THE National Lottery is throwing open the doors offering free entry and special offers at dozens of venues across the north west including Anderton Boat Lift and Chester Zoo.

Celebrating its 30th year, The National Lottery will once again be saying thank you to players for the £30million they raise for good causes every week.

From Saturday, March 9 until Sunday, March 17 anyone with a valid online or retail National Lottery ticket, Scratchcard or Instant Win Game can enjoy a low-cost day out.

The focus this year is on encouraging lottery players to try something new by offering an array of free entry and special offers at venues across the UK.

Whether you fancy delving into the past at historical houses, castles and museums , embracing nature in wildlife hotspots or visiting art galleries, theatres and creative spaces there promises to be something for everyone.

  • The Lymm Sanctuary Hub – free cake
  • Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum – free entry
  • Chester Zoo – save up to 25% with £99 family ticket
  • National Trust Speke Hall, Lyme, Quarry Bank and Dunham Massey – free entry
  • Anderton Boat Lift – 20 per cent off
  • RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands – free hot drink
  • National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port – two for one entry
  • National Museums Liverpool – two for one tickets
  • Open Eye Gallery – 10% shop discount
  • Open Eye Gallery – free gift (March 15-17)
  • Discover Chetham’s music school and historic library – tour (March 9)

Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England and Chair of the National Lottery Forum said: “In our 30th year, we’re delighted to mark the return of The National Lottery Open Week 2024.

“The UK is brimming with exciting things to see and do – from historical landmarks and cultural treasures to sports venues and natural landscapes.

“We want players to get out and experience something new by taking advantage of the low-cost and free days out at venues across the country during National Lottery Open Week.

“This is our way of saying thank you to the players who raise an incredible £30million each week for good causes, supporting venues and projects across the arts, sports, community and heritage sectors.”