Save on half term days out

Save on half term days out, its that time of year again and entertaining the family is a must. We at Smart with Cash want to make sure the bank holiday and half term doesn’t cost the earth and have some great money saving tips and free days out.

If you have collected the 2 for 1 vouchers on cereal packets and other household goods one adult or child goes free into Merlin attractions with another full paying entrant. Get big savings on Legoland, Chessington, Alton Towers and Thorpe park in addition to Sealife Centres across the country. 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. Look online for advance booking discounts at zoos and animal parks, museums, visitor centres, etc.

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. London has a whole host of free days out such as the British Museum and Natural History Museum which are well worth the visit.

There are some lovely parks around the country, many of them free to enter, although watch out for seasonal car parking charges. National Trust and Royal Horticultural Society often run promotional membership deals so get out and about this year and explore our beautiful country. 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.

If you feel like a day in, settle down on the sofa with a bag of popcorn and watch a movie. Depending on the age of your children make a den or homemade tent, have an indoor picnic, play board games, do some crafts, build robots or get a raspberry pie project to build.

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