There’s nothing quite as satisying as a freebie or a cheap deal.
When half term rolls round that’s just what you sometimes need to keep costs down entertaining the kids.
That’s why our Kara Gammell has put together a list of offers that’ll help you keep tight hold of those purse strings.
From free entry to top UK attractions to feeding the little ones for nothing, read on and plan your half-term holiday on the cheap.
Free entry to London Zoo
Get two-for-one entry to over 150 top UK attractions, restaurants, theatres, exhibitions and more, when you travel by train. Simply download a voucher and present it with your rail ticket when you visit the attraction.
Offers include London Zoo, Kew Gardens, Kidzania and Madame Tussauds.
Kids eat free
If the thought of packing another lunch box fills you with dread, why not enjoy a meal out for the adults and feed the kids for free? With some offers, you can just walk in but with others you’ll need to register and print off a voucher first.
From this half-term, kids can eat free all day at restaurants when dining with a full-paying adult. There’s a minimum £10 spend, only one child can take up the offer and they must be under the age of 10. It is valid from Feb 13-24.
And one child aged under 10 can eat free alongside a full-paying adult at restaurants across London, 12pm to 5pm, from Feb 13-17.
Free fun in store
Many retailers offer in-store kids’ activities. run free workshops for four to 10-year-olds on the first Sunday of every month and during school holidays. The sessions include planting seeds and learning about nature.
runs small animal workshops throughout the year, including school holidays, aimed at kids aged five to 11 – though children of all ages are welcome. Hobbycraft runs free workshops in many stores, from slime-making to ceramic painting and découpage. Dates vary.
Seasonal discounts, flash sales and family package deals can make theatre affordable. Ticket sites all offer regular promotions and cheap deals, so sign up to newsletters for alerts.
Sites worth a look include , , and .
The cost of cinema tickets and treats means that if you’re taking the kids, you can easily spend £50 before you sit down.
But for just £2.50, and offer screenings for kids every Saturday and Sunday morning from 10am, plus every day in the school holidays.
Free audience tickets
Rather than sitting at home in front of the telly, why not watch it live as part of a TV audience?
Depending on your age, you could score free seats for shows you love. One of the largest free ticket providers, has big shows such as Britain’s Got Talent, Family Fortunes and Blankety Blank.
, meanwhile, offers tickets to shows including QI, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? and The Apprentice: You’re Fired. SRO Audiences has tickets to The Jonathan Ross Show, The Last Leg and Dancing On Ice.