Family summer travel – by train

Train travel this summer with Virgin Trains

The twins both start in reception class at school this September, which is coming around SO quickly! When that times comes I will miss them incredibly during the week. It’s the end of an era of the ‘baby stage’ and the start of their primary school-life adventure. It feels so grown up and important!

That means that I want to make the most of them and our time together before that time arrives. I want to experience things – laugh, play and learn as much as we can this summer before they venture off to primary school.

I recently wrote a blog post about our family bucket list for this summer, in which I shared the kind of activities we plan to get up to over the next 6 weeks. Things such as:

  • Visit a museum
  • Go fruit picking and then make smoothies
  • Do something kind for someone else
  • Have an outdoors picnic
  • Have lunch out somewhere new
  • Go shopping for new school shoes
  • and much more….

Whilst a lot of our summer holidays will be spent at home; chilling, relaxing, playing and being together, there will also be plenty of days out too to keep them entertained and have fun. The twins and I want to have some nice days out together and also with friends too. However, the thought of sitting in the car with the children, queuing in traffic, stuck on roadworks and being restricted makes me feel so anxious!

To help families tackle the season of ‘carguments’ (arguing in the car is a REAL and awful thing!) and start their trip in a more relaxing and enjoyable way, Virgin Trains is launching a summer family promotion on its East Coast route, offering 50 per cent off family travel on selected routes between August 7 and September 10, for journeys booked between July 31 and September 2. On the west coast, Virgin Trains’ family ticket is a super flexible, anytime Standard return that can be booked for as little as £99 for a journey from London to Manchester or Liverpool for a family of four.

As a family of four ourselves, we do actually use the train wherever possible for long journeys, especially as we have two VERY bored twins who can’t sit still for long! Now that they hardly nap in the car it’s so stressful travelling and if we hit any kind of roadworks then it makes the journey really unpleasant. On a train, there is space to move around, things for the kids to do and a toilet is never far away!

Plus it is SO exciting to go to the train station and board a train when you’re little! What an adventure!

We are Worcester-based and the places we fancy visiting include Birmingham, Coventry and Crewe as well local towns too. I’m already busy planning things in for the weeks ahead.

Train travel with small children Summer travel - by train with the family A summer of travel - by train with the family Our family travel with Virgin Trains

What are you going to be getting up to together this summer?

Love, Jess x


Written in collaboration with Virgin Trains.



Jess Soothill

Jess is a Mother of twins, blogger and writer.

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  1. July 24, 2017 / 5:16 pm

    We did this quite recently funnily enough — we took the train and went to the seaside for the day! The twins LOVE going anywhere by train; it’s quite nice as I have always associated it with commuting and work. It’s lovely to use it for fun things! 🙂 xx

    • Jess
      July 25, 2017 / 8:59 am

      Sounds lovely! Hope you had a super day out xx

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