Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Family Days Out with Thameslink and Great Northern Railway

We love trips away as a family and heading into London is always a thrilling treat. We have taken the children there a few times to various attractions; but it can get expensive with transport and entrance costs. Part of me likes the variety there to keep the children entertained, offering them different experiences from those available back home and helping them make memories to last a lifetime, so we try and do as much as we can whilst trying to manage the cost of our adventures!

Fortunately Thameslink and Great Northern Railway are making it much more affordable for families with cheaper travel and their helpful 2FOR1 incentive on many exciting attractions when you travel by train, which is also available across Cambridge and Brighton. Kids can travel for just £2 when accompanied by an adult travelling Off-Peak or at weekends, so don’t let price be a deterrent to enjoying days out as a family, make the most of those precious moments together as a family discovering what the capital has to offer.

The attraction list is very comprehensive, so if you have a place in mind it’s well worth having a look to see if you can visit it more reasonably with Thameslink and Great Northern’s promotion.  It is easy to do - just head to the website, choose your attraction, download the vouchers, travel by train and then present your train tickets along with vouchers when you arrive at the venue.

Here are some of our favourite attractions included in the campaign:

ZSL London Zoo

A trip to London Zoo is both educational and entertaining; they have a full schedule of demonstrations and talks. We watched Animals in Action and would definitely recommend that show. Penguin Beach is a lovely part of the Zoo and you can really see the money being spent developing the Zoo. We are keen to revisit to see the Land of the Lions exhibit which has recently opened (25th of March), my youngest adores Lions so that would be a highlight for him.

London Eye

This is a great way to take in the sights of London; it’s the perfect vantage point to see many of the famous landmarks. We would love to revisit at night to see the city lit up.

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Shrek’s Adventure London

The 4D DreamWorks Tour bus was a great ride and the whole experience at Shrek’s Adventure is very immersive. At the end you get to meet Shrek himself for the all-important photo opportunity, the sets are fantastic and for DreamWorks fans a visit here is a must!

Ripley’s Believe it or Not! London 

The boys enjoyed all the weird and wacky displays here; one piece of artwork was made entirely with kisses! There is usually a pop up section that varies from time to time (when we went it was Wonderland but appears to be Treasures of the Hard Rock Café at the moment) so return visits are worthwhile to introduce you to something different.

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  1. Sounds like you had a fantastic time in London, and the train offer sounds fab!

  2. That train price for kids is brilliant. Means you save money for extra treats on a day out! Say hi to London for me when you next go! (:

  3. I'd love to go on all these days out. Especially the Shrek experience, that looks awesome x

  4. I love that I live close enough to London to visit often - great choices!

  5. Ohh I've been to each of these you highlight and yes, they are all fabulous. Mich x

  6. Ooh I think my boys would love Ripleys - will add it to our list for when we visit London later in the year!

  7. Oh we have Ripley's on our list for the next time we manage to get to London. It looks like a fab place to visit. We have done the rest!

  8. I have done all these bar Ripley's and that is top of my list to do this year

  9. What a great day you had and a great deal too x x

  10. Great ideas, I'm a bit rubbish at London day trips, but my kids would adore Ripley's.

  11. What a great set of things to do. Ripleys sounds loads of fun and not somewhere I've taken the girls yet .. adds to list!