Days out are great for the soul, getting away from it all even if its just a few hours feels great but its easy to get carried away with the spending. Fuel costs, parking, lunches and coffees all add up and that’s before you’ve paid to get into somewhere.
A great place to start is to look at what’s on in your area:
- Council run fun days and events or charity fund days
- Library run workshops often include crafts, reading, IT, playschemes
- National Trust, RHS, English Heritage, Scottish Hertage – if you are a member take advantage of the many themed days running thoughout the year, often included in your membership. Non members can take advantage of free taster days or membership deals
- Parks – the UK has some great woodlands, country parks and playgrounds many with free parking, see Netmums
Whether you are having a romantic day out with your other half, entertaining visitors, filling the school holidays or a bit of time off work we have looked at local attractions and deals to make it a bit easier and hopefully with our useful tips, a bit cheaper. Check out our deals and free days out for Devon, Manchester, Lancashire, Yorkshire and London. Save on days out in London by booking an off peak return rail ticket then visit free attractions such as The British Museum or get some great offers on river cruises to explore the city.
If you like theme parks look out for promotions on cereal packets. Kelloggs often run a promotion from January to July with 2 for 1 or adult goes free into Merlin attractions leading to big saving on Legoland, Chessington, Alton Towers and Thorpe park in addition to Sealife Centres. You could consider buying a Merlin annual pass. If you have enough on your clubcard you can exchange them for theme park entry or buy an annual pass using £50 Tesco clubcard vouchers. You would probably need to visit Merlin attractions around 6 times per year (taking into account 2 for 1 vouchers) to get value for money.
If you are planning to take the train to get to an attraction have a look on Days Out Guide to see if it is listed on their 2for1 promotion. You will need to register with the website and print a voucher, make sure you keep your train ticket to present at the attraction to receive your discount. Over 150 attractions are participating including the top Merlin parks and Sealife centres.
It is always worth having a look online to see if you can get a discount for prebooking tickets. Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Flamingoland, Drayton Manor, Legoland Discovery Centre, Lakes Aquarium, Lightwater Valley, Longleat, Warwick Castle, Merlin attractions and many London attractions such as The Dungeons all offer online discounts.
It might seem obvious but pack a lunch and plenty of drinks. Cafes and snack huts at the big attractions charge a premium and as they are often miles away from anywhere and want to maximise profits. You could find yourself spending as much as the entry in some cases by the time you have bought coffees, cold drinks and lunch for everyone.