From buses to leisure centres, National Trust membership to cinemas, there are loads of over 60s discounts for residents of Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.
- Senior Discounts for Travel in Buckinghamshire
- Senior Discounts for Leisure in Buckinghamshire
- Health and Wellbeing Discounts for the Over 60s in Bucks
- Senior Discounts for Cinema in Buckinghamshire
Over 60s Discounts for Travel in Buckinghamshire
Buckinghamshire County Council is required to offer concessionary bus travel to those above the state pension age of a woman (regardless of whether the person in question is male or female). In Buckinghamshire, this means your elderly relative should be eligible for an Older Person’s Bus Pass. Pass holders will be able to travel for free on any local bus service in England, within certain times. All they need to do is show the pass to the driver as they get on.
Having a bus pass entitles the holder to free travel:
- anywhere in England from 9.30am – 11.00pm, Monday to Friday
- anywhere in Buckinghamshire from 9am – 11.59pm, Monday to Friday
- anywhere in England all day at weekends & Public Holidays
In Milton Keynes this is the same except that discounted travel is only available from 9:30am, Monday to Friday.
To get an Older Person’s Bus Pass in Buckinghamshire, one can either apply online on Buckinghamshire Council’s Website, or by post by downloading and printing an application form, and sending it (along with a photocopy of their passport and proof of address) to Buckinghamshire Council, Bus Pass Team, King George V House, King George V Road, Amersham, HP6 5AW.
Bus Passes are usually valid for around 5 years, so you will need to remember to re-apply when it expires.
Coach and Train Travel
For longer journeys there are also some discount schemes for older people, to help with the price. For those travelling on National Express Coaches, consider a Senior Coachcard. This entitles the holder to 1/3rd off travel for a yearly cost of £12.50 (+£2.50 p&p).
National Rail have a similar scheme in place in which a Senior’s Railcard entitles the holder to 1/3rd off train travel when booking with the card. This costs £30 annually and it is really important that the user carries the card with them when using the ticket, to avoid a fine. It is worth bearing in mind that this railcard does cost a fair bit, so only purchase if the user will make good use of it to make the price worth it.
Blue Badge Schemes
Both Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire have Blue Badge Parking Schemes for disabled drivers. This badge will enable them to make use of special parking bays that are often much closer to entrances, making it more accessible. Apply for a Blue Badge on the Buckinghamshire Council and Milton Keynes Council‘s websites.
Leisure Discounts for the Over 60s in Buckinghamshire
The National Trust offers a 25% discount on their membership for people aged 60 and over. There are some further criteria in that you must have held a National Trust Membership for at least 5 of the previous 10 years. Having a membership will enable the holder to access most National Trust properties and estates for free. Find out about some of the best national trust properties in Buckinghamshire. Ring the National Trust on 0344 800 1895 to get this discount.
English Heritage also have a discounted senior membership scheme available to those over 65. You can get access to the scheme on the English Heritage website, or by calling 0370 333 1182. You can also get a senior membership at any of their sites across the county.
In addition to the National Trust and English Heritage discounted membership, there are also some other great accessible days out in Buckinghamshire which offer discounted tickets for seniors, including Bletchley Park, Bekonscot Model Village & Railway, museums and more.
Health and Wellbeing Discounts for the Over 60s in Buckinghamshire
Leisure centres across the county offer discounted membership on gym and swimming pool access, and some even include senior-specific activities such as senior’s Yoga and chair-based exercise sessions. For example, Better Leisure run centres across the county, and offer reduced membership prices to seniors. Centres include:
- Thame Leisure Centre (Aylesbury Vale)
- Sprinters Leisure Centre (Prestwood, Chiltern)
- The Beacon Sports Centre (South Bucks)
- Evreham Sports Centre (South Bucks)
In Wycombe residents can apply for a Leisure Card (free), that entitles them to discounted entrance to leisure centres, priority booking and other benefits. To apply, download the application form from their website, print and fill out, and hand in to any Wycombe area leisure centre (with proof of Wycombe residency).
In Milton Keynes, the Bletchley Leisure Centre offers a free concessionary membership scheme to those 65 and over (with proof). This entitles the holder to free entrance to the facilities (including Oakgrove Leisure Centre), and discounted activities booking among other benefits. Visit the website for more details and to apply. Wolverton Leisure Centre also offers a discounted Senior Membership.
Contact your local leisure centre to find out whether they offer concessionary pricing for seniors.
Over 60s Discounts for Cinemas in Buckinghamshire
In addition to Silver Screenings in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes, most other cinemas across the county will offer discounted prices for seniors. Below you can find information on discounted tickets at the large chain cinemas.
Odeon have two cinemas in the area, Aylesbury and Milton Keynes. The Aylesbury branch is known as a ‘Luxe’ cinema, which means that all of their seating is reclinable (in addition to wheelchair facilities). This means that tickets are more expensive that what you would find at a regular cinema, although there is a £2 discount for seniors. There is no senior discount at the Milton Keynes branch.
Cineworld has branches in High Wycombe and Milton Keynes, both of which offer discounted senior tickets on all films. The price for seniors in High Wycombe is £7 and £9.40 in Milton Keynes.
Empire Cinemas have a High Wycombe branch which also offers discounted senior pricing, usually around 20% less. Pricing varies by film.