Days out and events

How to save money on days out this May half term

What have you got planned to keep the kids entertained this May half term? If you’re going on any days out and will travel by train, it’s well worth looking into getting a Family & Friends Railcard, as you’ll be able to save a third off adult rail fares and 60 per cent off kids’ fares.

Family & Friends Railcard has compiled a list of places to visit to give you some ideas of where you could go this half term, along with examples of how much you could save on travel.

Cumbria – the Lake District

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and take the kids for a walk in the Lake District. Home to Beatrix Potter’s tales of Peter Rabbit and Mrs Tiggywinkle – it’s the perfect backdrop for a family walk in the spring sunshine.

Travel: Off-Peak Return with Family & Friends Railcard from Manchester Piccadily to Oxenholme £33.50

Usually: £59.10

Total Saving: £25.60

A boy looks out on to the green landscape and hills of the Lake District
Visit Cumbria in the Lake District this half term

London – Robot Zoo

Take the kids to Horniman Museum in Forest Hill and meet a robotic rhino, a squid with 18-foot tentacles and a huge house fly with a vacuum cleaner mouth.

Travel: Off-Peak Return with Family & Friends Railcard from Bristol (Temple Meads) to London (Paddington) £124.70

Usually: £181.85

Total Saving: £57.15

A robot giraffe
This is no ordinary zoo – it’s a robot zoo!

Warwick – Warwick Castle

Turn back the clock and dive into some medieval history at Warwick Castle. Once you’ve scaled the battlements, enjoy a live show featuring the world’s largest catapult and a maze inspired by the popular Horrible Histories series.

Travel: Off-Peak Return with Family & Friends Railcard from Oxford to Warwick £32.00

Usually: £56.40

Total Saving: £24.40

A view of Warwick Castle
Warwick Castle could be a great place to take the kids this half term

Manchester – iFly

Soar like a bird in an indoor wind tunnel in Manchester. Suitable from flyers from 3 to 103 years of age, it’s an unforgettable experience that the whole family can enjoy.

Travel: Off-Peak Return with Family & Friends Railcard from Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Piccadily £25.90

Usually: £45.60

Total Saving: £19.70

A young girl flying at iFly
iFly in Manchester is perfect for thrill-seekers

Newcastle – Climb Newcastle

Take on a climbing challenge like no other and visit Climb Newcastle. With a first time family induction session and a range of wall climbs and difficulties, it’s sure to keep aspiring adventurers on their toes.

Travel: Off-Peak Return with Family & Friends Railcard from Edinburgh to Newcastle £89.40

Usually: £157.80

Total Saving: £68.40

*Rail fares listed correct at the time of release

Good to know:

  • National Railcards can be purchased online or at any National Rail staffed station ticket office
  • You can can save 10 per cent when you buy your Family & Friends Railcard online, costing just £27 for a whole year – search ‘Family & Friends Railcard’ or go to
  • National Railcards include: Two Together, 16-25, Family & Friends, Senior and Disabled Persons Railcards.
  • For last minute trips you can still get your Railcard at your nearest staffed National Rail train station, for £30 for a year of cheaper train journeys with the kids

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