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

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Refreshed 10th Jun (Posted 16th May)
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 wondering what to do with them when everything is so expensive. When I was young, I was happy with a bag of chips in newspaper so I could eat & read whilst drumming my heels on a wall, but I'm told by my kids that's why I've ended up chubby with inky fingers & funny feet (not sure hairy toes can be attributed to that) but they want more out of life it seems.

Anyway I've put together a few offers / deals & freebies for the upcoming months - I'm hoping that they will keep my little darlings occupied enough that I'm not rocking in the corner by day 2 & eating only budget baked beans for the year!

Huge credit to all those who have posted Days Out ideas / threads on the site + please feel free to add any in comments, tag me & I'll add to the thread

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 HELLO20 works for first orders / new email addresses to take 20% off



Groups to keep an eye on


Days Out


Theme Parks


Restaurants


Freebies


Family & Kids


Culture & Leisure


Travel


Cinema


Tickets & Shows



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 at Megabus - inc May Bank Holiday, May Half Term & Summer Holidays

Entry to Kew Gardens AND Palace for Two Adults - £22 with code (£11pp) at Red Letter Days - thanks to goonertillidie

Hidden London : Down Street - Churchills Secret Station Sold out tickets now available Adult £85.00, Concession £80.00 at TFL
- credit to unkypoo

Free London in a Day Walking Tour - credit @GamerTales

Three Day Red Rover Thames River Cruise Pass £5.60 Child / £9.60 Adult with code at Groupon + Under 5's Travel Free- use code HELLO20

Interactive Shark Feeding Experience £29pp at LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort via Groupon - standalone experience

British Airways i360 - Adults £12 / Kids £7 via Travelzoo - offer ends 31st May

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

London 2 FOR 1 offers in London £30 @ National Express Need a Valid National Express Coach Ticket per person - credit Notting

London BIG 6 Adventure Ticket- adults from £68 / kids from £55 - 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 £16.50; Concessions £15.50 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

London Museum of Water and Steam Family (2A / 2C) Entry Weekdays £12.96 / Weekends £16.40 w/code at Groupon - Kids under 5 go Free - use new user / email code ..... HELLO20

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 Entry to Sky Garden - London

Days Out in the South East with Tesco Clubcard Vouchers

Kids Pass Trial for £1

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

Florence Nightingale Museum, London, Family Ticket (2A / 2C) £8 with code at Groupon- use new user / email code ..... HELLO20

Wembley Stadium Tour for Adult or Child now £9pp via Travelzoo

Free Entry to the Britsh Museum

Free Entry to The Science Museum

Free Entry to Natural History Museum

Free Entry to The National Gallery

Free Entry to Kensington Gardens

Free TFL Cycle Maps

Free London Walking Maps



Activities across the UK

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Blackpool Zoo Annual Membership valid every Sunday in 2019, £21.75 Child / £28.50 Adult / £90 Family of 4 / £109.50 Family of 5

Blackpool pleasure beach half price wristbands can be used in May school holidays - £19.50 via Planet Radio- credit suzy18

Merlin Pass Monthly Membership - from £29.99 upfront & £8.99 per mth

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

DiggerLand for Family of 4 Day Out - £48 via Planet Offers (Yorkshire and Durham)valid 1st - 30th June - buy voucher by 27th May - credit Fi73

Free Open Farm Sunday - 9th June - various locations - thanks to marty-401

20% Off Longleat Safari Parks All In One Day Tickets - Adults £27.96 / Child £20.95 / Under 3's Free at Picniq Tickets

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

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

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

National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull - 2 Adults + Upto 3 Children for £9.60 / 2 Adults £7.20 at Groupon with code (Under 5s Free)

Family Ticket for Four to Conkers £18.36 w/code (normally £35.95) via Groupon - + Under 3's Go Free - Voucher valid until 31st July 2019

Fun Family Experience Days Out £19 (£4.75pp) with code at Red Letter Days - Multiple Choice Voucher / 169 locations

Save 10% on Blue Planet Aquarium tickets when you book online - credit GamerTales

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

Days Out UK Wide with Tesco Clubcard Vouchers

Half Price Entry to Sealife Centers & Alton Towers with Carex Handwash Bottles at Supermarkets- credit GamerTales

Grown Ups Go Free to Legoland / Alton Towers / Chessington & more with paying child or adult when you buy Kellogg’s cereal

Drayton Manor - Free Entry for Serving + Ex-serving Personnel of the British Armed Forces until Nov 2019

4 Tickets for £95 at Drayton Manor Theme Park

Kids Pass Trial for £1

BBC Studio Tours - various locations

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

Spa Valley Railway Family (2A / 2C) Return Ticket from Tunbridge Wells £10.20 w/code @ Groupon - now £9.60 with new code HELLO20

Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway - two adults and two children is £15 via Travelzoo

Family Entry for 2A + 3C to Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens, Northumberland £10

Crocodile and venomous snake tour including photo for two at Crocs R Us, Filton £15.20 with code HELLO20 at Groupon

Free Summer 2019 Airshows - Comprehensive List- credit reindeer333

Free Amazon Fulfilment Centres Tour - 8 Locations - Book Online for up to 10 People

Two-hour Alpaca Meet, Greet and Walk for Two People at Pennybridge Alpacas, Hampshire £20 (£10pp) via Groupon

Kids Go Free during the school holidays to the Isle of Wight with Wightlink Ferries

Fossil Hunt for Free on the Jurassic Coast

Eagle Heights Animal Sanctuary, Kent: - Entry for One £4.76 / Entry for Two £9.52 with code via Groupon

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

New Lanark UNESCO World Heritage Site Discount Entry - Family of 4 was £43.95 now £22.75 / Child now £5.50 / Adult now £8.50 via Wowcher

Entry to Amazonia For 2, 3 or 4 at M&D's Theme Park via Wowcher - £6 for two people, £9 for three people, or £12 for four people

Discount Season Passes to M&D’s Theme Park via Wowcher - £95 for two people, £110 for three people, or £135 for four people

Family of 4 Entry to The Scottish Deer Centre £12 with code / Family of 5 £13.60 - via Groupon, use code HELLO20

Landmark Forest Adventure Park, nr Aviemore £13 for 1 / £49 for Family of 4 via itison

48 Hour Belfast Hop On Hop Off Bus £8pp at Travelzoo - credit rachelandgromit



Freebies

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

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

Free Instore Events at Smyths Toys

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

Free Entry to National Science & Media Museum, Bradford

National Railway Museum York - Free entry

Free Places to Visit / Things to Do in Scotland

Free Places to Visit / Things to Do in London

Free Entry to RAF Museum in London & RAF Cosford

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

Free Table Tennis at Pop Up Ping Pong Parlours Nationwide - (also Free Outdoor Tables) via Table Tennis England

Free Tennis Sessions & Coaching - Events from now & throughout the Summer with LTA

Hobbycraft - Free Bookable Craft Events

Free Pet Care Workshops @ Pets at Home

Free Craft Projects

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

Fossil Hunt for Free on the Jurassic Coast

Free Amazon Fulfilment Centres Tour - 8 Locations - Book Online for up to 10 People

Free Summer 2019 Airshows - Comprehensive List- credit reindeer333

Free (or cheap) sailing/windsurfing taster courtesy of RYA in May- credit marty-401

Booking Now Open for FREE Swim Safe Swimming Sessions for Kids aged 7- 14 - credit millarcat

Free Events instore at Ikea- many need pre-booking

Free Kids Monthly Gardening Club + Instore Events at Dobbies


Free Wild Camping in Scotland



More groups / threads that may help on hotukdeals

Hotels

Family Breaks

Village Hotel rooms from £29.75 July / Aug / Sep (Based on 2 people) + Free Cocktail each at Village Hotels offer expires 29th May - credit Chanchi32

£30 Family Day Return to Isle of Wight by Hovercraft at Hover Travel - credit JimmyLo

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

Adult Unlimited Breakfast + 2 kids (under 16) eat FREE £9.50 - Inc Bacon, Eggs, Cereal, Pastries, Costa Coffee & much more at Brewers Fayre

50% off Pizzas when you spend £20 or more at Pizza Hut - credit Brutes

KFC Mini Fillet Burger 2 Hot Wings & Regular Fries only £1.99 [Before 3pm at participating restaurants]- until 16th June - credit BrummyGeezer



More Megathreads on hotukdeals


Family Friendly Theme Parks & Hotels - what's included, top tips, tricks, ways to save money & offers

Autism Mega Thread - Days out / Cinema (Free Entry for CEA cardholders / School Uniform / Ear defenders from £2.79 and more in the OP - Fab thread for kids that have autism - that Neotrix keeps updated

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

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

[Megathread] All current UK rail offers, tips & vouchers!- credit reindeer333

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

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

BBQ & Fire Pit Mega Thread - Spring / Summer 2019 - Prices from £10 - credit Neotrix

Summer 2019 Outdoor Garden Toys and Pools Thread
Community Updates

Groups

19 Comments
Great post..thank you.
These are great posts, thank you @wishihadadonkey
Awesome work my friend, heat added
Thanks for the effort. Much appreciated, dunno if it's mentioned but RAF museum is also worth a visit.
RadiatorRules17/05/2019 18:28

These are great posts, thank you @wishihadadonkey



kt_mel17/05/2019 23:35

Awesome work my friend, heat added


Thank you very much


millenium918/05/2019 04:05

Thanks for the effort. Much appreciated, dunno if it's mentioned but RAF …Thanks for the effort. Much appreciated, dunno if it's mentioned but RAF museum is also worth a visit.


They look really interesting, thanks, have added in
Fab, thank you
GeoCaching.
Spent ages looking through the list and in the links websites.

Found just one thing in all of that post. That was anywhere near me in Scotland. Paintballing with a price cut. Oh and getting to see Glenfinnan viaduct for 2 for 1 but only if you go by train not car like we would have to

Anyone got any links for things to do in the Scottish Highlands area? Or found anything in this thread I have missed?

As always though such posts are fantastic if you live in England! Heat heat heat.

Trying to find Scottish stuff in these is always an issue though. But I'm guessing it's same for Wales and NI 😁
WeeWifie18/05/2019 12:22

Spent ages looking through the list and in the links websites. Found just …Spent ages looking through the list and in the links websites. Found just one thing in all of that post. That was anywhere near me in Scotland. Paintballing with a price cut. Oh and getting to see Glenfinnan viaduct for 2 for 1 but only if you go by train not car like we would have to Anyone got any links for things to do in the Scottish Highlands area? Or found anything in this thread I have missed?As always though such posts are fantastic if you live in England! Heat heat heat.Trying to find Scottish stuff in these is always an issue though. But I'm guessing it's same for Wales and NI 😁


google
WeeWifie18/05/2019 12:22

Spent ages looking through the list and in the links websites. Found just …Spent ages looking through the list and in the links websites. Found just one thing in all of that post. That was anywhere near me in Scotland. Paintballing with a price cut. Oh and getting to see Glenfinnan viaduct for 2 for 1 but only if you go by train not car like we would have to Anyone got any links for things to do in the Scottish Highlands area? Or found anything in this thread I have missed?As always though such posts are fantastic if you live in England! Heat heat heat.Trying to find Scottish stuff in these is always an issue though. But I'm guessing it's same for Wales and NI 😁


There are some Scottish offers at the bottom of activities in the UK, Landmark Adventure park is one of them, my kids adore it, they prefer going there over M&D's every time.

There is also the Free Places to Visit / Things to Do in Scotland thread I did

itison is a really good place to source offers in Scotland, we use it all the time for cheap days out

Inverness Botanic Gardens

West Highland Museum

Lochaber Geopark

Open Doors Festival in September

Highland Folk Museum

Walking Tour
Thanks
Cracking list, Thanks OP for taking the time to do this.
I thank your kids
Great work. @wishihadadonkey 👏
Definitely going to have a look at few of them. 🙏
Great effort
WeeWifie18/05/2019 12:22

Spent ages looking through the list and in the links websites. Found just …Spent ages looking through the list and in the links websites. Found just one thing in all of that post. That was anywhere near me in Scotland. Paintballing with a price cut. Oh and getting to see Glenfinnan viaduct for 2 for 1 but only if you go by train not car like we would have to Anyone got any links for things to do in the Scottish Highlands area? Or found anything in this thread I have missed?As always though such posts are fantastic if you live in England! Heat heat heat.Trying to find Scottish stuff in these is always an issue though. But I'm guessing it's same for Wales and NI 😁


You could go to the theme park mentioned
Mjshawmeister18/06/2019 05:06

You could go to the theme park mentioned


Too far away for a day trip from the Highlands alas! So very expensive when you add in accommodation too.

Been before years ago though.
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