Discover Essex by rail with Greater Anglia this Spring

Published on: Tuesday, 9 April 2024
Last updated: Tuesday, 9 April 2024

 A new Greater Anglia train passing through Manningtree

Above: A new Greater Anglia train passing through Manningtree. Credit: Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia is encouraging people to get out and explore Essex by train this Spring 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 April which are accessible by train:

Pop Up Art Sale at The Minories, Colchester

Browse art works at the Minories Gallery, High Street, Colchester between 25 and 26 April, 10am-4pm. Work is being exhibited by Level Best, a social enterprise project started by the Dacon Trust, whose purpose is to offer genuine and meaningful work, skills and training opportunities to adults and young people with learning disabilities. Trainees will be offering up never before seen works alongside previously exhibited pieces on canvas and paper, sculptures, greetings cards and postcards available to purchase at affordable prices.

RHS Garden Hyde Hall

Hyde Hall’s Spring Plant Fair takes place on 20-21 April where you can buy unusual plants and stock up for the gardening year ahead. With the advent of spring the gardens start to come to life and visitors by train can save 30% on entry with their rail ticket.

Travel to South Woodham Ferrers, which is 3 miles from the Hall – there are bus and taxi connections from the station.

2FOR1 on seaside cocktails

Enjoy a day exploring the attractions of Southend on Sea and enjoy 2FOR1 cocktails at the The Muthu Westcliff Hotel with your rail ticket throughout the year. The hotel built in 1891, stands high on the cliff overlooking the Thames Estuary and the picturesque Cliff Gardens and is conveniently located in the middle of all the main local attractions.

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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