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Festive fun: 5 great day trips

Save with a Family & Friends Railcard

It’s the time of year for carols, fayres and fun!

With the festive season upon us, get in the holiday spirit by enjoying days out with family and friends this Christmas.

Family & Friends Railcard, which saves a third off most adult rail fares and 60% off kids’ fares, has compiled five trips to get you in the yuletide mood, all without breaking the bank. 

 

Carol Concert
Christmas just isn’t Christmas without carols. While a trip to your nearest church is easy enough, you might want to try something altogether more grand. York Minster is the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe and is staging carols and family activities taking place throughout December.
Travel: Off-Peak Return tickets from Cardiff to York for a family of four with a Family & Friends Railcard – £178.40
Usually: £314.70
Total Saving: £136.30

 

Woodland Walk
If getting out and about in the countryside, searching for handfuls of holly and mistletoe, is more your thing, there are a wealth of forests and woodlands to explore. Dunham Massey in Manchester, a Georgian house with gardens and an ancient deer park, is the perfect spot for a Christmas amble.
Travel: Off-Peak Return tickets from Liverpool to Manchester for a family of four with a Family & Friends Railcard – £21.10
Usually: £37.20
Total Saving: £16.10

 

Winter Wonderland
London is one of the most fabulous places to visit during the Christmas holidays. See the lights on Oxford Street, visit Hamleys for all the toys and decorations, and pop to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park (which has free entry!).
Travel: Off-Peak Return tickets from Bristol (Parkway) to London (Paddington) – for a family of four with a Family & Friends Railcard – £96.10
Usually: £140.15
Total Saving: £44.05

 

Christmas Markets
To really get into the spirit of Christmas, get the family wrapped up warm and visit a Christmas market. With fun for all ages, the Frankfurt Christmas Market in Victoria Square, Birmingham is the largest German market held outside Germany and Austria. There is a Ferris wheel, a carousel and an ice skating rink. Enjoy festive food and drink, including mulled wine, and have the chance to snap up some handmade gifts.
Travel: Off-Peak Return tickets from Derby to Birmingham (New Street) for a family of four with a Family & Friends Railcard – £28.50
Usually: £50.10
Total Saving: £21.60

 

Theatre
A trip to the theatre at Christmas is a must, whether it’s to see The Nutcracker or a pantomime. The West End offers something for everyone and is the perfect way to spend a winter’s evening. You can even get up to 60% off theatre tickets with your Railcard.
Travel: Off-Peak Return from Coventry to London (Euston) for a family of four with a Family & Friends Railcard – £47.60
Usually: £60.00
Saving: £12.40


Did you know?

With a Family & Friends Railcard you can enjoy1/3 off rail fares for up to 4 adults and 60% off for up to 4 kids between 5 and 15. Plus you can have two adults named on one card, so when one cardholder isn’t using it, the other can. 

 

A 1-Year Railcard costs just £30. So after a couple of trips, the card will have paid for itself. And over a year, you could save an average of £124.