Join us on a #RailAdventure with Greater Anglia Trains

July 16, 2018Mandi Morrison

The children all adore going on a train, no matter where they are going, it may just be a short hop across the border, or a trip into London, wherever it is the children love the adventure. Until I started blogging I rarely used the train, as more events were taking place (usually in London) I started to realise that trains were playing more of a part in our lives, so we invested in a Family and Friends Railcard, with so many of us to transport, the savings really do add up! (I paid for my 3 year railcard in just one journey for all nine of us!)

Ready for our trip, complete with Neva biting her nails!

Last week we had a Rail Adventure with Greater Anglia and the entire family went along for the ride! We began our journey at a tiny little station called Haddiscoe, which only has about 10 parking spaces, it is currently being upgraded, you can see why, as our family of nine practically took up the entire platform! (The joys of country living!)

Xene and Neva aboard the Greater Anglia train to Norwich

Our destination that day…

The Odeon Cinema Norwich, we have never attempted a cinema trip with every member of the family, but after the experience, I would definitely do it again.

When we arrived at the station, we only had a few minutes wait and then we were on our way, as we had joined the journey halfway through there were not many seats left on the train which only had two carriages, it was full of families taking advantage of the Kids go for £2 offer.

The journey isn’t very long and the younger children loved wobbling about and enjoying the views.


The man collecting the tickets was lovely, so happy and smiley, and he interacted with all of the children on the train, I wish all conductors and guards were like him!

Within no time we arrived at Norwich Station, Eowyn commented “We usually start the journey here” which is probably true, as I usually drive to Norwich station to travel to London, so it made a change ending the journey there!

Just a five minute walk and you are at the cinema, we had some time before the film started so we stopped off at the shop in the train station for a little snack, here we are trying to perfect our selfie poses! (Well some of us anyway!)

We made our way to the cinema, and with such a large family and large age range, we split off into two groups, the eldest four plus Asa had chosen Power Rangers, Eowyn, Tyrus, Viggo and I decided on The Peppa Pig movie! Here are the three of them outside Screen 4 and just before the movie started.

The other guys thought Power Rangers was really good, they particularly liked that it was still in keeping with the Power ranger series, but with a modern day twist and more realistic characters, as well as the theme tune!

The three smalls really enjoyed Peppa Pig, I wasn’t too sure what they would make of it, but all three of them were engrossed, Tyrus, who never usually sits still for more than 5 minutes, managed the entire film and was interacting with everything. Even if your child is not a huge Peppa fan, I would still say take them along, and for anyone who hasn’t taken their little one to the cinema before, this is the perfect one to start them off with.

Our Thoughts on Our Rail Adventure:

We had a lovely family day out, it was so much more relaxing travelling to the cinema via train, instead of the horrendous journey in the car, I am not a great fan of driving the direct route to Norwich from our house as it involves a notoriously dangerous road, so if I do go to Norwich I take the scenic route! It was great being able to have a conversation as an entire family instead of three different rows of seats in the car.

Looking at the prices for travelling, children aged 5-15 can travel for £2, with 4 children per adult, as we have 4 of us over the age of 15, we could also benefit from a Group Save which offers up to 1/3 off when travelling off-peak, between 3 and 9 adults, so add that together, and compare it to the petrol and the car parking, it may work out the same.

There are lots of different discounts that you can apply, check them all out on Greater Anglia’s website.

Now that Xene is at university Up North, Greater Anglia are not the only train service we are using, she frequently travels on Virgin Trains, you can read more about a day out with Virgin Trains over on Playdays and Runways

Disclosure: We received complimentary travel on Greater Anglia and complimentary tickets to the Odeon cinema.

 

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Comments (9)

  • Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too

    April 17, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    When we lived in Great Yarmouth we’d often head over to Norwich on the train to take advantage of the kids club at the Odeon. So much easier travelling by train, everyone gets to relax rather than one of the adults having to complete the driving.

  • Kara

    April 18, 2017 at 6:58 am

    My kids love the train and now Sebby is no longer in a buggy we do it more often…….must invest in a Family and Friends railcard again as mine has run out

  • Clare aka Emmy’s Mummy

    April 20, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    What a fab family adventure.
    I bet it was so lovely to all get to go to the same place for a change

  • Lyndsey O’Halloran

    April 20, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    We live 30 minutes away from Norwich on the train. I love a trip into the city

  • Laura

    April 22, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    We absolutely love rail adventures, they are so much fun for the whole family and it’s a nice way to travel. Sounds like you had a great day

    Laura x

  • Baby Loves Travel

    May 1, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    I love it when conductors engage with my toddler on the train. As you say, I wish they were all that friendly! #ThePlacesWeWillGoLinky

  • Sonia

    May 1, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    My kids always love going on train journeys but we never really use the railways very much anymore. I must add in a few trips during the summer as it always makes for an even more exciting adventure. Thanks for linking up to #ThePlacesWeWillGoLinky 🙂

  • Kerri-Ann

    May 7, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Our five year old loves a railway adventure, sadly it would need to be a trip to a City for us to use it locally but on occasion we do travel this way. Thanks for joining in with #MyFamilyAdventures

  • mummymatters

    July 16, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    We love train travel, as you say it means that everyone can relax and interact instead of the driving getting stressed out by noise levels or who poked who. We always think going by train makes it much more of an adventure too x

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