Updated 9/2 - February Half Term  / Easter School Holidays - Looking for Cheap / Free Days Out / Activities?  Hope these help

Updated 9/2 - February Half Term / Easter School Holidays - Looking for Cheap / Free Days Out / Activities? Hope these help

Mod & Ed 58
Mod & Ed
Found 29th Jan
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

Celebrate Chinese New Year 2018 in London on 18 February during the free annual event across London Chinatown and the West End - Lots of Free Events & Chinese New Year parade and one-day festival in Trafalgar Square

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 Special Offer £22 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

Merlin Entertainment Annual Pass January sale - credit @Andrew91- Merlin Annual Pass is the only ticket you need to unlock 12 months of FUN at 32 of the UK’s top attractions inc Legoland Windsor Resort, The London Eye, Shreks Adventure at DreamWorks, Madame Tussaud’s

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


Join us at the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort between 9th - 17th February for our Junior Builder Week: Minifigures Edition 2018! - prices from £38pp


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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

GEEK MEET MAKE PLAY - Margate - Feb 16th - 18th - GEEK, East Kent's notorious gaming expo is back at the home of play for 2018. With digital and analogue games for casual and dedicated gamers alike, expect tournaments, spectacles, cosplay, talks, workshops and more.

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£100 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 £14.40 / 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

Virgin Experience Days Family Tour of Arsenal FC Stadium- 2 Adults & 2 Children now £25 at Very

Edited by: "wishihadadonkey" 9th Feb
Original Poster Mod & Ed

Around the UK

Groups to keep an Eye on


15 - 20% off Gift Experiences inc Family Days Out & Kid's Experiences @ Tesco Direct

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

Family Days Out with Tesco Clubcards

Wensleydale Adult Railway day ticket now £10 - Family of four 2A/2C total £21 or less @ Travelzoo - credit @goonertillidie

Derbyshire: 90-min alpaca-walking experience £14 for 1 person / £24 for 2

2-hour Birds of Prey Experience at Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre £15 via Travelzoo

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 or HERE for same price

Thomas & Friends February Half Term at Drayton Manor - Pre-book Tickets Adults £15 / Children £10 (at the gate they would be £30 & £20) -
Drayton Manor Park is home to Europe’s only Thomas Land so why not join in all the family fun this Thomas & Friends February Half Term and enjoy meeting Thomas and all his friends.

From Saturday 10th – Sunday 25th February 2018 you can enjoy all the #LittleMoments in Thomas Land as well as meeting all our animal friends in the 15-acre zoo.

What do we have going on this February Half Term?

  • Thomas Land rides and attractions including Harold Helicopter Tours, Bertie Bus and Cranky Crane
  • Selected family favourite rides around the park (no thrill rides will be open)
  • Live shows on Knapford Station with the Fat Controller and friends
  • A variety of animals in our 15-acre zoo including the BRAND NEW in 2017, Red Panda Tika & Pema
  • Plus much more
So bring the family along for a fun-filled day of excitement here at Drayton Manor Park.

Selected family rides only during Thomas & Friends February half term, including Thomas Land and the Zoo. No thrill rides will be open during this holiday.

Dudley Zoo - groupon offer £4.90 for a child ticket - £7.50 for an adult ticket - £21 for a family ticket for two adults and two children - credit @wrnrj

Monkey World ‘kid for a quid’ with one full paying adult ticket (£12) and up to 6 children for £1 each - credit @SLH87

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

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

Bargain Family Tickets to Warwick Castle - Fam of 3 £28.50 / Fam of 4 £38 / Fam of 5 £47.50 Valid over Half Term @ Attractiontix ( kids under 3 go Free) - credit @millarcat

Twinlakes Theme Park, 15mth Annual pass for price of 12mth (incl 15% off limited time normal price £51.99 12mth) - credit @Minnie_Mouse

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

Edited by: "wishihadadonkey" 3rd Feb
Original Poster Mod & Ed

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

Buy an entry to the National Aquarium in Plymouth and get a free years entry- Adults from £14.35 / Kids £10.75 / Family Ticket £44.55 (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

All Adult & Child Tickets £12.95pp During Feb Half Term @ Gullivers World (tickets normally £17.95)


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


Not for Feb Half Term but may help out for Easter & other School Holidays Alton Towers 2018 Season Pass - £55 - credit @codge

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

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

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

Annual Pass to the York Dungeons (Unlimited entry for 12 months) £9 at minsterfm

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

High Ropes & Adventure Golf at Haigh Woodland Park- Family of 4 Ticket half price £25 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

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

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

The British Wildlife Centre - Surrey - discounted prices via Littlebird
  • £5 for a Child Entry Ticket (3-15yrs), 41% off.
  • £7.50 for an Adult Entry Ticket, 35% off.
  • £11.50 for Adult and Child Entry Ticket, 43% off.
  • £25 for a Family Entry Ticket (2 Adults and up to 2 Children), up to 32% off.
  • Under 3s go free.

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

Free Arts / Crafts Activity instore @ 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 @pete21

Free Family Events at mcdonalds

Free Craft Box @ toucan with code - AWFREE0117

FREE Valentines Day Printables / Games - including Paw Patrol, Dora etc at Nick Jr - credit @millarcat

Lots of Free Colouring & Activity Pages to Print - credit @R___

Google Play Music Unlimited - 4 Months For Free - credit

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

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

Free Lego Magazine - credit @R___

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

Wee Rockets (game for kiddies) Free on iOS - credit @dazbang

Edited by: "wishihadadonkey" 9th Feb
Original Poster Mod & Ed

Groups to keep an eye on


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

Alton Towers Half Term Princess and Pirates Family Break Includes 1 Day in the Waterpark + Alton Towers Hotel Stay + Lots More from £40pp (Based on 2 A + 2 C £160)

Cadbury World Family Pass with Overnight Family Stay at Hotel including Breakfast £119 for a Family of 4 via Littlebird

Gulliver's Land Theme Park Plus Overnight Stay for Family of 4 or 6- Choose from Dino Dens or Glamping - £149 for 1 Night Stay in Dino Den or Jungle Safari Tent for upto 4 People. You can add up to 2 extra Children for stays in Jungle Safari Tent for £29pp paid directlt to Gullivers on arrival so £207 for 2 A / 4Kids

Chessington World of Adventures Resort - TWO days in park, on-site hotel + Free parking, breakfast, early ride access & more from £44.75pp [Based on a Family 4] - credit @goonertillidie

2nd Day FREE at THORPE PARK Resort with every THORPE BREAK! - credit @Hunt_Deal_Hunt

Breakfree Holidays £10 promotion, Caravan Holiday - Now live - credit @yorkie12

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 @Chanchi32

Family weekend winter break from £50 @ Wookey hotel - more offers on link inc half term week - credit @Kadam11

Two-night Disneyland® Paris two-park tickets, breakfast and flights at Wowcher - credit @ozkerrizo

Euro Disney Paris Feb Half term Holiday (2 Adult 2 Children) £636 inc 3 Nights Santa Fe Hotel, 2 day park hopper tickets & coach travel - Gold Crest Holidays - credit @myusernamehasgone234

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

Join us at the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort between 9th - 17th February for our Junior Builder Week: Minifigures Edition 2018!

Edited by: "wishihadadonkey" 9th Feb
Original Poster Mod & Ed

Groups to keep an eye on




Buy 3 Northern Johnston Press Newspapers and get Unlimited Weekday Travel on Northern Rail for £10 or Weekend Travel for £17.99 (4 uses per 3 papers, kids go half price)- credit @DBarwell

20% Off Family and Friends railcard - expires 12th Feb - credit @reanimatoruk

DAY TRIP SALE TO FRANCE VIA EUROTUNNEL for just £10* per car each way - credit @antsgame

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

1 Million seats for £5 or less @ National Express - credit @Eden0032

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.

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

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

Renew passport before 27th March price hike - credit @darren_scotland

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



Disneyland Paris tickets - £29.75 Adult / £29.75 Child @ 365 Tickets - Now adults same price as a child! - credit @goonertillidie

DISNEYLAND Paris ADULTS TICKETS @ CHILD PRICES - 52% OFF - Picniq Tickets - credit @1princessz1

Disneyland Resort California - 2 Day / 2 Park (1 Park Per Day) Ticket from £125.13 @365tickets

2 Day Disneyland Resort California - Park Hopper Ticket from £152.20 @365Tickets

Universal Studios Hollywood - Save up to 15% Off Early Booker Tickets via 365Tickets


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

Free small popcorn @ Empire Cinemas (valid until 28th Feb 18) - credit @fluidz



Krispy Kreme - Print Voucher offers - credit @ssc1

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

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

Subway Buy One get One Free! BOGOF on Wednesday 14th February - credit @FireStarter51

Nandos 2x £20 gift vouchers for £33.99 at costco - credit @snoopy88

KFC Vouchers - credit @nihir

KFC Colonels Club Offers, Includes Mighty bucket for one meal £4.50, Flamin' or BBQ Wrap for £1, £3 off 10 pieces bargain bucket - credit @meem

Burger King Printable Vouchers - Valid Untill 15/03/2018 - credit @cainer1

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

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

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

Aall you can eat 4 course Sunday lunch at Village Hotels from £12.95pp - 1 Child eats Free per paying Adult - 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.

£5 Off Your Food Bill at Sizzling Pubs

Two-Course Meal for 2 at Prezzo £22 / for 4 £44 via Groupon plus check Local Offers at Groupon

Toby Carvery 2 Mains For £10 - credit @itsallgood95

Pizza Hut - Any Pizza Any Size £7.99 Collected, or 2 delivered for £15.98 - valid until 15/2 - credit @cainer1

15% Off Selected Gift Cards @ Tesco (online & Instore) until 14th Feb inc Pizza Express - credit @goldy12

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

Unlimited Free delivery for 1 month with Deliveroo Plus & can combine with the £4 off £15 spend (new customers) @ Deliveroo - credit @Chanchi32

NEW Grand Big Mac (£3.99) Big Mac Jr (£2.19) - Limited Edition - credit @theseller96

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

Edited by: "wishihadadonkey" 9th Feb
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: "YeeWizz" 13th Feb
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 😁
Original Poster Mod & Ed
amir1 h, 30 m ago

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
Original Poster Mod & Ed
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.
YeeWizz54 m ago

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!
YeeWizz29th Jan

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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