Win £1,000 For An Amazing Family Holiday

It's time to #MakeTracks for Big Half Term Adventures!

The Family & Friends Railcard means you can explore Britain with the kids by train without breaking the bank. You save 1/3 of your rail fare, plus 60% off child fares.

Great days out for the whole family are even better when you save money!

Take a look below at some fun things to get up to across the country this Half Term – all easy to get to by train.

And you could be winning a fabulous £1,000 plus a one-year Family & Friends Railcard so your family can avoid the traffic jams as you travel to some exciting and fun destinations.


  • Catch a Crab

    Where: Scarborough (Scarborough Station)

    How: Pick up some tackle and bait in one of the local gift shops and head for the North or South Bay. Keep your eyes peeled for little critters in rock pools and when you spot some it's time to get crabbing!

    Other places you could try: Rhyl, Cromer, Bridlington

  • Meet
    and Queens

    Where: Hampton Court Palace(Hampton Court Station)

    How: Famous for being where Henry VIII hung out (along with his 6 Queens). He might not still be around but you'll definitely be able to find plenty of traces of royalty here.

    Other places you could try: Windsor Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh

  • Get
    a selfie
    a shark

    Where: Blue Planet, Chester (Chester Station)

    How: Chester Aquarium has the biggest collection of sharks in the UK so you've got a pretty good chance of grabbing a selfie with one (don't worry, they're safely behind some thick glass!)

    Other places you could try: Hull, Sea Life Blackpool, Sea Life London Aquarium

  • Get
    & seeking

    Where: Sherwood Forest (Mansfield Station)

    How: Head to the most famous forest in the UK and follow in the footsteps of Robin Hood by hiding from the Sheriff in the beautiful tree lined woods. Just remember to take it in turns to swap over!

    Other places you could try: Chopwell Woodland Park, Stainburn Forest, Forest of Dean

  • Skim some

    Where: Windermere

    How: Take a short bus ride to the shores of spectacular lake Windermere and get on the hunt for some flat stones. Hold them between your thumb and first finger and spin them across the surface of the lake as smoothly as you can. Who can get the most bounces?

    Other places you could try: Brighton, Lowestoft, Llandudno

  • Track
    a Viking

    Where: Jorvik Centre (York Station)

    How: Head to the Jorvik centre to see Vikings up close and personal in a proper interactive display. It's back open in April so there's not long to wait!

    Other places you could try: British Museum, London. Yorkshire Museum, York.

  • Benefits

    You can explore Britain with the kids by train without breaking the bank. Offering 1/3 off most rail fares and 60% off kids fares, Family & Friends Railcard owners save an average of £130 a year, more than four times its cost at standard price and up to six times as much as the discounted figure.

  • This half term, get 20% discount when buying a Family & Friends Railcard online using promo code FEB17H. This will run until 20 February 2017.
    Save 20% off when you buy a Family & Friends Railcards online at

  • Fun Stuff
    The Train

    Keep the kids entertained while you head out to your destination. Download colouring cards and an iSpy checklist

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