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Planning a family day out over the next few weekends?

could be the perfect solution for you.

For more information: greaterdays@greateranglia.co.uk


Introduction We all know that finding interesting, fun and affordable things to do with our children on the weekends can be tricky. Well, we might have found something to help you out. Our local train company, Greater Anglia, approached our school to try out something new they are doing. It’s called Greater Days, and it brings together travel and a range of activities so that families can explore their local areas on the weekend. Travel at times that suit you, knowing that you will never be too far from home and able to get back easily when everyone is tired from all the fun they’ve had!

Ipswich

Cambridge

Norwich

London

Stratford


A day of fun and learning in the capital

London

£20.00

Your Day Catch your train from Chelmsford to Stratford. You can park for free in the station car park. Getting to Chelmsford

Train Travel (35-37m journey time) There are at least 4-5 trains every hour with no more than 15 minutes between departures. Please visit National Rail for the timetable.

Recommended activities: The Classic London Tour Bus: Hop on board a restored 1960’s double-decker bus for your open-top ride through the best attractions. Highly trained and entertaining tour guides will help you experience an authentic London you may not have known. You will see more, learn more and laugh more, while understanding the astonishing history of the Capital, taking the photos and selfies of a lifetime, and enjoying the glorious sights of London. Each tour is 75-90mins long.

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For 2:4:1 tickets and to book ahead via Greater Anglia click here. The Classic Tour begins and ends just off Trafalgar Square (Outside the Grand hotel). Approximately 21 minutes via the tube from Liverpool Street Station.

SEA LIFE London: Calling all explorers! Dive in to a world of adventure with glittering scales, humongous tentacles and razor-sharp teeth. Enter the amazing glass ocean tunnel. Will you be brave enough to do the shark walk? For 2:4:1 entry via Greater Anglia click here Sea Life is approximately 25 minutes by tube from Liverpool Street Station

Tower of London: Ancient stones reverberate with dark secrets, priceless jewels glint in fortified vaults and pampered ravens strut the grounds. The Tower of London is a 1,000-year-old castle that protects the Crown Jewels. It was a royal palace, a fortress and an infamous prison, and today it’s one of Britain’s most visited historic sites. The Tower of London is approx 14 minutes via the tube from London Liverpool Street. You must present your Greater Days train ticket to claim your 2:4:1 offer. The savings above are calculated based on a family of two adults and two children.

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Shop, swim or look out over London. There’s so much todo in Stratford

Stratford, London

£10.00

Your Day

Recommended activities:

Catch your train from Chelmsford to Stratford. You can park for free in the station car park.

ArcelorMittal Orbit: The UK`s tallest sculpture provides a breath-taking view of London, up to 20 miles into the distance. From the viewing galleries visitors can admire the London skyline including Canary Wharf, The Gherkin, The Shard, St Paul’s Cathedral, Alexandra Palace and out to Wembley Stadium. Greater Anglia offers you 2:4:1 entrance by filling in your details here. Plus the chance to upgrade your visit to include the famous slide for only £5 per person.

Getting to Chelmsford Saturday 19th: Trains run every 5-15 minutes and the journey takes 25 or 27 minutes. Sunday 20th: Trains to Stratford run at 0:30 and 0:58 past the hour and return at 0:09 and 0:43 past the hour and the journey takes 32 or 34 minutes.

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London Aquatic Centre Swim at the home of the London 2012 Olympic Games. There’s family swimming sessions that run all day Saturday and a special Aqua Splash, a 40m long inflatable course on Sunday from 12.30-6pm (8 years plus). See detailed pool programme here. The LAC is just a 12 minute walk from Stratford station. Westfield Shopping Centre: Located below Stratford station and with over 280 stores this is the UK’s third biggest shopping centre. Browse fashion, health & beauty, homeware, toys and tech. See the full list of shops here. There’s also a soft play area for little ones.

Where to eat 2:4:1 OFFER

£6.00

Per Person

£11.00 Under 5s

Free

Giraffe, Westfield On the 19th and 20th May, with the purchase of one adult main course you’ll get a kids meal (main, drinks and dessert) for free. Just fill in the quick voucher form here. Pizza Express, Westfield Family friendly and delicious. Now you can enjoy two courses for £10.95 by filling in the quick voucher form here.


Discover beautiful walks in Essex

Essex

Train Timetable Chelmsford to Wrabness Duration Sat/Sun 57mins Sat 19th 07.12 08.12 Sun 20th

08.36

09.43

09.12 10.43

10.12 11.43

11.12 12.43

12.12 13.43

15.53 14.19

16.53 15.19

17.53 16.19

Manningtree to Chelmsford Duration Sat/Sun 38mins Sat 19th 12.53 13.53 Sun 20th

11.19

12.19

14.53 13.19

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Your Day Catch your train from Chelmsford to Wrabness (train times are listed above). You can park for free in the station car park. Getting to Chelmsford Essex Walks guide Things to do Want to find more walks? Get in contact to find out more.

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Wrabness to Manningtree: Walk from Wrabness to Manningtree This walk takes you along an 8 mile stretch of the Essex Way; with the additional walk to and from the train station the total distance is 9 miles. The first stretch takes you alongside secluded sections of the Stour Estuary, and through the Wrabness nature reserve, before heading across fields inland to Bradfield. Then you walk along quiet green lanes and through the beautiful and peaceful woods of Furze Hill. After this, there is a short walk through a water meadow and through the Maltings factory in Mistley - the smell of Ovaltine alone is worth the journey! The next section of the walk takes you through the more vibrant riverside areas of Mistley with its magnificent, healthy community of swans, and Manningtree itself with small boats bobbing on the water and riverside pubs. Finally, you walk through old Manningtree before heading back into the countryside to Lawford Church. At Lawford Church this walk leaves the Essex Way via a footpath which takes you straight to Manningtree Station - where there is a station buffet providing beers, soft drinks and snacks.

Where to eat Family walk

Free

Picnic. Why not stop at East of England Co-op supermarket and pickup the making of a picnic. east of England Lucca. Open daily; Lucca is perfect for a quick snack or drink, a lingering meal, a family night out or a large party. Handmade Neapolitan-style pizza is quickly baked in our wood-fired oven using fresh local produce and carefully sourced regional Italian ingredients. Lucca


Discover the home of horse racing

Newmarket

Train Timetable Catch your train from Bishop’s Stortford to Newmarket. You can park for free in the station car park.

Bishops Stortford to Newmarket

Duration Sat/Sun 1h 24mins (1 Change at Cambridge) Sat 07.39 08.39 09.39 10.39 11.39 Sun

07.39

08.39

09.39

10.39

11.39

12.39 12.30

Newmarket to Bishops Stortford

Duration Sat/Sun 1h 24mins (1 Change at Cambridge) Sat 12.04 13.04 14.04 15.04 16.04 Sun

11.32

12.32

13.32

14.32

15.32

17.04 16.32

£10.00

Your Day Catch your train from Bishop’s Stortford to Newmarket (train times are listed above). You can park for free in the station car park. Getting to Bishops Stortford, CM23 3BL

Things to do in Newmarket: National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art A fun-filled, educational day out for horse lovers, the museum tells the story of horse racing from its royal origins to Lester Piggott, Frankie Dettori and other modern sporting stars. Race to try a horse simulator and dress up as a jockey!

£10.00 Kids 5-18

£6.00

Getting to NHCHA CB8 8JH Studio Scribbles For a relaxed, artsy activity visit the lovely team at Studio Scribbles and decorate some ceramic pottery. There’s over 150 objects to add your creative flair to from mugs to money banks and treasure boxes. Prices start at £5. Getting to CB88AX

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Where to eat Adults

Per Person

£11.00 Under 5s

Free

The Pantry Enjoy traditional British food with locally sourced ingredients in this family friendly café & deli. Dishes in demand include the 9oz Rib eye steak and Vince’s triple chocolate brownie. OFFER: Get a free kids meal when an adult purchases a main course between 12-5pm on Saturday and 12-3pm Sunday. Simply mention “Greater Days”.


Train Timetable

Walton-On-The-Naze Your Greater Day Out (for adults with children aged 5 – 11 years)

Chelmsford to Walton-on-the-Naze (Change at Thorpe-Le-Soken) Duration Sat 57mins Sun 57mins Sat 28th 08.52, 09.52, 10.52, 11.52 Sun 29th 09.11, 10.11, 11.11, 12.11

Walton-on-the-Naze to Chelmsford Duration Sat 49mins Sun 55min Sat 28th 14.00, 15.00, 16.00, 17.00, 18.00 Sun 29th 14.29, 15.29, 16.29, 17.29, 18.29

What to do in Walton-on-the-Naze

Morning Head to Chelmsford station to catch your train to Walton-On-The-Naze (train times are listed above). If you are driving to Chelmsford, you can park for free in the station car park.

Prices are based on 2 adults and 2 children.

£10.00

Getting to Chelmsford car park, CM1 1HT Enjoy time on the 6 acres of golden beach, build a few sandcastles and have a paddle in the sea? The beach is just a 8 minute walk from the station and you’ll have a great day come rain or shine!. Getting to Walton Beach

Free

After your time on the beach, enjoy some outdoor fun at Walton Pier. Walton Pier offers a host of fantastic value family fun. Always a popular seaside destination for the weekend it boasts a variety of indoor and outdoor activities for the family. Getting to Walton Pier, CO14 8ES

Optional

Lunch? Just a 3 minute walk from Walton Pier, Yate’s Fish & Chips offers great value fish and chips. Phone ahead to book as it gets busy, or take it away and enjoy eating on the sea front.

£33.85 Each

Getting to Yate’s Fish & Chips, CO14 8AH

Afternoon If you have the energy after lunch, Walton-on-the-Naze still has lots to offer. Whether it’s walking down the beach or sight seeing you’re after, it’s all within walking distance of the station.

Getting to Walton-on-the-Naze station, CO15 6PU

We hope you enjoy your Greater Day Out


Train Timetable Chelmsford to Clacton-on-Sea Duration Sat 52mins Sun 58mins

Clacton-on-Sea Your Greaterday Out

Sat 28th Sun 29th

08.52, 09.52, 10.52, 11.52 09.11, 10.11, 11.11, 12.11

Clacton-on-Sea to Chelmsford Duration Sat 49mins Sun 55min

Sat 28th

14.05, 15.05, 16.05, 17.05, 18.05 17.35, 18.35

Sun 29th 14.35, 15.35, 16.35,

(for adults with children aged 5 – 11 years)

What to do in Clacton-On-Sea

Morning Head to Chelmsford station to catch your train to Clacton-on-Sea (train times are listed above). If you are planning to drive to Chelmsford, you can park for free in the station car park.

Prices are based on 2 adults and 2 children.

£10.00

Getting to Chelmsford Station car park, CM1 1HT Enjoy time on the golden beach build a few sandcastles and have a paddle in the sea? The beach is a short 12 minute walk from the station and you’ll have a great day come rain or shine. Getting to Clacton Beach

Free

After your time on the beach, enjoy some outdoor fun at Clacton Pier. Clacton Pier offers a host of fantastic value family fun. Always a popular seaside destination for the weekend it boasts a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Getting to Clacton Pier, CO15 1QX

Optional

Lunch? Just a 4 minute walk from Clacton Pier, Geo’s Fish Bar offers great value fish and chips which you can enjoy eating in or on the seafront.

£33.85 Each

Getting to Geo’s Fish Bar, CO15 1QR

Afternoon If you have the energy after lunch, Clacton-on-Sea still has lots to offer. Whether it’s walking down the beach or sightseeing you’re after it’s all within walking distance of the station.

Getting to Clacton-on-Sea station, CO15 6PU

We hope you enjoy your Greater Day Out


New destinations added every week

Only 7 days until 2 new destinations are added! So get ready to enjoy time as a family exploring local areas.

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