12 October 2018

Save Money on Family Days Out with Go North East (AD)

This post is sponsored by Go North East.

Have you heard of Big Days Out? They are discounted family days out offered by bus company Go North East in North East England. And did you know they are not just for the summer holidays, but apply all year round including weekends and the forthcoming school half-term holidays too?

Save Money on Family Days Out with Go North East


Save Money on Family Days Out with Go North East


Do you find that family days out are stressful? Do you find they can be expensive? Does this put you off organising a fun day out for the whole family?

Save Money on Family Days Out with Go North East

We’ve been sharing our A-Z of free family days out in North East England for the past year and not surprisingly it's one of our most popular posts of all time. But although entry is free, you still do have the cost of travelling to the attraction. 

Save Money on Family Days Out with Go North East

Big Days Out

With Big Days Out with Go North East you can enjoy free family days out at places such as Durham, Great North Museum: Hancock, Discovery Museum, Saltwell Park and The Gateshead Angel, Sunderland Museum & Wintergardens, or The Word in South Shields and all for just a tenner for the whole family to travel there ... and back ... and anywhere else that day too as it's unlimited travel. 

Save Money on Family Days Out with Go North East

And not only that you can also receive discounts and offers at many paid for attractions across the region when you travel there on a Family Day Ticket. These top attractions include Beamish and Diggerland, Tanfield Railway & Jarrow Hall where you can save 25% on the standard individual admission price; free child admission at Life Science Centre and Seven Stories; and other family offers at Blue Reef Aquarium, Whitley Bay Ice Rink, Ocean Beach Pleasure Park and bowling in Sunderland.

Save Money on Family Days Out with Go North East

Family Day Ticket

We are lucky to live on a regular bus route into Newcastle, but the expense of travelling by bus can be daunting, until you realise that for just £10 the whole family can travel unlimited for a whole day with Go North East.

Save Money on Family Days Out with Go North East

175,000 journeys are made on Go North East bus services every day around our wonderful region, and with 700 buses there's one going to an attraction near you. 

Available to buy from the driver on the bus or via the Go North East App, the £10 ticket covers up to two adults and three children under 16 travelling in a group – but there must be a minimum of one adult and one child. It offers fantastic value with unlimited travel for a family group for an entire day.

Save Money on Family Days Out with Go North East

This means there are no stresses from parking, fuel costs or map reading. Simply use the Journey Planner and no matter the weather, you can save money travelling to and enjoying some of the region's great attractions. Make the most of the day too by making the bus journey part of the adventure. Buses are very different now with comfy seats, USB charging points, and free Wi-Fi and you don’t need to worry about having cash or the right change as buses now accept contactless payment or you can buy a ticket via the app and simply scan it on the bus.

Buying a Family Day Ticket

It’s a straightforward system and you can save money with just 4 simple steps...

1. Choose which attractions you want to visit from the list of ones partnering with Go North East

2. Use the handy Journey Planner online and via the app to find out how to get there with us.

3. Buy your £10 Family Day Ticket on the Go North East app or from the driver on the bus.

4. Show your Family Day Ticket at the attraction when you arrive to receive your discount or offer
The ticket can be purchased on the app, or on the bus with cash or via contactless payment, and then customers can show this ticket at various attractions across the region to receive a discount. 

Save Money on Family Days Out with Go North East

What are Big Days Out discounts and offers


Save 25% at


Beamish Museum
A living, working museum, set in 300 acres of beautiful Durham countryside. Save 25% on the standard individual admission price by showing your Family Day Ticket at the admission desk.

Tanfield Railway
Save 25% on individual train travel tickets at Tanfield Railway when you show your £10 Family Day Ticket. We do love Tanfield Railway, such a gentle journey and fascinating for children and adults alike who love trains. And its o close to the city too. A bus ride will get you there in no time at all then you can enjoy.

Save Money on Family Days Out with Go North East

Jarrow Hall
Enjoy 25% discount on Day Admission at Jarrow Hall when you show your £10 Family Day Ticket. Discover the fascinating world of Anglo-Saxon Northumbria and the life of Bede, meet and feed the rare-breed animals, enjoy a historic and environmental oasis in the heart of South Tyneside. Kids 4 and under go free!

Diggerland Durham
Save 25% on the full admission price when you show your Family Day Ticket at Diggerland Durham reception, along with the voucher below. Valid for a maximum of 4 people per voucher.

Free child admission at


Life Science Centre
Take advantage of our great Life Science Centre offer! One free child admission to the Science Centre with every full paying adult when you show your Family Day Ticket at Science Centre reception. The boys always love the Life Science Centre – we enjoyed a great day out there in the Summer seeing Robots – The and Now – and there still plenty of time to make the most of this offer and catch the exhibition as it's on until 2 December.

Save Money on Family Days Out with Go North East
Save Money on Family Days Out with Go North East

 Seven Stories
Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books, has teamed up with us to offer free child entry with the purchase of an adult ticket. Simply show your valid Go North East ticket at reception to claim this offer. This is a local attraction to us and we’ve been many times and we’d thoroughly recommend a visit if you haven’t been. This free child offer could be just the ticket!

Save Money on Family Days Out with Go North East

Save more than the cost of the bus ticket on


Ocean Beach Pleasure Park ride tokens
Take your pick from a great selection of thrill rides, kids rides or lots of other fun packed attractions - and get £37.50 worth of ride tickets for £22.50 when you show your Family Day Ticket at Ocean Beach Pleasure Park in South Shields. A saving of £15 on rides means your family ticket has already paid for itself and more …

Whitley Bay Ice Rink family ice skating
Get your skates on and enjoy a fun-filled sporting family day out to Whitley Bay Ice Rink! This offer saves you £5 and gives you a 2-hour skating session with skate hire for a family of 4 for the price of £28 (usually £33). It's guaranteed to keep the kids entertained!

Check out the Go North East website for all of the latest deals.


Save Money on Family Days Out 

So whether you are looking for weekend family trips this autumn or places to enjoy as a family over half-term make sure you check out the offers and discounts with Go North East, plan your journey online for a relaxing stress-free trip and enjoy. 

If you take up the offer let me know what you spend your savings on!


Deb x


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