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There is no doubt about it. Full price theme park tickets can be very expensive. But is there a way you can save on theme park tickets for your whole family?
Of course, there is. has all the tips and tricks you need to treat your kids to a day out, even when you are on a tight budget.
Plan ahead to save money on theme park tickets
The key to making sure that you do not waste money unnecessarily when you go for a day out at a theme park is to plan ahead.
Take , for example. For a full price adult ticket on the day, it would cost you £55. Go to their website and you could purchase an online saver one day pass from £33. That’s a saving of over £20 per adult just for planning ahead.
Alton Towers say that you can get the best online price by buying your tickets 5 days in advance.
If you have not had time to collect any points through a loyalty scheme, make sure that you plan ahead to get the best deal.
Use your supermarket shopping to get money off theme park tickets
Supermarket loyalty schemes offer various ways to save money on theme park tickets, as well as many other days out.
The Tesco Clubcard, for example, enables users to accumulate points (one per pound spent) which can then be converted into various types of offers.
It is possible to quadruple your Tesco Clubcard points when you trade them in for “Clubcard Boost” rewards.
So, for example, if you had £20 worth of vouchers from your Tesco Clubcard points, you could potentially convert this for up to £80 worth of rewards vouchers, that you can use with Tesco’s partners.
It is worth noting here that from June this year (2018) you will only be able to triple your points, not quadruple.
At the time of writing, (which includes theme parks such as Thorpe Park, Alton Towers and Legoland Windsor) for £50 worth of Clubcard vouchers (normally £179).
A Nectar card can also be used to save points if you shop at Sainsbury’s (and various other stores). There is a possibility to boost these points by 2 or 3 times to get deals (such as money off at Longleat, for example).
Use your favourite cereal to save on theme park tickets
Cereal giant Kellogg’s are currently running a on some of its cereal packets.
In order to get the deal, you will need to cut out the voucher from a promotional pack of cereal. This voucher will entitle the holder to one free adult entry, for one other adult or child ticket that is purchased.
Kellogg’s say that it is also possible to book the tickets online in advance, with savings of up to £60 with every voucher.
Participating attractions include Thorpe Park, Legoland and Chessington World of Adventures. For a full list, take a look at the . It is also worth checking if any dates are excluded before you make the trip to your theme park of choice.
Vouchers are valid until 30 June next year (2019).
If you like reading a paper with your morning cereal, The Sun newspaper often offers readers the opportunity to get free tickets to theme parks by collecting tokens printed in its papers. Take a look at their for more information about what is coming up next.
Take the train to save on theme park tickets
Not strictly a loyalty scheme, but a great way to save on theme park tickets all the same.
By buying a valid train ticket and printing a voucher from , it is possible to get 2 for 1 tickets to various theme parks, including Thorpe Park, Alton Towers and Legoland Windsor.
Even if you are not intending to travel by train, it can still be cheaper to buy a cheap train ticket and use this to get into the theme park using the 2 for 1 deal, rather than paying full price.
Check the for full terms and conditions. Again, make sure that there are not any restrictions on when you can use the voucher at the theme park that you want to visit.
A day out at a theme park does not have to break the bank
If you are on a budget, there are many offers and loyalty schemes available to help you to save money on your theme park entry tickets.
Make sure to start planning your day out in advance and be flexible to get the best deals.
Most importantly, check which deal would best suit your needs. A bit of research now can result in big savings.