6 Way to Save
Finding money for family days out can be tough in the New Year, but there are savings to be made if you hunt around. We’ve gathered together a few tips to help the pennies go further for your family.
- Look out for Vouchers: You’ll find lots of vouchers and offers on the Raring2go! website, including Rays Farm, and don’t forget to keep hold of the vouchers you find in your Raring2go! magazine so that you have them to hand when you need them.
- Blue Peter Badge: A Blue Peter badge is a special award given to Blue Peter viewers and fans. Badge owners can gain free entry into over 200 Blue Peter Badge Attractions around the country. In the Midlands, these include West Midland Safari Park, Ironbridge Museums and All Things Wild. If your child is aged between 6 and 15 years old take a look at the website and make an application - it’s definitely worth your child sending in that picture or poem to win a badge!
- Book in Advance: There are savings to be made if you plan ahead. If you know which day you’d like to visit an attraction you can usually save money by booking online. Book at least 7 days in advance for Drayton Manor Theme Park and get up to 40% off an adult ticket price. You’ll also save by pre-booking with Hatton Adventure World, West Midland Safari Park and Shakespeare’s Family Homes.
- Take Advantage of Freebies: Look out for places that you can visit and activities that you can do for free. During each school holiday, you’ll find free activities at your local libraries, as well as free trails and events at local museums during the holidays. If the weather is poor, Coventry Transport Museum is definitely worth a visit. There is SO much to see there, it’s indoors and entry is free! RAF Cosford is another good indoor option for a free day out – great for this time of year!
- Invest in an Annual Pass: Many of our local attractions offer annual passes and there are so many benefits to enjoy. Once you’ve paid for a pass, then even short visits seem worthwhile – you can pop along whenever you have last minute time to fill. Rocket yourself back to the age of steam at Blists Hill Victorian Town and move a locomotive by hand at Enginuity! Annual Passport Tickets offer unlimited daytime admission to all 10 Ironbridge Gorge Museums, so you can return as often as you like for one year. You can also make savings with a pass for All Things Wild. Annual Membership for Hatton Adventure World gets you discounts on children’s parties as well as the Christmas event. With a West Midland Safari Park Annual Pass you also benefit from 25% off multi-ride wristbands! Shakespeare Birthplace Trust also offer an annual pass. British Motor Museum offer a free return within 12 months if you gift aid it. An annual membership for National Trust or English Heritage will get you entry to lots of different properties over the course of the year. With a Merlin Annual Pass you’ll have admission into 32 different attractions up and down the country. Look out for their January Sale!
- Take Public Transport
Did you know, you qualify for 2 for 1 vouchers to attractions, museums and restaurants when you travel by National Rail? Participating attractions include Thinktank, Shakespeare’s Family Homes, Compton Verney and the British Motor Museum. Buy a National Rail ticket, register with Days Out Guide (www.daysoutguide.co.uk) 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, bought from National Rail on the same day. You can also make savings when you travel by bus or Midland Metro. Save 30% with Cadbury World and enjoy 2for1 tickets for ThinkTank and Sealife Centre.
As well as saving on the cost of entry, public transport is often cheaper than car park charges so it’s a win on both fronts!
This information was correct at the time of going to print but please do check with the venue for the latest information and prices.
Mum of two boys and editor for Coventry & Nuneaton.