Visitor attractions across Purbeck that have benefited from National Lottery funding are offering free entry, discounts and special offers throughout National Lottery Open Week.
As a thank you for the £30 million raised for good causes every week by players, discounts are on offer at National Lottery-funded venues from Saturday 18th March to Sunday 26th March 2023.
The landmark ruin at Corfe Castle owned by the National Trust
Free entry and other special offers
A National Lottery ticket, scratchcard or instant win game can be used to unlock the offers at a range of venues and locations in Purbeck and across the UK.
Places taking part locally include The Etches Collection in Kimmeridge, The Tank Museum in Bovington, RSPB Arne and National Trust properties at Corfe Castle and Kingston Lacey near Wimborne.
Plenty to see at The Tank Museum
“We’re pleased to be taking part”
A spokesperson for The Tank Museum said:
“Throughout The Tank Museum’s history, the Heritage Fund has provided grants for the flagship Tank Story Hall exhibition, a new state-of-the-art restoration workshop, educational resources, digital marketing jobs, and much, much more.
“That’s why we’re pleased to be taking part in National Lottery Open Week, which celebrates the contribution of National Lottery players in supporting good causes over the past 27 years.”
Places taking part near Swanage
The Etches Collection at Kimmeridge
Children go free for each family showing one National Lottery ticket, scratchcard, or Instant Win Game. Children are defined as 5 to 16 years inclusive, as under 5s are already admitted free to the museum. From Saturday 18th March to Sunday 26th March 2023.
The Etches Collection – the fossil museum at Kimmeridge
The Tank Museum at Bovington
One child under 16 goes free with every full paying adult with a valid National Lottery ticket or scratch card dated any time in 2023. Children that enter for free won’t receive an Annual Pass to the museum, but if they have a great time they can buy one at the end of their visit.
Booking the accompanying adult is recommended, but the free child does not need to be booked in advance. From Saturday 18th March to Sunday 26th March 2023.
Inside The Tank Museum at Bovington
RSPB Arne near Wareham
Present a National Lottery ticket, scratchcard or instant win game to choose from a free guided walk to soak up the sights and sounds of the heathland and explore the habitats that make Arne special.The special offer does not provide free entry to the reserve. Entry charges will still apply.
- Saturday 18th March 2023 – From 10.30 am to 12 noon or 1 pm to 2.30 pm
- Wednesday 22nd March 2023 – From 10.30 am to 12 noon or 1 pm to 2.30 pm
Just turn up on the day. Spaces for 20 individual participants per walk and subject to availability.
The RSPB reserve at Arne near Wareham
National Trust Corfe Castle
Present a National Lottery ticket or scratch card at the visitor reception to receive one free adult entry. Under 18s can accompany ticket holders for free
National Trust Kingston Lacy
Present a National Lottery ticket or scratch card at the visitor reception to receive one free adult entry. Under 18s can accompany ticket holders for free.
The house at Kingston Lacey near Wimborne
With the cost of days out becoming more difficult to afford for many, these offers make going out a little bit cheaper and for those who don’t have National Trust membership, it’s a real opportunity to get in free for the cost of a National Lottery ticket.
Chief executive of Arts Council England and chair of the National Lottery Forum, Darren Henley said:
“The National Lottery Open Week offers players a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a low-cost day out at venues across the UK – from castles to nature reserves, museums to sports venues.
“It’s our way of saying thank you to National Lottery players who raise an incredible £30 million each week for good causes.”
- The special offers in Purbeck and across the UK are listed on the National Lottery good causes website