Enjoy great value days out in Essex with Greater Anglia this month

Published on: Tuesday, 5 March 2024
Last updated: Tuesday, 5 March 2024

A Greater Anglia train passing over Chappel Viaduct

Above: A Greater Anglia train passing over Chappel Viaduct. Credit: Greater Anglia

From to steam trains, Easter celebrations and family fun, Greater Anglia is encouraging people to get out and explore Essex by train this month.

To make it easier and even more convenient to travel by train, Greater Anglia has a range of 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 March which are accessible by train:

Mother’s Steam Day, East Anglian Railway Museum

On Sunday 10 March, The East Anglian Railway Museum, at Chappel & Wakes Colne, is hosting ‘Mother’s Day Steam’ with unlimited steam train rides, access to the museum and its exhibits and unlimited rides on its miniature railway.

Platform 2 Cafe will be open selling hot and cold drinks and snacks, and the museum’s miniature pub will be open selling a range of beers, ciders, wines and soft drinks. The museum also has a train themed playground, the Braintree & Halstead Model Railway Club will have their club rooms open with an impressive display of model railway layouts and there will also be free vintage bus rides available.

The Museum is easy to access by train as it is just opposite Greater Anglia’s Chappel & Wakes Colne station.

Easter Adventure Quest at Audley End House and Gardens

From Saturday 23 March to Sunday 14 April, families can hunt for clues in the castle grounds, track down the Easter eggs and get rewarded with a tasty chocolate treat. The quest is running every day of the school holidays, and it costs just £2 per child, on top of the usual entry fee. Book online and save 15% on your entry ticket.

Easter Eggstravaganza at Clacton Pier

The Easter weekend kicks off a period of 17 consecutive days when rides at Clacton Pier will be open and other activities are being lined-up to provide a host of family fun, including an appearance from a giant Easter Bunny, a free Easter Egg hunt and a free firework display which takes place on Easter Sunday.

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 cheapest fare finder, 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 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.

For more information on these and other offers visit www.greateranglia.co.uk/offers/

For more information on ticket fares and timetables visit www.greateranglia.co.uk.