With the weather set to be sizzling, many of us will be looking forward to making the most of the first of May’s long weekends – but don’t want to have to spend a fortune doing so.
Luckily, shops, restaurants and theatres continue to offer discounts and special offers as they attempt to ward off the recession. Whether you’re looking to catch a show in London, buy some garden furniture to take advantage of the sunny weather or simply enjoy a little retail therapy, there’s something out there for everyone.
Eating in and out
If stocking up on a fridgeful of food, including all those BBQ essentials, if top of your to-do list then check out mysupermartket,co.uk to find out where the best grocery deals are to be had.
Most of the main supermarkets are already advertising their Bank Holiday discounts on their websites. Asda for example, has BBQ food from £1 and is also selling a range of BBQs from £8.
Sainsbury’s, meanwhile, has discounts on cases of beer, sausages and ice cream. Marks & Spencer continues to offer its Dine in for Two for £10 deal, where you can choose from a selection of main meals, side dishes, deserts and wine for £10.
If eating out is more your thing, then websites such as lovefoodlovedrink.co.uk, Toptable.com, 5pm.co.uk and lastminute.com host discounts and vouchers for money off your bill.
Don't forget to check out the websites of your favourite restaurants to see if they are doing any deals over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Many restaurants continue to offer vouchers, such as buy-one-get-one free offers. A quick scan of websites such as vouchercodes.co.uk or myvouchercodes.co.uk reveals a host of special offers.
A good way to save a bit of cash on theatre tickets and shows is to shop around for seats, using a price comparison service such as SeatChoice.com, comparetheatretickets.com, whatsonstage.com and londontheatreboxoffice.net.
Websites such as culture24.org.uk and 24hourmuseum.org.uk display the latest art and museum exhibitions across the country.
Many free events are held up and down the country too - the National Trust claims that you are no more than 40 minutes away from a great day out. You can find details on everything from picturesque walks, shows and fairs, exhibitions and festivals, many of which are free to enter, on its website.
English Heritage has plenty of details on days out and events near you, including a search facility of over 400 properties and heritage sites. If you’re north of the border, VisitScotland is a good website to find outdoor activities such as rafting, karting, mountain biking and wildlife watching.
Marks & Spencer has a clearance sale on at the moment offering up to 50% off womenswear. menswear and childrenswear. It is also offering up to 30% off furniture and other homeware.
Voucher websites such as myvouchercodes.co.uk and vouchercodes.com are also good places to download vouchers for money off store and online purchases.