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9 Annual Memberships Perfect for the Summer

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Summer is very much here, and we’re all on the lookout for some things to do. Luckily, we’ve got some annual memberships that are perfect for packing those days off with activities.

From seeing the sites around the UK, to must-have streaming services that are perfect when that unpredictable British weather hits. So, whether you want to fill your August bank holiday weekend with activities, or you just need a new place to find some content, we’ve got you covered with these top annual memberships.

National Trust Annual Membership

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When it comes to exploring what the UK has to offer, there aren’t many memberships that give you quite as much freedom as a National Trust membership. With 180 registered locations, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Whether you want to soak up some history, or you just fancy a trek with the kids. Not to mention, you get free parking in a ton of places around the UK. That’s a good enough reason to get yourself signed up on its own!

With around 20% of National Trust land being on the coast, you’ve got your pick of the beaches. But there’s also nature-packed forest walks, manor houses and so much more to see. Whether you’re interested in great statesmen like Winston Churchill, literary legends like Beatrix Potter, or the childhood homes of music legends like Paul McCartney and John Lennon, you can see it all. And to top it off, you’ll get a pair of binoculars and some reading material with your membership.

English Heritage Memberships

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For those who want to stand where history took place, an English Heritage annual membership might be just the thing. With historic monuments, buildings and places like Stonehenge, Hadrian’s Wall and Dartmouth Castle. You can experience the best of what British history has to offer. And with memberships from only £4.75, it won’t cost much to pack your Summer with activities.

With solo memberships, duo memberships and family passes, you can pick the perfect pass for you. There’s even the option to buy a lifetime membership so you can set yourself up for life. You’ll even get a handbook, magazines and rewards when you sign yourself up this Summer. And you can rest easy knowing you’re supporting the maintenance and upkeep of incredible British landmarks.

Alton Towers Memberships

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When it comes to a family day out in the UK, Alton Towers should be at the top of the list. With rides for all ages, an annual membership is the perfect way to make sure you’ve got something to do on days off. Whether you want to climb aboard The Wicker Man or Nemesis for some wild thrills, or you want to head to Cbeebies Land with the young’uns, you can’t go wrong.

With Merlin annual passes you can get access to the parks, 20% off dining and shopping, discounts on overnight stays, a fiver off fastrack vouchers, free car parking, free lanyards and badges, and more. It really is a pass that gives you a ton of value. Just check out the different tiers to find one that fits the bill for you and your budget this Summer.

Thorpe Park Memberships

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This one is a little bit of a cheat because you can access Thorpe Park with a Merlin annual membership. But you can also get a Thorpe Park annual pass. You’ll get free parking, discounted hotel stays, and get discounts if you want to bring a friend along. The best part is, if you have a good time, you can renew your pass for a lower price.

With incredible rides like Stealth, Swarm and the Black Mirror Labyrinth, you’ve got thrills on tap. There’s Saw, Colossus, Samurai, Tidal Wave and Vortex, and the list does not end there. Thorpe Park is truly a place for thrill seekers. But there’s also something for the kids. With Mr Monkey’s Banana Ride and the Angry Birds 4D Experience, it’s a family day out.

Chessington Annual Pass

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Sticking with the theme parks, Chessington World of Adventure is a fabulous family day out. With huge rides like Vampire, Croc Drop, Kobra and Dragon’s Fury, you can pack your day with thrills. Pair that with the Zufari experience and the Gruffalo River Ride Adventure, and you’ve got something for everyone.

Chessington is another theme park that you can get access to with the Merlin Annual pass. You’ll get over 180 days of access to some of the best theme parks in the UK. And with theme parks located across Britain, you can bet there’s one in your neck of the woods.

Legoland Windsor Annual Pass

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LEGO is one of the most wonderful toys in the world, and just like the toy, there’s something for the kids and the adults at Legoland Windsor. It’s LEGO in the form of the theme park, with wonderful experiences, rides and activities built around the popular toy. And with annual passes from as low as £49, you really can’t go wrong if you’re after a year of activities on tap.

From Flight of the Sky Lion and the Fire and Ice Freefall, to The Dragon and the LEGO Driving School, there’s a lot of variety on offer. Once again this is another place that’s covered with the Merlin Annual Pass and there really is a lot of value to be had. With discounts on food and retail and access for the toddlers in your life, you’re in for a treat at a fantastic price.

SeaLife Annual Memberships

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SeaLife is a hell of a journey if you’re after a look at some of the best that aquatic life has on offer. With a wonderful collection of aquariums, learning experiences and incredible creatures to see, it’s fun and educational if you want to marvel at some magnificent marine life with the family this Summer.

The best part is you can rest assured your money is going towards helping conservation efforts. With breeding and rescuing centres, Beluga whale sanctuaries, the Sea Life Trust and worldwide beach cleans, they’re all about giving something back. So, it’s not just a fantastic day out for the family.

Disney Plus Memberships

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While a day out is a fabulous thing, it’s nice to spend some time indoors with the family. With the British weather tending to be a little temperamental, it’s a brilliant way to beat the rain. And with thousands of hours of content at your fingertips, you can’t go wrong with Disney Plus.

From franchise favourites like Marvel’s Wandavision, Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Loki, to more adult offerings like The Simpsons, Family Guy, and more, you can’t go wrong. You’ve even got access to the full back catalogues of the Star Wars franchise, Disney Classics and all of Marvel’s offerings.

Xbox Game Pass

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For something a little more interactive to get your teeth stuck into, Xbox Game Pass is fantastic value. With hundreds of games for one low monthly price, you’ve got hours of entertainment. With E3 bringing a bunch of new exclusive Xbox game announcements, you can play them all on Xbox Game Pass. And you’re not even restricted to an Xbox.

With Game Pass access on PC and XCloud bringing the possibility of playing these brilliant games even from your phone, you’re in safe hands. Whether you want the new Halo Infinite, Back 4 Blood, or just access to the games that are already out, it’s a bargain. And with our rundown of the best Upcoming Games for 2021, you’ll know when to expect them.

Live It Up this Summer with Annual Memberships

So, whether you want a day of thrills at a theme park, you’re looking to soak up some culture with visits to historical British landmarks, or you just want some rainy day activities, we hope you’ve got a few ideas together for the best annual memberships and subscriptions. For a little more inspiration on days out this season, we’ve got everything from the Best Zoos to Visit in the UK, to the 12 Best Beaches the UK has to offer.

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