January is over, the post Christmas slog has passed and now is a great time to purchase an annual pass. There are many attractions in Yorkshire which offer free returns for 12 months once you pay for entry and reduced membership cards that save you money.
Annual passes not only save money but they also encourage you to get out more. Pay once for your card/pass and you can visit as many times as you like for 12 months. This works well if you are strapped for cash but need something to do! Return with a picnic and you have a free day out. All of these are great for all year visits, too, and have extra benefits such as discounts and exclusive events.
Here are 7 of the best annual passes to consider in Yorkshire.
1. Eureka! the national children’s museum is absolutely fantastic! We went last month, here is the blog post where you can read and see all about it.
Eureka! annual passes mean you pay once and can visit this fantastic museum over and over again for 12 months for free. The pass includes their events too. Prices are £12.95 for grown ups and over 3’s, £5.24 aged 1-2 and free under 1’s.
2. Tropical Butterfly House offer memberships for £40 per adults or £32 for children. This includes unlimited entry for 12 months and is well worth it. I went 4 times last year and the entry price is £11 per adult so I should have got an annual pass! I will be purchasing mine very soon.
There is so much to do for all ages, all year round, and they have fantastic outdoor play areas; including a good wet/sand area in summer which, if you had an annual pass you could go for the day just for that.
3. Yorkshire wildlife park annual passes are £55 and after 2 or 3 visits to this zoo the pass has paid for itself. It also includes an annual pass lane which means on busy days you can cut the queue to enter.
4. Pay once to enter the Magna science adventure centre in Rotherham and you get free returns for 12 months. This costs £10.95 adult (£8.95 child over 5) if you buy online here, and this is very worth the money. I love Magna, it is a great alternative to the typical museum, has 4 galleries to explore inside with lots of experiments.
Besides the inside galleries, there is a very good playground and outside water park; Sci-Tek and Aqua-Tek, with picnic areas and kiosk, so in warm months you could spend all day here.
5. The Deep aquarium in Hull charge £10.80 adult for a Day Annual Pass if booking online which includes free returns for a year. This does not include some bank holidays (so check here before you go).
6. National emergency services museum in Sheffield have yearly passes for £24 per adult (£8 over 16 or £6 over aged 3). They have three floors to explore, gift shop and cafe. They also do ghost hunts and temporary exhibitions.
7. Lotherton Hall, Leeds is a fantastic day out for families. There is a deer park, picnic areas, bird garden, outdoor and indoor play, house and chapel, grounds and gardens and in 2017 a new wildlife world.
Passes start at £19 adults, £31.50 couples, £9.40 for children. Lots of benefits are included such as refund the difference of a day ticket with the purchase of an annual pass, special discounts and events.
Will you be purchasing any this year? Have I missed any which you are considering?
Thanks for reading!