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    A massive list of UK freebies and discounts for over 60s. Whether you’re retired or planning your retirement, take advantage these fantastic savings

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    You might still be a few years off the state pension age, but if you’ve just turned 60 you could be taking advantage of some fabulous discounts and freebies. You don’t even need to be retired! The odd few pounds saved here and there can really make a difference over time so it’s definitely worth taking a look at what over 60s discounts you could be taking advantage of.


    Cashback for over 60s

    Topcashback

    Topcashback.com is a favourite of ours at 2020 Financial. This cashback site offers you cashback on a wide range of online purchases, you can also register your credit or debit card with their new OnCard scheme to earn cashback on your In-Store purchases.

    It’s worth signing up to a cashback site if you shop online as you can often get cashback even when you’re using a discount code or you’re shopping in the sale.

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    Got a Nectar card, Clubcard, Boots advantage card etc Make the most of your loyalty card points to reduce the cost of your Christmas shop. OR sign Up to Top Cashback and get cash back on the money you spend

    We can’t vouch for its rival Quidco but it does get good reviews online.

    Stocard

    Store all your store discount cards in one place with the Stocard app.  That way you don’t have to worry about forgetting your discount card. Available for iPhone and Android – visit stocard.com

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    Shopping discounts for over 60s

    B&Q

    The B&Q Diamond card, which used to give you 10% off everything in store on Wednesdays closed to new applicants in 2018. But you can still get 10% off gardening products on Wednesdays.

    Join B&Q club and you’ll get emailed vouchers, 10% off in-store key cutting, £10 off 2-hour van hire and access to exclusive offers and previews

    ATS Euromaster (Tyres and car parts)

    Receive 15% off servicing, brakes, wipers, exhausts and batteries plus offers on MOTs and tyres when you sign up to ATS Euromaster’s Club 60.

    Wyevale Garden Centres

    If you’re over 60 and a member of The Garden Club, you can claim double points on Tuesdays when you shop in store.

    Boots

    If you’re over 60 and a Boots Advantage Card holder, you can join their More Treats scheme. It entitles you to 10 points per £1 you spend on Boots Branded products, plus discounts on glasses.

    Specsavers 

    Over 60s get free eye tests and 25% off glasses and lenses from Specsavers £69 or above range, including designer styles.

    Abakhan

    Get your craft, fabric and knitting supplies discounted. Over 60s can get 10% off in-store on Wednesdays. Just show your bus pass, rail card or photo ID. More details

    Zeek

    Zeek.me allows you to pre-purchase discounted gift vouchers for selected shops. Discounts vary by retailer but on average expect to save anywhere between 5-20%.

    Waitrose

    Not exclusively for the over 60s, but sign up for a free myWaitrose card, and you’ll be entitled to a free coffee as long as you make a purchase. When you buy a paper, they’ll also deduct the cost of it from your shopping, provided you meet the minimum £10 spend.

    Other discounts

    Regardless of your age, you can also use a cashback site like Topcashback to search for cashback deals and special offers.

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    Eating out discounts for over 60s

    The Diamond card

    The diamond card that used to offer discounts to over 60s has now closed to existing and new members but there are still ways to get big discounts on your meals. It’s worth registering on the mailing list of your favourite restaurant for exclusive offers or follow them on Facebook and Instagram. 

    Gourmet Society

    It’s not just for the over 60s but Gourmet Society members get great savings at a huge variety of participating restaurants, from Michelin-starred fine dining establishments to national chains and local family favourites. Just show your plastic or digital in-app membership card, and receive one of the following offers:

    • 2-for-1 meals
    • 50% off the food bill or
    • 25% off the total bill (including all of your drinks!)

    It’s £1 for the first 60 days and gives you discounts at local independents as well as chains such as PizzaExpress, Frankie & Benny’s, Prezzo, Bella Italia, Strada, Vintage Inns, Loch Fyne and La Tasca. You’ll also get discounts on days out, afternoon teas and cinema tickets at venues across the UK. Full membership is £34.99 a year.

    Taste Card

    The Taste Card is much like Gourmet Society. You can use it to receive 50% off your food or 2 for 1 meals at over 6,000 restaurants across the UK. There’s a handy app that will show you local restaurants, hotels and pubs that have deals on and they claim you’ll save £18.88  on average every time you use it.  It’s currently on offer for £1 for 60 days and then £39.99 a year afterwards, but if you use it regularly you’ll recoup the cost pretty quickly. Find out more at Tastecard.co.uk

    Greene King

    Some of the pubs in this UK-wide chain offer senior deals starting from £4.99 for two courses. Find pubs and restaurants near you at greeneking.co.uk

    Hungry Horse

    Every Monday to Friday, this pub chain has a ‘Golden Years’ menu, which offers two courses for £4.49. Find your local restaurant at hungryhorse.co.uk

    Dobbies Garden Centre

    Dobbies offer at Senior Citizens lunch.  Enjoy two courses and a tea or coffee for just £7.45 and save up to £7. The offer is available Monday-Wednesday from 12noon-3pm*. Find your nearest garden centre at dobbies.com

    Vouchers for Eating out

    Remember you can save on eating out whatever your age with voucher codes from websites such as VouchercodesVouchercloud and Myvouchercodes. If you have a Nectar card and/or a Tesco Clubcard try checking their website for deals. Often you can trade in your points or vouchers for much more valuable deals at selected restaurants.

    Local discounts for eating out

    Check out Groupon UK for local dining deals if you plan on eating out. Whilst, not specifically for OAPs or over 60s, you’ll find some great deals on eating out with massive discounts – we found deals offering savings of between 20% and 65% off.

    The deals usually specify booking restrictions so do check before buying that there’s availability when you want to go.

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    Days out and Entertainment 

    National Trust

    The rules for this one are a bit onerous but over 60s can get 25% annual National Trust membership, if they’ve held a full individual or joint membership for 5 of the last 10 years.

    English Heritage

    You’ll have to wait until you’re 65 for senior membership with English Heritage. Their senior membership offer gives you unlimited access to over 400 historic places across the UK for one year for £46 instead of £54. Grandchildren go free with up to six accompanying children under 18 years and within the family group per adult member, so you can really get your money’s worth in the school holidays. Discover sites and attractions near you at english-heritage.org.uk

    Kew Royal Botanical Gardens

    You’ll need more than one day to see everything that this  UNESCO World Heritage site has to offer. Discover rare and threatened plants in the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse, which was reopened in 2018 after extensive renovation. Concessions are available for over 60s and you’ll get further discounts by booking online – find out more at www.kew.org

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    Royal Horticultural Society membership

    Over 60s receive more than £500 off lifetime membership from the RHS (£835 individual, £1255 joint), offering unlimited visits to RHS gardens, a free magazine, gardening advice and discounted garden show tickets including the Chelsea Flower Show.

    Senior Rail Days

    Thames Link, Southern Rail, Gatwick Express and Great Northern have teamed up to create Senior Rail Day offers. Previous discounts have included Brighton restaurant discounts, deals on Saga magazine and majestic wine discounts. You can sign up to their Senior Rail community for updates of their latest offers.

    Senior Rail Card

    If you have a senior railcard, you can also access cheap deals for museums, the theatre, dance through their website Senior Rail Card deals 

    Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

    Over 60s can get one-year unlimited entry for £25.20, instead of £28 when you book your tickets online.

    The Comedy Store – London & Manchester

    If live comedy is your thing, over 65s can get concession prices for performances on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Friday 11pm and Sundays. Subject to availability. Contact The Comedy Store  for details.

    ICHF Events

    The UK’S leading sewing, hobby, craft, gift and cake shows offer senior discounts for the Over 60s, simply select the over 60s option online. See their upcoming events here. 

    Alton Towers 

    If you’re looking to take the grandkids out for the day, Alton Towers offers 50% off for the over 60’s. You’ll need Photo ID with proof of age to enter the park on these Senior tickets. As with most discounts, this cannot be used with any other promotion.

    Newbury Racecourse

    Receive £5 discount off Premier & Grandstand entry for over 60s.  Tickets must be purchased at the gate upon receipt of valid ID.

    National Theatre

    If you’re heading to London, take advantage of senior citizens discounts to midweek matinees at the National Theatre all-year long.

    • For Olivier and Lyttelton productions, save £20 on £52 and £39 tickets.
    • For Travelex productions, save £10 on £45 and £40 tickets.
    • For Dorfman productions, £30 tickets are available.

    To book online, click on an eligible seat or seats from the seating plan to select it. You can then choose a concession price by clicking on the “Selected tickets” bar that appears above the seating plan.

    Royal Shakespeare Company

    Over 60s receive 20% off all seats (except premium) on Monday and Tuesday evenings and all midweek matinees. Selected performances only. Visit rsc.org.uk

    Paultons Park & Peppa Pig World

    Senior discount is available on season ticket prices at Paultons Park in Hampshire. The season ticket gives you unlimitedentry to all of the rides and attractions in Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World, 20% OFF purchases in their restaurants, cafes and selected catering kiosks, 10% off toys and merchandise and 2 for 1 on Park prize games. If you are wheelchair dependent the season ticket is free. For full details and T&Cs see Paultonspark.co.uk

    Royal Albert Hall

    Enjoy a one-hour Grand Tour of the Royal Albert Hall followed by a quintessentially British afternoon tea in the elegant surroundings of the Hall’s Verdi restaurant. Concessionary tickets are available for the over 60s call the box office for details 020 7589 8212.

    Legoland

    Legoland is a great place to take the grandchildren for the day. Unfortunately they don’t offer senior discounts, but they do offer generous discounts on pre-booked tickets – visit their website for details – www.legoland.co.uk

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    Football matches

    Most clubs discounted membership and tickets for members over 60 or 65, check with your local club for details. It’s also worth checking to see if the youth or reserve side matches are free to watch. It’s a great way to support your team and watch up and coming talent. 

    Golf

    You’ll be lucky to find a senior discount since over 80% of courses in the UK don’t offer them, but head over to golfsupport.com for a list of senior discounts on UK golf courses.

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    Cinema discounts for over 60s

    Odeon Cinema

    Enjoy discounted weekly Silver Cinema screenings for over-55s on a Wednesday at Odeon Cinema. Tickets are £3 and come with a hot drink and biscuit to enjoy.

    Showcase Cinema

    If Wednesdays are no good, Showcase cinemas offer Senior Screenings on a Monday where people over 60 can pay £5 for a ticket or £7 for 3D films.

    Vue 

    Senior Screenings for those over-60s start at £4.49 and you will get a biscuit and hot drink.

    Everyman Cinema

    Everyman Cinemas offer concessions for the over 60s. They also hold Silver Screen,  a weekly matinee screening of a current release for film fans aged 55 and over. Ticket prices include a free hot drink and a slice of cake.

    Picurehouse Cinemas 

    Free Silver Screen membership for over-60s with special screenings and free refreshments. Cut-price membership for retirees also available offering discounted tickets as well as food and drink, and four free tickets.

    Cineworld 

    Discounts vary from £1.50 – £5 for a senior ticket. Check online for your local cinema or book in person at the box office.

    BFI Southbank

    If you’re in London, BFI Southbank offer discounted cinema tickets for over 60s (call their box-office for details). They also offer selected free screenings matinees and talks for over 60s – find details of upcoming events here

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    Health and Wellbeing discounts for over 60s

    BETTER Health and Fitness

    Enjoy discounted Senior membership with unlimited off-peak access to the gym, swimming pool and fitness classes. Age requirement varies by location so check to see what applies to your local centre. It’s either 50, 55 or 60.

    DW Fitness Clubs

    Access discounted off-peak membership at DW Fitness Clubs for over-60s, including free group exercise classes and 10% off in DW Sports stores.

    The Ramblers Association

    Discounted individual or joint life membership for all over-60s; monthly and annual membership for those on means-tested benefits and those solely reliant on state pension. Enjoy  access to group-led walks, Ramblers Routes online library and exclusive member offers.

    Trim trails

    Trim trails – also known as outdoor gyms, fitness trails or activity trails – are made up of simple pieces of exercise equipment, such as parallel bars, leapfrog blocks, inclined press-ups and balance beams dotted around parks, recreation areas or alongside cycle routes. 

    The free equipment can be used to do various exercises, including step-ups, sit-ups, lunges and press-ups, to develop balance, strength and co-ordination. Ask your local council if there are any in your area.

    Park Lives

    Launched in 2014, ParkLives offers a long-term programme of daily fun and free activities in 45 locations, including ten major cities across the UK.  ParkLives encourages people to get outdoors, meet new people and enjoy the parks and green spaces in their local community. 

    Swimming

    If you live in Wales and you’re over 60, you can swim for free at local authority owned swimming pools outside of school holidays. Elsewhere in the UK, it’s up to local councils to fund these schemes so check with your swimming pool to see what is on offer in your area.

    Tai Chi

    If you’re looking for a healthy new hobby in retirement, why not give Tai Chi a go? The Taoist Tai Chi Society of Great Britain offers a special rate on annual membership for over 60s, which includes unlimited classes.

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    Travel discounts for over 60s

    Rail Travel

    If you’re over 60, you qualify for a Senior Railcard. It costs £30 but you get a ⅓ off any standard or first class ticket. If you plan on travelling by rail, that’s a huge saving. For a 3-year plan, you pay only £70, saving you even more. If you live in Scotland and are over 50, you can opt for ScotRail’s Club 50card. Membership costs £15 a year and you get 20% discount on off-peak and advance bookings as well as other benefits and perks.

    60+ Oyster Card

    The 60+ Oyster Card has a one-off cost of £20 and If you live in a London borough, you can use the city’s public transport free. A weekly travel card for an adult (Zones 1-6) costs £62.30, so if you use London transport a lot, you will make some big savings. Top Tip: If you have an Oyster card and a senior railcard, you can take them both to a main London rail ticket office and ask them to link the railcard to the Oyster card. This will mean your journey by Oyster will cost 30% less on London Transport. You have to redo this whenever you renew your railcard.

    Bus Travel

    In England and Wales, access to a free bus pass is linked to women’s state pension age, even for men. If you live in London, you can travel for free on buses and tubes with a 60+ London Oyster photocard which costs £20 until you qualify for a Freedom Pass.

    National Express

    Save 1/3 on standard and fully flexible fares to hundreds of towns, cities and airports across the UK with Senior Coachcard. You can also use your card for travel on Tuesdays and you’ll pay just £15 for a day return anywhere in the UK (except airports). You have to book your tickets three days in advance. The card costs £10 a year plus £2.50 p&p.

    Wightlink Ferries

    Over 60s can enjoy discounted rates on Wightlink ferries to the Isle of Wight. You’ll need to show proof of age if you’re lucky enough to look younger.

    Camping and Caravanning Club

    If you’re a Club member and qualifying occupant you can get an additional 25% off club site pitch fees in all seasons except high season. This works out as 288 days of discounted camping per year. Find out more here https://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/

    Interrail

    For a bit more adventure, those aged 60 or over can get 10% off fares with Interrail, which allows you to travel across 30 European countries by train. The discount is available on first or second-class travel. 

    Claiming over-60 discounts on rail travel in Europe

    Trainline now allows you to book train and bus tickets for anywhere in Europe and it makes it super easy to get the best fares for over 60s, just select Senior (60+) when selecting passenger type and they’ll automatically select the best price available for you. For more details and to book visit trainline.eu

    R-H Hotels over 60s discount & special offer

    RH Hotels offer discounted rates for over 60s at their hotels in Benidorm, Calpe, Gandia and Peñiscola y Vinaros. You’ll also get free water and wine on selected stays.

    Discounts Abroad

    If you’re traveling to the USA, check out Senior Citizen Discount List for discounts on Restaurants, Retail Stores, Grocery Stores, and Travel.

    If you’re going to Rome, over 65s can gain free entrance to the main museums and public monuments. If you’re not quite 65 yet, on the last Sunday of each month, the entrance to the Vatican Museums and to the Sistine Chapel is free.

    It’s worth doing your homework before you go. Check online or with the local tourist board to see if there are any discounts available for over 60s, especially if you are visiting tourist attractions or museums.

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    Free Courses and Online Learning 

    Future Learn

    Offer an array of free online courses from higher education providers across the world on a diverse range of subjects with everything from business, history and nutrition to The Art of Washi Paper in Japanese Rare Books. Course length varies.

    Shaw Academy

    Slightly more mainstream than FutureLearn, Shaw Academy’s courses cover topics such as business, fitness, beauty, finance, design, photography and more. Sign up for a free 30 day course.

    Barclays 

    Barclay’s Tea and Teach sessions are designed to give you practical and helpful advice on all your online issues. It’s a great way to build your confidence with computers and the internet. 

    They’re now offering DigiSafe in Cyber Space Tea and Teach which includes everything you need to master the digital world, whilst giving you tips and guidance on how you can keep yourself and your devices safe. The interactive sessions include activities with hints on social media privacy settings, advice on pop-ups, and tips on recognising fraudulent emails.

    These sessions are held within branches, libraries or local community centres across the UK. Find your nearest one at https://events.uk.barclays/teaandteach

    Age UK 

    Age UK and Online Centres Network aim to tackle digital and social exclusion by providing people with the skills and confidence they need to access digital technology. There are over 6000 centres across the UK. Find a course near you

    Download our Definitive Guide to Comfortable Retirement today for more information about how much you’ll need to retire and some simple calculation you can use to start your retirement planning.

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    Home Discounts for over 60s

    Warm Home Discount Scheme

    Gas and electricity providers offer the Warm Home Discount to households that are in receipt of the guaranteed element of Pension Credit. This is an annual £140 rebate on your overall bill and replaces the former ‘social tariffs’. Visit https://www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme/what-youll-get or call 03459 151515.

    If you receive pension credit, then you should also be receiving cold weather payments which are worth £25 for each 7-day period of cold weather between the dates November 1st and March 31st. Contact your local pension centre if you are not receiving these benefits.

    Loft /cavity wall insulation

    Free loft, cavity wall and external wall insulation worth around £700. Grants are available too whether or not you are a British Gas customer. Under the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) the grants are for those aged 60 or above on a low income, who meet the requirements.

    Home repairs and safety and security measures

    If you’re on a low-income as part of their ‘Handyperson scheme’ Age UK offer Small repairs, smoke alarms, door locks and suchlike, or energy efficiency checks carried out free or for a small fee for over-60s with less than £20,000 in savings.

    Fire Safety

    The Fire Services offer free home fire-risk assessment and, often, free smoke alarm to the over 60s. Contact your local fire service. A fire officer will carry out a risk assessment for fire – and for falls too in some areas.

    Dog’s Trust Membership

    50% off annual membership for over-60s, offering unlimited access to emergency pet advice 24/7, free third-party insurance for your dog, free magazine and more.

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    Apps and discount sites for savvy shoppers 

    Vouchers

    Spend a little time online before you make a purchase and you might be able to find discounts for your chosen retailer. Check out VouchercodesVouchercloud or Myvouchercodes.

    Honey App

    Automatically find and apply coupon codes when you shop online with Honey. 

    Stop searching for coupon codes and sales. 

    Click on the Honey button during checkout and Honey will automatically apply coupon codes to your shopping cart. Available as a plugin for Chrome users.

    Daily Deals

    Groupon and Wowcher are both great for finding deals on days out, local restaurant offers, hair and beauty treatments and more.

    Memberships with discounts & offers

    The Times & Sunday Times

    Times+ offers exclusive discounts and rewards for subscribers of The Times & The Sunday Times. download free ebooks and Audiobooks every month as well as access exclusive entertainment offers and get discounts on everything from wine to skincare and travel.

    Vitality Rewards

    If you’re a Vitality life insurance customer you can access exclusive discounts on Virgin Gym membership, Champney’s spa breaks, Mr & Mrs Smith & Expedia breaks and much more.

    Advice for discounts for over 60s

    Our final piece of advice if you want to save money in retirement is simply to ask, as long as you’re polite they can only say no, but they may just say yes!

    If you notice that a retailer or service offers a student discount, why not ask them if they have any discounts or offers for the over 60s?

    We’d love to hear from you

    Do you know of any over 60 discounts that we haven’t listed here? Let us know of any discounts we haven’t included and we’ll add them to our list.

    Email [email protected]

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    It is important to understand that this blog does not constitute personal advice, nor should it be treated as such. It is provided for general information and we recommend speaking to an Independent Financial Advisor to discuss your personal situation

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    Simon Garber

    Simon Garber

    Simon Garber is an Independent Financial Adviser and Pension Transfer Specialist with over 15 years of experience. He's a member of the Personal Finance Society and holds the coveted Gold Standard for Pension Transfer Advice.

    He is the Managing Director of 2020 Financial Ltd, Financial Advisors specialising in Retirement Planning & Wealth Management, based in Southampton, Hampshire.

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