We have been working with Northern this week. They are in the middle of a kids go free promotion. Kids go free is available on Northern services when travelling by train with an adult between 17th February to 3rd March 2019. It is solely for 5-15 year old. * The offer is available online or via the Northern app/online simply by using the code ‘KIDS’ at the checkout online* It is really simple. If you watched my stories from today you will be able to see the video of our adventure. The app looks like this, it is really easy to use and best of all there is no need to keep and look after the paper tickets. I am rubbish at that!!
The app is more than just a ticket, you can see the times of the trains and any issues that there may be and the best price ticket for you to buy. I found that it made planning and traveling by train really simple. Once we had decided what train we wanted to get we packed a picnic and all of the things that we didn’t really need and headed for the station.
York train station is one of the prettiest stations in my opinion and I think stations are full of emotion. People excitedly going on holiday or meeting or saying goodbye to loved ones. The App told us which platform we had to go to which means that you can get straight to the right place. It also told us that the train was on time and the duration of the journey. This was really helpful when booking – there were two trains going within a minute of one another and one was going via Harrogate and took much longer so we could choose to wait for the second one that would arrive first.
On the train we could daydream and crochet without having to concentrate on driving – the journey was much quicker than it would have been if I had to navigate the roads and I didn’t have the hassle of parking. The art gallery is not far from the station, I have been into Leeds many times and have even had a coffee in the cafe but somehow had never been to look at the art. I was really impressed with the mix, there was something for everyone and the staff were really knowledgeable. We really enjoyed the interactive space where we painted and drew for a while. It is so lovely to spend time together without any need to have structure. These are the memories I will cherish. Walking round the art gallery and eating ice-cream in the sunshine.
Once we had looked round the shops we decided to head home. Again we used the app to work out what the best train would be to get. Whilst I spent the journey home crocheting someone else decided it would be fun to watch the journey on the app.
We had a lovely time and will hopefully be able to squeeze in another train adventure before our half term week is over. I often forget about train travel for local journeys – we often travel further afield by train as it is so much easier. There are so many fantastic places to go locally and it is so much easier not having to drive.
Thank you again to Northern for sponsoring this blog post.