Best Bank Holiday offers

The last summer Bank Holiday weekend is nearly upon us, and, if you haven’t already made plans, then there are plenty of things you can do to make the most of the extra day off.

Whether you are staying at home, planning a last-minute getaway, or day out at an attraction, we look at some of the options that are available which won’t break the bank….

Make use of discount vouchers

If you want a day out over the long weekend, check the vouchers channel to see if you can use any of the discounts on offer.

There are currently plenty of great deals available. For example, one child goes free with one full paying adult when you use the Seaquarium voucher at Seaquarium Weston-Super-Mare, and this offer is valid until Friday 30 September.

You can also find a voucher offering two for one on admissions at Drayton Manor until 4 September, and one that gives you 20% off admissions to the London Dungeon.

This deal is available until 31 December. All these offers are exclusive to Even if there aren’t any for the particular attraction you want to visit, always book online and in advance as you will be able to get some money off the entry cost.

For example, if you book tickets for Chessington World of Adventures at least five days in advance online, you will save up to 25% on individual and family tickets.

Day tickets for a family of four with two adults and two children for Monday 29 August would cost £88.30 if you book them in advance, which is £13.80 less than buying on the day.


Eating out

If you fancy a meal out over the bank holiday weekend, then check out the Eating Out vouchers on For example, kids can eat free at Masala Zone, and you can use this voucher until 18 September.

You can also pick up two pizzas or pastas for just £10 at branches of Bella Italia until the 28 August, or you can buy a burger at the Gourmet Burger Kitchen and get one for £1 until 29 August.

Other top offers include buy one panini and get one free at Café Giardino, available until 31 August, and two for one on main courses at Azzurro. Again, this voucher expires on 31 August.

Visit Toby Cavery with its kids meal deal voucher and you can get a £5.49 kids meal deal which includes a carvery meal with all the vegetables they can eat, a choice of 2 puddings and a my5 or fruitshoot drink.

Under 3's eat for free and there are free activity packs and crayons for every child. This offer is available until 23 September.

Last minute getaways

If you want to make the most of the long weekend by getting away from it all, then take a look at the travel section of which has a whole host of bank holiday travel offers.

You can pick up a European 2 night break from £183 per person, with destinations including Amsterdam, Paris and Berlin, or a 2 night cottage break in the UK starting from £218.

Alternatively, Haven August Bank Holiday breaks are available between 26 August and 1 September from only £399 per family.

If you’re only looking to get away for one night, then you can pick up hotel and theme park ticket deals for Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Alton Towers, Drayton Manor and more starting from just £18 a night.

Other UK Bank Holiday Hotels in destinations ranging from London and Brighton to Edinburgh are available from £42 a night. Don’t delay booking your break however, as deals are likely to get snapped up fast the nearer we get to the long weekend.

Covering costs

Whatever you plan to do this bank holiday, the chances are many of us will have to rely on plastic to cover costs.

If you do end up piling the pounds onto your credit card, then make sure you don’t end up paying more interest than you need to while paying back what you owe.

If you know it’s going to take a bit of time to clear your bank holiday debts, consider moving your balance to a balance transfer card offering a lengthy 0% introductory period.

Halifax’s balance transfer card, for example, offers a generous 22 months at 0% on balance transfers up to £3,000.

After that, the card has a representative annual percentage rate (APR) of 17.95% variable. There is a balance transfer fee of 3.5%.

Another card worth considering for balance transfers is the Barclaycard Platinum card, which charges 0% for 21 months and has a balance transfer fee of 2.9%. After that the card has a representative APR of 17.9% variable.

Please note: Any rates or deals mentioned in this article were available at the time of writing. Click on a highlighted product and apply direct.

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