The adage, “with age comes wisdom” is widely known, but there is a second, lesser known version – with age comes plentiful discounts! There are a lot of cultural, accessible, fun, and family-friendly activities and days out to enjoy in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, many of which offer concessionary ticket prices. Travel discounts can also make public transport more accessible to the elderly, helping them to get out as often they wish. On this page you will find details of some of the best Discounts for the Over 60s in Cambridgeshire.
- Travel Discounts in Cambridgeshire
- Health & Wellbeing Discounts in Cambridgeshire
- Entertainment Discounts in Cambridgeshire
Over 60s Discounts for Travel in Cambridgeshire
Once a person reaches the UK state pension age they are able to apply to the national scheme providing free bus travel at non-peak times. Cambridgeshire is no different. To check your elderly relative meets the eligibility requirements in Cambridge visit the county council’s website.
Cambridgeshire’s free bus pass enables the holder to (including the Park and Ride services in Cambridgeshire):
- Free Bus travel after 9:30am on weekdays
- Free Bus travel all day on weekends and bank holidays
- 50% reduction in price at selected Dial-A-Ride services in Cambridgeshire
The council recommends applying 4 weeks before a person intends to use the pass, to allow for processing. To apply for a free bus pas in Cambridgeshire:
- Visit the Cambs County Council Website
- Telephone: 03450 451 367
Nationwide train travel can also be reduced by using a Senior Railcard. This entitles those over 60 to 1/3rd off tickets bought using it, either online or at a station. The Senior Railcard can be bought online or at most stations across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough where a customer service window or machine is available. Railcards cost £30 per year, so it is a good idea to calculate whether the savings will make buying the railcard worth it.
It is important to travel with the railcard whenever a ticket has been bought with it, as ticket inspectors will issue fines for those with discounted tickets, but who are without their railcard.
Often favoured by the older generation, if coach travel is more their style National Express also have a Senior Coachcard scheme. As with the railcard, holders of a Coachcard are entitled to up to a 1/3rd off ticket prices for the year. A Senior Coachcard is much less expensive than a Railcard at £12.50 per year (+ £2.50 postage).
Order a Senior Coachcard online at the National Express Website.
Blue Badge Scheme in Cambridgeshire
If your elderly relative is still driving, and has a disability, this badge placed on view in their car allows them to park in reserved spaces, closer to points of interest. This reduces the distance that people with mobility issues have to travel from their car. Sometimes car spaces are offered at a reduced price, or even free.
Blue Badges are sought after things, and so there are strict eligibility requirements, including the written support of a healthcare professional. However, if you do feel your elderly relative is eligible for one, visit the Cambridgeshire County Council website for more information, and apply on the Government Website, costing £10.
Health & Wellbeing Discounts for the Over 60s in Cambridgeshire
VivaCity Card – Peterborough
Vivacity Peterborough organises and manages much of the leisure and entertainment in Peterborough including Flag Fen, the libraries, theatre and leisure centres. Peterborough residents who use these services regularly can get a VivaCity Card from any of the venues they manage. This entitles the user to a variety of benefits including reduced admission prices to cultural attractions and discounted beverage costs. The card is completely free.
Pay and Play Concession Cards – Swimming in Cambridge City
For residents in Cambridge, the Pay and Play Concession Card is a very good deal and can help keep older people swimming and taking part in pool-based light mobility and exercise sessions. Available to the over 60s, the card entitles the holder to 50% off admission prices at swimming pools across the city including: Parkside Pools, Abbey Pools, Cherry Hinton Village Centre, King’s Hedges Learner Pool and Jesus Green. The card only costs £5 a year so is a worthwhile investment. Find out more and purchase one at any of the venues listed.
If the local gym or swimming pool is operated by Better, which all of the above are, you might also want to look into a Senior Membership. This is more expensive but entitles the holder to unlimited local gym and swimming pool access, a free personalised fitness induction and exercise advice. A membership might be a better route to go if you intend to use the gym/swimming pool on a very regular basis.
- Telephone: 01223 457 532
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Discounts at Opticians in Cambridgeshire
Opticians across the county offer reduced prices on selected ranges of glasses for the over 60s. All of the following companies discount glasses by 25%. Their stores are all spread throughout Cambridgeshire, in every major town, and many villages. Click the links below to find your nearest store.
- Specsavers in Cambridgeshire
- Boots in Cambridgeshire – Advantage Card Scheme
- Optical Express in Cambridgeshire
Over 60s Discounts for Entertainment in Cambridgeshire
Imperial War Museum
The Imperial War Museum in Duxford, as seen in Age Space’s Top 5 Accessible Days Out in Cambridgeshire, has discounted ticket prices for its over 65 guests. Tickets can be bought for the reduced cost of £15.12 (+ donation). This doesn’t include Air Show events.
The National Trust has a 25% off membership scheme for those over 60 who have also held National Trust Membership for at least 5 of the past 10 years. Membership entitles holders free access to many of their properties across the UK. Visit Cultural Gems for the Elderly in Cambridgeshire to find out about the many stunning and accessible National Trust estates in the county.
This scheme is an opt-in scheme, and requires members to ring 03448 001 895 to get access.
Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge
Art Picturehouse is an independent cinema in Cambridge that prides themselves on their accessible showings, including relaxed dementia screenings. They also have Silver Screening on Tuesdays and Thursdays before 5pm, where a selection of new and old films are shown at a reduced price with refreshments.
For regular screenings, Senior Tickets can be purchased at the reduced price of £12.10. Find out more on the Picturehouse Website.
Vue Cinema, Cambridge
Vue Cinema in Cambridge also has a fully accessible, wheelchair-friendly cinema with regular accessible showings. Although ticket prices vary depending on the film and showtime, senior pricing is available at a reduced price, usually around £1 less than regular adult pricing.
Cineworld, St Neots and Ely
Cineworld have cinemas in St Neots and Ely which are both wheel-chair and assistant dog-friendly. At both venues discounted senior pricing is available. £9.40 in St Neots, £9.10 in Ely.
Hungry Horse Pubs, Peterborough and Cambridgeshire
Hungry Horse Pubs proudly offer their Golden Years menu to their over 60s guests. You can pick a main and a starter or desert for the reduced price of £4.70, with the option to add an extra course for £1.50 if you’re feeling extra peckish.
There are Hungry Horse pubs in:
- Cambridge – Milton Arms, 205 Milton Road, CB4 1XG
- Peterborough – Halycon, Atherstone Ave, PE3 9TT
Dobbies Garden Centre Restaurants
Dobbies Garden Centres across the county have a special Senior Citizen’s Lunch deal for their elderly guests on Tuesdays between 12noon and 3pm at their restaurants. Take a break from indulging a horticultural interest with a 2 course meal with tea or coffee for just £7.95.