National Rail has announced 20% off its Family & Friends one year Railcard from 3-20 February – perfect for fun trips this February half term.
The sale means that the Railcard, which saves a third off most adult rail fares and 60% off kids’ fares, will be available for just £24, for a year’s unlimited usage – helping family and friends enjoy fun-filled trips, without breaking the bank.
To take advantage of the sale visit: familyandfriends-railcard.co.uk/sale and use code: FEB17
For cash-strapped parents needing inspiration this half term, Family & Friends Railcard has compiled five exciting trips for families:
Get back to nature
There are plenty of opportunities for children to learn about nature this half term, and have fun getting up close with some furry and fluffy new friends. Why not visit The Hop Farm Family Park in Kent? With fun for all ages (and only £1 admission), the park has a whole host of animals to meet, an outdoor adventure playground, a birds of prey zone and giant ‘jumping pillows’.
Travel: Off-Peak Return tickets from London (Charing Cross) to Beltring, for a family of four with a Family & Friends Railcard – £40.70
Total Railcard Saving: £12.35
Have a kick around
Visit the National Football Museum, Manchester, and celebrate football’s greats (and there’s free admission!). For a football-mad family, this museum offers plenty to do, including the chance to take part in a ‘Match of the Day’ commentary challenge, lift a (virtual) cup, test your ball-stopping skills and explore the football walk of fame.
Travel: Off-Peak Return tickets from York to Manchester (Oxford Road), for a family of four with a Family & Friends Railcard – £48.70
Total Railcard Saving: £36.80
Go on an archaeological adventure
‘Dig’ gives families the chance to experience the excitement of making a hands-on archaeological discovery. Kids become trainee ‘diggers’ for the day and discover artefacts from 2000 years of York’s history from four indoor excavation pits filled with replica Roman, Viking, medieval and Victorian finds.
Travel: Off-Peak Return tickets from Bristol (Temple Meads) to York, for a family of four with a Family & Friends Railcard – £198.50
Total Railcard Saving: £151.60
Explore Edinburgh’s treasure trail
Explore Edinburgh on a self-guided treasure hunt in the heart of the historic capital city of Scotland. The 1.75 mile trail is a great family day out, with something for everyone, from spotting clues, solving tricky puzzles to learning more about the history of Edinburgh.
Travel: Off-Peak Return tickets from Leeds to Edinburgh, for a family of four with a Family & Friends Railcard – £174.60
Total Railcard Saving: £133.50
Become an underwater explorer and see all the wonders of the ocean at the Sea Life London Aquarium. Rare green turtles can be seen swimming above your head as you walk through the ‘Ocean Tunnel’, while the ‘Shark Walk’ allows visitors feeling brave to walk across glass above seven different species of sharks.
Travel: Off-Peak Return tickets from Southampton Central to London (Waterloo), for a family of four with a Family & Friends Railcard – £75.90
Total Railcard Saving: £34.75
For just £30 a year, the Family & Friends Railcard provides a third off train journeys. On average, Railcard users save £130 annually, making it worth over four times as much as it costs. Plus, in addition to saving on travel costs, the Family & Friends Railcard offers discounts on theatre tickets and days out.
For more information visit www.familyandfriends-railcard.co.uk
Rail fares listed correct at the time of release.