Celebrating 25 years of giving

Projects and venues across the UK are open for free or providing special offers for National Lottery players to say thank you for raising more than £40 billion for good causes.

Land of Oak & Iron wouldn’t be here without the National Lottery, we’ve been supported by a grant of £2.2 million to help us deliver a host of projects and activities over the last four years. As our #ThanksToYou, we are offering a free activity as part of our Frost Fest winter festival. Find out more.

National Lottery "Thanks To You"

On 20th November activist and actress Lily Cole flicked the switch to illuminate the Eden Project’s Biomes, transforming them into iconic National Lottery balls. The event was a visual celebration of the £40 billion that has been raised for good causes since the National Lottery began 25 years ago. It also marked the start of the #ThanksToYou campaign, when for nine days from 23rd November, National Lottery players can enjoy free entry or special offers at hundreds of National Lottery funded projects across the UK.

Lily Cole, said: “I first visited the Eden project the year it opened with my sister, and dear late Aunty and Uncle. Eden introduced me to tropical rainforests, utopian geodesic architecture, and became an important memory of my childhood. It is extraordinary to reflect on the fact that immense and valuable projects like Eden wouldn’t exist were it not for a weekly game that (millions) of people voluntarily participate in. National Lottery funding has donated £40 billion to different good causes: cultural heritage sites, charities, wildlife conservation, films, the arts and community projects, making winners of us all.”

The Eden Project in Cornwall is amongst the UK’s most visited sites and is one of thousands of attractions, heritage sites and treasured places across the UK to have benefitted from National Lottery funding. Sir Tim Smit KBE, Co-Founder of the Eden Project said: “Eden was made possible by a £56million Millennium Lottery Commission award which in turn has helped generate more than £2billion for the regional economy. The investment National Lottery players have contributed towards for projects across the UK over time has been fundamental in the resurgence of confidence and pride in creative Britain.”

In addition to the initial grant, funding of £21.8million from the National Lottery helps The Eden Project bring millions of people together every year for The Big Lunch and supports people who are active in their communities all year round.

The National Lottery has also invested more than £8billion in heritage projects across the UK, many of which are taking part in #ThanksToYou. Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the National Lottery Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “You don’t have to travel far in the UK to see some of the wonderful projects the National Lottery has helped fund. From historic parks, nature and breath-taking landscapes to cathedrals, museums and industrial heritage, these are the places we hold close to a hearts and without National Lottery players, none of this would be possible. This is the perfect way for us to say ‘thank you.”

Hundreds of National Lottery funded projects and venues say #ThanksToYou with free entry and special offers between 23 November to 1 December 2019. Find an offer near you.

You can use any National Lottery ticket or scratchcard – old or new – to receive free entry, discounted prices and other special offers at National Lottery-funded venues across the UK including Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, Hillsborough Castle and RSPB Ynys-hir Reserve. Sports venues, community centres, landscape and outdoor projects as well as film and theatre venues and many more have all found special ways to thank National Lottery players as part of #ThanksToYou.