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Mum Of 4 Saves Over £100 With £1 October Half Term Activity Hacks

October 19, 2021, 3:00 PM
  • October half term can be daunting for parents looking to keep their kids entertained
  • Mum of 4 Emma Farrell has found plenty of money-saving activities for the week
  • Her favourites include £1 train travel, free meals for kids and 2 for 1 days out

October half term will soon be upon us, with the majority of schools breaking up on Friday 22 October and returning to class on Monday 1 November. Now that normal activities are becoming more readily available after years of COVID uncertainty, there will be plenty of families looking for trips and activities to entertain their kids.

Fortunately, keeping everyone happy doesn’t have to break the bank. Emma Farrell, 44, from Wrexham, North Wales, told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: ‘I have been booking plenty of activities in advance to ensure there’s at least one to take the kids on each day. I’ve been able to save over £100 by planning my schedule at least a week beforehand. I’ve been able to keep it varied with days out playing crazy golf and plans to visit restaurants on the cheap!’

Emma shared the money-saving October half term activities she found to keep the kids happy.

Enjoy A Day Out For Under £30 - Crazy Golf, Paintballing & More

BuyAGift has an offer where 2 adults and 2 children can enjoy an action-packed day out with their multi-choice voucher, which is currently £29 and offers savings of 15%. Families can choose activities in over 200 locations, and choices include tickets to animal parks, paintballing, escape rooms, bowling, sightseeing tours and more. I have booked the kids in for a day of crazy golf as they loved it last time we went.’

Visit Morrisons Cafe For Their Kids Eat Free Deal

‘Looking to save money on a meal out? If you head to Morrisons Cafe you can save on the price of a kids meal by getting it for free if you purchase an adult meal worth £4.50 or more. Each kids meal includes a piece of fruit and a drink, and it can be either a meal from the kids menu or a chilled kids snack pack. I like to go here after doing a quick shop, or on the way back from a day out.’

Save £20 On Legoland Tickets By Paying In Advance

‘If you plan ahead, those wanting to take the kids to Legoland over half term can book their ticket online at least a week in advance to save £20. If you go for the Brick or Treat Online Saver, you can save up to 30% and pay £39 instead of £56 on the day. What’s more, the deal includes an extra visit in 2022 free of charge, meaning you get a 2 for 1 offer! The kids have been desperate to go and now that coronavirus restrictions have eased enough, I can make the trip possible.’

Visit Flamingoland For £45 Less With This Family Ticket Deal

‘Families of 2 adults and 2 children, or 1 adult and 3 children, can benefit from £40 off their ticket to Flamingoland in Yorkshire - that’s over 25% of the cost! To benefit from this deal, families should book online 7 days in advance to pay £125, as paying at the kiosk on the day will cost £170. I will be combining this trip with an overnight stay in a hotel on the cheap so the kids can have a change of scenery.’

Enjoy 2 For 1 Days Out in London - Madame Tussauds, London Eye And More

‘Some major savings can be made on special trips out to London with Greater Anglia. There are loads of 2 For 1 offers available for activities such as the London Eye, Madame Tussauds, The London Dungeon and Wembley Stadium Tour. You can save as much as £44.95 by grabbing one of these deals! For our family of four, we only had to pay half of the price for tickets to Madame Tussauds - an activity which has been on the bucket list for a while!’

Get Breakfast At Beefeater For Free Kids Meals

Beefeater is letting two kids under 16 eat for free during the breakfast buffet whenever an adult meal worth £9.50 is purchased. The offer is available every day until 10:30am, and there’s no limit to the amount of free food kids can eat! I’ll definitely be keeping this offer in mind if we drive past one during our trip to Flamingoland.’

Play Ten Pin Bowling With October 2 For 1 Deal

Tenpin is offering plenty of deals for families on the hunt for October half term activities. Their main offer is a 2 For 1 deal where you can get 2 games of bowling in for the price of 1. They are also offering a burger meal for just £3.50. You can pick your location using the drop-down menu to see specific offers available for your area. I will give this activity a go if we get rainy weather during half term.’

Grab A Pizza Hut Buffet For Under £6

‘Families can make the most of the Pizza Hut Buffet by claiming a deal where kids eat for just £5.99. Every hut offers the lunch buffet on weekdays until 3pm, and it’s unlimited! Adults can join in for just £8.99 per person. The kids always love going to Pizza Hut so I will be sure to keep this bargain up my sleeve!’

Buy Train Tickets For Just £5 Per Adult & £1 Per Child

Greater Anglia is running an Autumn Hare Fares Deal which includes a major giveaway - 50,000 seats to and from London are on offer for £5 one way, booked in advance online. What’s more, kids tickets only cost £1 one way. We have made some massive savings on our train journey to Madame Tussauds during half term week, so we are very happy about that.’

Book A Hotel For £29 Or Less With Travelodge

‘Families looking for a cheap staycation or couples wanting a night away can make the most of these great half term deals available at Travelodge. There are over 40,000 rooms available for £29 or less, making it much easier to book a trip away. Choose from locations such as Newcastle, Nottingham, Manchester and Aberdeen - plus many more. By booking in advance, we managed to book a room near Hull for just £32.99 to stay in on the way back from Flamingoland.’

Tom Church, Co-Founder of money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk, said: ‘‘It can be daunting to think about a whole week where kids will be at a loose end unless you come up with plans for them, but Emma has proven that there are loads of deals to snap up - especially if you book online in advance.

‘Members of our community are always looking out for deals which are shared on our website, and in recent weeks we’ve had some great half term offers coming in - plus, it’s not too late to book and grab a bargain!’

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