Easter School Holidays - Cheap / Free Days Out / Activities / Things to do

Easter School Holidays - Cheap / Free Days Out / Activities / Things to do

Found 29th Jan 2018
Updated 07/04

As usual with School Holidays fast approaching I've been on the hunt for cheap / free days out / activities that will keep my little darlings occupied enough that I'm not rocking in a corner drinking cheap sherry trifle by day 3 & without forcing me to re-mortgage the house!

I've put together a few offers / ideas / deals & freebies for the half term & Easter hols, hope they help & feel free to add any you know of!

Groups to keep an EYE on



I'll start off with my Free Places to Visit / Things to Do in London Thread- as it still very relevant & I keep it updated.

OTHER Places to Visit / Things to Do in LONDON

1 Child Goes Free with Paying Adult (£17) or Concession Ticket £15) to Peter Rabbit™ at Kew Gardens this Easter via Littlebird (more in OP)


London Transport Museum - Kids go Free - Adult Ticket £17.50; Concessions £15 BUT Tickets allow unlimited entry for 12 months!

Family Thames Sightseeing Cruise Three Day Rover Pass for 5 or more £22 at Groupon via Debenhams for 2 Adults & up to 3 Children + Kids under 5 go Free

Family Ticket to London Motor Museum £30 - 2 Adults & up to 3 Children - kids under 3 go Free - visit the Batcave & see 2 Batmobiles

2 for 1 entry to over 150 London attractions when you travel by train - tip - doesn't have to be a long journey

Discover Children's Story Centre & Story Garden - Admission Charges £6.50pp / £24 Family of 4 - Concessions/Newham residents: £5.50pp / Family of 4 £18

National Army Museum- Free Entry to Museum - Play Base an unusual Soft Play Experience inside the Museum costs £4.50 per child. Whether your child wants to take on the assault course, climb aboard a truck or prepare scoff in the cookhouse - our new Play Base lets every child shine

5 London Merlin attractions + River Cruise £60 @ TimeOut - credit @monkey_whiskers


Up to 49% off Adult / Child Entry Tickets to The London Bridge Experience at Travelzoo

Open Top 'Hop On, Hop Off' London Bus Tour - Child now £6.50 / Adult now £14.50 at Wowcher

Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour


Shrek's Adventure- discounted combo tickets available

Kids Go Free & 2nd Day Free inc Easter Dates at Legoland


Community Updates


London & Surrounding Continued

Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station - Harry Potter Photo Opportunity - FREE

Harry Potter Walking Tour of London - Adults from £10/80 - Children from £9 @ attractiontix

Days Out in the South East with Tesco Clubcard Vouchersincluding The Coca-Cola London Eye / Changing of the Guard Walk / London Dungeon / Walking Tours / Madame Tussauds / London Zoo & Many More

£1 for 30 Days Kids Pass Membership - Kids Pass Members enjoy huge savings nationwide:

  • Up to 40% off at cinemas nationwide, including adult and child tickets, 7 days a week!
  • Up to 57% off at thousands of family days out, including Theme Parks, Bowling, Play Centres and many more
  • Kids Eat Free at thousands of restaurants nationwide!

Brighton Toy Museum - £14 Family Ticket for 2 Adults & upto 3 Kids

Walk London Network Routes inc Maps

Family Visit to Shrek's Adventure with 24hrs Thames River Pass£108 at Buyagift

Kensington Palace Entry for Two Adults and Two Children£32.60 @ Buyagift

British Airways i360 Brighton - The Tallest Moving Observation Tower in the World- Book online n advance for cheaper tickets ie Adults £14.90 / Kids £7.20 & Under 4's go Free - Live Locally? Resident Membership is available to people living in postcode areas BN1, BN2, BN3 and BN41. Students studying at either of Brighton and Hove’s two universities are also eligible - gives half price tickets all year round.


London BIG 6 Adventure Ticket - 6 attractions in 1 - Visit 6 of London’s most exciting attractions for the price of 3! Admission to The Coca-Cola London Eye, SEA LIFE London, Dreamwork’s Tours Shrek's Adventure! London, Madame Tussauds including Star Wars, London Eye River Cruise & The London Dungeon Adults £75 - Kids £60
Valid to use over a 90-day period
Edited by: "wishihadadonkey" 22nd Mar 2018

Around the UK

Alton towers annual pass £55 - credit @Mhoe94

Thorpe park annual pass £49! - credit @Mhoe94

Legoland birmigham - advance tickets. Single entry £15/-, annual pass £38/- credit @wrnrj

Chessington world of adventures £50 annual pass - credit @Mhoe94

Chester Zoo anual passes from £90 - credit @RUSSt

Grown up go free to Top Attractions with paying child or adult when you buy Kellogg’s cereal @ Tesco - credit @nihir

2 FOR 1 entry to over 150 attractions when you travel by train - only requires a short journey

Family Days Out with Tesco Clubcards

£9 – Staffordshire steam train trip for 2 Churnet Valley Railway - Travelzoo - credit @giggsmp

Spa Valley Railway Ticket for Two Adults – Kids Go Free £22 - Tunbridge Wells or Eridge

Crocodile and Venomous Snake Tour with Photo for One £10 or Two £19 at Crocs R Us - Filton

20% Off Longleat All In One Day Ticket + £5 food voucher per adult via Picniq tickets


Family Ticket for Two Adults and Two Children or One Adult and Three Children to Conkers - £22.95 - possibly cheaper with code

NATIONAL FOOTBALL MUSEUM in Manchester FREE ENTRANCE - credit @RUSSt but if you want to take pary in any of their interactive attractions you will need to buy credits - these can be found far cheaper by buying the season ticket for 4 people below

Season Ticket for upto 4 People with Unlimited Football Plus Credits / Unlimited Visits for 1 Year to National Football Museum (Manchester) normally £35 now £19 via Groupon


Blackpool Zoo Annual Membership valid every Sunday in 2018, £27 adult/£24 student/senior, £86.25 Family


Family Ticket (2A + 2C) for The Scottish Deer Centre £12 via Itison - Valid Now until 30th June - also Bears / Wolves / Otters + lots more

Eagle Heights Animal Sanctuary: Entry for One £5 or Two £10 at Groupon - may buy multiples for gifts


20% Off Entry for up to 4 people to Diggerland via Free Downloadable Voucher at Littlebird (kids under 90cm go Free)


FREE Racenight, Monday Night Racing 23rd April @ Windsor Races - credit @mmary123

Kids Go Free at Blackpool Pleasure Beach with every purchase of a 12+ wristband - credit @HelloAnne

Warwick Castle Annual Pass £27


Edited by: "wishihadadonkey" 7th Apr 2018

Knowsley Safari Park Family Ticket 2A / 2C £50 + under 3's / Reg Carers & Military go Free

Printable Voucher for FREE Admission to Dudley Zoo with 1 Full Paying Person - expires 31/12/18

Safari Zoo family tickets half price now £15 at wishfm

2 for 1 Carnivore Combo Experience for Two at Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom was £150 now £55 - minimum age 10yrs

Buy an entry to the National Aquarium in Plymouth and get a free years entry- Adults from £15.25 / Kids £11.65 / Family Ticket £48.15 (2A + 2C or 1 A + 3 C)

Similar Scheme run at The Deep, Hull, Pay for an entry & gets a years Free entry HERE

BBC Studio Tours - various locations

Now Free, Family Day Out At Samlesbury Hall, Tours - Animals - Haunted House - Play Area @ Samlesbury Hall / Preston, Lancashire - credit @Kalli86

Free Entry to The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth ( + Manchester / Leeds / Birmingham / Belfast / Derbyshire / Ivybridge / Spain / Italy / Ireland)

2FOR1 entry to attractions when you travel by train via Days Out Guide - credit @01234

Alton Towers 2018 Season Pass - £55 - credit @Mhoe94

Lots of Free Museums UK wide - more can be found in an old thread of mine in comments HERE


National Railway Museum York - Free entry - credit @RUSSt


Manchester museum of science and industry FREE TEMPORARY EXHIBITION DATE: 10 March – 13 May 2018 LOCATION: Great Western Warehouse, Ground Floor, Revolution Manchester - credit @RUSSt


Upto 6 Kids can Go FREE with every Adult Member of English Heritage

Free Entry for Carers At National Trust Properties - credit @DylanHayward

Bolton Castle Half Price Days Out Family Ticket now £17.50 @ minsterfm

Twinlakes- Half Price tickets for a family of 4 £40 via wishfm

Wheelgate Theme Park- Half Price family tickets! £24.96 via wishfm

£15 instead of £30 for a 2 hour beginner surf lesson for one or £29 instead of £60 for two including 3 hour surfboard and wetsuit hire at South Shields Surf School via itison

Entry to Liverpool Spring Food & Drink Festival for 2 £8 via Travelzoo

Free Places to Visit in Scotland

Entry to Historic Environment Scotland £1 with a Young Scot Card YOYP2018 credit @FifiFizz

£7 instead of up to £15 for a family ticket for two adults and up to three children at Murton Farm, near Forfar via itison

£7 instead of up to £14 for 1 ticket to SEA LIFE Loch Lomond via itison

£4 instead of £9 for one adult pass, £12 instead of £28 for two adults and two children or £14 instead of £33 for a family pass for up to five for The Scottish Deer Centre at itison

Entry to the Scottish Owl Centre for Two Adults £15 - Kids Go Free

Family Ticket to Kelburn Country Centre Alice in Wonderland Easter event £24 via itison

TV Puppets: Icons From 80 Years of Entertainment (Clangers, Bagpuss, Thunderbirds, Basil Brush etc) FREE Exhibition @ Wolverhampton Art Gallery - credit @andywedge

DISNEY EGG HUNT instore 31st March – 15th April at Disney Store

Free guide to fun days out in your area - credit @R___

Free Instore Events at Smyths Toys

Check out the Hoop app - for free kids activities near you HERE - credit @byrne881 for the heads up in an old thread of mine HERE

Free Highway Rat Forest Activity trails at various location in England - credit @myusernamehasgone234

Free fitness outdoor classes via Park Lives - under 13's to be accompanied by an adult - credit @Chanchi32

Free Parkrun Events inc Juniors - credit @Paddy_o_furniture

Free adult, junior and mini tennis coaching session in a club near you - credit @jus4fun141

Free Family Events at mcdonalds

Easter Toucan Craft Box £1 or Two for £2 / 3 for £3 and so on @ ToucanBox (Cancel Sub)

Google Play Music Free for 90 days ( New & Existing Customers ) - credit @BurningFeetMan

3 months free music streaming for tidal @ Groupon - credit @jono49

Spring Store Events Hobbycraft - some Free / some you have to pay for - credit @R___

Free Lego Magazine - credit @Hassxn786

Freebie - 6 copies of The Week Junior - a new current affairs magazine for children aged between 8 and 14 @ iSubscribe - credit @luvsadealdealdeal

Get your kids a blue peter badge for FREE admission to over 200 attractions, Includes theme parks, Zoo’s, museums & more - credit @myusernamehasgone234

free copy of first news - newspaper for children aged 7 to 14. - credit @seb

Free Blue Peter Thunderbirds Tracy Island fact sheet (Make your own) - credit @myusernamehasgone234

Thousands of free Anime episodes / series @ Crunchyroll - credit @andywedge

Free Easter family dog training classes with DogTrust this Easter - credit @andywedge

CSSC Sports and Leisure, £3.95 a month, FREE English Heritage, FREE Royal Palaces, FREE Cadw, FREE Tastecard - credit @srp111

Free Kids Book Don’t Eat Your Slime - credit @myusernamehasgone234

FREE Playmobil Kids Birthday Goodie Bag - credit @Hassxn786
Edited by: "wishihadadonkey" 7th Apr 2018

Groups to keep an eye on


Newcastle to Amsterdam: 2-Night Return Mini Cruise for Two £33.57pp (£67.15) or Four from £23.37pp ( £93.50) with code via Groupon

Up to 60% off Cottage Holiday bookings PLUS FREE £40 Amazon Voucher (eg. 3 Night Devon Cottage Break for 3 people £32pppn / 3 Night Lake District Break for up to 6 from £26pppn) @ Snaptrip - credit @msmyth

Two night Hotel stay from just £15pppn including unlimited Breakfast @ Village Hotels - credit @goonertillidie

Warwick Castle Break - 1 night Hotel Stay + 2 days tickets + Breakfast & more from just £22pp based on Family 4 - credit @goonertillidie

2nd Day Free on Short Breaks @ Paultons Park - Home of Peppa Pig

LittleBird, Easter Breaks in France, Spain and Italy with Al Fresco Holidays - 7 Night Stay from £99 per Mobile Home - credit @stainless77

Super Spring Breaks - Haven Holidays from only £79 for a Family for 4 nights - credit @Shannon3112

Cadbury World Family Pass with Overnight Family Stay at Hotel including Breakfast £109 at Jury's Inn or £99 at Holiday Inn Express Birmingham (Snow Hill)


Chessington World of Adventures Resort - Kids go Free & 2nd Day Free - credit @goonertillidie

Thorpe Park Shark Hotel Stay + TWO days tickets + Breakfast + FREE Parking + Fast Track & more from £44pp @ Thorpe Park


Short Family Break for 2 Adults & 2 Children in 4* hotel (includes school holiday dates) + breakfast + choose 3 out of 10 family attractions e.g. National Space Centre £149 (£37.25pp) @ Stay Play Explore - credit @chelstar21

Amazing deal at Alton towers for Easter with loads of extras!! 2 adults & 2 children for 1 night in premium room £242.05 - credit @kirsty_6221

Legoland Windsor offer - Night in hotel with breakfast / indoor pool + Free goody bag for kids + 1 day park tickets - from £25pp (Family four) @ Budget Family Breaks - credit @goonertillidie

Kids Go Free & 2nd Day Free inc Easter Dates at Legoland

Edited by: "wishihadadonkey" 7th Apr 2018

Groups to keep an eye on




Eurostar to Paris from just £36 each way @ Eurostar - credit @goonertillidie

30% off Overnight Tickets EUROTUNNEL (Folkestone-Calais) - 10-12th April 2018 - credit @mrimac94

National Express Offers - credit @goonertillidie

Free Arriva Merseyside zone day saver ticket when you buy through their m-ticket app. credit @nyxlea1

Bus Hopper fare is going unlimited from end of Jan 2018 - Specific to London - credit @Rkp

Virgin Trains Family Offer - Open RETURN Family tickets (West coast line) from £65 some cheaper (Eg 2 Adults, 4 Children Birmingham - London £65 Return / £10.83pp) when Travelling to / from London Euston

2 Kids Travel Free with 1 paying Adult at Scotrail- Up to two children, aged 5-15, can travel free with each adult when you travel off-peak any day of the week. And you can go anywhere in Scotland.

Claim up to £89 if you use a Scotrail Smartcard - credit @euanb

easyBus transfer London to Stansted, Luton & Gatwick Airport from £1.99 - credit @Mandalin

Get three times the value of your Tesco Clubcard vouchers to spend on a family trip to France with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle -credit @nougat

Not specific to Half Term / Holidays but may come in useful as I expect routes will be busier & delays more likely

Claim Service Delay Refunds on TFL Tube/Rail, DLR & Emirates Air Line cable cars if more than 15 mins late (30 mins for Overground) @ TFL - credit @matwalaboy

Virgin Trains Delay Repay Scheme - Delay Repay is a simple way to get compensation if your journey with Virgin Trains on the West Coast Mainline is delayed for 30 minutes or more

Get a Free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) - credit @Schwifty

Premium line-skip security at Gatwick - £1 for My Gatwick members - credit @americanonpurpose



1 Year's entry to Eden Project for just £25.00 - credit @Karakova1987

Free 2 tickets to Alton Towers, Legoland, Chessington etc with Sun tokens - credit @AnnaMak

20% Off Tickets to Longleat via Picniq Tickets

10% off Harry Potter Studio Tours with voucher @ 365 Tickets

Seaworld Aquatica and Busch Garden tickets valid 14 days from first use (2018) £93 @ Travel Rebublic - credit @Large333

£25 Entry to Thorpe Park (O2 Priority) @ Thorpe Park (online only) - credit @Mechtup

10% off ST GEORGE'S FESTIVAL celebrations @ Wrest park - English Heritage - credit @Freelancer

Back from the 17th March - 2 x Alton Towers Tickets free with The Sun newspaper - credit @foxymeister

Legoland birmigham - advance tickets. Single entry £15/-, annual pass £38/- - credit @wrnrj


Fab thread CHEAP & Discounted Cinema Tickets for Adults, Students or Children @ Various cinemas - credit @goonertillidie

Movies for Juniors New Season only £1.50 pp (Ferdinand / Paddington 2 / Cars 3 / Jungle Bunch / My Little Pony / Nut Job 2 & more) @ Empire Cinemas - credit @andywedge

Movies for Juniors New Season only £1.50 pp ( inc Coco, Boss Baby , Ferdinand and Early Man) @ Empire Cinemas - credit @Maaly



Updated 6th April: KFC Colonels Club Offers - Includes Mighty bucket for one meal £4.50 - £3 for 3 pieces of chicken - £3 off 10 pieces bargain bucket - credit @meem

New Burger King Printable Vouchers (and codes) e.g. Long Texas BBQ & Fries £1.99 - Valid Until 31st May - credit @Chanchi32

TACO TUESDAY- £1 a Taco @ Chiquitos - credit @CJ1991

New Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons , only Greater Manchester, Warrington, Cardiff and Scotland at the moment, breakfast deal £2 muffin and coffee before 11am- credit @OwlEye

McDonald's launch Creme Egg and Caramel McFlurrys £1.39 @ McDonalds + Peter Rabbit Happy meals - credit @goonertillidie

50% Off £15 spend @ pizza hut delivery - credit @primerahalu

Free Classic or Legera Pizza (dine in) - download the new Pizza Express app from 27th March - credit @Chanchi32

50% off A La Carte food menu at Cau in April - credit @drtesseract

Various Offers at Bella Italia

Nandos/Vue gift card for worth £80 for £67.98 @ Costco Online - credit @dhulharsh (also Pizza Express)

One adult breakfast and two kids breakfasts = £8.99 (£3 pp): Unlimited Cooked and Continental Breakfast + Baked pastries + Cereal + Fresh Fruit + Chilled Juices + Tea and Unlimited Costa Coffee @ Beefeater - credit @Chanchi32

Buy 2 kids meals for £1 each with each adult meal...£8.49 for an adult & 2 Children`s meals @ Toby Carvery - credit @cazsilver

Kids Eat for £1 on Sundays & Bank Hol Mondays at Crown Carveries

Kids Eat for £1 On Mondays at Hungryhorse + other offers eg BOGOF Burgers on Fridays

2 for 1 on all courses Monday – Friday all day and Sunday from 5pm at Giraffe

One free kids meal deal (main, selected drink and dessert) per full price adult main purchased at Giraffe - All Weekend - credit @Jasleen

Free breakfast for 2 kids with 1 adult breakfast of £8.99 at Brewers Fayre

Morrisons cafe ongoing offer of one kids meal free with any adult meal over £4.50 after 3pm

4 Course All you can eat Sunday Lunch inclu mega ice cream sundae + Kids Eat Free from £12.95 @ Village Hotels (Works out 2A/2C from £6.48pp)- Must be a minimum of 2 people dining. Book online or phone to pre book your table. Prices & offerings vary at different hotels. Free child with every paying adult, subject to availability. - credit @NeoTrix

£5 Off Your Food Bill at Sizzling Pubs

Local Offers at Groupon

Two course a la carte dining at Frankie & Benny's for two people + glass of wine, beer, cider, cocktail or soft drink each £8.48pp w/code @ Wowcher - credit @goonertillidie

TWO MAINS FOR £8.99 @ Brewers Fayre - credit @LemonHoney

£5 for any pizza after 12pm Mondays @ strada - credit @Jasleen

BOGOF Burgers at Flaming Grill pubs on Thursdays from £5.29 - credit @LesD

Byron Lunch Menu - a Burger, Side and Drink for £10 - credit @intime

Free Hot Drink any size with Promo code in Caffe Nero App - credit @gbharatkumar

49p cups of coffee in Pret when you bring your own cup - now also soft drinks - credit @stephenhewlett

£40 Nando's Gift Cards Multipack (2 x £20) £34.99 @ Costco

Subway Kids eat free in Easter Holidays with purchase of a 6" meal - credit @daisyb212

All Day Monday to Thursday,Two courses from £10.99 @ TGI Fridays - credit @LemonHoney

FREE Cone Day Tuesday, April 10th 2018 @ Ben & Jerry's - credit @goonertillidie

Kids Eat Free at Café Rouge with Free Downloadable Voucher at Littlebird - credit @millarcat

Claim your free meal with Bella Italia with virgin red - credit @bhaskarsa

Kids Eat Free at Selected Restaurants via wuntu - credit @LemonHoney

Pizza hut Easter deal 50% off all pizza when you spend £20 - credit @soled73

2-Course Meal and Drink at Planet Hollywood * Disneyland Paris Resort *- £22 for Adults and £11 for Children @ Attractiontix - credit @millarcat

Edited by: "wishihadadonkey" 7th Apr 2018
Heat for all the effort this clearly took, thanks for posting.
Super like and heat for taking the time and making the effort to put it all together - you rock
Wow. Excellent post OP
Heat added for the effort.

Sny offers on flamingo land?
Wow I must say I’m not one to say it’s a long post but truly a great read and massive effort and time heat added deserves to get hot
Thanks for all your time taken too put this together. So much needed info all in one place
Thx WIHAD. Time and trouble taken - you got too much time on your hands !! only joking,mammoth effort- appreciated 🍹
Kids already have a games console and mobile phones so sorted. I'll leave the window open for fresh air. Haribo stocked up so no need to cook either.
Edited by: "deleted1836930" 13th Feb 2018
Excellent research, well done! Ignore the silly comments😁
Heat for the effort, top marks and some good stuff here!
What a ton of effort! Stonking list... If you're in England.

Barely any Scotland ones as always. Likely same for Ireland and Wales? Always very England heavy on such threads.

In my area of Scotland we only get three days off. Mon 19 - Weds 21st.
Is it a full week throughout England?

Heat rightly given 😁
Payyyyy29th Jan

Heat added for the effort. Sny offers on flamingo land?

I couldn't find any at the moment, but will keep an eye out, was hoping one of the local radio stations would have an offer on, they sometimes do
Looks like somebody's done their homework
setven30 m ago

rubbish list

Sorry you don't like it, is there any offers you'd like included?
Amazing post... thank you
setven37 m ago

rubbish list


There’s so much to pick from does nothing take your fancy?

Can you share some alternatives perhaps.
deleted183693029th Jan 2018

Kids already have a games console and a mobile phones so sorted. I'll …Kids already have a games console and a mobile phones so sorted. I'll leave the window open for fresh air. Haribo stocked up so no need to cook either.

Lol ....dont forget large bottle of pop incase their thirsty.🤣
Marrilyn7 m ago

Lol ....dont forget large bottle of pop incase their thirsty.🤣

No way I draw the line at fizzy drinks.
Brilliant. Thanks

Toucan Box

Bait and switch tactics!! Offer free box! Marvellous! Thanks!

Logged back in to check as a bit jaded and cynical in my old age and lo and behold they've signed me up to a £5 fortnightly subscription per child.

I paid via PayPal so completely oblivious to this. Be careful people!
Awesome post. Very very helpful indeed!
So nice of you to make so much effort. Very much appreciated 😁
Deffo heat for the huge effort.
well done op
Fantastic - you have saved me so much time ty ty ty
Again? Which week is this please? I want to make sure I don't leave the house.
For those not stupid enough to actually have kids in this country with the state of its multiple decade long term degradation of “Education” service, here’s free days out for the rest of your life

setven8 h, 0 m ago

rubbish list

Nicely put together again WIHAD
Thank you!
Even though I don't have children I love these posts. Thanks very much for sharing.
If we were not skiing this would be a lifesaver. Fantastic list, great effort, heat rightly given!!
thank you!
deleted183693029th Jan 2018

Kids already have a games console and a mobile phones so sorted. I'll …Kids already have a games console and a mobile phones so sorted. I'll leave the window open for fresh air. Haribo stocked up so no need to cook either.

Pmsl! God how we all miss the 90s!
Fabulous effort that will help lots of people during the break, please ignore the negativity. Try not to imagine what living in their household would be like, especially if you’re a child.
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