Translink is helping families reawaken their sense of adventure this summer by encouraging households to explore the many amazing experiences Northern Ireland has to offer.
The public transport provider knows that for young children, using its services is part of the day out rather than just a way to get you there and back, and with this in mind, it has launched a free fun-filled activity pack for kids to become ‘Little Explorers’ throughout the summer.
Passengers will see adventure print trails in stations across the country and the free booklet will be available at ticket desks in key stations and on board selected services, giving little ones a passport to adventure on train, bus or glider.
Filled with games, puzzles and plenty of space to let their artistic side shine, the creative pack will keep Little Explorers entertained wherever they’re travelling to. It’s hoped the journey jotter will become a keepsake of the memories made on board and beyond.
Translink’s Director of Commercial Operations, David Cowan said:
“We want to help families get out and about more this summer and to find adventure on the journey. We’ve enhanced our services on popular routes, frozen our fares at 2019 levels to ensure affordability, and now with Little Explorers coming on board, we want to make using public transport part of the summer experience too.
“There is so much in Northern Ireland to explore, and we hope this new initiative will spark fun and imagination from what can sometimes be seen as the ordinary, enabling families to create extraordinary memories. With contactless payments, pre-booking on our mLink app, and staff at ticket desks across our stations to help you plan your days out, we can’t wait to welcome you on board to start your summer fun.”
Travel itineraries featuring some of Northern Ireland’s best places to visit will be shared across Translink’s social media in the coming weeks. The company has also teamed up with blogger Karen Lynch who runs WeeBelfastExplorers to showcase fun things to do with your loved ones during the school holidays regardless of the unpredictable weather.
“This new activity pack is perfect for keeping young ones entertained this summer. We’ve been using Translink services more regularly to get out and about as I’ve actually found it to be easier than I thought, plus the kids have a ball being able to move about and see new things whilst travelling rather than being strapped in a car all day.
“The cost of petrol has also made us rethink how we get about for days out and there are so many free and low-cost attractions on a range of routes to make it as affordable as you need it to be. It can be so expensive trying to fill the summer months with a family, so these fabulous activity packs give an added element of fun to the day, and we will definitely be keeping them in our memory boxes and sharing at show and tell in school when the kids go back in September.”
Plan a fun day out and make the most of a Family & Friends ticket for only £22 for unlimited day travel on all Translink services within Northern Ireland. Or rediscover Belfast with a Metro and Glider Family Day Ticket for just £9 for unlimited day travel. These tickets cover up to 2 adults and 4 children, and to make Summer days out even easier and more affordable there will be no time restrictions on the use of these tickets until end of August.
Keep your eyes peeled for the adventure trails popping up in stations this summer and share your adventures on social media by tagging #LittleExplorers.
Head to www.translink.co.uk/daysout for all the latest things to do this summer or check out the Journey Planner app for up to date fares and timetables.