October Half Term - Cheap Days out / Free things to do / Kids Eat Free + more

Posted 9th Oct 2022
With October half term approaching, this thread aims to give you a useful resource to save you money as well as give you some ideas on things to do with the kids. The thread includes the following

1) Restaurant / Cafe deals - Where kids can eat free or cheap this half term
2) Meal deals / take away - If looking for a quick meal deal or take away over the half term
3) Autumn Days Out & Activities across the UK
4) Cheap cinema tickets - Various offers currently at the Cinema, with some specifically aimed at kids.
5) Cheap Theme Park / Zoo Tickets e.g. Alton Towers, Thorpe park
6) Free things to do in half term across the UK
7) Free things to do in London including museums
8 ) Cheap UK travel, staycations, short trips and holidays

Thanks to all members who have posted individual deals, and have linked to where relevant.

1) Restaurant / Cafe Deals

A lot of cafes/restaurants are running a kids eat free promo over the school holiday period as well as other promos . See the list of offers below.


Kids eat free with any item purchased in the cafe (Clubcard price) - from 17th October - Tesco

Kids Eat for Free at Pizza Hut Restaurants for October (One Free Mega Monster Meal for Under 12's) via O2 Priority

Free three-course kids meals Prezzo - no adult purchase required - O2 Priority

Kids Eat For £1 (Hot/Cold Meals) - no min spend In Asda Cafes (25th July - now extended until end of year ) aged 16 and under - Asda

Kids Eat Breakfast Free When An Adult Pays At least £3.49 For Theirs During Half Term - Hungry Horse

Kids eat free at Harvester (One Child's Meal with Every Adult Meal Purchased) – every Sunday via O2 Priority

Heathrow Airport restaurants - Kids eat free, with a paying Adult, over October Half Term and Christmas

Kids eat free in our cafes all day, everyday, when you buy an adult meal for £4.99 or over - Morrisons cafe

Cream tea for £2.99 - Morrisons cafe

Coffee or tea and cinnamon bun 30p - in store - IKEA Family price - IKEA

FREE Unlimited Breakfast for TWO children under 16 with every 1 adult paying - Beefeater / Brewers Fayre

Kids Eat For £1 (With Adult Main Purchase) Mon-Thurs 4–6pm - Bella Italia

Kids Eat For £1 (2 Children Per 1 Adult Main Purchase - Voucher Sign Up via Email) @ Farmhouse Inns

Kids eat free with an adult breakfast or main meal - Dobbies

Kids eat for £1 at Sizzling pubs with every adult meal

Two kids under 16 eat for FREE with every adult breakfast purchased - Table Table

£20 off £40 food and drink - via new app download and registration - Vintage Inns

Patisserie Valerie Classic Cream Tea for Two - £5.96 with in App code Nationwide - Groupon

Café Rouge Two Course Meal for 2 People - £21.21 / Three Course for 2 People £24.61 using new customer code - Groupon

Free Regular Hot Drink and Cake for members via My Rewards (Selected Accounts) - John Lewis & Partners

5 Free mini Vegetable Spring Rolls when you download app - no min spend required - Chopstix Noodle Bar

Breakfast roll + hot or cold drink = 95p // Soup + bread roll + hot or cold drink = £1.95 - in store - from 11/10 - IKEA

kids Eat From 95p or Any Other Kids Meal for £1.50 (IKEA Family Members) - IKEA

2) Meal Deals / Take Away

If looking for a quick meal deal or take away over the school holiday period see below current deals.


Family dine in - two mains, like Keralan chicken tenders and Korean-style BBQ chicken burgers, and four extras, like crunchy Asian-style slaw, chicken munchies and smoky potato wedges. £15 - M&S

2 Medium pizzas, 1 x drink, plus 1 x sky store voucher or 1 x Vue ticket

Pizza + Drink after 4pm £2.20 / Hot deals to go from £4.80 / Hot Yum Yum’s with Dipping Sauce - Greggs (Selected Locations)

Waitrose launches new £12 dine in meal deal - Online & instore

6 items for £5 - freezer fillers - Co-op

50% off pizzas and sides when you spend £30 or more @ Pizza Hut

MyMcDonald's Rewards - 1000 free points when you signup

Free cheeseburger / hamburger / drink / fries when you signup for "Your Burger King" rewards via app - Burger King

Sainsbury's feed a family for a fiver recipes

20 Hot Wings for £5.99 (instore or drive-thru only) at KFC

Free Papadia Students (part sandwich / part pizza) - online min spend applies / free collection - Papa Johns

Free Sausage Roll or Bake + Hot Drink when you download the app (new customers) - Greggs

Morrisons Takeaway Curry Meal Deal - Any 2 mains + any 2 sides for £8

Indian Chicken Meal Deal for two (1.3kg) + 4 x 330ml Cobra or 6 x 250ml diet / coke zero = £8 (Clubcard Price) - Tesco

KFC Stamp Boost: £5 off with 7-10 stamps (not 11) / Free Snack with 3-6 stamps (not 7) / Free Side w 0-2 stamps (not 3) - KFC

50% Off Pizzas When You Spend £25+ With Code - Papa Johns

20% off your next order with code - no minimum spend (1000 redemptions)- works for existing customers - Foodhub

50% off Pizzas £30 spend Papa Johns / Pizza Hut with Meerkat Movies

2 for 1 meals with Tastecard

Afternoon tea for two £10 collection - Morrisons

3) Days Out & Activities across the UK

If looking for something to do over the half term see below some ideas on days out or activities across the UK


2 for 1 games of bowling - October Monday to Friday 5pm - Junior 2 games £6.99 / Adult 2 games £8.55 - Tenpin

English heritage Annual Membership - Adult £49.50 / Two adults and up to 12 children £86.25 with code (more in post) - English Heritage

Use your Tesco Clubcard vouchers for days out (3 x value)

Disney+ 3 month subscription - £8 Clubcard vouchers

Day return trip to Dublin (from Holyhead) - £12 adult / 2 adults and 2 children £30 (£7.50 per person) @ Stena Line

2 for 1 on London attractions with National Rail

Discounted attraction tickets in main cities via Fever

£10 off no min spend via newsletter signup Buyagift

Various museums for free at Hull

PlayStation / Xbox / Nintendo console party - 2 hour cinema private screen hire (for as many friends as you like) - from £95 - Savoy Cinemas

Showcase cinema private screen hire for 20 people with film e.g. Top Gun Maverick - from £140 (£7 per person) @ Showcase Cinemas

Discounted days out via Picniq

Apple Music Free Two-Month Apple Music Subscription—Family or Individual Plan (New users) - Groupon

3 months FREE Apple Music (for new customers) & 2 months FREE for existing customers (T&C apply) - O2 Priority

5-A_Side Pitch at Power League (Saturday / Sunday) £8.25 via O2 Priority

Free kids football coaching September to October - England- Fun Football Centre (McDonald's)

25 x James Bond Movies to Stream on Amazon Prime Video from Oct 5th - Amazon

4) Cheap Cinema Tickets

Various offers currently at the Cinema, with some specifically aimed at kids. See list of offers below.


Vue mini mornings - Both adults and children pay from £2.49 per ticket. Mini Mornings are run every Saturday and Sunday morning from 10am, plus every day in the school holidays

Cineworld movies for juniors - discounted weekly screenings bring you a selection of family films from just £2.50 per ticket – for kids and adults

Three+ Rewards app £3 cinema tickets

Two cinema tickets for £7 from Vue with Vodafone Very Me Rewards / Voxi

One complimentary odeon cinema ticket per week with o2 Priority

2 for 1 cinema tickets with Meerkat movies every Tuesday/Wednesday

Tesco Clubcard vouchers for Cineworld / Picturehouse (3 x value)

Showcase insider membership free e.g. get access to discounted tickets

5) Cheap Theme Park / Zoo Tickets

If looking for cheap theme park / zoo tickets e.g. Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Chessington etc


2 for 1 theme park tickets with national rail when you book train tickets

2 for 1 adult tickets Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Legoland, Chessington, Sea Life Centres, Madame Tussauds andother Merlin attractions with Kellogg's

3 x value Theme parks with Tesco Clubcard

Fife Zoo Entry tickets from £5.50 (for 1 adult + 1child), more in description - Wowcher

Northumberland College Zoo at Kirkley Hall Visit From £6.76 For One Child + 1 Adult / Family £12.71 With Code - Groupon

LEGOLAND Windsor -Park Tickets + Holiday Inn stay inc breakfast from £210 (£55pp based on 2 adults / 2 children)

Safari Zoo Cumbria Family Pass £25.95 via Groupon

Chester Zoo Saver Tickets: Any 3 people £72.71 / Any 4 people £95.43 / Any 5 people £116.33 - Chester Zoo

Theme park tickets e.g. Thorpe Park, Alton Towers, Chessington from £20 via Student beans

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6) Free things to do in half term across the UK

Some ideas for free things to do during half term


National Trust Free Visit, for 2 adults and 4 children - National Trust

Free attractions and days out in Scotland

Free and cheap days out in Northern Ireland

20 of the best free attractions in the UK

Free entry to the donkey sanctuary

Free things to do in Wales

Free in store events at Smyths

Free BBC Tours/Shows

Free Amazon live virtual tour - one hour behind the scenes of fulfilment centres

Find your nearest castle - some are free

National Memorium Arboretum free tickets

Discounted days out with Kids Pass - £1 trial for 30 days

Free Railway museum York

Free paper craft materials via Canon

Free Resources to support children's learning (Downloadable PDFs) - Amazon

Free Harry Potter Walking Tour Edinburgh

Paramount+ Steaming - Free month with selected bags of Walkers Crisps - Walkers

Free Regular Hot Drink and Cake for members via My Rewards (Selected Accounts) - John Lewis & Partners

Kids Eat for Free at Pizza Hut Restaurants for October (One Free Mega Monster Meal for Under 12's) via O2 Priority

Free three-course kids meals Prezzo - no adult purchase required - O2 Priority

25 x James Bond Movies to Stream on Amazon Prime Video from Oct 5th - Amazon

Free Frozen Planet 2 double sided Poster via Open University

7) Free things to do in London including museums

For those visiting London over the school holidays some free things to do, various free museums

Free tickets to the London Sky Garden - new tickets every Monday

Free roof garden - central London

Free tickets to Natural History Museum

Free entry to The British Museum

Free entry to The Science Museum

Free entry to The National Gallery

Free entry to Kensington Gardens

Free London tours including Harry Potter

Free TFL Cycle maps

Free London walking maps

Free Places to Visit / Things to Do in London

Bushy park - waterways, gardens, and roaming herds of deer

Free entry to RAF museum

8 ) Cheap travel, staycations, short trips and UK holidays

If looking to get away over the half terms, some travel deals below including bus/coach, rail, UK hotel/holidays

Bus /Coach/Other

Cheap coach tickets from £4.90 National Express

Free Swansea bus travel - dates to be announced

Megabus fare finder

Off Peak Family £50 Day Return - Hover Travel - Isle of Wight


33% off Digital Railcards with code e.g. 1 year Railcard £20.10 / 3 year Railcard £47 (new customers) - The Trainline

LNER Perks - Free £5 When Joining LNER App (New / Existing Accounts) @ LNER

Kids travel for £1 Scotrail

Eurostar London to Paris, or Brussels - £39 each way (£78 return) - Dates in November, December & January - Eurostar

UK Hotel / Holidays

Over 1 Million rooms for £34 Or Less - Travelodge

Stay, play and explore breaks from £159

Premier Inn family rooms from £29 - use Google calendar to find lowest rates

4* Hotel Indigo Newcastle overnight stay for 2 people + breakfast + late checkout £69 - Groupon

Holiday Travel Tips 2022 - Hotels

Staycations from £10pp - breakfreeholidays

Oct inc half term - Holiday Inn Express London Limehouse + Breakfast + 24hr Thames River Pass= £130 (2 adults & 2 children) - Holiday Extras

Beaumaris Anglesey Wales - Bishopsgate House hotel - 2 nights for two people + daily breakfast + £25 dinner credit pp = £159 - Travelzoo

Lincolnshire Countryside Stay (For Two) With Dinner / Breakfast / Late Checkout : The Olde Barn Hotel (Sundays) £89 per couple - Travelzoo

4 Nights Haven Hideway (Bronze Caravan Sleeps 6) at Caister-on-Sea Norfolk (Starting 31/10 or 07/11) £49 (£29 BLC) - Haven

LEGOLAND Windsor -Park Tickets + Holiday Inn stay inc breakfast from £210 (£55pp based on 2 adults / 2 children)

October School Half Term 3nt Weekend Breaks for 4 21st Oct, £99 Hafan y Mor ,£101 Craig Tara, £108 Norfolk + BLC £20 discount - Haven

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  1. agalagii's avatar
    Locomotion railway museum at shildon country Durham. Always free but are running some half term workshops. locomotion.org.uk/wha…022
    Chanchi32's avatar
    nice one thanks @agalagii
  2. deleted2283869's avatar
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    Ice cream farm Chester is a cheap day out to
    Chanchi32's avatar
    ice cream sounds good to me, thanks @ndyanem
  3. appliseed's avatar
    Free activation for Gabby's Dollhouse at Westfield Stratford (1st Floor by John Lewis) from Wednesday 26th to Sunday 30th for those who have young kids! Also on the Tiny Pop Website homepage banner!
  4. AMaky's avatar
    Make a sandwich at home, take it with you, there saved lol
  5. shu94's avatar
    Free peppa pig afternoon tea if anyone is interested: (have to be quick, they go so fast!)

    mavip's avatar
    Thank you. I had never heard of this before. The one I wanted had sold out but at least I know for next year!
  6. Punkrock182's avatar
    If anyone has a code for Pizza Hut I would really appreciate it please? I'm hoping to treat my two littles tomorrow.
    may4571's avatar
    An O2 one? I'll send you one if I can!
  7. QuincieHardy20's avatar
    Do you know what is truly money saving? Going to the park, the woods/forest, playing, reading, the library. The idea that children need to be constantly entertained is a fallacy.
  8. edmoss's avatar
    2 for 1 kelloggs appears to be an absolute joke! Chessington pre book price £36 for an adult. BOGOF voucher charges you the on the door price for the first adult at £55!!! This is not BOGOF!!!
    NotALot's avatar
    Same happened using Seabrook crisp code for Alton Towers last month, ended up being a saving of just £12, not BOGOFF at all. Misleading.
  9. bandhan1983's avatar
    Thank you so much. You've covered so many things. Hats off 💪
  10. smith2001uk's avatar
    Thank you. Rail museum booked!
  11. Rmcstar's avatar
    Great thread @Chanchi32 Would add heat if I could
  12. blahblahblah1234's avatar
    Two free London roof gardens not on the list, no advance booking needed for either...

    Garden at 120 Fenchurch Street

    Roof terrace at One New Change (near St Pauls)

    Also, The Barbican Conservatory is free to visit (booking required), and the surrounding area is also interesting to explore
    barbican.org.uk/wha…ory (edited)
  13. Lloyd's avatar
    Some great money saving tips here.
  14. Oakley777's avatar
    What a great post, thank you for taking the time to put it together.
  15. honeyblossom_01's avatar
    Thanks OP. Really helpful
  16. zararh's avatar
  17. Amazeda_World's avatar

    Anyone knows about deals on Merlin attractions. Thx in advance
    jennypenny's avatar
    If you have the Lidl plus app, they have three months free membership for the kids pass app.
  18. BethCrozier's avatar
    Check out your local board game shops and cafes for half term activities. Always good value!
  19. JungleBug's avatar
    I thought she only had 1.5 legs to start with.
  20. dawn06's avatar
    Anyone know any Blackpool pleasure beach deals ?
    jennypenny's avatar
    Do you have the Lidl plus app?
    There is three months free membership for the Kids pass app.
  21. zinger549's avatar
    The TKTS both which is the official discount theatre (West End) tickets seller is now online as well. officiallondontheatre.com/tkts/
  22. steevieboy4u's avatar
    The Morrison's kids eat free deal, do they have to eat from the kids meals menu, as the portions look tiny?
    Chuck.Norris's avatar
    Yes, they do.

    The kids meals are okay for kids aged up to 7 or 8 (IMO)

    For example, Its 4 chicken nuggets, a handful of chunky chips and a little helping of beans/peas/slaw.
  23. joyf4536's avatar
    Local protest march
  24. kimfai's avatar

    There is an event currently on at Trafford Centre Manchester for Pokemon fans. Find the pictures of Pokemon around the area to get a free A2 poster and certificate.
  25. shwanko2's avatar
    tx for effort
  26. Smiley119's avatar
    Children can also get into quite a few attractions for free if they're a Blue Peter badge holder. bbc.co.uk/cbb…ons
  27. Rani_B.72's avatar
    Thank you sooo much for your great effort OP. 🔥
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