GWR provided us with train tickets to use to go anywhere that we wanted for a day out during the Easter school holidays. I told the boys that they could go anywhere that they wanted and they chose to go to Plymouth in Devon.
*At the bottom of the page is information about a GWR competition to win your own day out and £500*
We started our journey at St Austell railway station. The photo above is NOT St Austell station, but Bodmin Parkway, which is where we had to hop off of a non GWR train to catch our own train. The train we had tickets for and should have been on. Not the best start to a day out accidentally grabbing a free ride and being thrown (very politely) off a train.
Honestly my embarrassing Mum skills excelled that day, but luckily the boy found it hilarious. We did eventually make our way to Plymouth and despite the train being busy both ways, we managed to get seats both ways and got to enjoy the views as we travelled.
I love going on trains, as you can nose in people’s gardens as you go past and often have a much better scenic view as well.
It was a slightly chilly day at first, but the sun came out in full force later on. Plymouth isn’t the most scenic of cities unless you head to the Hoe or closer to the sea, but the boys love going shopping there.
During the school holidays there are often small rides and bits around too.
We usually love to go to Plymouth for the annual fireworks competition and to visit the National Marine Aquarium as well.
One thing that our trips to Plymouth usually have in common, is that Si drives. This is because I hate driving in cities, possibly because I live in Cornwall and rarely have to drive anywhere that busy. The roads in most cities just have so many lanes and I always seem to be in the wrong one.
Therefore it was fantastic to go to Plymouth on the train without that stress, I think in future that’s the way I will travel there. We had such a nice day eating lunch together and having a mooch around the shops. I take for granted sometimes just how easy they are to take out for the day at their ages, but often it really is more like spending time with friends.
If you would like to have a family day out with your own family without the stress of having to find somewhere to park the car or work out which lane won’t have other cars beeping at you, then GWR have the ideal competition for you. How do train tickets for a day out and £500 spending money sound?
Great right? Well GWR are working with the National Schools Partnership at the moment – you can see in the video below a big part of this.