Want to have a great Spring Bank Holiday without splashing too much cash? Here our money expert Andrea Ventress’s  best money-saving ideas for top days out…

1)   Book online for 2for1 tickets to Grand Designs Live

Based on the Channel 4 TV series, and presented by design guru Kevin McCloud, the event held from 4-13 May at the Excel in London will be packed with over 500 exhibitors. If you enter the Evening Standard code GDLES241TIX when booking online, you’ll get two tickets for £16 (weekday) or two for £19 (weekend). Tickets must be booked by 23:59 on 4 May 2013.

2)   Enjoy 2for1 entry to 89 Scottish Attractions

Go to Visit Scotland’s website to click and print out 2for1 vouchers to over 89 Scottish venues. For example, you could save £16.20 on an adult ticket to The Edinburgh Dungeon, or £6 on an adult ticket to the Scottish Football Museum in Glasgow.

3)   Have a free game of tennis

Brush up on your ball skills and book a free game of tennis at your nearest participating court via the Tennis For Free website.

4)   Dress up for free London theatre tickets

Producers of Monty Python’s Spamalot  are giving free tickets to theatre-goers who turn up at The Playhouse Theatre in London one hour before the show starts dressed as a knight, subject to seat availability. There are strict costume rules, though – your outfit must include four of the following items – a helmet, a hood, a shield, a tabard, a tunic, chainmail, a cape, armour and guantlets!

5)   Get 25% off entry to Cadbury World

If Easter feels like a distant memory, indulge your sweet tooth with a cost-cutting trip to Cadbury World in Birmingham. Just print out this voucher  to claim 25% off tickets for up to six people. The voucher will lower adult prices to £11.21 (usually £14.95), kids’ tickets to £8.21 (usually £10.95) and concessions to £8.48 (usually £11.30).
You must book in advance, but take the voucher with you.

6)   Use Nectar points to save on days out

Nectar points can be redeemed against tickets to any Merlin Entertainment Group attraction such as Chessington World of Adventures, Alton Towers or Legoland. Every 500 points redeemed means £5 off the price (usually worth £2.50). They can also be used at Vue Cinemas – 500 points are worth £2.50 off tickets, popcorn and refreshments. You can also redeem your points on a family day out at the Eden Project in Cornwall. Adult admission is 2,000 points, and child admission 500 points. Simply order your vouchers online, they’ll be sent to you within 7-10 days and you can hand them in at the gates.

7)   Enjoy a free event

There are loads of great – and free – events happening near you this weekend:

The 55th world-famous Spalding Flower Parade starts its 3-mile journey at 2pm on Saturday 4May from the Springfields Events Centre, Spalding, Lincolnshire.

The recently launched shopping centre Trinity Leeds is hosting the Live at Leeds Street Seen Busking Initiative this weekend, highlighting great street entertainment in the city.

To coincide with the launch of Iron Man 3, Disney stores all over the UK are inviting budding Iron Men to pop by this weekend to join the free Marvel Training Academy, where they can learn all the Iron Man moves and poses, earning them a Junior Super Hero card in recognition of their new acquired Super Hero skills!

And if you’re in the capital this weekend, head to the Southbank, where the free to attend ‘Campo Viejo’ Streets of Spain food and drink festival will be taking place.

Enjoy the long weekend!

Andrea Ventress, Money Expert


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