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May half-term holiday deals: Cheap food and activities for all the family

May is a month of Bank Holidays and school holidays – and that makes the entertainment bill rise! It’s important to know how to save money without ruining the fun, so let’s take a look at our favourite places kids can eat for free or cheap this May half term (plus a few bonus ideas of free things to do to keep them entertained, too).

Sizzling Pubs

During the May half term this year, kids eat for £1 between Monday and Friday after midday when you buy an adult meal (except breakfast and other deals).

The great news is this deal also runs outside of school holidays, from 3pm Monday to Friday so find your nearest Sizzling Pub and make it a regular go-to for family dinners to save a bunch of cash on eating out.

Angus Steakhouse

If you have children under the age of 8, they’ll eat free every day of the May half term when you buy an adult main course. Just like Sizzling Pubs, Angus Steakhouse also run this offer during term-time on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. You’’ll need to book in advance and mention the offer to claim it.

Yo! Sushi

Between the 25th May to 31st May, you can claim a free children’s bento box with any adult meal for children under the age of 12. You can claim up to three bento boxes, and each one requires a minimum £10 spend from the adult. So, if you want two boxes that’s a £20 minimum spend – not bad to feed four of you!

TGI Fridays

Parents who sign up to become a Stripes Rewards member (which is free) can always claim a free kids meal when you order an adult main at TGI Fridays – school holidays and term time.

You can also ask for free Heinz baby food if you’ve got really little ones joining you!


Morrisons is the only supermarket currently offering ongoing deals for kids. The other stores usually run deals but this May half term their offers are thin on the ground.

When you head to Morrisons café, spend £4.50 on an adult meal and a child up to the age of 16 can get a free meal from the kids menu – including a drink and a piece of fruit. This excludes menu specials, but there are still tons of options to choose from.

Beefeater and Brewers Fayre

One of the most prominent franchises across the UK, it’s likely you’ve got a Beefeater or Brewers Fayre venue near you.

They do a brilliant hearty all-you-can-eat breakfast – and with every adult breakfast you buy, two children up to the age of 16 can eat for free. This is a fantastic deal, as it means if you go with a partner or friend, you can feed up to four school age children for free for the price of two adult meals.

If breakfast isn’t your thing, you can still get a three-course kids meal for just £5.99 at other times in the day – saving you loads on a family dinner out!

Cheap Ways to Entertain Your Kids in Half Term

Of course, going out to eat is just one of the big costs you’ll face during the school holidays. Finding things to do that don’t cost the earth is important to make sure your budget doesn’t rocket during half term.

London Zoo offers £3 tickets for anyone currently receiving Universal Credit or certain other benefits. They’re available for the whole family – and children under 3 go free. Take your proof of benefit letter to the admissions kiosk to claim. Before you go, check the details on London Zoo’s website to see if you’re eligible.

Another free thing to do is check out local museums in your area – many have free entry and these days have loads of interactive exhibits to keep kids entertained.

There are the obvious big ones in London like the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, and British Museum – but no matter where you live, there are hundreds of free museums across the country. Check out this free museum finder to discover ones near you!

Having a picnic is one of the best ways to save money on days out during the holidays – and there are lots of places you can go for fun in the park or for a woodland walk to make a day of it. The National Trust and English Heritage both have plenty of places that allow free entry to the grounds and woodland areas, so be sure to check them out to find new places to go.

You can also often find discounted family tickets online to enter the grand houses too, so if you want to take a look around some historical homes search for a code online before you visit to save money.


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