Bargain Hunter: School holiday treats

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Every parent knows the feeling. With the school holidays about to begin, the prospect of entertaining the kids all day suddenly seems more than a little daunting – not least because of the cost of it all. But, thanks to National Rail's brilliant two-for-one Day Out series, you can have fun without forking out. For fans of Harry Potter or James Bond, Brit Movie Tours has a delightful treat in store: explore the parts of London that form the background to your favourite film, with expert commentary. Likewise, get two tickets for the price of one for tours of Chelsea Football Club and the Design Museum and Hampton Court Palace, below. Visit daysout for details.

Feel the Force

With so much planned, the kids might just need something to wear – that's not their school uniform. Good thing that JD Sports has a host of comfortable clothes in the sale, perfect for running around in and outdoors. You can also pick up a pair of boys Nike Air Force trainers, usually £39.99, for just £25 at kS2rzZ

Brassy dining

For a rather more grown-up treat, Raymond Blanc's chain of affordable brasseries keeps prices down by using only the most seasonal of ingredients. The new "Dine With Wine" offer means you can enjoy a two-course lunch for just £11 – or a three-course dinner for just £15.95. If you're feeling flush, upgrade your wine to a flute of Joseph Perrier Champagne for just £4.70. Cheers! Book a table at

Old World charm

While we're making toasts, how about raising a glass to this offer, currently available at Waitrose. Until 19 July, you can save £26 on the supermarket's Barbecue Treats mixed case of wine (now £66). Chosen specifically with the summer season in mind, the case features 12 bottles from South Africa, Italy, New Zealand and France. For an even bigger discount, look no further than the Fine Old World Classics mixed case (above), which is down from £143 to £97 for six bottles. With its selection of Sancerre, Bordeaux and Chablis, it promises a selection sophisticated enough for any occasion and can be found at