Discover Essex by rail with Greater Anglia in May

Published on: Wednesday, 1 May 2024
Last updated: Wednesday, 1 May 2024

Clacton Pier

Above: Clacton pier. Credit: Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia is encouraging people to get out and explore Essex by train this month with a range of discounts.

To make it easier and even more convenient to travel by train, Greater Anglia has several great value fares available such as discounted Advance tickets, Ranger tickets, and the Family & Friends Railcard.

You can save a small fortune on parking when you travel by train and avoid queues of traffic in the county’s tourist hot spots.

Here are some of the events happening in Essex in May which are accessible by train:

Great Chesterford Antiques Fair

On Sunday 5th May discover stalls packed full of antiques, collectables and vintage items at The Chesterfords Community Centre, Newmarket Road, Great Chesterford.

Pier to Pier 2024

Walk between Clacton Pier and Walton Pier on Sunday 12 May at this annual event in support of Helena Hospice. The scenic walk starts from either Clacton or Walton Pier taking in views of the sea, and participants can choose to walk the seven miles between the two piers or challenge themselves further to make the return journey – 14 miles in total. Pier to Pier is open to all ages and the route is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Many people walk on their own or in groups to remember their loved ones, or simply take part to support St Helena Hospice. More details at St Helena Pier to Pier.

National Flower Show

The National Flower Show returns to Hylands House & Estate in Chelmsford from 17 - 19 May promising a stunning display of flowers, plants, and more. Explore the spectacular grounds, enjoy live music, and take a stroll through the themed gardens. This is the perfect day out for any garden lover – and you can bring along your four-legged friends too! See National Flower Website for more information.

Greater Anglia’s Commercial and Customer Services Director, Martin Moran, said,

“Travelling by train is cheaper than you think, and with our price promise and no booking fees, you are guaranteed to get the lowest price when you book through our website.

“Our region has so much to offer and whether it’s a trip to the city or coast, shopping or sightseeing, we are giving people more money to spend on having a great time by helping them save money on their train fare.”

Greater Anglia also offers a range of Advance fares that offer customers savings of between 60 and 70% on the standard walk-up prices, plus 2FOR1 on entry to many top attractions in London and East Anglia.

The train operator also has a range of great value fares which are available all year round, including Duo, for two people travelling together, GroupSave for people travelling in a group of three or more, a special London evening out fare for those staying overnight in the capital and a Club 50 discount for those aged 50 and over.

For the best value fares, passengers should book in advance and the earlier customers book, the more they can save.

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