School’s out! Summer’s here with 2FOR1 offers from National Rail

1st August 2023

Soak up all that Britain has to offer with major savings when you travel by train


Nothing beats a British Summer! Warmer weather, longer days and plenty of great activities and events to keep all the family entertained, and National Rail’s got you covered to keep money in your pocket and the kids entertained this August.


National Rail’s offers 2FOR1 on over 350 attractions across Britain when you travel by train. Whether on a staycation or on a day out, DaysOutGuide has something for the whole family – even for those inevitably rainy days.


Take advantage of lower cost rail fares when booking in advance as nothing beats being there. An advance fare saves on average of 43% on train tickets and combined with the Family & Friends Railcard (1/3 off for up to 4 adults and 60% off for kids travelling together) – save your pennies for ice cream, souvenirs and new memories!


Check out some of our 2FOR1 highlights that you won’t want to miss this August.


Thorpe Park Carnival

Prepare to laugh, scream, and launch into summer at our awe-inspiring Carnival event! Ride world-class coasters, witness awe-inspiring entertainment, and taste Circus-style street snacks all in one action-packed day. Plus, experience the dark side of the Carnival in Trailers: Breakout at Bozos – a maze with a twist. Experience life as a human cannonball as you accelerate to 80 mph in under two seconds on Stealth – the UK’s fastest rollercoaster, high dive the 85ft descent on the super-soaking Tidal Wave, then brave a ride on the twisted tracks of Colossus boasting not one, not two, but TEN acrobatic loops!

Nearest Station: Staines


Chessington World of Adventures: Wilderfest

Adventurers, it's back! For its 3rd year in a row, Britain’s WILDEST family music festival – WILDERFEST. Get ready to Croc ‘n Roll as come rain or shine, we will be bringing some of the FIERCEST artists in the animal kingdom to the Mane Stage yet again. So, pull on your dancing shoes and put your paws in the air as we will be partying the summer away.

Nearest Station: Chessington South


BEANO Blamtastic Afternoon Tea Bus Tours

To celebrate Beano's 85th anniversary, in London for Summer 2023 only. Get ready for an adventure full of fun and mischief with the BEANO Blamtastic Afternoon Tea Bus Tour, now available for a limited time only in the heart of London. Starting from 10 June to 10 September 2023, the BEANO Afternoon Tea Bus Tour celebrates BEANO's 85th birthday, offering a unique experience for families looking for laughs and treats

Nearest Station: London Victoria


London Zoo

New for 2023, from Saturday 22 July to Sunday 3 September there’ll be no cheat-ahs allowed at the Really Wild Challenge wildlife lovers can play their way through the animal kingdom, going head-to-head with their ‘troop’ to test their wild skills, while trying their hand at being a ZSL conservationist – working to protect wildlife across the world. At the end of the biggest day out in London, kids can cool down in the Animal Adventure Splash Zone, while parents soak up the summer sun with an ice-cream milkshake at the Penguin Beach Café.

Nearest Station: London Euston


Cutty Sark

Step aboard and set sail on a fantastic family adventure at Cutty Sark! Taking place on the first weekend of every month, Cutty Sark Family Fun Weekends feature workshops, songs, activities and experiences for all ages. Meet characters from Cutty Sark's past and sing along with our resident sea shanty singers - for the real sailor experience, why not dress up as a member of Cutty Sark's crew?

Nearest Station: Greenwich


RHS Wisley - The Grand Bug & Pest Hotel

Opening on 22 July 2023 at the RHS Gardens – Wisley in Surrey, Bridgewater in Greater Manchester, Harlow Carr in Yorkshire, Hyde Hall in Essex and Rosemoor in Devon – this luxurious getaway boasts an Olympic-size outdoor puddle and spectacular views over a tuft of grass. It’s the perfect place for a miniature adventure!

Nearest Station: Woking London Eye

Every year the London Eye plays host to millions of best friends, family days out, couples on holiday, marriage proposals, school trips, first dates, reunions and parties. London is the best city in the world and its skyline is the most iconic. But it's more than just the view. It’s about you, being together. It’s about unforgettable memories. Soar up to 135 metres into the sky to see breathtaking views of Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and more, then place yourself in the skyline.

Nearest Station: London Waterloo


Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Being one of Birmingham’s best attractions, The Birmingham Botanical Gardens offers something for everyone, be it one of our four stunning glasshouses showing tropical rainforests to an arid desert, our playground, tearoom and Japanese Gardens, all surrounded by some of the most beautiful gardens in the UK.

Nearest Station: Birmingham New Street


Royal Observatory Greenwich

Take a selfie at the historic Prime Meridian where east meets west and take your place at the centre of the world. Whilst you're at the top of the hill at the Royal Observatory be sure to enjoy the views of London, and beautiful Greenwich Park.
Visit the beautiful Flamsteed House, designed by Sir Christopher Wren and historic home to Britain's Astronomers Royal. Take a fascinating glimpse into the apartments where the Astronomers Royal and their families lived and worked in our new Observatory Life display.

Nearest Station: Greenwich


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*Before you book your ticket, check the full Days Out Guide travel advice.