Seven day out ideas in East Anglia for May Half Term

Published on: Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Last updated: Wednesday, 22 May 2019

  • Days Out

There are so many fantastic family attractions on the Greater Anglia network– and a day out is even more fun for the kids when there’s a train ride included.

To prove it, we offered complimentary trips to seven bloggers and their families in return for their honest reviews of taking a trip by train.

Here’s what they thought and links to the great attractions they visited to give you some ideas for a great day out this half term.

If you like what you see, try it for yourself - kids travel for just £2 return off peak anywhere on our network and we have discounted Group Travel and Advance fares available here (link).

Send us your day out pics to @greaterangliapr using #railadventure

1. Bury St Edmunds for Curvemotion roller skating, the Abbey Gardens, Moyse Hall Museum and Planet Laser

“I genuinely enjoy travelling by train. The four of us were able to sit round a table, which makes it much easier to chat than shouting over my shoulder in the car, and more comfortable because we’re not all strapped in by seat belts. My husband gets to relax, rather than concentrating on the driving and worrying about traffic delays. We all got to enjoy looking out the window as we sped past fields, cows and countryside.”…

“While rail travel doesn't always have a reputation for being cheap, Greater Anglia have many attractive offers running throughout the Easter holidays to tempt you into travelling by train. Accompanied children can travel for just £2 return, an amazing fare which is valid for any off-peak journey on the Greater Anglia network.”…

2. Ely and the Liberty Belle cruise on the river

“After an exhausting day I think we were all very happy to get on the train back to Norwich. A lovely lady switched seats so that we could all have a table together and even though Erin was clearly tired she did so well on the journey home. On the last leg of our journey she told me she’d had the best day ever.”

3. An overnight stay in London and visit to Shrek’s Adventure and Natural History Museum

“Travelling by rail is always half the fun with L. He loves it, he gets to watch what is happening, play with his toys, colour, listen to music, eat snacks, whatever he wants.

“It’s fun, it’s exciting, it’s different.”

4. Stansted Mountfitchet for Stansted Mountfitchet Castle and Toy Museum

“Given the choice between car or rail for a day out, I could guarantee the Beans will choose rail every time. They love it when an adventure starts and ends at the train station because it’s exciting.”…

5. Day trip to London for Kidzania

“With Greater Anglia, the adventure starts as soon as you board the train. With comfortable seats and a lack of traffic jams; travelling by train allows you to sit back, relax and enjoy the adventure ahead.

6. Norwich for the Castle Museum, Pull’s Ferry, kayaks, Cow Tower, the Cathedral and Plantation Gardens

“The seats are like armchairs and there’s plenty of legroom. There’s a choice as you’d expect of table seating, great for families or groups of friends, and airline-style seats. That upgrade has paid for new carpets, seat covers, improved lighting and upgraded toilets. Best of all are the at-seat powerpoints, which came in very handy on the return journey when I needed to use my phone which as always had a woefully low battery. It’s also convenient to have onboard WiFi.”

A huge thank you to all the marvellous attractions who teamed up with us to arrange these great days out, and Visit Norwich, Visit Suffolk, Visit Cambridge and Visit Essex for their support.

Also thank you to the bloggers and their families for their kind reviews – we’re delighted you enjoyed your adventures with us!

Do any of these reviews inspire you to try a day out by rail with your family? Let us know here: