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"5 Clever Ways to Save Money on Your Next Day Out"

  • 5 Ways to help you save money so you can enjoy more Great Days Out For Less this Summer - the websites that I share with my friends and family most often in conversations .

This week a friend and chatted about how to money save money on days out this Summer as we both like visiting gardens. This lead onto theatre tickets and some canny ways of seeing more shows for less money. She then suggested I create a blogpost to share links with more people.

If you love going to theatres , eating out, visiting beautiful gardens or afternoon teas and want to get more "bang for your buck" then this blogpost is for you - enjoy and happy saving !

  • Gardeners World Magazine 2-for-1 - Now in it's 30th Year, this popular offer is a must have for all garden lovers . May bonus issue includes 2-for-1 Gardens Card, Guide and 4 packs of free seeds ( worth £9.96) - cover price £9.50. You have until April 2025 to use the card in hundreds of gardens nationwide, including 72 National Trust gardens, 26 National Trust for Scotland gardens and 12 English Heritage gardens . Great Dixter, Levens Hall, Hever Castle, and Harewood House are included . Some gardens offer single person discount.

Order a copy via the link - postage is free .

  • Cheap Theatre/Ballet Tickets for less with a standing or restricted view. Standing Tickets are worth considering if you are able to stand comfortably you can enjoy shows at The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden for as little as £5.00 in The Lindbury Theatre. Major productions can be seen in the Main Theatre for as little as £15.00. Lots of ballets are not too long and broken up with intervals. Check the website for running times on before booking. Restricted View seats in Theatres across the country another good option. We have found the restrictions often to be minimal and may not even affect the area of stage where most if the "action" is taking place . A pole in view can be avoided by glancing to a side, and no arm rests or overhanging balcony is fine with us for the cheaper price !

  • Upper Balcony seats -other wise known at The Gods, considerably cheaper than the rest of the theatre. In our experience the views and sound have been good . Great alternative to high ticket prices if you are comfortable with heights.

  • Theatre Monkey has a handy guide to the venues giving seat reviews by users rating best and worst seating of the London Theatres.


  • If you are prepared to be flexible with your choice of show then t ickets can be brought on the day at heavily discounted prices from outlets like TKTS London in Leciester Sqaure


  • National Rail Days Out Guide - 2 for 1 . If you go to a tourist attraction, museum, theatre or even an afternoon tea it is always woth checking National Rail Website to see if there is 2 for1 or any other offer attached when travelling by train. I have used this for The Fashion & Textile Museum recently for 2 for 1. It was very easy to book , I preboked advance tickets for the exhibition were emailed for scanning on the day . I then brought the railtickest on the day of travel.. Currently there is a Father's Day Offer which includes 2 for 1 Football Stadium , Mystery Driving and Gangster Walking Tours.

  • Free Guided City Walking Tours - Did you know there are Volunteer lead Free Walking Tours available in many UK Citys, including Cambridge, York, Edinburgh , and Rochester ? We recently went on an excellent Free Walk in York with York Association of Volunteer Guides. Our guide was a local resident who, as well as guiding us around the City's famous and lesser known attractions he also recommended his favourite places to eat and Evensong at as a free way of seeing inside York Minster. To find out more information on this and other free guided walks, follow the links below

  • York Guided Walks Brighton Tours by Local Residents

City of Rochester Society Open Free Walks

Footprint Tours offer free tours of University Towns Cambridge and Oxford by Volunteer Student Guides

Edinburgh Free Daily Walking Tour

  • I hope you have enjoyed this list of money saving tips which is the 2nd in my Weekly Summer Sunday Series of 5 Favourites.

  • Check in next week for another list of 5 Favourites or to sign up for an email reminder click below and scroll to the bottom of the page .


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