Over-60s discounts: how to save on cinema, theatre, days out and more - Which? News (2023)

The B&Q Diamond Club discount scheme for those aged 60 or over will no longer accept new applicants, and existing members will have their perks reduced from 3 September. But there are plenty of other ways for over-60s to make savings.

Right now, the Diamond Cluboffers over-60s a 10% discount when shopping in-store on Wednesdays. But, from 3 September, the scheme will close to new members and the discount for existing members will be limited to around 10,000 gardening products.

Here, we take a look at the other perks you can get if you're over 60 on shopping, travel, holidays, entertainment and dining out.

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Shopping perks for over-60s

If you like the sound of the B&Q Diamond Club, there is still time to become a member before it closes to newcomers. If you're aged 60 or over you just need to register for a Diamond card by 4pm on Sunday 2 September in store.

While the 10% discount is being limited to some products, members will still be able to get a 10% discount at the B&Q cafe, £10 off two-hour van rental through Hertz and registered members will continue to receive email vouchers.

Wyevale Garden Centres offer The Garden Club scheme to all members but over-60s can get double points on Tuesdays. So instead of five points for every £1 you spend, you'll get 10 points. Each set of 250 points is worth £2.50 in vouchers.

If you have a Boots Advantage card and are over 60, you can sign up to More Treats for Over 60sscheme to earn 10 points for every £1 spent on Boots brands, instead of the standard four points for every £1.

You can find shopping discounts whatever your age. Take a look at our14 online shopping tips and tricks to save money for more.

Health and wellbeing discounts for over 60s

Once you reach 60, you can get free prescriptions and NHS sight tests in England.

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

Boots Opticians offer people aged 60 or over that have an Advantage card and are part of the More Treats for Over 60s scheme 25% off glasses or prescription sunglasses. The More Treats for Over 60s scheme also gets you a free hearing check-up with Boots Hearingcare once a year and 150 extra Boots Advantage points when you attend the appointment.

It's also worth checking out your local leisure centre for off-peak or senior citizen rates on swimming and exercise classes.

Entertainment savings for over-60s

Empire has special Senior screenings for over-60s every Wednesday morning. Tickets cost £3.50 and include a tea or coffee and a biscuit before the film starts.

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Odeon holds weekly Silver Cinema screenings for over-55s on a Wednesday. 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.

Vue also holds Senior Screenings at selected cinemas for over-60s. Prices start at £4.49 and you will get a biscuit and hot drink.

The National Theatre offers senior citizens discounts to midweek matinees. Travelex production tickets priced at £35 or over are reduced by £10, while Olivier and Lyttelton productions £52 and £39 tickets are reduced by £20 or you can get £30 tickets for Dorfman productions.

The Royal Shakespeare Company offers 20% off seats on Monday and Tuesday evenings and midweek matinees.

The BFI in London also regularly holds a programme of free talks and presentations for seniors, but to get the free tickets you will need to call the box office on 020 7928 3232 or get them in person.

Cheaper days out for over-60s

The National Trust, which looks after Britain's great buildings, landscapes and coastlines, offers 25% off membership for those aged 60 or over.

Membership gets you access to more than 500 National Trust properties and outdoor places.

However, you'll need to have been a member of the National Trust for five years out of the past 10 to qualify for the discounted rate of £51.48 a year for an individual (compared with £69 a year) or £85.20 (usually £114 a year) for a joint membership.

English Heritage, which offers entry to 400 historic sites across the UK, also offers seniors discounted membership.

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Single over-60s pay £46 a year, compared with the £54 standard adult rate. A couple over 60 can sign up for £70, a saving on thejoint-adult membership fee of £96.

Plenty of museums and attractions will offer discounts for older visitors, so it's always worth checking.

For example, the Beamish Open Air Museum charges over-60s £5 less for membership (£14 rather than £19 for other adults).

Dining discounts for over-60s

Unfortunately, the Diamond Club scheme, which offered discounts on meals out for the over 50s at more than 100 pubs and restaurants, has now closed to new members.

But Hungry Horse pub restaurants still offer diners aged 60 or over a special 'Golden Years' menu. You can choose a main plus any starter or dessert for £4.70 and add an extra course for just £1.50.

Some Greene King pubs also offer seniors menu, which offers a selection of smaller portion starters, main course and desserts priced from £1 up to £5.99.

Also remember you can save on eating out whatever your age with voucher codes from websites such asVouchercodes, Vouchercloud and Myvouchercodes.

You may also be able to benefit from a Tastecard which offers two-for-one meals or 50% off food. You can take a £1 trial for 90 days, but it costs £34.99 a year after the trial ends.

The Gourmet Society is a similar scheme which offers up to 50% off at selected restaurants. You can take a £1 trial for 60 days, but after the free trial, membership costs £34.99 for a year.

Travel and holiday savings for over-60s

In Northern Ireland, over-60s can get the 60+ Smart Pass or the 65+ Smart Pass, while in Scotland over-60s can get the National Entitlement Card for free bus travel. In Wales, you can get a free bus pass when you reach 60.

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In England, access to a free bus pass is linked to women'sstate 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.

The senior railcard is available to travellers aged 60 or over. It costs £30 a year and enables you to get a third off standard and first class anytime, off-peak and advance fares. The card also offers discounts on days out, theatre and lifestyle treats.

If you prefer to travel by coach National Express offers a Senior Coachcard for people aged 60 or over. It costs £12.50 a year plus £2.50 postage and packaging and offers a third off standard and fully flexible fares to hundreds of towns, cities and airports across the UK.

The ScotRail Club 50 and the Greater Anglia Club 50 card can help people aged 50 or over save on train travel on their routes. The Scot Rail Club 50 card costs £15 a year while the Greater Anglia Club 50 card costs £20 a year and can get you 20% off advance and off-peak tickets bought online (or 10% off when purchasing tickets at a station). In addition, cardholders can get two-for-one entry to top London attractions.

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.

Don't forget other perks

As well as discounts on eating out and shopping you could be eligible for other benefits because of your age.

Over-75s get a free TV licence and if you were born on or before 2 September 1929 you can renew your passport for free.

You may also be eligible for a range of benefits like pensions credit and help with your heating bills. Use a benefits calculator to see what you're missing out on.

This article has been updated to state those living in Wales can get access to a free bus pass when they reach 60. Previously it stated entitlement was linked to the female state pension age - this only applies to those living in England (excluding London)


Do Over 60s get cheaper cinema tickets? ›

As well as discounted cinema tickets, older people can get cheap theatre tickets too. Many theatres across the country offer concession tickets for over 60s which are much cheaper than a regular adult ticket. This is perfect if you love going to see shows but can't afford to pay over the odds.

What discounts can over 60s get? ›

Top 10 Discounts for Over-60s
  • Ride the Rail. It's really important for older people to keep a strong social network. ...
  • Iceland Over-60s Discount. ...
  • More Points at Boots. ...
  • Movie Savings. ...
  • Free TV. ...
  • Cheaper Haircuts. ...
  • Free Bus Pass. ...
  • Free Prescriptions.
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Are senior citizens free in cinema? ›

- Every senior citizen shall enjoy the special privilege of free entrance or pass to any film of their choice, in a movie house or theater . The free movie access is a non-transferrable privilege for all senior citizens covered under the definition of Republic Act 7432.

Does Vue do senior discount? ›

Those aged 60 and over are eligible for discounts on ticket prices to all other films. Vue: Vue cinemas also provides special 'senior screenings' regularly at selected venues, and again includes a free cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit with your ticket.

What is a senior ticket at Cineworld? ›

Aged 60 or over, Proof of status required.

How old is a senior for Theatre tickets? ›

Senior citizens (anyone over the age of 60).

What perks do you get when your 60? ›

For some, these benefits simply aren't helpful and some people don't know how to take advantage of them, even though they may like to.
The 5 over 60s discounts that you could be missing out on
  • Senior rail cards. ...
  • Cheaper menus in restaurants. ...
  • Discounts in retail outlets. ...
  • Older person's bus pass. ...
  • Free prescriptions.
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What discounts are available for over 60s UK? ›

Over 60 travel discounts
  • Save 1/3 on train tickets with a National Rail Senior Railcard. ...
  • Free London travel. ...
  • Free bus travel in Wales and Scotland. ...
  • 1/3 off National Express coach tickets. ...
  • 10% off Interrail tickets. ...
  • Senior discounts on air fares. ...
  • Cheaper holidays. ...
  • Save on car maintenance at ATS Euromaster.

What do over 60s get free in UK? ›

In the UK, everyone over the age of 60 gets free prescriptions and NHS eye tests. You can also get free NHS dental treatment if you're over 60 and claiming pension guarantee credits or other benefits if you're under state pension age.

What is a senior ticket at Showcase cinema? ›

Senior admission is for patrons 60 years of age and older. All others are general admission. What is the Showcase SuperLux Age Admittance Policy?

What are the benefits of senior citizen? ›

Featured Benefits
  • Social Security Medicare Program.
  • Social Security Medicare Savings Program.
  • Medicare Prescription Drug Plans.
  • Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS)
  • Social Security Retirement Insurance Benefits.
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What transactions by senior citizens are covered by the 20% discount and VAT exemption? ›

What is the Senior Citizen Discount in the Philippines? Under R.A. 9994, elderly Filipinos aged 60 and above are entitled to a 20% discount and are exempted from the value-added tax (VAT) on applicable goods and services for their exclusive use. These privileges apply to both cash and credit card payments.

What is the cheapest day to go to the cinema? ›

The cheapest days to go are always Monday to Thursday. Most cinemas have lower prices on these days, and cheaper still before 5pm.

What age is senior at the Vue? ›

The Seniors Club at Vue is exclusively for those aged 60 or over.

How do you use a blue light card at the Vue cinema? ›

Blue Light Tickets members can book a ticket for themselves and a guest to see any film showing at their local Vue. This is a one-time offer with a limited number of tickets available over the five week period and you'll need to show your Blue Light Card to staff when you arrive.

How much does a cinema ticket cost UK 2022? ›

You'll pay £8.65 a ticket outside London and £9.50 a ticket inside London with a Tastecard + membership. This is marginally less than a peak adult ticket in most of the Picturehouse cinemas, but much more than off-peak or member prices.

What age are concession tickets at Cineworld? ›

Children up to and including the age of 14 can use child tickets. 15 to 17 year olds are charged as a student price (proof of age may be required). 18 years and above should purchase adult or student tickets (proof of student status will be required). Free for infants under 18 months old.

What age is a senior ticket at Odeon? ›

Special Screenings for over 60s at ODEON.

Is Cineworld half price on Tuesdays? ›

Meerkat Movies offers 2 for 1 cinema tickets every Tuesday or Wednesday for a whole year to comparethemarket.com customers.

Does GV have senior citizen discount? ›

*Senior Citizens at $5 only for weekdays before 6.00pm, Mon to Fri (except Sneaks, eve of/and Public Holidays). Not valid for Gold Class, Premium Priced Programmes, Group Screenings, Film Marathons, Film Festivals, Premieres, Movie Packages & 3D Films.

How old is a senior for movie? ›

Senior tickets are valid for adults 60 years and older. Not all ticket types are available for all performances.

What discounts do you get at 60 UK? ›

Over 60 travel discounts
  • Save 1/3 on train tickets with a National Rail Senior Railcard. ...
  • Free London travel. ...
  • Free bus travel in Wales and Scotland. ...
  • 1/3 off National Express coach tickets. ...
  • 10% off Interrail tickets. ...
  • Senior discounts on air fares. ...
  • Cheaper holidays. ...
  • Save on car maintenance at ATS Euromaster.

What is free for over 60s in UK? ›

In the UK, everyone over the age of 60 gets free prescriptions and NHS eye tests. You can also get free NHS dental treatment if you're over 60 and claiming pension guarantee credits or other benefits if you're under state pension age.

What age is concession tickets? ›

Students (with a valid form of student ID), under 16's and senior citizens over 65 are entitled to purchase the concessions.

What age is a senior ticket at Odeon? ›

Special Screenings for over 60s at ODEON.

What benefits do you get when turning 60? ›

Turning 60! Get these benefits for yourself, parents
  • Higher limit of deduction for medical insurance premium. ...
  • Higher tax exemption limit. ...
  • Avoiding tax at source. ...
  • Senior Citizens' Saving Scheme. ...
  • Extra on bank FDs. ...
  • Passports. ...
  • Life pension certificate. ...
  • Loans.
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What benefits can I claim at 60? ›

Here are some brief details - please click one of the links for more information.
  • Pension credits. ...
  • Free prescriptions and Sight tests. ...
  • Subsidised travel. ...
  • Annual flu jab. ...
  • The job seekers allowance. ...
  • Special support grant. ...
  • Student support grants. ...
  • State Pension.

Can a 60 year old claim Universal Credit? ›

To get Universal Credit you must: be 18 years old or over - or in some cases 16 or 17. be under State Pension age - check your State Pension age if you're over 60 years old on GOV.UK. live in the UK - there are extra rules if you're not a British citizen.

How much does the government say you need to live in 2022 UK? ›

A single person needs to earn £25,500 a year to reach a minimum acceptable standard of living in April 2022. A couple with two children needs to earn £43,400 between them.

Can I retire at 60 and claim State Pension? ›

Although you can retire at any age, you can only claim your State Pension when you reach State Pension age. For workplace or personal pensions, you need to check with each scheme provider the earliest age you can claim pension benefits.

When can I retire if I was born in 1957 UK? ›

When can I retire if I was born in 1957? In the UK, If you were born in 1957 you can access your state pension from age 66. State Pension age is gradually increasing year on year and is scheduled to rise to 67 between 2026 and 2028.

Can I use my OAP bus pass on National Express? ›

You can travel for free anywhere in England, including London on local bus services. It's not valid for journeys within Scotland or Wales. Free travel is not available on tourist buses or coach services like megabus.com and National Express.

Can I use my OAP bus pass anywhere in the UK? ›

Where can I use my bus pass? Your bus pass is valid for use on all registered Bus services within England, so if you are visiting other places you should be able to use your pass. It is not valid in Wales* or Scotland.

What is proof of concession? ›

usually if you are a senior or a student you have to present a card to prove age before they allow you to pay the reduced 'concession' payment.

What is the cheapest day to go to the cinema? ›

The cheapest days to go are always Monday to Thursday. Most cinemas have lower prices on these days, and cheaper still before 5pm.

What age is a senior at Vue Cinema? ›

The Seniors Club at Vue is exclusively for those aged 60 or over.

What does Odeon saver mean? ›

myODEON Saver tickets are available on selected screenings throughout the week, and are the cheapest standard ticket price for the relevant screening booked on that channel.


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