Family days out give you a chance to reconnect with your loved ones and escape the stresses of modern day life. However, with the rising cost of living in the UK, saving money is incredibly important. Luckily, there are many ways to save money in Hampshire and still enjoy an exciting day out with your loved ones.
Below are some of the best ways to access cheap days out:
Booking in advance
Many attractions offer discounts when you book your tickets in advance. With a little planning, you can save on tickets for a variety of fulfilling days out in Hampshire.
Buying concession tickets
Concession tickets are often discounted to allow a wider selection of guests to enjoy cheap days out. Whether you are disabled, a student, over the age of 65 or have a child under the age of 3, you may be entitled to cheap tickets. What’s more, it is quite common for attractions to offer a free carer ticket when you purchase a ticket for a disabled person.
Investing in annual passes
If you plan to visit an attraction multiple times during the year, why not consider investing in annual passes? In fact, you may only need to visit an attraction twice to recover the cost of your annual passes, so every additional visit is free! This is the perfect way to access unlimited free family days out for an entire year.
Group days out
Another excellent way to save money in Hampshire is by visiting an attraction as part of a larger group. By inviting your family and friends, you may receive a substantial discount on the cost of your tickets.
A lot of locations will offer group tickets or family day out deals with an incredible 5%-30% discount. For example, our guide to Paultons Park tickets shows how you can save £43.75 by visiting as a family of 5.
Theatres also commonly have group booking discounts available. Perfect if you want to make a trip with work, friends or lots of family members.
Surprisingly, it is often possible to find the best discounts by booking directly with the attraction you wish to visit. You can now book online for a wide variety of destinations, allowing you to view current ticket prices and ensure you are getting a great deal.
Often supermarkets will offer reward schemes where you receive points when shopping that can later be converted into money off days out or even free family days out. For example, if you have a Tesco clubcard, you can accumulate points that can later be converted into free tickets or excellent discounts with attractions.
A variety of attractions offer discounts on tickets purchased outside peak season. This is due to the reduced number of guests visiting during the winter months. As long as you wrap up warm, you can still enjoy a magical family day out and beat the summer crowds.
One of the best ways to access deals for family days out is to use a voucher when booking your tickets. We have an entire vouchers page dedicated to getting you the best price for your latest family adventure.
Our top tips for cheap days out
Getting cheap tickets for your family days out can help you save money while reconnecting with your loved ones and enjoying a day of happiness. However, there are other ways you can reduce your spending, perfect if you are trying to stick to a budget.
Below are our top tips for affordable, fun days out:
Food and drink
Many attractions offer a variety of food and drink options, however, if you have a large family, the cost of refreshments can really add up. You can save a lot of money by bringing your own food and drink on your day out. Spending quality time with your family while enjoying a delicious picnic can even enhance your day.
Did you know that there are a range of membership schemes in the UK that can help to save you money on the cost of attraction tickets? By becoming a member of a scheme like the National Trust, you can benefit from amazing discounts and cheap tickets to a wealth of different attractions. What’s more, some membership schemes, like the Royal Horticultural Society offer free admission to destinations including Exbury Gardens during certain months.
It’s no secret that the cost of parking can be quite high when visiting attractions. Luckily, there are ways to pay less for parking and save money in Hampshire. You can often reduce parking costs by booking in advance. Or why not use public transport to travel to your chosen attraction, eliminating the cost of parking?
Blue Peter badges
Having a Blue Peter badge can give you access to more than 200 attractions for free. The good news is that you don’t even need to be a guest on the TV show itself, instead you can apply online for one of eight different badges.
These badges are awarded for many different reasons, so it is worth checking if you could be eligible for a badge. View this guide on the BBC website to learn more.
More family days out deals
If you are hoping to spend a memorable day out with your family, our days out for under £50 page is bursting with attractions you can visit without breaking the bank. Alternatively, we also have a page dedicated to free family days out in Hampshire, if money is particularly tight. Remember, you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy quality time with your loved ones.