May Half Term On A Budget; Deals & Discounts for Top Visitor Attractions

April 1st, 2017 / Aerial Extreme, Alton Towers, Chessington World of Adventure, Cinema, Gulliver's Splash Zone, Gulliver's Theme Parks, Legoland Windsor, Lightwater Valley, London Attractions, SnowDome, Thorpe Park, Warwick Castle / 2 Comments »

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1. The Shard; Kids Go Free, (May half term)

Take advantage of this Kids Go Free over running at The Shard over May Half Term, (27 May – 4 June). This promotion offers up to 2 children, (age 4-15 years), FREE entry when accompanied by a full paying adult. For double deals you can even take advantage of online discounts that means you can take 1 adult and up to 2 children for a visit to the top of The Shard for a total price of £25.95!

To book tickets go to The Shard; Kids Go Free Offer.

2. Half Term Break; Hotel + 3 Attractions

Pick up a night in a 3 or 4 star hotel, breakfast & family entry to 3 visitor attractions of your choice in or around Leicestershire from just £149 for a family of 4, (larger families catered for too). This bespoke package offers entry to attractions such as Twycross Zoo, National Space Centre, Twinlakes Theme Park & Swadlincote Ski Centre.

More information available at Stay Play Explore Break; Accommodation, Breakfast + 3 Attractions.

3. LEGOLAND Windsor; Free Ticket Offer

Use your half term wisely & begin collecting tokens in the Sun to apply for your 2 free tickets to LEGOLAND Windsor.  This newspaper promotion is always popular with our readers that offers you a free visit to this family theme park between June & October 2017.

More details available at Free Ticket Offer to LEGOLAND Windsor.


The dragon ride at legoland windsor

LEGOLAND Windsor; The Dragon


4. Gulliver’s Theme Park; FREE Return Visit Offer

Visit Gulliver’s Theme Park over May half term for their ultimate family festival Tabbalabba and you can pick a FREE return ticket. Running from 27 May – 4 June 2017, entry tickets includes theme park entrance plus a whole host of activities & events running throughout the week. Even better news is that Gulliver’s are offering a FREE return ticket for every child wearing a sock puppet, (you can even show off your creations in the sock puppet parade).

More information available at Gulliver’s Theme Park – Tabbalabba Celebrations.

5. Conkers; Family Ticket for £21

Look out for a chance to pick up substantial savings off family tickets for Conkers Discovery Centre with Living Social. This offers savings of more than 40% off standard prices with family tickets available for just £21 for a family of 4 and is valid for use until 14 August 2017. This family ticket offers entry for either 1 adults & 3 children, (3-15 years) or 2 adults & 2 children plus you can add additional adults/children for just £8 or £6 respectively.

To book tickets go to Conkers Discovery Centre £21 Family Ticket.

6. National Trust Family Membership, (includes up to 10 children)

National Trust family membership currently includes up to 10 children/grandchildren that can offer some superb savings throughout the year. As the children do not necessarily need to live at the same address as the adults, this offers open options to a range of family units. Priced at just £114.60 for family membership (2 Adults), £71.40 for 1 adult family membership that includes some nifty additional perks too such as free parking & reciprocal arrangements.

More information is available at National Trust Family Membership – includes up to 10 children.


hidcote garden national trust

National Trust; Hidcote Garden, (photo; Phil Loach)


7. LEGOLAND Windsor, (save up to £15pp)

Book in advance and you can pick up savings of up to £15pp when you book online at LEGOLAND Windsor. For those that can book ahead, you can save yourself both time & money plus you can avoid the queues at the ticket booths too.

To book go to LEGOLAND Windsor Tickets – save up to £15pp.

8. Alton Towers Family Break, (Hotel, Tik’s + 2 Attractions)

Enjoy hotel accommodation, breakfast, Alton Towers tickets PLUS family entry to 2 other visitor attractions from £235 per family. The great advantage with this deal is that you can choose both your hotel and the attractions you wish to visit during your stay that including Alton Towers, Water World, & Trentham Monkey Forest to name but a few!

More details available at Alton Towers Resort Family Break – from £235 a family.

9. Leeds Castle; FREE Return Visits & Grand Medieval Joust!

Purchase a full price day ticket to Leeds Castle & you can pick up FREE unlimited return visits within the year, (some ticketed events excluded). Even better news is that ticket includes entry to the popular Grand Medieval Joust that runs 27-29 May 2017 that works for all the family.  You can even take advantage of a 10% discount off standard price tickets if you book online too.

More information available at Leeds Castle; Online Savings PLUS Free Return Visits.


Medieval festival at Leeds Castle

The Medieval Festival at Leeds Castle. Picture by


10. Thrill Hopper Tickets; Alton Tower, Water World + 2 Attractions

Visitors can enjoy one admission to all four of the following attractions; Alton Towers, Water World, Drayton Manor & Snowdome with tickets valid during the season. The great news is that this combi ticket offers entry to CBeebies Land & Thomas Land too! Thrill Hopper tickets are priced at £60pp or £170 for a family of 4 which offers substantial saving against the cost of four separate entries. Opt to achieve all 4 attractions in a week or spread your visits throughout the year, the choice is yours.

More information available at Thrill Hopper Ticket; Alton Tower, Water World + 2 Attractions.

11. Gulliver’s Splash Zone; 50% Discount, (Milton Keynes)

Look out for the half price Splash Zone ticket offer currently running at Gulliver’s Milton Keynes that is valid for visits up to 4 June 2017. Simply book online at Gulliver’s using the promo code MK50 to take advantage of a 50% discount off all Splash Zone tickets including Splash Tots & Waterout plus 3 brand new water slides to try out!

To book tickets go to Gulliver’s Splash Zone – Milton Keynes.

12. Thorpe Park Tickets just £29.99

Book in advance at Thorpe Park and pick up tickets for just £29.99pp that comes with a Rainy Day Guarantee. This offers a saving of up to 40% off standard price entry and allows you to miss the ticket booths queues too if you print@home. If it rains heavily & continually for an hour or more during your visit and you can enjoy a FREE return visit too, (t&c’s apply).

More details available at Thorpe Park Tickets – save more than 40% off standard price entry.

13. Alton Towers Tickets, (save up to £20pp)

Save up to £20pp when you book online in advance with Alton Towers over May half term. Tickets purchased online also come with Early Ride Time that allows you to access select rides & attractions an hour before the park opens to the public. A great way to get ahead of the queues!

To book tickets go to Alton Towers Tickets – save up to £20pp inc Early Ride Time.


sonic spinball at alton towers

Alton Towers; Sonic Spinball, (photo Phil Loach)


14. Blackpool Resort Pass; 6 Attractions from £55pp!

The Blackpool Resort Pass offers 1 entry all of the following attractions; Blackpool Pleasure Beach/Nickelodeon Land, (ride wristband included), Blackpool Tower, Blackpool Tower Dungeon, Sea Life Blackpool & Madame Tussauds Blackpool.  Tickets are priced at £55p and are valid for 7 days from the date you exchange your e-voucher

More information available at Blackpool Resort Pass.

15. Chessington World of Adventures, (£28 tik’s)

Pick up tickets for Chessington World of Adventures for just £28pp when you book online in advance. The great advantage with online tickets is that they come with a handy Rainy Day Guarantee that offers a free return visit if the weather hampers your day, (t&c’s apply). Add another day at the park from just £7pp too.

More information available at Chessington World of Adventures – £28 Tik’s + Rainy Day Guarantee.

16. Staffordshire Short Break; Hotel + 3 Attractions from £145/family

Check out this short break package that offers hotel accommodation, breakfast plus family entry to 3 Staffordshire visitor attractions from £145 per family of 4. Included within this offer is entry to 3 attractions of your choice that can include Water World, Trentham Monkey Forest, SnowDome, Shugborough, Churnet Valley Railway & Conkers. Tickets are valid until the end of the season too if you can’t fit it all into your break.

More information available at Family Fun Short Break – Hotel & 3 Attractions from £145 a family.

17. London BIG Ticket; London Eye/Tussauds/Shrek & Aquarium

Pick up entry to 4 top London attractions for the price of 2 in this combined package that offers entry to the London Eye, London Sea Life Aquarium, Shrek’s Adventure! London & Madame Tussauds. Valid over a 90 day period, the London BIG Ticket includes fastrack entrance to both Madame Tussauds & London Sea Life Aquarium, & is priced at £55 an adult/£45 a child, (3-15 years). Alternatively opted for 3 attractions for just £48pp.

More information available at London BIG Ticket Offer; 4 for the price of 2.


water rides at Chessington World of Adventures

Dragon Falls at Chessington World of Adventures, (photo; Phil Loach)


18. English Heritage; 3 Months Free Membership

Look out for this great value family pass that includes up to six accompanying children (under 19 years). For double deals sign up for English Heritage membership & pay by direct debit and you can receive 15 months membership for the price of 12 months. With 400+ historic settings to explore including 66 castles, 7 palaces, 27 forts, 3 medieval villages & 1 cold war bunker you’ve plenty to keep you busy. One adult family membership is priced at just £54 an adult or joint adult for £96.

More details available at Family English Heritage Membership – up to 6 children for free.

19. SEA LIFE Tik’s, (save up to 40%)

Book ahead to take advantage of early bird tickets for Sea Life attractions around the UK. With savings of up to 40% off standard price entry this can offer value for money PLUS timed ticket entry options to bypass the queues. There are 13 Sea Life centres around he UK so you are never too far from your local fishy friends.

More details available at Sea Life Tickets – save up to 40% off standard price tickets.

20. Lightwater Valley Theme Park, (£20 Tik’s + Fastrack)

Pick up tickets to Lightwater Valley Theme Park for just £20pp, (£5 for those under 1 metre tall), that includes 1 FREE Ride Queue Jump Voucher. This theme park deal from Attractiontix secures a saving of up to 40% off walk up prices during the May halt term.

More information is available at Lightwater Valley – £20 Tik’s + Free Fastrack.



Stokesay Castle English Heritage

English Heritage; Stokesay Castle, (photo; Phil Loach)


21. FREE Visitor Attractions

If you are looking for a day out on a budget, then you can’t do better than an attraction that offers FREE entry! We’ve put together 12 of our favourite free visitor attractions around the UK complete with hints & tips to help you plan a day out without spending a fortune.

More details available at Top Free Visitor Attractions around the UK.

22. Cinema Tickets from £2.49pp

There are plenty of ways to reduce the cost of your trip to the cinema including mid morning movies during May half term from just £2.49 per person. This is ideal for those that can be flexible on what they see and when the visit. Listings vary from cinema to cinema but include Monster Trucks, Trolls & The Secret Life of Pets.

More information is available at Cinema Ticket Deals.

23. Cheap Theatre Tickets

During a recent 7 day period, I managed to pick up 2 FREE tickets to the Opera as well 2 FREE child tickets to the theatre.  There are some simple trick available to help you enjoy cheap theatre tickets for those in the know.

More information available at Cheap Theatre Ticket Options.

24. London On A Budget

If you are planning a trip to London but don’t want to spend top prices for popular visitor attraction, then consider a few of our alternative attractions. Often this can be the same attraction but without the entrance fee if you can be smart with how you visit!

More details available at Alternative Attractions in London.


Tower of London and the Thames River Boat Cruise

Thames River Boat Cruise & Tower of London, (photo; Phil Loach)


25. Free & Cheap Annual Pass Upgrades

Plenty of visitor attractions offer free/cheap annual pass upgrades if you purchase standard price tickets. This can be worth the initial outlay where you make your savings on subsequent visits. This offer includes the National Space Centre, Leeds Castle, The Deep Aquarium, Cardiff Castle, Magna Science & Adventure Centre, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard & more.

More details available at Free Annual Pass Upgrades.

26. Extreme Sightseeing in London

See how we managed to take in the best views of London, enjoy Tower Bridge in operation, take a boat trip along the Thames, explore a world famous art gallery, bolt up a historic tower & finish off with a West End Show for just £25.25 an adult/£19.50 a child.

It is possible and we’ll tell you how over in Extreme Sightseeing in London.

27. Annual Passes With Free Child Entry

A number of annual pass membership offers include FREE child/grandchild entry that can offer value for money over the course of the year. These often come with additional passholder benefits such as free parking perks or discounts off associated attractions.

More information available at Annual Membership Offers.

28. Gardeners’ World 2 for 1 Discount Card, (May edition)

Pick up a copy of the Gardeners’ World, (May edition that is available in store from the end of April 2016), that comes with a money saving 2 for 1 discount card that can be used at 398 UK gardens. The great advantage with this offer is that you can use this card throughout the year until April 2018!

More details available at Gardener’s World; 2 for 1 Discount Card 2017.

29. Views of London on a Budget

There are some great ways to enjoy the Views of London without spending a fortune. Opt for a FREE visit to the Sky Garden, enjoy the complimentary roof terrace at One New Change or climb the Monument for small change – there are plenty of options that won’t break the bank.

More details available at Budget Views of London.

30. 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11¾

The National Trust have teamed up with kids all over the country to put together 50 ideas that simply must be done before you turn 12.  From den building, barefoot walking to damming a stream it’s worth signing up to the 50 things challenge, (you don’t have to be a NT member).

More information available at National Trust; 50 Things Challenge.


Leeds Castle in kent

Leeds Castle, Kent


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  1. chris storey says:

    Hi we are going on hoilday on the 3.6.2016 near tenby in wales can you change my location with your website for a week please thank you

    • Hi Chris, thanks for getting in touch but unfortunately we haven’t yet moved to a location based site. Enjoy you break:)