Getting out and about often becomes more difficult as you get older, but that’s not to say that you have to miss out on visiting new places or spending days out with the grandkids. Taking the train is a great way to explore your local area as well as places further afield in an easy and cost-effective way.
Get out and about
If you’re planning to take a trip but lack confidence in driving, then why not take a train to your chosen destination. You might be a bit wary of catching a train if it’s unfamiliar, but station and train staff are always willing to help you on your journey. They’d even love to come meet you, simply book assistance.
Senior Rail Card – UK wide
National Rail offer a Senior Railcard, which is great if you’re a frequent traveller who is on the move all year round. You can save a third off a variety of fares, including first class and airport express lines if you’re heading somewhere more exotic, and if you’re aged 60 or over you can buy one for £30 online or at your nearest station.
Senior Rover Deal – Southend/ London
If you don’t use the train regularly then the c2c ‘Senior Rover’ deal is your best bet. This ticket starts at just £5 and allows you to hop on and off along the c2c route. Perfect for the spontaneous days out to the city or the Southend coast to hang out with the grandkids on the beach during summer.
Plan your day out
Now that you know the best ways to get around, let’s talk about what you can actually do!
2FOR1 – London Attractions
Did you know when you book your c2c train ticket to London you unlock hundreds of 2FOR1 deals? You can get offers on premium restaurants, west end theatre shows, unique walking tours and much more. There’s also deals on attractions for kids if you want to take the grandkids out for a day or spoil them on their birthday. It’s a great way to explore London for less.
Odeon Cinema – UK wide
You’re probably aware of how much cinema tickets have rocketed over the past years, some tickets can cost as much as buying the DVD itself. To combat this, relax with a mid-week treat at the Odeon cinema. Their ‘silver’ cinema deal lets seniors enjoy weekly screenings for just £3.95. That’s not even the best bit, we all know the one thing more ridiculously priced than a cinema ticket is… cinema food. Well, with this offer you’ll even get a snack and drink included! You can find the Odeon cinemas along the c2c route: Southend and Lakeside.
National Theatre – London
If cinemas aren’t really your thing or if you prefer live performances, grab money off weekday matinees at the National Theatre. Based in London, this theatre is a great choice for an evening out with friends or your partner. You can even save up to £20 on selected productions. Jump on the train to Fenchurch Street and then take underground for a perfect night in the city.
Ice Skating – Alexandra Palace London
Ice skating isn’t just for Xmas and Winter Wonderland’s. Alexandra Palace in London offers discounted sessions for seniors all year round. Wiz, twirl and glide about, show up the grandkids for just £7! If you’re a bit hesitant of the ice, brush up on your skills with a lesson at the palace first.
Beaches – Southend
When it comes to summer time, there’s nothing quite like feeling warm sand between the toes. Fortunately, Southend is full of beaches, explore them all with the help of our Southend beach guide. Be daring and try your hand at kayaking or wind surfing or take the grandkids and build the best sandcastles.
Southend Advantage Card – Southend
Getting out and about is a must for everyone. But if it’s a bit nippy outside, it can become difficult to pluck up the motivation to head outside for even a short morning stroll. A good way to keep fit all year round is by making use of leisure centres. Why not try the shimmy at a lively Zumba class or get ‘on guard’ with fencing?
This card offers discount to a variety of different leisure centres around Southend. What’s more, it also includes discounted prices for attractions such as the Pavilion. A great way to treat yourself after a good work out or a fun place to take the grandkids.
Active in Southend – Southend
Everything from yoga to boot camp sessions and walking football is on offer as part of ActiveSouthend’s drive to encourage residents to be fit and active. A wide range of activities and sports clubs are provided at locations across the Borough, including yoga, rounders and pop-up tennis.
Active Women hosts female-only sessions in yoga, pilates, boot camp, dance fit and aerobic toning, while there is also the chance to take up team sports such as netball. For women who are keen to start running in a friendly environment, the six-week Running Sisters course takes place in Chalkwell Park and is especially suited to those who take little or no physical activity. Residents can keep up-to-date on new activities by visiting www.activesouthend.com.
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