price at myriad Merlin attractions (see below). The vouchers are valid until Thu 17 Oct 2019 for some attractions, or as late as Tue 31 Mar 2020 for others.

    Be aware that there are some excluded dates - see 'More info' below.

    Where can I find the reverse vending machines?

    Find them outside the entrances of the following attractions:

    Attraction

    Machine located outside until

    Alton Towers Resort  Thu 17 Oct 2019 
     Thorpe Park Resort Thu 17 Oct 2019 
    Chessington World of Adventures Resort Thu 17 Oct 2019
     Legoland Windsor Resort Thu 17 Oct 2019


    There are also machines located inside some attractions – so the ones below are only useful if you’re already visiting the attraction, and want a voucher for 50% off your next visit:

    Attraction Machine located inside until
     Legoland Discovery Centre Birmingham Tue 31 Mar 2020
     Sea Life Blackpool   Tue 31 Mar 2020
    Warwick Castle Resort Tue 31 Mar 2020


    Where can I use my voucher?

     Attraction Voucher valid until
     Alton Towers Resort  Thu 17 Oct 2019
     Chessington World of Adventures Resort  Thu 17 Oct 2019
     Thorpe Park Resort  Thu 17 Oct 2019
     Legoland Discovery Centre Birmingham Tue 31 Mar 2020
     Legoland Windsor Resort Thu 17 Oct 2019
     Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester  Tue 31 Mar 2020
     Warwick Castle Resort  Tue 31 Mar 2020
     Sea Life: Blackpool, London, Birmingham, Great Yarmouth, Loch Lomond, Gweek, Brighton, Manchester, Scarborough, Weymouth and Hunstanton  Tue 31 Mar 2020
     The Dungeons: London, Edinburgh, York and Blackpool Tower  Tue 31 Mar 2020
     Madame Tussauds: London and Blackpool  Tue 31 Mar 2020
     The Blackpool Tower Eye  Tue 31 Mar 2020
     The Blackpool Tower Circus  Tue 31 Mar 2020
     Shrek's Adventure! London  Tue 31 Mar 2020
     The Bear Grylls Adventure  Tue 31 Mar 2020
     The London Eye  Tue 31 Mar 2020


    For more ways recycling can save you money, see MSE Kelvin’s 13 ways to use less plastic AND save cash.

    • Each voucher is valid for one person, for one attraction.

      The following places must be pre-booked online:

      • Sea Life London 
      • The Coca-Cola London Eye
         

      There are also machines located inside Sea Life London until Tue 31 Mar 2020, but please note that these machines only dispense vouchers for Sea Life London.

      Please note that there are several exclusion dates, during which the voucher cannot be used:

      • All Merlin attractions: every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Aug, 1 Sep 2019 & 25 Dec 2019
      • For individual exclusion dates, please see Coca-Cola's terms and conditions.
  • If you pick up a promotional bottle of Carex hand wash (norm £1ish) or Carex shower gel (norm £3ish), you can use it to get a half-price on-the-gate adult or child ticket at Alton Towers, Sea Life centres, or Warwick Castle until 31 May 2020.

    Available in Asda, Boots, Morrisons, Ocado, Sainsbury's, Savers, Tesco, Waitrose and Wilko until Sep 2019, promotional bottles must be handed over at the attraction ticket booth. Carex says they must be empty, but if you need a ticket before you'd finish the bottle you could always decant it into another bottle before you go. See full T&Cs

    See our 100+ things to do with the kids for more fun-filled family days out.

    How much can I save?

    As adult on-the-gate tickets cost £56 at Alton Towers, this deal could save you £28 if you buy the cheapest promotional bottle of Carex. Adult on-the-gate tickets at Sea Life London cost £40, so you can save £20 with this deal.

    Whilst there are a few 2for1 offers for Alton Towers or Sea Life centres, this offer is useful if you're visiting with an odd number of people.

  • If you register and print a voucher from Days Out Guide then buy a National Rail ticket, you can get 2for1 entry to over 300 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 (Legoland Windsor is the most expensive at up to £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.

    • Excludes Oyster cards, Freedom Passes, and tickets and travelcards bought from London Underground. Can't be used with other offers or promotions.
  • Every £5 of Tesco points is worth £15 at Sea Life Centres and Sanctuaries.

    To get the offer, register or log in with Tesco*, then visit the Sea Life Centres and Sanctuaries rewards page* and enter the number of points you want to convert. At the checkout you will need to enter the codes on your Clubcard vouchers.

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  • 2for1 Legoland, Alton Towers etc with £3ish cereal

    2for1 Legoland, Alton Towers etc with £3ish cereal

    Adults go 'free' voucher on selected Kellogg's cereals

    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 June 2020.

    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 including 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, after which they'll be harder to find. 

    How strong is this deal?

    While attraction prices vary, the most you could save with this offer is £57ish based on peak Legoland Windsor ticket prices (norm £60 each on the gate, so £120 for two, but you could get two for £63ish with this deal).

    As it covers a large range of attractions and the vouchers are valid for over a year, this is a particularly strong deal if you and one other person are considering visiting one of the participating venues.

    However, if you’re only interested in visiting a specific attraction, possibly more than once, and aren’t going in a pair, it’s worth checking to see what other deals are available. Find ticket prices for other attractions and see our round-up of 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 inside 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.

    • 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 2019 listed below (2020 exclusion dates will be available from the end of the 2019 season):

      • 19-30 Aug and 25 Dec at all attractions
      • 8-10 Nov at Alton Towers Resort
      • 19-21 Apr, 21, 22 and 27-28 Jul, 3, 4 and 10-11 Aug, and 31 Dec at the Coca-Cola London Eye
      • 1-31 Aug at SEA LIFE London
      • 25-31 Oct at The London Dungeon
      • 6-Oct-4 Nov at The Blackpool Tower Circus (The Blackpool Tower Eye is open subject to weather conditions)
      • 18-31 Oct at Thorpe Park
      • 27-31 Oct at The Blackpool Tower Dungeon, 26-31 Oct and 26-31 Dec at The York and Edinburgh Dungeons
      • 30 Nov, 1, 7-8, 14-15, 18-24 Dec at Legoland Windsor
      • 25 May-2 Jun, 26 Oct- 3 Nov, 31 Dec- 5 Jan at The Bear Grylls Adventure

      Promotional vouchers aren't valid at secondary attractions and 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 code found inside promotional packs of Kellogg’s cereal only, on the underside of the carton flap.

      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.

  • 2for1 Alton Towers, Sea Life & more with £3ish cereal

    2for1 Alton Towers, Sea Life & more with £3ish cereal

    'Adults go free' voucher on selected Kellogg's cereals and snacks

    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, Chessington, Sea Life centres and sanctuaries and Madame Tussauds, until 30 Jun 2016. 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.

    We found at some attractions this voucher isn't worth it compared to normal online advance prices. For example, a standard adult off-peak Thorpe Park ticket is £49.99 on the gate and £24.99 in advance online – so using the voucher will cost the same as booking online for two adults. If you then factor in the price of the cereal, you're actually making a £3ish loss with the voucher.

    However, there are other attractions where you can save a great deal. For example, an adult gate ticket at Alton Towers is £50.40 but £37.80 seven days in advance online normally, so the voucher saves £22.20ish factoring in the cereal cost.  

    Also make sure there are no other deals on, as attractions have offers all year round. 

    Important: Make sure the expiry on the voucher matches 30 Jun 2016. This deal runs annually so there is a chance you could get a cereal with a voucher from last year’s promotion. 

    • 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.