There are lots of Over 60s discounts to make use of in Suffolk, whether it be discounted or free travel, cheaper medical prescriptions, or money off cinema tickets. Age Space has compiled a list of some of the best discounts in Suffolk for you and your elderly relatives.
Over 60s Discounts for Travel in Suffolk
Free bus travel is a well-known perk in this country to help the elderly get around and is available for all people over the state pension age. To find out what is needed, and to apply for a Free Travel Bus Pass online, visit the Suffolk County Council Website. A Free Travel Bus Pass entitles the user to free travel:
- Between 9:30am – 11:00pm on weekdays
- All day on weekends and bank holidays
- Anywhere in England on local bus services only
Please note that the Ipswich Park & Ride is not a part of the scheme and so travel will not be free for those with the Free Travel Bus Pass – although they will be able to buy discounted single return tickets for £1.70. All other public bus services in Ipswich are eligible.
If a person has severe mobility problems, or lives in a remote location (with fewer than 3 return public bus journeys per week), then they can swap the Free Travel Bus Pass for the Travel Voucher Scheme provided by Suffolk On Board. The scheme entitles the user to a £100 in vouchers, once a year, that can be used on participating community transport, taxis or private hire schemes. This option should only be considered if your elderly relative is unable to access the benefits of free bus travel, as they forfeit the right to a Free Travel Bus Pass for this scheme. Find out more about the Suffolk On Board Travel Voucher Scheme by following the link and clicking “Travel Voucher Scheme”.
For some alternative bus options check out Age Space’s guide to Community Transport Schemes in Suffolk.
A Senior Railcard can be purchased for £30 at Senior Railcard’s Website, for the over 60s. This entitles the holder to 1/3rd off rail fares for the year when tickets are bought with it. It is crucial that the holder caries their Railcard with them when they travel, in order to avoid a fine. You can also buy a Senior Railcard at a station (bring a passport photo to be used).
A Senior Railcard holder can also get discounts at a variety of Railcard partners, including Haven Holidays, cottages.com, and more.
If coach travel is more convenient for longer distances, National Express offer Senior Coachcards for those over 60. Like the Railcard, a Senior Coachcard gets 1/3rd off on Standard and Fully Flexible fares on coach travel for a yearly price of £12.50 (+£2.50 p&p).
To get a Senior Coachcard, simply visit the National Express Website and complete the online form.
Blue Badge Scheme
This is a national scheme for drivers with, or those who drive people with, severe mobility problems. A Blue Badge entitles the holder to concessions on car parking. An application will need to be supported by a specialist healthcare professional and applications can be made on the government website, costing £10. Suffolk County Council can also offer some advice and information on the Blue Badge Scheme.
Leisure Discounts for the Over 60s in Suffolk
East Suffolk Passport to Leisure
This scheme is open for senior citizens and the disabled to access concession rates at various leisure facilities in the Waveney area. Visit one of the issuing outlets with a completed application, proof of eligibility and a passport sized photo. Applications cost £10 and you can find out everything about this scheme on the East Suffolk County Council Website.
The National Trust offers 25% off their membership scheme for those over 60, who have held a membership for the last three consecutive years. There are many beautiful National Trust properties throughout Suffolk that you can visit for free with a membership card, including the Theatre Royal, Dunwich Heath, Sutton Hoo and the famous Flatford Village more (check out our list of the best National Trust properties in Suffolk). This is an opt-in scheme, meaning your membership won’t automatically update to the reduced rate. To get this discount, ring 0344 800 1895.
English Heritage have many sights across Suffolk, the most famous of which being Framlingham Castle, with a wealth of history and natural beauty to enjoy. Their membership scheme can be bought at a reduced Senior rate for those over 65. You can apply for the membership online, by phone (0370 333 1182) or at any of their sites.
Health and Wellbeing Discounts for the Over 60s in Suffolk
Specsavers offer 20% off to over 60s when you buy a single pair of glasses on specific ranges, plus free NHS-funded eye tests. There are stores in Ipswich, Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury, Lowestoft and more.
Optical Express also offers 20% off complete glasses (when spending over £69).
Find your nearest store.
NHS Prescription Prepayment Certificate (PPC)
The NHS offer a PPC, what they describe as a “prescription season ticket”. There are 2 PPC options available:
- The 3-month PPC costs £31.25 and will save you money if you need more than 3 prescribed items in 3 months.
- The 12-month PPC costs £111.60 and will save you money if you need more than 11 prescribed items in a year.
Visit the NHS website to find out more.
Winter Fuel Payment
The government have a scheme available to those over the state pension scheme age, entitling them to between £100 and £300 to help with heating bill payments. Visit the government website to find out more on eligibility and how to claim.
Over 60s Discounts for Food and Entertainment in Suffolk
Empire Cinemas - Ipswich
In addition to concessional prices for seniors, Empire Cinemas also put on Silver Screenings on Wednesdays from their cinema in Ipswich.
Abbeygate Cinema - Bury St. Edmunds
Based in Bury St. Edmunds, Abbeygate Cinema offer both discounted tickets and reduced membership prices for the over 60s. Membership costs £50 for the year and includes 3 free tickets as well as discounts on tickets, food and drinks.
Vue & Odeon
Vue and Odeon also offer discounted tickets, although they have no locations in Suffolk. Odeon have cinemas in Norwich and Colchester, whereas Vue have cinemas in Norwich and Cambridge.
Hungry Horse runs a lot of pubs across Suffolk, including ones in Bury St. Edmunds (Greengage), Ipswich (Thrasher, The Farmhouse and more), Claydon (The Crown) among others. The Golden Years scheme is available to the over 60s only and entitles them to 2 courses for £4.70. Find your nearest pub.