With their new Europe, UK and Cruising by Rail Brochure, award-winning Great Rail Journeys (www.greatrail.com / 01904 527 180 / 0800 240 4470) has over 15 tours with No Single Supplement. From Cornwall to Italy, there is a huge variety of tours for customers to choose from, so solo travellers don’t have to miss out on incredible adventures.
There’s so much to learn and enjoy for all the family – including your dog!
Come and experience a trip back in time, to the home of the National Tramway Museum. Vintage trams transport you along the period street into open countryside with breathtaking views of the Derwent Valley, and you can take as many rides as you wish during the day.
New for this season is the Arms to Armistice exhibition, which reflects the challenges women faced to be treated as equals on the tramways during the First World War, as well as their quick dismissal when the men returned from War.
Passenger groups across the South East are uniting behind a Charter demanding improvements to South Eastern Rail services.
Passengers are using the Charter to call for better accessibility at stations, flexible tickets for part-time commuters and more train carriages.
The Better South Eastern Charter is in response to the public consultation launched by the Government as it looks for a new train operator to run the franchise after the current contract ends in December 2018. Southeastern, who currently operate the franchise which serves south east London and parts of Kent and East Sussex, has some of the worst passenger satisfaction in the UK.
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
April 14th to April 23rd 2017
Rush Hour – Friday April 14th to Monday April 17th
For the last number of years Isle of Man Railways has welcomed the start of the new operating season by hosting its “Rush Hour” event over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. As the name readily implies, enhanced timetables are operated on each of the Island’s unique transport systems: the Isle of Man Steam Railway, Manx Electric Railway, Snaefell Mountain Railway, Douglas Horse Tramway and vintage buses as well as the Island’s volunteer operated railways. Focusing on intensity of service, Rush Hour is a visual celebration of “movement” and of the diverse and unique railway heritage of the Island.
Cycling is such a feel-good form of exercise and it’s a great way to get more active for people of differing ages and fitness levels. Of course, you can choose whether you exercise with family, friends or colleagues or simply go it alone and what better time to enjoy a spot of cycling than whilst you’re on your gorgeous glamping holidays?
It’s officially Autumn and our thoughts tend to turn to dark nights and chilly winter evenings, but there’s so much you can do to get out and about at this time of year. So, if you’re up for an adventurous new hobby, why not try mountain biking?
We spoke to Raleigh’s Michelle Jakeway and asked for some top tips on getting into mountain biking this autumn to raise our spirits as the nights draw in and the leaves prepare to fall.