Take the kids for free for half term fun

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22 October 2021

Family days out this half term and beyond are more affordable than ever, with free travel for children all day, every day on Tyne and Wear Metro and the Shields Ferry.

Up to three children aged 11 and under can travel for free when accompanied by a fare paying adult.

Thanks to Metro more than 60,000 children have already enjoyed free days out alongside their parents and grandparents. 

Now operator Nexus is highlighting family activities its is easy to reach by Metro this holiday.

Huw Lewis, Customer Services Director at Nexus, said: “You can take your kids for free on Metro and the Shields Ferry, and that is our permanent promise.

 “We’re delighted at the number of families making the most of this offer on the services we operate. Take the Kids for Free is the biggest change we’ve ever made in our ticketing offer, and we wanted to be a key part of helping families get back out and about, in an extremely affordable way.

“Our free travel promise applies all day, every day, and as schools finish for their half term break we’re reminding people of the opportunities Metro provides as a great value way of enjoying the attractions in our region.

"We also hope Take the Kids For Free has welcomed some brand new customers to Metro, who continue to enjoy the convenience, great value and sustainability of public transport, as well as great days out with their families.”

The fare-paying adult must be aged 18 or over and in possession of a valid ticket or validated smartcard. The accompanying children don't need to have a ticket, making travel simple as well as great value.

Some free half-term ideas easily accessed by Tyne and Wear Metro:

  • Newcastle: Toon trail –Follow the trail in the city centre and complete 8 questions to be in with a chance of winning some great prizes. Find out more at www.newcastle.gov.uk/toontrail .Use Monument Metro Station
  • Gateshead: BALTIC Family Days. Take part in creative workshops, fun activities and family tours. Find out more at BALTIC Family Days (Oct 2021) :: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Use Gateshead Metro Station
  • North Tyneside: Big Halloween Pumpkin Trail, featuring 30 giant pumpkin caricatures on pavements. Track all of them using a free app, available on iPhone and Android, called ‘North Tyneside Pumpkin Trail’. Use Whitley Bay Metro Station
  • South Tyneside: Halloween Lego building challenge at Jarrow and Hebburn libraries. What's on - South Tyneside Council Use Jarrow or Hebburn Metro stations.
  • Sunderland: The Mackem Monster Hunt sees giant inflatable monsters taking over the city centre. Halloween in Sunderland | Sunderland BID Use Sunderland Metro station.

For more details on the Take the Kids for Free, and which adult tickets are valid, see: Take the kids for free | nexus.org.uk

Nexus first introduced the offer for weekends in January 2020, as part of celebrations to mark Metro’s 40th anniversary, and it was then made permanent in July this year.


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