“ site giving info and coupons for days out in UK „
Bored? Want to do something, but don‘t know what? Feel like a day out, but don’t want to spend a fortune? Check out “Days Out UK. The leading days out guide”. Daysoutuk.com is a very easy site to use. There’s a good chance that by taking a look you will not only find some great ideas for places to visit, but some money off coupons too. Homepage ------------- The homepage is laid out with links and the search facility across the top of the page and underneath those you will find 3 articles.... “Welcome to Days Out UK” ~ This gives you a brief rundown of the site content, (in excess of 10,000 special events, 7,000 attractions, and 500 discount coupons) and explains the search options for using the site. “News and Events” ~ Currently it’s displaying advice recommending that you contact visitor attractions before you set out, due to the possibility of temporary closure because of Foot & Mouth Disease. Also, there are several August only events listed “Strategic Alliance Program” ~ Ideas, suggestions, and a contact link for information regarding associating yourself (company/website) with Days Out UK. Search Facility ----------------- You can perform your search in 3 ways.... “Attractions” ~ This option enables you to select an area for which you want to search within. There are 54 choices which include individual counties, UK Wide, Ireland, and Europe. You then select a type of attraction from the 9 choices given such as family fun, or animals/nature. Finally, pick a class (this is related to the attraction you have picked. For example, if you choose an animal/nature attraction, you then have further options such as wildlife and safari parks or nature and conservation areas). “Events” ~ If you choose to search by event, you are (again) first asked for an ar
ea to search within. You then give a date to indicate which day of the month you are enquiring about, and of course the month itself. “Key Words” ~ Searching by key word allows a slightly more personalized search. You select from 2 choices, either event or attraction. Then you select an area for your search, and the final step is to enter your key word/s. Once you have made your selections for the search, click the red “GO” button on the right hand side and anything meeting your chosen criteria will be listed. If money off discounts are available, the word “Coupon” is displayed. To get further information on any of the listed places/events, simply click on it’s name. Links ------- The links at the top of the pages are as follows.... “Homepage” ~ To take you back to the homepage from which ever feature you have been looking at. “User Guide” ~ A brief, but helpful, explanation of how to use the search facility to find what you want. “Order A Guide” ~ You can buy a Days Out UK guide book, with over 500 pages of attractions, events and discount coupons for the price of £9.99 (plus p&p). “Discount Coupons” ~ You can use this section if you are interested solely in attractions with discounts available. You are shown a map, and you simply click your chosen area. You are then presented with all the attractions in that area for which there is a coupon available. Click the individual names for further info, and you have an option to print off a coupon if you wish. The coupons vary in value. Some allow free entry for children when accompanied by a full paying adult. Others offer reduced rate entrance fees or discounts on party bookings. “Trade Section” ~ This facility enables attraction owners or event organizers to register with Days Out UK and be included in the lis
tings. “Contact Us” ~ Internal email, for want of a better description (the same system that Ciao use for their contact us facility). Select from a drop down menu the reason for your contact, supply your name, email address, type your message into the box and click “send message“. This is a really useful site. It’s presentation is simple but pleasant, and navigation is easy. The speed of page downloads is reasonably fast, and in all the searches I did, it was barely a minute from starting to having the info I wanted in front of me. Well worth a look! http://www.daysoutuk.com
Are your children bored? Do you want a day out? Do you want to go for free? Does this all sound too good to be true - well read on! When I first came across this site I was amazed at the wealth of information and the number of free offers available. The web site is at www.daysoutuk.com and boosts that they list over 7000 attractions with over 10,000 special events. The great added bonus is that there are over 500 discount vouchers that can be printed off to save you money. Most of these vouchers are either money off, or buy-one get-one free type offers, but they can save you real cash. There are a number of ways to navigate around the site, all of which are easy to use, then when a particular attraction is selected it appears in a separate window with five sections. These sections are: * Details about the attraction. * Details of any events that are held there. * Directions of how to get there. * Money off coupon (if available). * Comments about the attraction. These details are quite comprehensive and give a good indication as to whether the attraction is worth visiting for you. Each attraction is also star rated so you see how others have rated it. When you look at the money off vouchers you can choose an area of the country and a full list will appear of every offer in that region. Each voucher has a security number, so you can only print one copy, but some of these are very good. For finding attractions and for getting ideas of where to go for a day out in the UK this site certainly does contain a lot of information. If you have children, or just fancy a day out yourself, then I would highly recommend this web site.
How many times are you at a loose end and are looking for somewhere to take the kids to keep them amused? Well Help is at hand. If you have children of your own - or maybe enjoy taking the grandchildren out and off Mum and Dad's hands - or even nephews and nieces you may be visiting sometime this Summer – you really need DAYSOUTUK. This excellent resource of what places are available to visit in this wonderful country of ours – plus you may find a little bonus or two. Many of the parks, galleries, amusements and so on, have some kind of discount voucher available through this site. All you need to do is print out the voucher you see on screen and presto On the first screen on the site, you have six colour coded buttons at the top of the homepage marked • HOME PAGE Obvious, but gets you back to the start after you’ve visited one of the other sections • USER GUIDE Takes you through a step-by-step guide to how to use the Search Engine – see below • ORDER A GUIDE Very useful to be able to order a free guide by post. • DISCOUNT COUPONS Now we’re cooking. You quite often see leaflets in hotels, railways stations, travel agents etc with coupons for ‘free child with each adult’ or £5 off asdmission or something similar. But you never find them when you need them do you? With this site, you can print them out just before you go, or print them, save them up. In any case, it WILL save you money. It also tells you the expiry dates too – usually easily covering the Summer term holidays. • TRADE SECTION A section for members only – i.e advertisers to alter their details, add or amend their discount vouchers etc • CONTACT US Leave a message for the site owners. Suggest new topics and also a list of various email contact points on DaysoutUK, like Customer Services, Ad Sales, Help Desk a
nd so on. It is definitely a website I would recommend you check before planning a trip out. Advice like this – found on the site’s homepage, should be taken heed of “Days Out UK STRONGLY recommend that until the current problem has eased, you contact ANY venue, (especially animal attractions or countryside venues/events), that you are planning to visit and check they remain open, and in the case of events are not suspended. To find the relevant telephone and fax numbers simply use the Days Out UK Search Engine” And that leads us onto the search engine that DaysoutUk provide. • SEARCH ENGINE The search categories – found from the site’s homepage - All from easy drop down menus. The first menu selects the area/county you are searching for. Say, NORTHANTS….then Section 2, you can select what type of place you want from ‘Sport/Recreation’, ‘Galleries/Museums’, ‘Family Fun’, ‘Animals/Nature’, ‘Festivals/Shows’ etc and finally Section 3 – Say I selected ‘Family Fun’ in the previous section, then ‘Theme & Adventure Parks ‘ is your category. This leads to Wicksteed Park – an inexpensive and long established fun park, ideal for younger and less demanding families. Click on that and Daysout wil display the Park’s facilities, description of the site…>>Description - 148 Acres of parkland and lake. 40 rides and attractions, including roller coaster, pirate ship, a train ride, Mississippi river boat, large free playground and many junior rides<<…Opening times, how to get there and up to date Admission Prices. So you can plan your day out. PLUS – You can check to see if there are any vouchers or coupons for your chosen venue. For Wicksteed yes there is – ‘buy Two 8 ride wristbands (from £7.50 each) – get another free’…
;valid until 28th October. So there you are – a quick visit to the site and you’ve saved yourself the cost of an 8 ride wristband i.e £ 7.50 ! This is a MUST Site to add to your favourites, especially with the Summer Term School Holidays coming up. It will give you information, might give you discount coupons, but above all ,will be a godsend for idea on Days Out.
During the last holidays we were stuck for somewhere to go, as it seemed that everywhere was closed due to the foot & mouth crisis. I did an internet search and found this very useful site. Days Out UK calls itself a “unique search engine – a comprehensive guidebook and a live database search engine which is constantly updated.” They list thousands of attractions. I have had fun searching for little attractions to try to catch them out, but they list even minor ones (yes, I know I am sad). It is simple to search for a particular place – I wanted to check whether or not Chester Zoo was open – and get the details. There are also other search facilities, though. You can look up a particular area and see what attractions there are locally (very useful when going on holiday), and check if they are open. ===== On the site you will find : HOME PAGE - The home page is simple and attractive – without jazzy animations and annoying pop-ups. They display current tourism-related news too. There is a foot & mouth appeal to ask people to be careful. They also have regular features. Recent ones include the Eden Project in Cornwall and the closure of Granada Studios. Apparently Granada have permanently closed their studio tour and have requested that people don’t contact them regarding it. The mind boggles! There is a banner ad near the top of the home page, but it is small and unobtrusive. The ads are relevant to the site – Alton Towers were advertising today. There is another banner next to the ad, listing the day’s top 10 events and offers. USER GUIDE - The site has a helpful User Guide – which is written in plain English without being condescending. ORDER A GUIDE – They publish a book, at £9.99, which you can order through the site. DISCOUNT COUPONS – Now this really interested me. On clicking the ‘Discount Coupon
s’ button, a map of the UK is displayed. You click on the region you are interested in and a table appears with a list of attractions, locations and their star ratings. You click on a location and up pops that attraction’s details. On the top there are a row of buttons – How to get there, Events, Comments, etc. One of the buttons is COUPON. Click on that and print out the result. You have your own, security-coded coupon to hand in at the attraction. We got lots of free child places through this facility. This is such a good idea. I have lost count of the number of times we have been queueing for attractions, enviously looking at other people’s money-off coupons and wondering where they got them. TRADE SECTION – This is for the people who own the attractions. They register as trade users and can then update the details of their own attractions and events. This is a good way of ensuring that the site stays up-to-date. In the trade section they can edit their information, book an advert, submit a picture, add a money-off coupon, etc. Very good idea. CONTACT US – A standard page of email addresses to let them know what you think of the site and report any problems. I continue to be impressed by this site – by the idea and by the team who run it. It is continually updated and provides a very useful resource. I hope they got government backing for this, they certainly deserve it, they are providing a valuable community service.
As a lot of Dooyoo readers already know, I am always on the lookout for a bargain, and if I can find a way to save some money I will. This was how I found this site, and it is one I will be visiting often. In fact I will check here from now on before we take a day trip or a holiday to anywhere! The site advertises itself as a "comprehensive guide book", and also a "live database search engine, which is constantly updated with new and revised information". Basically it's an on-line guide book to places and attracions you can visit in the UK. They also say they list over 7,000+ attractions, 10,000+ special events, (I didn't stop to count them, but there are a lot!)...BUT BEST OF ALL! They offer you 500+ DISCOUNT VOUCHERS!! The site is very well laid out, with a very comprehensive search engine which is so easy to use. You select an area you wish to visit, then a type of attraction and then a class which breaks the type of attraction down even further. So it's easy to find places to visit close to home or further afield if you are going on holiday. The front page also offers news, such as details of large bank holiday events or details of attractions which have reduced or changed admission prices. Now onto the discount coupons... most peoples favourite bit! When you enter this area (which is easily found by means of a clear link on the front page) you find a large map of the UK. This is divided into areas, you simply click on the area you want to visit. You are then given a list of attractions and events in that area. Click on an event for details and you get a pop up window which gives all the information you could need to know. The information is broken down into sections, each easily navigated through by means of tabs at the top of the window. The first section is 'Attraction' which gives details of the event or attraction, and details such as :
Opening Times Admission Prices Voucher Details Facilities... Such as toilets, disabled facilities and the like. The next tab is 'Event' which gives a slightly more detailed description. This is followed by 'How To Get there' which shows a map, not a detailed one, but it should be a help and a couple of lines of text telling you the nearby main roads. Next is 'Coupon' and this gives details of the coupon, such as value, expiry date and conditions. Then there is a clickable link to print the coupon. Some of the coupon are not for huge amounts, but every bit helps, especially if you have a family. The last tab takes you to a section where you can add comments about the attraction and give it a star rating, the idea being that your ratings and comments will help others to decide whether this is a place worth visiting or not. Obviously not every attraction or event in the UK is listed here, and some do not have vouchers, but the selection is very good and so is the info given, and if you know of a good place to visit there is a section which gives you the chance to make submisssions for inclusion. If you can't decide where to visit whilst on-line or you are going on holiday and you will not have access to a compuer whilst you are away, you can either print out details of all the various attractions you might consider going to visit or you can order a copy of the 'Days Out UK guide book ' which is available from the site at Price £9.99 plus postage and packing.(ISBN 1 901 258 39 4). I think this has to be classed as a 'Must Visit' site for all of us wishing to do something different this summer or those of us going on holiday. The info is great, the layout easy on the eye... and anywhere that gives us discount coupons as well, has got to be good!!