Looking for Cheap / Free Days Out / Activities / School Holidays / Things to do? Hope these Help
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Looking for Cheap / Free Days Out / Activities / School Holidays / Things to do? Hope these Help

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Refreshed 17th Mar (Posted 18th Feb)
Updated 11/3
Think like many people I look at the weekends & school holidays as a double edged sword, on one hand, I love the kids being off (well at least for the first few hours) but I'm always in a quandary what to do with them, everything is so expensive, even a cinema trip these days needs a few gold teeth ripped out & a trip to CEX. Back in my day I was happy with a bag of chips in newspaper so I could read it whilst I ate & a stick to whack around aimlessly, but I'm told by my kids that's why I've ended up chubby with inky & splinter filled fingers, they want more out of life it seems.

Anyway I've put together a few offers / ideas / deals & freebies for the upcoming months - hopefully they will keep my little darlings occupied enough that I'm not rocking in a corner drinking cheap gin & eating only baked beans for the year!

Hope they help & feel free to add any you know of in the comments, tag me & I'll add

Get Deal link goes to Groupon, they have lots of great offers & very often have codes for 15 - 25% off - if nothing around then code HELLO15 works for first orders / new email addresses to take 15% off


Groups to keep an eye on

Days Out

Theme Parks

Restaurants

Freebies

Family & Kids

Culture & Leisure

Travel

Cinema

Tickets & Shows

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Activities in / around London

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I'll start off with my Free Places to Visit / Things to Do in London because it is still very relevant

London Bus Tour from £2pp @ Megabus - inc Feb Half Term / Easter & Summer Holidays

Tickets to Kew Gardens inc February half term for £17 for 1 adult & 2 children instead of £25.50 @ Picniq Tickets - credit @emribena - expires 31/3/2019

Three-Day Red Rover Thames River Cruise Pass £5.95 for a Child / £10.20 Adult w/code at Groupon - credit @millarcat

Under 16's - Watch two football finals - back to back - at Wembley for just £1 [FA Vase and FA Trophy Finals - 19th May] - credit @andywedge

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

London BIG 6 Adventure Ticket - adults from £62 / kids from £45 - Visit 6 of London’s most exciting attractions for the price of 3! Admission to Coca-Cola London Eye, SEA LIFE London, Shrek's Adventure! London, Madame Tussauds London, London Eye River Cruise & The London Dungeon - Valid to use over a 90-day period

London Transport Museum - Kids go Free - Adult Ticket £16; Concessions £13 BUT Tickets allow unlimited entry for 12 months!

British Airways i360 Brighton - The Tallest Moving Observation Tower in the World -Book online in advance for cheaper tickets

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

London Film Museum - 50% Off Bond in Motion Tickets - Adult £7.25 / Child £4.75 @ picniq tickets

Free Teen or child entry to The Dungeons or Madame Tussaud’s with a paying adult - credit @myusernamehasgone234

London Museum of Water and Steam Family (2A / 2C) Entry Weekdays £13.77 / Weekends £17.42 w/code @ Groupon - Kids under 5 go Free - use code HELLO15

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

Family Visit to Shrek's Adventure with River Pass - Special Offer £108 @ buyagift

Free Entry to Sky Garden - London

Days Out in the South East with Tesco Clubcard Vouchers

Discounted SEA LIFE London Aquarium at 365Tickets

Discounted London Dungeon Tickets at 365Tickets

Discounted London Eye Tickets @ 365Tickets

Discounted Madame Tussauds Tickets @ 365Tickets

Free TFL Cycle Maps

Free London Walking Maps

Legoland Annual Pass Sale £47 (off Peak Dates) or £60 (All Dates) - credit @bhunterno1



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Activities across the UK

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Blackpool Zoo Annual Membership valid every Sunday in 2019, £20.50 Child / £27.50 Adult / £24.50 Concessions / £87.75 Family of 4

Half Price in March for Blackpool Zoo - FY AND PR3 postcodes Only - credit @ms01ma

Half term special - £12 entry between 16th Feb and 24th March at Warrington & Milton Keynes Gullivers Parks when you book 2 days in advance - credit @emribena

Chessington World of Adventures Annual Pass £39 off peak/£50 peak - credit @lozzab1

New Littlebird Family Pass - 30 Day Trial for £1 - Up to 50% Off Exclusive Deals on Cinema, Dining and Theme Parks - offer ends 31/3

Kids pass - 30 day trial (45 days with wuntu code) just £1 - credit @Suzannzan

Free Merlin Attraction Ticket Dates For Sun Savers 2019 - handy guide - credit @ThomasSwift

Free Alton Towers Tickets (2) Token Collect with The Sun - From Saturday 23rd March - 9th April - credit @foxmeister

Knowsley Safari Park Family Ticket (2A + 2C) £45 with code 10OFF @ Virgin Experience - code should work on other experiences

Giant Lego animals have arrived at Chester Zoo for Big Cats trail - Book 7 days in advance or more for £4 off tickets HERE

20% Off Longleat Safari Parks All In One Day Tickets - Adults £27.96 / Child £20.95 / Under 3's Free + £5 off next purchase @ Picniq - credit @millarcat

Family Ticket for Four to Conkers £19.51 w/code (normally £35.95) via Groupon - Valid until 30th April 2019

Alton Towers Premium Season Pass (includes Scarefest & August weekends!!!) - £70 - credit @Al_Jolson - Non Premium £56 on same link

Services Day at Alton Towers 16th-17th March. - credit @SquirbyDude

AA Benefits on their App for Members inc Theme Parks / Attractions - credit @jjo9

2 FOR 1 entry to 100's of attractions when you travel by train - tip - doesn't have to be a long journey

Wowcher Legoland Discovery Centre, Manchester £6.50 per person (including booking fee) - credit @Vicky1523

Adult and toddler (5 and under) combi ticket £12 to Sea Life and Lego Discovery Centre Manchester Trafford Centre - credit @pieandapint

Printable Voucher for FREE Admission to Dudley Zoo with 1 Full Paying Person - expires 31/12/19

Family entry for two adults and up to three children to National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull £10.20 with code HELLO15 @ Groupon

Discounted Whipsnade Animal Park Tickets @ 365Tickets

Buy an entry ticket 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

Free Tickets Hullfest 2019 15th & 16th June 2019 - (Hull) - £3.50 booking fee per ticket @ Ticketline - credit @dunny06

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Annual Pass for Two now £39 - upgrade to Family Pass for an extra £3.50 @ buyagift

Crocodile and venomous snake tour including photo for two at Crocs R Us, Filton £16.30 with code HELLO15 at Groupon

Spa Valley Railway Family (2A / 2C) Return Ticket from Tunbridge Wells £10.20 w/code @ Groupon - use code HELLO15

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

BBC Studio Tours - various locations

Days Out UK Wide with Tesco Clubcard Vouchers

Sunday Carvery for a Family of 4 at Best Western Hotel + Entry to York Bird of Prey Centre £24.65 w/code @ Groupon - credit @millarcat

M&D’s Theme Park Season Pass for 2, 3 or 4 at Wowcher - £95 instead of £165 for a season pass for two people, £110 for three people, or £135 for four people at M&D’s Theme Park, North Lanarkshire - save up to 42%

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

Family Ticket (2A + 2C) for The Scottish Deer Centre £11.50 / Family Ticket (2A + 3C) £14 with code HELLO15 at Groupon

Half Price Adult Tickets + Kids Go Free Weekends eg Family of 4 was £40 now £13.50 at Bodmin & Wenford Steam Railway, Cornwall


Mother's Day Special Offers

FREE Entry for Mums & Grans (when accompanied by 1 child) on Mother's Day (March 31st 2019) @ Eden Project

Mums Go Free to Longleat Mother's Day Weekend 30th / 31st March (With full paying Adult or Child) - Book Online ( also Cheddar Gorge/Caves )

Mums Go Free on Mother's Day weekend with one paying child saving between £14 & £17.50 @ Knowsley Safari Park - credit @emribena

Mum's go free with full paying person on 30/31st March @ GulliversFun- credit @shy2406

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Freebies

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Fab thread by @Mrswitch - Free Things To Do In The UK With The Family - Lots In Description

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

National Railway Museum York - Free entry - credit @RUSSt

FREE DAY OUT National Science & Media Museum, Bradford - credit @RUSSt

Free Instore Events at Smyths Toys

Forza Motorsport 6: Apex = FREE 20GB GAME - Microsoft Store credit @ontheqt

Free kindle books on Amazon - credit @Gakusei

Free Craft Projects

Free Hobbycraft Workshops - credit @natalia.baird

Free Pet Care Workshops @ Pets at Home

Apply for a Free Blue Peter Badge & Get Free entry for Two badges holders with 1 paying adult - credit @myusernamehasgone

Free Wild Swimming locations Discover the best wild swim locations whether a river swim, a lake or even a waterfall - credit @myusernamehasgone234

Lots of Free Museums Nationwide - in comments of old thread of mine

Free Places to Visit / Things to Do in Scotland

Free Places to Visit / Things to Do in London

Free TFL Cycle Maps

Free London Walking Maps

Check out the Hoop app - for free kids activities near you >> Hoop APP

Free guide to fun days out in your area courtesy of Canal & River Trust

Free Parkrun Events inc Juniors

Free Zog Forest Activity Trails at various locations in England


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Eating Out

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Takeaway Offers Megathread - Pizza / Burgers / Chicken - [KFC / Burger King / Frankie & Benny's / Just Eat and more - credit @NeoTrix

Kids Eat for £1 with every Adult Main Meal - Monday to Friday at Sizzling Pubs - credit @millarcat

Adult Unlimited Breakfast + 2 kids (under 16) eat FREE £9.50 / £3.17pp - Incl. Costa Coffee, Bacon, Eggs, Cereal, Pastries.. @ brewers fayre - credit @MrAlbert

TWO Main Courses for £8.99 @ Brewers Fayre (12 - 6pm Mon - Fri)

Food Offers at Bella Italia - Kids Eat for £1 (3 courses & Drink) / 50% Off Main Meals 2 for 1 Breakfasts and more - credit @millarcat

AA Benefits on their App for Members inc Food Discounts - credit @jjo9

FREE Original Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnut - credit @theseller96

Whopper Wednesday!! £1.99 via app... @ Burger King - credit @s11auxwell

99p for 9 Chicken Nuggets @ Burger King App - credit @Jack-K

KFC Fillet Tower Meal with fries for £2.99 - credit @bham89man

New KFC Colonel’s Club Vouchers (eg £1 mini fillet burger) expires 7th April - credit @Dillang12

9 pieces of the colonels finest chicken for £5.99 on Tuesdays @ KFC - credit @RoadKillGoat

£1 for a £5 spend on deliveroo for new customers or £2 free for existing customers from Wowcher expires 31/3 Same offer at LivingSocial HERE- credit @djsez786

Free Kids Breakfast with paying adult @ Debenhams Restaurants - credit @AnnieLey

Big Mac Bacon Food Event - Mac Jr £2.59 - Mac Bacon Jr £2.99 - Big Mac £3.39 (w/ bacon £3.79) @ McDonalds expires 19/3/19 - credit @goonertillidie

Cadbury's Creme egg Mcflurry & Cadburys Caramel Mcflurry 99p from 20th March - 30th April - credit @goonertillidie

Kids eat FREE with every Main Meal Purchased on Saturdays (Free Kids Meal = Main, Drink & Dessert) at Giraffe - credit @millarcat

Nando’s £40 Nando's Gift Cards £33.99 / £80 gift cards for £67.98 at Costco - credit @V.J

Adult Unlimited Breakfast + 2 kids (under 16) eat FREE £9.50 / £3.17pp - Incl. Costa Coffee, Bacon, Eggs, Cereal, Pastries... @ Beefeater - credit @millarcat

Sunday Carvery for a Family of 4 at Best Western Hotel + Entry to York Bird of Prey Centre £24.65 w/code @ Groupon - credit @millarcat

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

Asda 16" Pizza (Eat in or takeaway) £6 served in cafe - credit @Dubmasta77

Any 6' Subway Meat Feast / Nacho Chicken Salsa / Cheese & Onion Saver + drink - £3 @ Subway - credit @Headingley_Lad

Get £10 off your first order with Uber Eats when you spend £15 or more! Using discount code GDKEATS! - credit @robthefm

Chipotle - 2 for 1 is back (if you sign up to their newsletter) credit @KillerIsDead86


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Short Breaks, Hotels and Travel

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Short Breaks

Thorpe Park - TWO Days Theme Park Entry + a Hotel Stay from £111 for 2 people (£55.50pp) @ Thorpe Breaks - credit @millarcat

Family Break for 2 Adults & 2 Children in 4* Hotel + Breakfast + 3 Family Attractions e.g. Twycross Zoo £149 / £37.25pp @ Stay Play Explore - credit @millarcat

1 Night April Hotel Stay with Breakfast + 2 Days Entry to Warwick Castle + Birds of Prey Display from £123 (£30.75pp) @ Warwick Castle - credit @millarcat

Hotel Stay + 2 Days Tickets + Breakfast for 2A + 2C from £108/ £27pp at Warwick Castle (Incl. School Holiday and Weekend Breaks) - credit @millarcat

Hotel Stay, Breakfast, Entry to Savannah Splash Pool, Wanyama Village & Reserve + more from £69 for a Family of 4 @ Chessington - credit @millarcat

Family Shepherd Hut One Night Stay at Samlesbury Hall, Lancashire for 4 people now £64 (£16 pp) @ Littlebird (more options in post) - credit @millarcat

Chessington - Hotel Stay + Breakfast + 2 day Theme Park Tickets with access to the Park, Zoo & Sea Life - Family of 4 £181 / £45pp (more options in post) - credit @millarcat



Hotels

Keep an eye on Travelodge HERE - very often have codes that offer great discounts



Travel

Save 10% on a Railcard expires 31/3 - credit @smit.dalvi

National Express 40% Off Code for only £2 at Groupon - valid for UK Return fares.- credit @millarcat - ends 13/3

**MEGATHREAD** How to get the Cheapest Train Tickets in the UK - credit @reindeer333

Kids Go Free during the school holidays to the Isle of Wight with Wightlink Ferries - credit @contrasttv

When Booking a Dover to Calais Ferry with P&O Ferries, Receive 6 Free Bottles of Wine Worth £29 (With Code) - credit @bwsmith86 ends 21/3

Travel nearly anywhere in Scotland for 2 from £7.10 return @ Scotrail - credit @stevelong77

London to Edinburgh Single from £3 Return £6 May-June National Express - credit @bdrl

Vehicle hire one way from £1 @ Hertz - credit @scottie_ncle

Various one-way coach trips from just £3.75 w/code @ Snap Travel- credit @goonertillidie

Unlimited bus and tram journeys in one hour for the price of one @ TFL 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

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

Virgin Trains Delay Repay Scheme

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

Millions of pounds laying around on your Oyster Cards - Claim your money back - credit @goonertillidie

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Cinema and Entertainment

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

Vue cinema tickets £2.49 for Adults & Kids at weekends & upcoming school holidays - credit @adamderak

Two Cinema Tickets from Reel Cinemas, 11 Locations - from £6.20 @ Groupon - credit @goonertillidie

How to get cheap Audible for £3.99 (new and old customers) - credit @Blaat_blaat

Netflix for £2.33 /Month - updated tutorial - credit @SmallNat

Now TV 3 Months for the Price of 1 - £7.99 - Selected Accounts - credit @bpj38

The hotukdeals Streaming Thread - Our guide to the best offers for Music / Video Streaming (Updated regularly) - credit @msmyth

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Autism Mega Thread - Days out / Cinema (Free Entry for CEA cardholders / School Uniform / Ear defenders from £2.79 and more in the OP

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

Pregnancy / new parent / new baby - how to survive and save money thread - credit @emribena

Best credit card and debit / prepaid card deals 2019 (see post for details) - credit @writergirl74

The Best Fee Free Debit + Credit Cards for foreign spend e.g. Amazon DE/IT/ES - Includes Starling - Monzo - Revolut + more (see post) - credit @Chanchi32

The hotukdeals Streaming Thread - Our guide to the best offers for Music / Video Streaming (Updated regularly) - credit @msmyth

The HotUKDeals VPN Megathread (Offers, FAQ, Howtos + More!) - credit @msmyth

Weddings On A Budget - High Street Wedding Dresses / Bridesmaid Dress Bargains ....(Various Retailers) - credit @millarcat

The hotukdeals Sim only deals thread - all of the cheapest sim only deals and free sim offers - credit @msmyth

Takeaway Offers Megathread - Pizza / Burgers / Chicken - [KFC / Burger King / Frankie & Benny's / Just Eat and more - credit @NeoTrix

Airline Luggage Allowance - Guide to Hand Baggage Sizes & Weight Restrictions When Flying With EasyJet, Jet2, Ryanair ... & Cabin Bag Deals - credit @millarcat

How to Make Money Online Megathread: For Beginners and Advanced members - credit @goonertillidie

Top Picks for Spring Fashion - £35 and Under - And How to Wear Them Including Animal Print and Neon - credit @emribena

Guide to the best swimwear / swimsuits for your body shape

Cap your mobile contract to £0 - hotukdeals guide to managing your mobile spend - credit @msmyth

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25 Comments
Nice work donkles
Heat for the effort!! Well done you! 😁
Heat for all your work!

P.S. - does anyone know of a discount code that'll work when buying a 26-30 Railcard, please? Thanks.
Thanks op
Which the free day out was paid before?
sjs315 h, 28 m ago

Heat for all your work! P.S. - does anyone know of a discount code …Heat for all your work! P.S. - does anyone know of a discount code that'll work when buying a 26-30 Railcard, please? Thanks.


I've had a good look around, but sadly can't find any codes for that one, will keep looking though
jakbli3 h, 42 m ago

Which the free day out was paid before?


I'm not sure that any of the free days out featured had to be paid for before, I included them to give people options, is there anything that you would like to see included or are on the look out for? If you let me know, will keep an eye out
Hot for the effort
Cold. Sorry.
Groupon used to be great, but the last four or five I've had have either been unbookable due to already being sold out events (must be between 12.00 and 12.23 on a Tuesday or Thursday), or very low quality products that cannot be returned.
wishihadadonkey3 h, 35 m ago

I've had a good look around, but sadly can't find any codes for that one, …I've had a good look around, but sadly can't find any codes for that one, will keep looking though


Thank you.
Phil_Blake9 h, 34 m ago

Cold. Sorry.Groupon used to be great, but the last four or five I've had …Cold. Sorry.Groupon used to be great, but the last four or five I've had have either been unbookable due to already being sold out events (must be between 12.00 and 12.23 on a Tuesday or Thursday), or very low quality products that cannot be returned.


I'm sorry you feel that way, have you contacted their customer services? The main link goes to groupon but there are many other merchants in the OP
Heat for the time, the tips and the effort.

Thank you.
useful compendium
@wishihadadonkey Kids go free to the Isle of Wight with Wightlink: wightlink.co.uk/go/…ee/
Edited by: "contrasttv" 21st Feb
contrasttv1 h, 39 m ago

@wishihadadonkey Kids go free to the Isle of Wight with Wightlink: …@wishihadadonkey Kids go free to the Isle of Wight with Wightlink: https://www.wightlink.co.uk/go/discounts/kids-go-free/


That's fab, thanks very much - have added into the thread
sjs3120th Feb

Heat for all your work! P.S. - does anyone know of a discount code …Heat for all your work! P.S. - does anyone know of a discount code that'll work when buying a 26-30 Railcard, please? Thanks.


Do you have any Tesco clubcard points? I think they have an offer going.
This is what I love about this site. Just dropped my nowtv price by trying to cancel. Wouldn't have known if I hadn't seen this thread. Thanks OP
Quality thanks
sumz0114 h, 24 m ago

Do you have any Tesco clubcard points? I think they have an offer going.


Sadly, Tesco Clubcard points/vouchers work with 16-25 (and other) Railcards but not the new 26-30 :(.
We tried it out with a £1 (worth £3) code but it was rejected. The voucher was due to expire in a few days anyway. Glad I didn't use more!
wonderful thread. Great work
Good work.
Great effort- you sir/madam are a hero!

Back in my day all we needed was a stick, and a bigger stick to whack it around with. Kids these days eh!
Good Great work,
Nice one
Thank you. Just #thankyou
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