I pop on a train quite frequently for blog related shindigs but it’s actually quite rare for us to go with the kids or as a family. A few months ago I took P2 by herself to London and she had such a brilliant adventure that it made me want to experience train adventures more often.
We was asked by Railcard to have a day out using the Family & Friends Railcard. If you have read my blog for a while you will know that my Hubby is a stickler for a deal so this was up our street. A Family & Friends Railcard costs £30 for a whole year and this entitles you to save 1/3 of adult train fares and 60% on kids (5-15 years) train fares on journeys across Great Britain.
We wanted to plan a really fun day out for the girls as we have been so preoccupied with our house move (I know you’re bored of me talking about it). After remembering that you get 2 for 1 entry to loads of different attractions across Great Britain, we decided to head to London Sealife Aquarium for our trip.
We also invited my Mother-in-Law, her partner and my brother-in-law as you can use the Family & Friends Railcard for up to four adults and four children. It’s worth noting that to get the discounted tickets you must have at least one paying child travelling with you.
It was an early start last Sunday. The girls were really excited as we waited for our train to arrive. It was a straight forward journey with just one train into London. They were all really good on the journey. At Waterloo station we grabbed a quick McDonald’s breakfast as there’s nothing worse than hangry children on a day out.
We then took a short walk across to Southwalk in London. P3 kept pointing out certain things and especially found the London Eye fascinating. We bought our Sealife tickets and headed in. I haven’t actually been to Sealife for many years so was personally really excited.
It was about 10am ish when we arrived and it was pretty quiet actually. P3 was attached to her Grandad which was really cute to watch. She seemed absolutely fascinated by the fish and all of the colours. We had agreed to take it really slowly. So we had to keep reminding P1 and P2 to stop wandering off so quickly. Why do kids always do that?!
There is so much to see at Sealife, including a crocodile (or alligator) and even penguins!! My favourite part was the huge shark tank. The sharks in there was so interesting an unusual looking. It was amazing. It’s definitely the main focus point. They have also recently launched a brilliant Jelly Fish area too which the girls really enjoyed. They are such strange creatures.
After being thrown into the gift shop right at the end and waggled out of some money for a gift each, we made our way to the park right near the London Eye to have our picnic and let the girls play. It felt so peaceful and the weather was very autumnal that day.
We headed back for the train mid afternoon. Hubby and I usually always opt for travelling by car for ease with the girls but actually they loved the adventure of a train. Now they are more understanding it has become much easier to travel. The discounted rail tickets and incentive for travelling by train and getting discounted tickets on attractions is very appealing to us now.
I am already planning some winter adventures and cannot wait for the summer too where we can head to Brighton for a beach trip, or up North for a whole new experience. I would highly recommend getting a Family & Friends Railcard, it’s super easy to order online and ours arrived within a few days too. They also have a competition to win a Family & Friends Railcard plus 4 return tickets from anywhere in Great Britain to London plus a family ticket to Shrek’s Adventure AND SEALIFE London. Head here to enter.
Check out my little video of our London adventure: