Since the cancellation of the Hampshire County Council Culture All Pass, we’ve been looking into cheap days out with the kids.
If you are a parent yourself, you’ll know the following equation:
Happy Children = Happy Adults
So this cheap day out may not be for everyone, but it will work for a lot of you.
- Tesco Clubcard with loads of points (purchases on a Tesco Credit card also generate points)
- One or more children
- Transport to Port Solent
- Good weather
Step 1 : Have one or more children available. If you do not have a child, preparing a child can be good fun but will take a minimum of 9 months to complete.
Step 2 : Cash in the appropriate number of Clubcard Points to purchase Pizza Express Vouchers. £15 of Clubcard vouchers buys £60 of food. The vouchers are normally emailed within a day or so.
Step 3 : Go to Port Solent, park for free.
Odeon Family Screenings
We went to see ‘The Penguins of Madagascar’. The tickets were £3 for an adult, and £3 for a child. This came to £15, and is part of the ‘Family Screenings’ that take place at the weekend. We booked on-line which cost an extra 21 pence, you can also pick up tickets from the box office.
The film was actually okay, wasn’t too long, and I’d watch it again. As we were eating after the film, we didn’t purchase any food or drinks from the Odeon kiosk.
Pizza Express Port Solent
After the film we went to Pizza Express for our meal.
The Pizza Express voucher covers food only. It does not cover drinks. As always when we dine anywhere, we got a jug of tap water. Amanda and I decided to purchase a few coffees.
The children were given coloured pencils, and their menu also doubled up as an activity pack.
Amanda and I ordered a sharing platter of dough balls. They were yummy.
Our children had their own starter which they also enjoyed.
My pizza was huge!
Amanda’s Pizza was huge too!
Here’s a cheeky selfie of me, I’m very happy with my Pizza! Nom nom nom.
The children had a pudding each.
They could choose what they liked from the children’s menu.
The staff were attentive, polite at all times and we were made to feel welcome. The food was top notch, good and hot.
The amount payable came to £13.45 as we decided to have 4 coffees (£9.80) and we took away a couple of adult desserts to eat later. We also left a tip for the waitress (not shown). We could have forgone the coffee’s and extra desserts and kept the bill within the £60 voucher (shown in the receipt below) to do Cinema and Pizza for five for just £15.
Port Solent Play Park
The weather was a little warmer than expected and so we spent 30 minutes in the play park with our three children before heading home. There’s plenty to do here, including a climbing wall, play house, slides and a bridge + toddler toys.
With the cancellation of the BAE Leisure Park, Port Solent will remain the nearest Multiplex Cinema Leisure Park to Waterlooville. For those with their own transport, Waterlooville to Port Solent is just a 15 minute drive. For those that rely on public transport, at least two buses are required.
We got 4 hours entertainment, a huge lunch, and quality time with our family for very little cash. If only all days out were this inexpensive. We’ll do this again in the future, though next time I’ll choose a Pizza that is a tad less fiery!