If anything, this time inside has taught us one important thing – the real heroes aren’t those who appear on our screens, but the health workers, supermarket stackers, bin men, delivery drivers and countless others who are working tirelessly to keep things ticking along.
So, in the spirit of Captain Tom Moore, to say thank you, restaurants, visitor attractions, hotels and retailers around the country are creating giveaways, offers, freebies and discounts for NHS staff, as well as a selection of incentives for other key workers to enjoy once it's safe to do so.
To make sure as many people as possible can take advantage of these offerings, we’ve put together an extensive list of regional and national giveaways and discounts.
Eagle Mill, in the Cambridgeshire village of Houghton, are giving NHS staff the chance to win a luxury stay at their B&B. They have five different offers available, which they will share every Wednesday until the 22nd July.
Over in Suffolk, Woodfarm Barns are saying thank you to the NHS by giving away a four-night getaway for a frontline staff member and their partner (and dogs, if they have any!) at either The Granary Barn in Stonham Aspbal or aboard the romantic Barge Twee Gebroeders in Woodbridge.
North East England
Welcome to Whitby is offering NHS workers the chance to join their #WhitbyThankYouWeekend – where winners can enjoy free weekend stays at one of a selection of accommodations in the area. Nominate your hero on their website before 31st July.
Get your hands on an exclusive card offering NHS workers discounts on overnight stays, food and drink, spa treatments and more at Tankersley Manor Hotel in South Yorkshire.
North West England
To celebrate 72 years of the NHS, istaylakes are offering NHS workers the chance to win a one-week stay for four people at Pottery Gate Cottage, Bowness – with welcome gifts from local businesses. The winner will be chosen at random on 12th July.
Flat Cap Hotels - with a collection that spans Cheshire – are giving away 72 dinner, bed and breakfast stays to healthcare workers to celebrate 72 years of our fabulous NHS. Nominations can be made on their website until the 5th July, but nominees must live within a 20-mile radius of any of their hotels.
South East England
Weekend Hiker has teamed up with Ranmore Rise in the Surrey Hills to give keyworkers the chance to win a luxury two-night stay at the boutique B&B. The prize also includes a 3-course lunch at Michelin-starred Sorrel Restaurant, a wine tasting tour at Albury Vineyard, a professional photoshoot courtesy of Hester Barnes, a bottle of Tattinger champagne and much more. Entries are open until the 18th July. Four runners-up will also be selected to win a selection of fantastic prizes.
NHS and key workers can win a luxury spa break for two at The Langham London, which includes breakfast and spa treatments. Enter by nominating a loved one before 31st July.
Magical Margate Townhouse in Kent is giving an NHS worker and up to 16 of the guests a free two-night stay at the townhouse to say thank you for all their hard work. All you have to do is subscribe to their mailing list and provide a contact name, number and hospital of your nominee. The competition closes on the 1st September.
London's One Aldwych is offering 52 free overnight stays at the hotel for NHS, emergency service and care workers as a thank you for all their hard work. The stay will also include a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory themed afternoon tea, cocktails in their Lobby Bar and a complimentary breakfast. The winners will start being announced once their doors reopen, with a small number being announced each weekend until the end of the year.
West Dean Gardens, near Chichester, are offering NHS staff (plus one adult and accompanying children) free entry into their award-winning gardens once they reopen. NHS nurses, doctors and their colleagues can visit as many times as they like, and will simply need to show an NHS ID on entry.
Nominate a keyworker of any kind and they could win an incredible 3-course dinner (with wine) at the Darwin Brasserie, located at the top of London’s fabulous Sky Garden.
To say thank you, Point A Hotels are opening the doors of their hotels in London (as well as in Scotland) to 1000 NHS workers of any kind for a complimentary two-night stay over the weekend of the 27th to the 30th August. Register on their website to be in with a chance of winning.
South West England
The brand new Teeny Tiny Cornish House in St Austell is giving away a two-night stay as part of the #treatourNHS campaign. A bottle of prosecco will also be waiting for when you arrive, for you to crack open and enjoy in the outdoor hot tub. Entries are open until 31st July.
NHS staff and key workers can be in with a chance of winning a four-night stay in the Glass Lodge at Clowance, Cornwall for up to six people. Nominate yourself or a hero you know on their website.
NHS workers can enjoy 50% off Brooks Hotels' city-centre locations in Bath and Bristol for stays up until April 2021.
Original Travel are showing their thanks for the NHS by setting up a raffle called #AtYourService encouraging other companies to offer prizes from free pizzas to skincare products and designer dresses. The company itself is offering a luxury holiday, closing 5th July.
The Luxury Spa Edit has teamed up with top spa hotels across England to offer luxury wellness breaks for NHS staff and key workers to help them relax and unwind once this is all over. From Pennyhill Park in Surrey to Rockliffe Hall in County Durham, there are plenty of chances to nab a soothing escape. All competitions close on the 31st July.
Luxury Family Hotels are taking part in the #treatourNHS initiative by offering complimentary overnight stays across their five hotels. Details are yet to be announced, but keep an eye on their social media platforms for more information.
The Epicurean Club are giving away over 1,000 –one-night stays at their properties to NHS workers across the country. Nominate your NHS hero on their website by September 2020.
Wigwam Holidays, who specialise in camping trips, have launched their campaign ‘Gift The Outdoors’. The initiative gives you the opportunity to nominate someone that has made life easier for you during lockdown (from a shop assistant to your closest friend) to win one of two prizes – a two-night stay at one of their campsites, or one of 50 £100 Wigwam holiday gift vouchers.
Nights On Us, an initiative aiming to unite the hotel industry and ICU nurses, have partnered with a range of hotels across the country who have generously pledged thousands of two-night stays to give these NHS heroes a break. If you are, or know anyone that is an ICU nurse, keep an eye on the website for more details on how to claim a free stay.
For more competitions and giveaways aimed specifically at key workers, keep an eye on these hashtags across social media!
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