Whether you and the family are enjoying the school break or the sunshine just makes you want to get out of London for the day with your mates, the South West Trains Summer Ticket takes you to destinations all over the south of England for just £15 return (kids £7).*
To celebrate this great deal, we've put together a guide to inspired days out of London and we're giving away 15 prizes so you can try one of these day trips on us!
Simply enter our prize draw and pick one of these three amazing prizes for your chance to win.
Win a royal day out at Hampton Court Palace
Explore centuries of royal intrigue or just dress up and have fun seeing where Henry VIII's feasts took place.
You could win a family ticket to Hampton Court, including entrance to the famous maze, the gardens and the palace itself, plus £100 spending money for lunch and souvenirs. South West Trains travel included.
Win a trip for four people to Go Ape in Southampton
Go Ape, located in the woodland at Itchen Valley country park near Southampton, is an activity centre where you can climb high, zipwire among the tress and dare yourself to tackle the high ropes.
You could win a trip for four people to enjoy a Go Ape session, plus £100 spending money to complete your day out. South West Trains travel included.
Win a Michelin-starred lunch at the Terrace restaurant
At the Montagu Arms Hotel in the picturesque New Forest, head chef and Roux scholar Matthew Tomkinson has devised a fabulous menu that has deservedly earned the Terrace restaurant a Michelin star.
You could win lunch for four people at the Terrace restaurant at the Montagu Arms Hotel, plus £100 spending money for your day out. South West Trains travel included.
* The South West Trains Summer Ticket is permitted on off-peak services from Sat Jul 26 until Fri Aug 22. Travel is valid between any two South West Trains served stations. Exceptions apply to stations west of Salisbury (Tisbury to Exeter St Davids or Warminster to Bristol Temple Meads inclusive). The ticket price excludes cross-Solent travel to/from the Isle of Wight. See the South West Trains website for full terms and conditions.
Please note, since the publication of this review the menu has changed. Time Out Food editors, May 2018. Avenue opened in 1997, at a time when St James’s was still playing FTSE and the area’s hedge fund managers were indulging in ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ excess. Conran Restaurants hired the leading minimalist designer of the day, Rick Mather, to create a vast white box of a room. The unflattering uplighting of the hugely long bar made the rich show-offs look even more like Jordan Belfort in rehab. Come 2014, and the financial hangover of the last five years is starting to wear off. Much the same team – now called D&D London – have refocused their efforts on what had become a dated and faltering restaurant, reinventing the vaguely American theme for the current age. So the late Rick Mather’s clean lines have been softened up; the waiting staff have learned to smile. The bar is still a major draw, helped along by great snacks, friendly bar staff, well-crafted cocktails, and an impressive wine list with some terrific wine flights.The menu’s also had an all-points overhaul. The most fun dish is the New England clam chowder, served in a hollowed-out loaf crust, a presentation that was first fashionable during the 1970s. The chowder itself was very creamy and as rich as a stockbroker. As for the lobster mac, it’s comfort food that unsubtly signals the affluence needed to lace a simple dish with a luxury ingredient – a juxtaposition that seems apt on this faux-homely menu.Meatloaf is
Venue says: “Avenue launches a brand new cocktail menu inspired by Asian and Latin American myths and legends!”