Family Days On A Budget – Theme Park Savings All Year Round

Theme parks provide great entertainment for the whole family, but at a cost, so get ahead of the rest and save on admission charges all year round.

At various times of the year theme parks woo their customers with attractive discounts and special offers.  Sometimes these are geared to particular weekends and sometimes they apply to certain age groups something that’s very useful when planning family days out with teenagers as well as young children.

Alton Towers

Alton Towers is a major draw for kids of all ages and it’s a good idea to check out their online offers when considering a visit. Some include weekend accommodation in a family room and breakfast, a day ticket to the Waterpark plus themed entertainment and activities.

Better still, children aged up to 12 years, providing they dress up, get free entry and the chance to win a prize in the fancy dress competition. Another offer for fans of Hello Kitty includes arts and crafts activities, a cupcake hunt and a family disco.

For half-term activities, advance booking online will save about £4 per person on a family ticket compared to admission charges on the day. That certainly adds up for a family of four or five or more!

Finally, timing a visit to the Waterpark for 3.00pm will save you 50% on the normal ticket prices, and the whole family will still have hours of fun.


Legoland is particularly good for younger children, although older children enjoy the experience once they’re there! This is a very diverse park, with plenty to keep everyone busy, including rides, an ‘Imagination Centre’, which screens exciting 4D shows, and the amazing spectacle of Miniland, made from over 40,000 Lego bricks.

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Special offers here for money saving tips include two days for the price of one, and there are also a number of passes that save money on admission and offer discounts in on site shops and restaurants. Some passes include a number of other attractions and are a useful way to visit a variety of places at no extra cost.

Buying a group ticket online saves money too, and senior citizens pay the same as children, so to make up a party of 7+ bring the grandparents along and enjoy an extended family day out. All children under three years of age are admitted free of charge.

Thorpe Park

Thorpe Park is running a special offer at the moment where families can buy next year’s tickets at this year’s prices, meaning real savings of up to 30%.  There’s also a good deal on day passes for family groups of four buying online will save £22.14 compared to admission on the day.

Online booking for groups of seven or more is available at 40% off the normal adult walk-up price, and there are a variety of annual passes for unlimited visits, some of which offer reductions for students with NUS cards so maybe taking the babysitter along might provide an extra pair of hands to help beleaguered mums and dads.

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