Free, cheap or discounted things to do / days out, in Half term including Cinemas, Theme Parks, Museums & more

Posted 18th Oct 2021
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Hi folks, as you know half term is coming up for many, so i thought i'd put a 'little' thread together to help save some of theose pennies and help wear the kids out!

Check the links below if you feel like something important is missing, as so many things to do, please let me know and i'll look to review/add in as/when i get time.


(Credit to all the member posts also!!)



Natural History Museum - FREE - Book tickets in advance

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

Grant Museum of Zoology FREE

Imperial War Museum FREE

More in London:

Free TFL Cycle Maps

Free London Walking Maps

Free London in a Day Tour (You can reward the guide at the end, if you so wish)

FREE Tickets to the London Sky Garden (Book in advance, check back daily)

Discounts on Family days out, discounted meals etc - £1 Trial

Free Places to Visit / Things to Do in London

Thames River Sightseeing from £5.95pp

Bushy is the second largest Royal Park, it is home to around 320 free-roaming deer.

Enjoy amazing views and a unique ride across the river Thames on Emirates Air Line (Cable Car)

Recreate the Hogwarts Express scene on Platform 9¾ at King's Cross Station

Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace - FREE

London Walk Maps - FREE

Rent a Santander Bike (AKA Boris Bikes) for cheap and cycle around London

Across the UK

Buy a £2 lottery ticket, get a £25 voucher for UK attractions at Visit Britain Shop

Apply for Up to 4 Free cinema Tickets to see the original Ghostbusters (Select Accounts in Selected Locations) Via Sky VIP

Merlin Pass Monthly Membership

20% off various deals at Groupon including Days Out

Use your Tesco Clubcard vouchers for discounted days out

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

Vue cinema 2 - 2D adult tickets for £7 via VOXI drop

Laser Quest - From £6.50pp (Price may change per location)

FREE BBC Shows / Tours

£20 off Virgin Experience Days - Minimum Spend £21 via O2 Priority

23% off BuyAGift (exclusions apply) Includes Days out, Experience days and more.

Various offers at Holloywood Bowl

Staffordshire return steam train trip from £8pp

Various Museums in Hull - FREE

FREE instore events at Smyths (Participating stores)

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

Free Entry to National Science & Media Museum - Bradford

National Railway Museum York - Free entry

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

Free Entry to RAF Museum in London & RAF Cosford

Hobbycraft - Bookable Craft Events from £5pp

Fossil Hunt for Free on the Jurassic Coast

Indoor Go-Karting ( Get 10% off with code GET10! )

Flip Out Trampoline Parks

Royal Armouries Museum

Room on the Broom Adventure Trail

Find your nearest Castle - Prices start from FREE

Free Attractions and Days Out in Scotland

Free / Cheap Family days out in Northern Ireland

National Sience and Media Museum is FREE + Pumpkin trail

Free things to do in Wales

20 of the best free attractions in the UK

Free and cheap things to do within an hour drive of Manchester

There's a motor museum in Newburn, Newcastle upon Tyne + more

The National Memorial Arboretum is open freely to all, year-round from 10am-5pm

Black Country Museum - (Birmingham / Dudley)

Hollywood Bowl - 50% off bowling Oct 25th to Oct 31st half term before 11am with code (England)

Travel / Theme Park Offers:

Greater Anglia - 50,000 train tickets to and from London - £5 adult / £1 child one way e.g. Norwich to London

10% off all travel (Flights / Rail / Bus etc) via OMIO

London to Edinburgh Low-Cost train from £19.90 Adult Single via Lumo

Railcards save 1/3 off train tickets

LNER Family Return from £49

Use this link to find out if your train company has promotional tickets or special offers when travelling by train.

Flamingo Land - Family Pass £62.50 with code

Drayton Manor Tickets

Fight Nights at Thorpe Park - from £39pp

Scarefest at Alton Towers from £39pp

Merlin Pass Monthly Membership - from £29.99 upfront & £8.99 per month (Theme parks etc)

Legoland Halloween - Brick or Treat from £39pp

Gulliver's Fright Fiesta Halloween Event & Theme Park - 4 Locations! From £13

Sunday Night Stay + £40 to spend on food during your stay - from £59 at Village Hotels

Premier Inn Rooms £35 or less near Airports - Birmingham, Gatwick, Heathrow, East Midlands, Liverpool + more

Sep to Jan Premier Inn Rooms £35 or less near theme parks - Alton Towers / Paulton's Park / Chessington + more

September to January Premier Inn Rooms £29 - inc family rooms - A-Z list with dates e.g. Edinburgh, Birmingham, Bournemouth


Meerkat Movies 2for1 cinema tickets every Tuesday or Wednesday - just purchase a single trip on insurance, usually no more than £3 and you'll then get discounted movies for 12 months

Mini Mornings at Vue. Small People. Big Experience. Tickets for kids' films from £2.49/€2.99 for both children and adults at Vue.

Cineworld - See any film any time, as many times as you like - £9.99 per month (Now with a 3 month trial)

Odeon - You can now see all our films, as often as you like, from only £12.99 a mont

Odeon - Saver tickets

Picturehouse Cinemas - Join and get the likes of Priority Booking and other discounts

Showcase Insider - special member price admission* after 7pm Sunday and ALL DAY Monday and Tuesday, discounts on food and drink and special screenings

Showcase Cinemas - Flashback - Our Flashback series showcases classic films you may have seen years ago, only seen on TV or, perhaps, never seen at all. Each film we feature has been digitally restored, often to ultra-high definition, and our state-of-the-art projectors show them at their very best. Flashback is now one of our most popular programmes.

Join us on the second Sunday of every month at 10am for our Autism Friendly Screenings Showcase are proud to present Autism Friendly screenings in partnership with not-for-profit support provider, Dimensions. We think it's important that anyone can experience the delights of cinema, and hope that with a few adjustments, cinema can be enjoyed by those that are sensory sensitive.

Scott Cinemas - Enjoy the cinema experiance, at an affordable price! All films, all day on a Monday are only £4.30 or £5.30 if you want premium or balcony seating* to have that bit of extra comfort. No need to sign up to anything, no codes, just book online or buy tickets at the Box Office + Other offers

Merlin Cinemas - Annual Membership £12.50 for Adults | £9.95 for Seniors & Children Purchase online or iMagic Monday Offer: 2 for 1 on the standard admission price. Both must be Movie Magic cardholders.n person. Join today, save today.

National autism friendly cinema screenings

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