Valentine's Day 2021 deals

If you're celebrating Valentine's Day this year, a little creativity is necessary. Whether that means a candlelit dinner over Zoom, a steamy phone call or a surprise gift in the post, we've a bouquet of cheap gift ideas that'll keep the costs low and the romance high.

Romance is lovely, but over-commercialised pressure isn't. Plus this year especially when many have lost loved ones, you may want to avoid. Yet if you are going to spend (there's no need), we've rounded up the top deals below. 

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Valentine’s gifts shouldn't be about how much you've spent. Use our free Valentine’s gift cheques to make your other half a promise straight from the heart – pledge to do something nice (or naughty). Thoughtfulness melts the heart far more than a pricey prezzie. Promise your loved one a massage, brekkie in bed, or dinner.

See MSE Jules' blog for other free things to do this Valentine's Day, including virtual star-gazing and board games, and a round-up of popular films on TV this weekend. See more in Free ideas to celebrate Valentine's Day

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  • Look for promotional bottles of Carex handwash (£1ish at most supermarkets), to get half-price entry to three attractions – Alton Towers, Chessington World of Adventures and Sealife Centres and Sanctuaries (norm up to £50ish). This deal is great if you have an uneven number in your party, as it'll work out cheaper than the 2for1 deals.

    To get your half-price entry, you must pre-book your tickets online via this special special Carex link and select which attraction you’d like to visit. Once you’ve chosen, you’ll automatically be shown half-price tickets. One promotional bottle gets you one half-price entry, so if you want to use this for multiple tickets, you'll need multiple bottles.

    When you arrive at the attraction, you'll need to show the 'v' code which you can find on the back of the promotional bottle. We're not sure if just taking the sticker will be enough, so it may be best to take the whole bottle with you, if you can, or you may have to pay the on-the-gate price. 

    Alton Towers allows you to book half-price tickets for up to four adults, four children and two under-threes in the same booking. Chessington World of Adventure’s lets you book for up to 10 adults, 10 children and two under-threes and Sealife allows you to book up to five adults, five children and two under-threes.

    The voucher's valid until 31 May 2022, so if you buy a bottle now, you'll have plenty of time to use it. There are some date exclusions though. We're not sure how long the promotional bottles will be around for, so best to buy a bottle soon if it's something you're interested in.

    Vouchers from the 2020 promo have been extended till May 2022

    If you still have an unused voucher from when Carex ran this promotion in early 2020, it'll have an end date of 31 May 2021 – but Merlin has confirmed it's extended these vouchers to 31 May 2022. 

    Prefer a different attraction? See our round-up of current theme park deals which include 2for1 offers and MoneySaving tips & tricks. 

    MSE Jules says:

    If your party is an odd number, you'd be better off choosing this 'Carex half-price entry to attractions' promotion over a 2for1 deal.

    For example, an adult on-the-gate ticket to Alton Towers costs £53. If there are three of you visiting Alton Towers with the Seabrook 2for1 promo, it would cost £35.66 each (£107 in total incl cost of crisps). However, with this Carex half-price offer, it would cost £27ish each (£82ish in total incl cost of the Carex bottle).

    Remember, if you choose the Carex promo, each member of your party will need to show their own individual bottle at the gate.

    • Excluded dates

      The below 2021 dates are excluded from the offer. Also check attractions' individual opening dates as some are closed at certain times of the year. 

      Alton Towers

      Fireworks event on 5th, 6th and 7th November 2021 at Alton Towers

      Chessington World of Adventures

      Theme park is closed from 31 Oct 2021 - 20 Mar 2022

      Sealife Centres & Sanctuaries

      No exclusions


      The offer is not valid on attraction closed dates, secondary ticketed events, hotel events, concerts, fireworks and Christmas events and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or concession. 

    See all deals: Carex (1 deal)
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  • Look for promotional multipacks of Seabrook crisps (£1 at most supermarkets), to get a 'Free Adult Ticket' voucher for Alton Towers. If your party is an odd numbered group, you can still use this 2for1 offer, but to get the cheapest price the odd numbered person should use the Carex 'half-price entry' offer instead. Or alternatively, you could all use the Carex offer. 

    To get the free ticket, you'll need to purchase one full-price 'on-the-gate' adult ticket online via this link (norm up to £50ish) in advance, and enter the eight-digit voucher code from the crisp packet when prompted – you’ll then get free entry for one other adult (12+ years) or child. The voucher's valid until 31 May 2022, so if you buy a pack now, you'll have plenty of time to use it. Seabrook has confirmed you don't need to bring the crisp packet with you. It's also told us the promotional packs will be readily available in stores until the end of Sep, after which they'll be harder to find.

    You must book tickets in advance, and you'll need to either print your tickets at home and bring these with you to the attraction, or show your e-ticket at the entrance gate at Alton Towers. It's worth checking opening dates and times before your visit, and there are some date exclusions. See the full terms and conditions.


    If you're not going in a pair, it’s worth checking to see what other deals are available. See our round-up of current theme park deals to check which is best for you.

    MSE Jules says:

    If your party is an odd number, you'd be better off choosing the 'Carex half-price entry to attractions' promotion instead.

    For example, if there are three of you visiting Alton Towers with the Seabrook promo, it would cost £35.66 each (£107 in total incl cost of crisps) or £27ish each (£82ish in total incl cost of the Carex bottle).

    Remember, if you're using the Seabrook promo you don't need to take the crisp packet with you but if you choose Carex, each member of your party will need to show their own individual bottle at the gate.

    • Only one voucher or unique code can be used per person and per transaction and can only be used once. You cannot use the voucher and the code to gain free entry on two or more separate occasions. 

      The voucher is not valid at any secondary attractions and events including, but not limited to Tree Top Quest, Alton Towers Waterpark, Alton Towers Spa, Extraordinary Golf, Alton Towers Dungeon, secondary ticketed events, concerts, hotel events, Xmas events, and firework events.

      The voucher can only be used for standard entrance tickets and cannot be used for priority entrance and/or Fastrack entrance at the attraction (unless this is expressly stated as part of the offer). The voucher does not entitle early ride time.

      The voucher is not valid for accommodation including but not limited to, the Alton Towers hotel, Splash Landings hotel, Cbeebies Land hotel, Stargazing Pools and Enchanted Village (Woodland Lodges, Tree Houses) – an additional cost applies. Please check each attraction’s website for additional costs.

      The offer is not valid on attraction closed dates, secondary ticketed events, hotel events, concerts, fireworks (5th, 6th and 7th Nov), and Christmas events and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or concession.  

    See all deals: Seabrook (1 deal)
  • Look for promotional packs of Kellogg's cereal and snacks including Corn Flakes, Coco Pops, Crunchy Nut and Rice Krispie Squares (£2ish-£3ish at most supermarkets), to get a 'Free Adult Ticket' voucher for 27 UK Merlin theme parks and attractions. To get the free ticket, you'll need to purchase a full-price 'on-the-gate' child or adult ticket (norm up to £50ish).

    The vouchers can be exchanged for entry at Alton Towers, Legoland, Chessington, Sea Life centres, Madame Tussauds and more – see the full list of Merlin attractions. This is the first big 2for1 theme parks deal that most people can get that we've seen since the pandemic. Promotional packs were around earlier in the summer but you may still be able to find them in store.

    This deal can be particularly strong if going with a child, and is valid till June 2022

    If going with another adult, then effectively this is a 2for1, as you'll need to buy an adult ticket to get the free adult entry. However, this can actually work out better than a 2for1 if you’re going with a child as in this case, the paid-for ticket is a child ticket, and these are cheaper than an adult one at many attractions such as Sea Life, Chessington and Madame Tussauds.

    What also makes this deal particularly 'grrreat!' is the voucher's valid until 30 June 2022, so get it now and you've plenty of time to use it. There are some date exclusions per attraction though.

    Of course, if you aren’t going in a pair, it’s worth checking to see what other deals are available. See our round-up of current theme park deals to check which is best for you.


    Book online to guarantee entry

    Attractions are currently having to restrict visitor numbers and we don't know yet how long that will last. To guarantee entry, it's best to book your tickets online in advance at this special Merlin site. Note you'll still need to pay the on-the-gate price for the paid-for ticket. You can do this using the unique 10-digit code printed inside the cereal box.

    If there's no code (eg, on snack packs such as Rice Krispie Squares) you'll need to select the 'snack pack or cut out voucher' option when booking, and importantly, you must show your original on-pack voucher when you visit. When we checked, The Blackpool Tower Dungeon won't let you book online without a unique code.

    Vouchers from the 2020 promo have been extended till September 2021

    If you still have an unused voucher from when Kellogg's ran this promotion in early 2020, it'll have an end date of 30 June 2021 – but Merlin has confirmed it's extended these vouchers to 30 September 2021. This means if you're looking to visit one of the attractions in the next few months, you won't need a voucher from one of this year's promotional packs.

    • The 'Free Adult Ticket' offer can be found on promotional packs of Kellogg’s cereal including: Crunchy Nut, Corn Flakes, Coco Pops, Crunchy Nut Clusters, Rice Krispies, Krave, White Chocolate Coco Pops, WK Kids, Rice Krispies Multi Grain cereal packs.

      It can also be found on snack pack products including: Fruit Winders Multi Packs, Rice Krispie Squares Multi Packs, Coco Pops Bars, Frosties Bars and Rice Krispies Bars Multipacks, and Nutrigrain Multipacks.

      The 27 participating Merlin attractions

      The offer can be used at: Alton Towers, Chessington World of Adventures, Thorpe Park, Legoland Windsor, Warwick Castle, The Bear Grylls Adventure (valid for High Ropes, Indoor Climb and iFly indoor sky diving activities only), Shrek’s Adventure London, Madame Tussauds (London or Blackpool), The Dungeons (London, York, Edinburgh or Blackpool Tower), The Blackpool Tower Eye, The London Eye, Legoland Discovery Centres (Manchester or Birmingham), and Sea Life (Birmingham, Great Yarmouth, Loch Lomond, Blackpool, London, Brighton, Manchester, Scarborough, Hunstanton and Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park).

      The deal can only be used for standard single day entrance tickets, not for two-day or short break tickets. The age classification for an adult ticket varies between attractions (eg, at Alton Towers an adult is 12 and over, at Legoland Discovery Centres an adult is 18 and over) so make sure you check before you book online or visit.

      Exclusions

      The below 2021 dates are excluded from the offer (excluded dates for 2022 will be available from 1 Jan 2022). Also check attractions' individual opening dates as some are closed at certain times of the year. 

      Attraction Excluded dates
      All Merlin attractions 30 Jul and 31 Jul 2021; every Fri, Sat & Sun in Aug 2021; 25 Dec 2021
      Thorpe Park 16, 17, 23, 24-31 Oct 2021
      Blackpool Tower Eye, Blackpool Dungeons, Madame Tussauds Blackpool 16-31 Oct 2021
      London Dungeon 22-23, 29-31 Oct 2021
      York & Edinburgh Dungeon 31 Oct 2021
      Alton Towers and Legoland Windsor 5-7 Nov 2021
      London Eye 26-31 Dec 2021


      This offer can't be used at secondary attractions and events such as special Christmas events. It also can't be used with any other promotion, reward/loyalty scheme, direct attraction booking, group bookings and concession rate tickets including senior citizens, veterans, family tickets, students, merlin annual pass or season pass holders.

    See all deals: Kellogg's (1 deal)
  • New and existing Vodafone mobile customers can get two Vue cinema tickets for £7 (norm £10ish) via a promo code on Vodafone's 'VeryMe' rewards app. You can claim once per week, every week and the offer will be refreshed on the app every Monday. The offer is currently ongoing but if anything changes, we will update you here.

    The code is valid for 30 days once claimed and can be used on standard adult 2D tickets at any time on any day – if you'd like to upgrade to premium seats you'll just need to pay the difference (see 'More info' for exclusions). The deal is available to any pay monthly or small business customer, plus pay-as-you-go customers who have topped up £10 or more in the last 60 days.

    How to get the Vue offer

    • Download the free My Vodafone App (Android/IOS)
    • Click the 'VeryMe' button to access a list of available offers and select the Vue deal.
    • Click the 'Get deal' button to purchase two admission e-codes for £7
    • You'll then receive an email with the e-codes which you'll need to use for general admission tickets either online or at the Box Office.

    If you can't get out and about yet, you might like our Free virtual globe-trotting, tours and experiences.

    • Valid at any open Vue location in the UK, except for Vue West End (Leicester Square).

      Can be used to book 3D screening, IMAX, VIP, Recliner, Xtreme seating or Gold class screenings online and at the Box Office upon payment of the difference.

      Not valid for Premiers and alternative/special showings including Event Cinema screenings, Mini Mornings, Senior Friendly, Autism Friendly and Scene screenings.

      Only one promotional discount can be used per order and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount incl Meerkat Movies.

      E-codes are valid for 30 days and cannot be extended.

    See all deals: Vodafone (2 deals)
  • If you register with Days Out Guide and buy a National Rail ticket, you can get 2for1 entry to 80+ UK attractions, including Thorpe Park, Kew Gardens, Chessington World of Adventures, Alton Towers and Legoland Windsor (see the full attractions list). You must pre-book the attraction tickets – on-the-gate purchases are no longer eligible.

    Important: Before booking, make sure to check ahead on the venue's website for Covid measures and changes to opening times.

    You'll need to click on your chosen attraction on the Days Out Guide website and register or login. A 2for1 code will generate onscreen. Copy it, and click through to the attraction's own website and use the code right away to book two tickets online. On arrival at the attraction, you'll need to present these alongside a valid train ticket dated for the same day.

    If you don't present a valid train ticket at the attraction on the day, you'll be required to purchase your second ticket on the gate.

    Before the pandemic, there were 300+ attractions available under the 2for1 scheme. We don't know if the rest will be added at a later date but we have a hunch they might, once more attractions are fully open and allowing pre-booking. Check back at a later date for any updates to the attractions list.

    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 £53).

    Just stop by the nearest station on your way and pick one up, then present it alongside your pre-booked tickets at the gate. 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. 

    For savings on travel, see how you can swap Tesco points for discounted Railcards.

    • Excludes Oyster cards, Freedom Passes, DLR, bus, Eurostar, Heathrow Express and tickets and travelcards bought from London Underground. Can't be used with other offers or promotions.

      You must be 16 or over to take advantage.

      If you don't present a valid train ticket at the attraction on the day, you'll be required to purchase your second ticket on the gate.

      Visit the full Days Out Guide terms and conditions for more.

    See all deals: National Rail (3 deals)
  • Convert Tesco Clubcard points into Tesco Reward Partners vouchers* and on many attractions you get three times the vouchers' face value to use on tickets, eg, £5 in points converts into £15 worth of vouchers. Can be used at theme parks, wildlife parks and more.

    Here are some of the theme parks you can select:

    Alton Towers
    Blackpool Pleasure Beach
    Chessington
    Legoland
    Thorpe Park
    Edinburgh Dungeons


    And some of the wildlife parks:

    Eden Project
    Blackpool Zoo
    Longleat Safari
    National Sea Life, Birmingham
    Sea Life, Blackpool

    For how to fully maximise Clubcard points, see the Loyalty Schemes guide.

    See all deals: Tesco Clubcard (10 deals)
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  • Look for promotional multipacks of Cadbury chocolates, including Dairy Milk Freddo and Buttons (norm £1ish), to get a voucher for 2for1 entry at more than 20 Merlin attractions.

    If you have a voucher from 2020, Cadbury has told us these are valid until 30 Sep 2021 and any vouchers you've picked up this year are valid for use until 31 Jul 2022. The promotional packs will be readily available in stores until October, after which they'll be harder to find. 

    Attractions include Thorpe Park, Legoland, Alton Towers, Chessington, Sea Life centres, the Dungeons, Madame Tussauds and more. 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 £53) and another person will gain free entry.

    Promotional packs (like the ones above) are expected to be in stores until October 2021, but they're subject to availability, so could be snapped up sooner.

    How much can I save?

    As on-the-gate tickets cost up to £53 at Legoland, this deal could save you £52 if you buy one of the cheapest promotional packs of chocolate and want two tickets. Even compared with buying tickets online in advance, where they’re generally cheaper (but still as much as £44 each at Legoland), you'd save a significant amount with this deal.

    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).

    • 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, or Edinburgh 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, London, 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 and Legoland Windsor are closed in November. There are also some extra excluded dates listed below:

      • All Merlin attractions: every Fri, Sat and Sun in Aug, and 25 Dec
      • Legoland Windsor: every Fri, Sat and Sun in Aug, 5-7 Nov
      • Thorpe Park: every Fri, Sat and Sun in Aug, 16, 17, 23, 24-31 Oct 
      • Alton Towers: every Fri, Sat and Sun in Aug, 5-7 Nov
      • Madame Tussauds London, The Blackpool Tower Dungeons and Madame Tussauds Blackpool: every Fri, Sat and Sun in Aug, 16-31 Oct
      • The London Dungeon: every Fri, Sat and Sun in Aug, 22-23, 29-31 Oct
      • York and Edinburgh Dungeons: every Fri, Sat and Sun in Aug, 31 Oct
      • Sealife: every Fri, Sat and Sun in Aug
      • Shreks Adventure! London: every Fri, Sat and Sun in Aug
      • Chessington World of Adventures: every Fri, Sat and Sun in Aug
      • Warwick Castle: every Fri, Sat and Sun in Aug

      2022 exclusion dates will be available from 1 Jan 2022 once annual calendars are confirmed. 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, rail inclusive offers, secondary ticketed events, hotel events, concerts or group bookings. Only one voucher can be used per person and per transaction. See full T&Cs.

    See all deals: Merlin (3 deals)

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Cheap prosecco and champagne

These are some of the cheapest prices we see throughout the year for prosecco and champagne. While the very cheapest time is usually during the festive period, many of the prices of the bottles below are the same as they were then, so this can be a corking time to buy.

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WARNING! Things can go wrong with the delivery of flowers, and in the past we’ve featured deals from several floristry firms only to be swamped with sad messages after flowers didn’t arrive or, worse, arrived dying or dead. Hopefully that won’t happen to you, but there’s always a risk, so weigh that up before buying.

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