What To Do with the Kids on a Budget over the Summer Holidays 2012

August 17th, 2012 / Aerial Extreme, Alton Towers, Alton Towers Waterpark, Barclays Bike, Black Country Living Museum, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blenheim Palace, Cinema, Crich Tramway, Drayton Manor Theme Park, Eden Project, Gullivers Kingdom, Houses of Parliament, Ironbridge Museums, Legoland Windsor, Manchester Art Gallery, National Coal Mining Museum, National Space Centre, Science Museum, Thames Clipper, Thorpe Park, Trentham Monkey Forest / 2 Comments »

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Free Swim Sessions

Free Swimming Session with British Gas, (expired)

Bag yourself a FREE swimming session for you and up to 2 children that is running until 30 August 2012 with British Gas.  You do not need to be a British Gas customer to take advantage of this deal.  Simply plug in your postcode and see where your local free swim sessions are taking place.

National Trust Kids Go Free Voucher, (expired)

Last chance to try out the Kids Go Free Voucher for National Trust settings that is valid until 31 August 2012, (excluding 25-27 August).  Simply download the NT voucher for FREE entry for up to 2 children, (aged 5-16 years) when accompanied by a paying adult/member.

Gulliver’s Theme Park 25% Discounted Tickets with Promo Code

Check out our unique promotional code for Gulliver’s Theme Park that secures you 25% off Inclusive Tickets at all 3 Gulliver’s Theme Park.  Simply use the promotional code TDFU25 when booking online to secure your discount.

More details available at Gulliver’s Theme Park Promotional Code.

Barclays Boris Bikes for London

Try Something New; Ironbridge Passport

Invest in an Ironbridge Passport  that offers you unlimited access over 12 months, (some restrictions) to all ten Ironbridge Museums including Blists Hill Victorian Town.  An adult annual passport is currently priced at £23.25 or check out the Family Passport which includes free unlimited children!

More details available at Ironbridge Gorge Museums & Passport Offers.

What To Do in London on a Budget

There is plenty to see and do in London this summer on a budget.  Try out the new cable cars, (£3.20 an adult with a travelcard), tour the London Parks on a Boris Bikes, (from just a £1) or climb the Monument for a great view of London, (£3 an adult).  We’ve put together plenty of idea to Enjoy London on a Budget.

Aerial Extreme 3 for 2 on Wristbands, (expired)

The Aerial Extreme 3 for 2 promo code runs until 3 September 2012 and offers you 3 tickets for the price of 2. Simply use the promo code AE342 when booking online to secure your Aerial Extreme discount.  To make a booking go to Aerial Extreme and use the code AE342.

New Arrivals at Trentham Monkey Forest

Try Something New; Trentham Monkey Forest

Get up close & personal to the monkeys at Trentham Monkey Forest with no cages/barriers between you & the monkeys, (& look out for the baby monkeys to0).

Pick up a Kids Go Free Voucher or take advantage of a reduced price combined ticket for the Monkey Forest & Trentham Gardens.  More details available at Trentham Monkey Forest.

Why not combine the Monkey Forest with a 3 for 2 deal at Trentham Aerial Extreme, (see above for more details).


Cinema from £1 During the Summer Holidays

Both Odeon Cinemas & Vue Cinemas run family movies most days during the summer holidays from just £1 per person.

Movies tend to run each day around mid morning where children, (age 2 to 12 years), & parents/carers can take advantage of these reduce price tickets.

More details available at Cinema Deals for the Summer.

Thrill Hopper Tickets from Alton Towers

Thrill Hopper Ticket

Invest in a Thrill Hopper ticket that offers you one admission to all four of the following 4 attractions on a reduced price ticket;

  • Alton Towers
  • Drayton Manor
  • SnowDome
  • Waterworld

Tickets are priced at just £47.50 per person or a family ticket for £142.50, (2 adults & 2 children) & can be used throughout the summer, (excluding Bank Holiday weekends & special events).

The great advantage with this deal is that you can space out your trips during the theme park season as you like, (with the exception of Bank Holiday weekends & special events)

More details available at Thrill Hopper Ticket.

Free Museums & Free Annual Upgrades

There are plenty of FREE museums up & down the country with no entrance charges…why not check out our favourite Free Museums for the Summer including a trip 140 metres underground!

Another money saving option would be upgrade to a FREE annual pass to save money all year long.  Plenty of visitor attractions offer a free annual upgrade when you invest in full price day ticket to the setting including Buckingham Palace, Eden Project & Eureka Children’s Museum.  This mean once you’ve paid once, you can return as many times as you wish during the year.  More details available at Free Annual Upgrade Offers.

Alton Towers Deals 2012

Alton Towers Waterpark Deals

Alton Towers Waterpark have a number of offers running this summer including a Kids Go Half Price offer & a Parent/Toddler Deals for just £7.  More details available at Alton Towers Waterpark Deals & Information.

You can also check out the late entrance deal to Alton Towers Waterpark that is running until 2 September that offers entrance for just £7.50 per person.  Please note that changes to waterpark sessions take place over the summer holidays too.

We’ve plenty of Tips To Beat the Queues at Alton Towers too!



Entrance Deals to Drayton Manor

Drayton Manor Ticket Price Drop This Summer

Drayton Manor are offering a limited number of reduced price tickets each day over the summer holidays plus FREE car parking too!

This online deal offers Drayton Manor tickets for just £20 an adult, (standard price £36), £12 a child, (standard price £25) with under 4′s visiting for free of charge plus FREE parking too!

Limited to just 2,012 reduced price tickets per day, you’ll need to move fast with this deal.

More details available at Drayton Manor Deals 2012.

Late Entrance Ticket at Trentham Estate

Thinktank Science Garden Offers Free Late Entrance Ticket

The Thinktank’s latest edition, the Science Garden, is an outdoor interactive discovery area and you can enjoy it FREE of charge if you visit between 3 & 5pm.  The Science Garden includes a giant human-sized hamster wheel, (top speed of 30 revolutions per minute) and a waterplay area and is available only to Thinktank ticket holders from 10am -3pm.

However from 3pm – 5pm each day the Science Garden is FREE of charge!  More details available at Free Entrance to the Thinktank Science Garden.

Trentham Gardens Late Entrance Ticket for £3.50

Trentham Estate, Staffordshire is offering a discounted late entrance tickets during July & August 2012 for just £3.50 per person.

There is no pre-booking involved with this deal so you can check the weather before you leave and for a complete budget break, take a packed tea to eat in the grounds!  For more details go to Late Entrance Ticket for Trentham Estate.

 Theme Park Deals


Whatever you do, enjoy the last few days of the summer holidays on a budget.



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    • John, thanks for the feedback, it’s always good to know others are searching for deals & discounts for visitor attractions too.