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Use Your National Lottery Ticket To Get Free Entry To UK Attractions

Last Updated: Tuesday 4th December 2018, 15:41

You will be able to use your National Lottery ticket to get into some visitor attractions for free this week as part of a special celebration to say ‘thank you’ to players. Hundreds of iconic venues and National Trust properties have signed up to give free entry or other offers, and you can take advantage from 3rd to 9th December.

What is #ThanksToYou?

Branded #ThanksToYou, this week’s promotion is the National Lottery’s way of showing its gratitude for all the money that is raised for Good Causes - around £30 million a week - from the sales of tickets. Every time you play Lotto, EuroMillions, Thunderball or any other National Lottery game, around 28p goes towards helping worthy projects throughout the country.

Any project that has received funding has now been invited to take part in #ThanksToYou, giving visitors the chance to experience the attraction for free or receive some sort of special offer that would not normally be available.

How Will It Work?

You will have to provide a National Lottery ticket (either paper or digital) to qualify for the promotion. The precise terms and conditions will vary from location to location, but the National Lottery has suggested that the date of the draw/purchase on your ticket should not be relevant.

A Spokesperson for the Heritage Lottery Fund said: “Without National Lottery players, the £7.9 billion of funding awarded to more than 43,000 heritage projects over the last 24 years would not have been possible. This is the second year HLF and the National Lottery have run a Christmas free offer campaign to say thank you to National Lottery players. In addition to heritage free offers, for the first time this year there will also be free offers at arts, sports and community venues – all recipients of National Lottery funding.”

The campaign was launched at the RAF Museum in London by philanthropist and TV presenter Katie Piper, who said: “I think people forget that when they’re buying a National Lottery ticket, they’re helping to support great causes all over the UK, and hundreds of these are right on their doorstep. The Thanks To You campaign is a brilliant opportunity for people to explore their local National Lottery-funded venues and have a wonderful day out, just as we always do at the RAF Museum.”

Which Attractions Are Taking Part?

Visitor attractions across the country will be taking part, from the Eden Project in Cornwall to the V&A Dundee. Among the participating locations are:

South East: Canterbury Cathedral, The D-Day Story, National Trust Polesden Lacey, National Trust Scotney Castle

London: RAF Museum, Natural History Museum, National Gallery, British Museum, London Zoo

North West: Museum of Liverpool, National Football Museum, Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum

East of England: Time and Tide Museum, Creative Arts East, Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Marshes

West Midlands: Black Country Living Museum, Vivid Projects, Museum of Iron and Ingenuity, University of Birmingham Sport & Fitness

South West: Eden Project, Theatre Royal Plymouth, RHS Garden Rosemoor, Seaton Jurassic

Yorkshire and the Humber: National Railway Museum, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, National Trust Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Gardens

East Midlands: Derby Arena, Nottingham Castle, Lincoln Cathedral, National Trust Belton House

North East: Beamish: The Living Museum of the North, National Trust Hadrian’s Wall & Housesteads Fort, Open Treasure at Durham Cathedral

Scotland: V&A Dundee, Scottish Maritime Museum, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Wales: National Museum Cardiff, National Waterfront Museum, National Slate Museum

Northern Ireland: Museum of Free Derry, Titanic Belfast, RSPB Belfast’s Window on Wildlife

For a full list of visitor attractions, click here. Check with individual locations to find out the nature of their specific offer.

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