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August Inspiration

From carnivals to festivals, there's lot to see and do as a family during the summer holidays. Make the most your Railcard and explore more for less.


Summer Break

Sensational Butterflies - Natural History Museum

Come face to face with hundreds of fluttering butterflies in the Natural History Museum’s Sensational Butterflies tropical house. Colourful butterflies from Africa, Asia and America fly freely in this immersive family exhibit.

Chester Zoo

With 15,000 animals and different areas to see there is so much to explore.

SEA LIFE

You can watch fun talks and feed shows throughout the day while holding a crab or touching a starfish in an interactive touchpool experience.


Carnival Season

Caribbean Carnival of Manchester

Enjoy the infectious rhythms of song and dance as the carnival procession winds its way through the crowds with dance troupes and elaborate costumes.

Leeds West Indian Carnival

Join in with the 50th anniversary celebrations where there will be fun for all the family with plenty of arts and crafts stalls and a DJ entertaining the crowds in the park.

Notting Hill Carnival

The biggest street carnival in Europe will be back with more music, dancing and costumes. Head over on the Sunday for the family-friendly Children's Day


Family Festivals

International Balloon Fiesta

Alongside the fantastic site of hot air balloons filling the skies, there will be a lots of fairground rides and entertainment.

Portsmouth International Kite Festival

Portsmouth International Kite Festival brings two days of amazing kite displays to Southsea Common. Intricate and beautiful kites take to the sky to perform gravity-defying tricks and amazing routines to music.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The arts festival is back again with something for everyone. Thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over the Scottish capital to present shows of all kinds and for every taste.

Bournemouth Air Festival

Head to the UK's bigges air festival to witness amazing displays of aerial excellence against a backdrop of a flotilla of Royal Naval ships. On the ground, there will be lots of entertainment and delicious food for the whole family to enjoy.


Top 2FOR1 Offers

Get 2FOR1 entry with a Days Out Guide voucher when you travel by train!

  1. ArcelorMittal Orbit
  2. Original Tour London Sightseeing
  3. Tate Liverpool - Portraying a Nation: Germany 1919-1933
  4. Madame Tussauds London
  5. Chelsea FC Stadium Tour & Museum

  • Did you know as a Railcard holder you also get 1/3 off day ticket prices for unlimited bus and tram travel for your to or from station destination? Ideal for exploring on days out. Simply buy along with your train ticket at a station or online. For more details and T&C’s click here
  • Check out some fantastic 2FOR1 offers across Great Britain available when you travel by rail at daysoutguide.co.uk
  • Plan your journey at National Rail Enquiries