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6 Ways to Save Money this Summer

The summer holidays can be an expensive time of year, so here are a few ways your family can save money this summer and stretch your budget.

1. Discounts:

New for this summer, West Midland Safari Park and Drayton Manor have joined forces to offer a special combined ticket rate, offerings savings of up to 33%!

By purchasing the Combi Ticket, visitors to both attractions will be able to experience over 100 rides, see more than 200 different animal species and explore all both sites have to offer, including the brand-new Vikings area at Drayton Manor Resort and the new African Walking Trail at the Safari Park.

The ticket is valid for one day admission at Drayton Manor and one day at the Safari Park, from 16 June 2022 until 30 October 2022 and must be purchased before 30 September 2022. Book via the Drayton Manor website or the West Midland Safari Park website.

Severn Valley Railway have a new Family Saver ticket this summer; as well as a discount on a day’s travelling on the historic railway, you get free entry to the Engine House museum at Highley! For a larger family, the saving against ‘on the day’ tickets is £64!

You can enjoy a 25% saving at Go Ape in the Wyre Forest if you visit before 10am with their Early Bird offer.

Save 10% offer at Lower Drayton Farm with our special Raring2go code.

Full Throttle Raceway in Stourbridge are offering Raring2go! readers a saving of 10% off Cubs and Cadets karting (see our vouchers section)

Find more online offers here.

Spinosaurus at West Midland Safari Park

2. Blue Peter Badge
Blue Peter Badge Holders
qualify for discounts in over 200 attractions. The scheme is open to 6- 15 year olds who write in to the show. Encourage your child to send in a picture or poem! (Write to Blue Peter, MediaCityUK, Salford, M50 2BH).

3.  2 for 1:  

Save money on your next day out when you travel by rail. Enjoy 2FOR1 entry at top attractions in and around Great Britain. There is a wide array of attractions to choose from; perfect if you want to travel further afield. Birmingham attractions include Sealife Centre and Legoland Birmingham. To access the offer, you must prebook your 2for1 tickets via Days Out Guide and print the vouchers. You need to print a voucher AND have a valid rail ticket with the closest station to the attraction as the final destination.

4. Annual Pass

Lemur Walk at Dudley Zoo

If your budget allows, the start of the summer is a good time to looking into an annual pass so you can use it as often as you like in the long school holidays.
If your family loves animals, how about becoming a member of Dudley Zoo? The annual pass starts at £32 so pays for itself in just three visits and you then qualify for unlimited access to the zoo and castle and discounted parking.

Some annual passes give you discounts for other services. The West Midland Safari Annual Pass gets you 25% off the multi-rides wristband plus savings on an overnight stay at the new lodges!

Annual pass holders at WILD Zoological Park in Bobbington enjoy benefits including 10% off V.I.P Experiences.

Membership for Hatton Adventure World includes 50% off Enchanted Christmas Kingdom event.

Become a Birmingham Museums Member and you get access to all 9 museums over a 12 month period, plus 10% off birthday parties.

Engine House at Highley (SVR)

5. Tesco Club Card

Tesco Clubcard points can be swapped for Days Out Vouchers. £5 worth of  Clubcard points gets you £15 worth of Clubcard vouchers which you can use for entry to many attractions including Alton Towers and Drayton Manor.

6. Free stuff:
Believe it or not, there are lots of free activities on our doorstep to help your budget go further.

Your local libraries will be offering free craft activities linked to the Summer Reading Challenge and local parks usually run ranger activities in the school holidays.

Children aged 16 and under who live in the Dudley borough are eligible to swim for free at Crystal Centre, Duncan Edwards Centre and Halesowen. You must pre-register to qualify for the scheme.

Try Geocaching – a treasure hunt using GPS (or a special app on your phone). It’s free and a great way to get the children out in the fresh air!
Read more about the craze here.

I’d love to hear your money saving tips too. Email your suggestions for ways to save money to us.

Author, Sally Walters, Editor.

This information was correct at the time of going to print but please do check with the venue for the latest information and prices. Terms and Conditions may apply to these offers.

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