The Bargain Hunter: Keep the kids entertained during the summer holidays


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It's that time of year: as the school term draws to a close, the prospect of keeping the kids entertained until September looms.

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Thankfully, family eatery Giraffe is on hand to help. From this Monday until the end of the month, you can purchase any adult main course and receive a child's dish free at the select Giraffe restaurants. The offer is valid Monday to Friday until 5pm. With choices ranging from enormous hamburgers to a healthy grilled chicken, tiger prawn and mango salad, it's a perfect option for summer lunchtimes.

Weekday Lloyd Webber

After a spot of lunch, what could be better than a trip to the West End? Love Never Dies, the sequel to Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber, is offering tickets at cut price. Until 29 July, you can save as much as £18 on weekday tickets by booking through Discount Theatre's website at

Check out cheap resorts

With more than 40 establishments across the UK and Spain, many of which are currently running discounts, there's no reason not to check out Macdonald Hotels and Resorts this summer. Book a room from only £49 per person per night, and you'll also get a £15 voucher to spend on food, golf or spa treatments. Or opt to stay for three nights, and reduce the cost to £32 per person, per night. If you fancy breakfast, upgrade to dinner, bed and breakfast for only £20 extra per head. Book your stay at

Toast your savings

With all that accomplished, why not toast your money-saving success? Take your pick at Majestic Wines, where all wines from New Zealand, Australia, Chile and Italy are currently 20 per cent off. Pick up a bottle of highly-rated Fairleigh Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2010 for only £5.99. For more information, or to purchase, visit

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