Happy 60th Birthday! Look at all the free stuff you can get now
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.
Shopping discounts for over 60s
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.
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.
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.
Over 60s get free eye tests and 25% off glasses and lenses from Specsavers £69 or above range, including designer styles.
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.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%.
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.
Regardless of your age, you can also use a cashback site like Topcashback to search for cashback deals and special offers.
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.
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.
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
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
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 Vouchercodes, Vouchercloud 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.
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.
Days out and Entertainment
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.
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
Royal Horticultural Society membership
Over 60s receive more than £500 off lifetime membership (£1,250 individual, £1,750 joint), offering free 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
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.
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.
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.
Receive £5 discount off Premier & Grandstand entry for over 60s. Tickets must be purchased at the gate upon receipt of valid ID.
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 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
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.
Cinema discounts for over 60s
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.
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.
Senior Screenings for those over-60s start at £4.49 and you will get a biscuit and hot drink.
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.
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.
Discounts vary from £1.50 – £5 for a senior ticket. Check online for your local cinema or book in person at the box office.
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
Health and Wellbeing discounts for over 60s
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 – 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.
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.
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.
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.
Travel discounts for over 60s
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.
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.
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.
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/
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
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.
Free Courses and Online Learning
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Apps and Sites for Savvy shoppers
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.
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. We can’t vouch for its rival Quidco but it does get good reviews online.
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
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?
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