Mum goes on £16 holidays – making it back in time for her nightshifts

Travelling doesn't have to be expensive
Travelling doesn’t have to be expensive (Picture: SWNS)

There may be a cost-of-living crisis but, post-pandemic, lots of us are still eager to travel the world.

And mum-of-three, Anne-Marie, is proving that amazing holidays don’t have to break the bank.

In fact, she jets off on 48-hour adventures, bagging flights for as little as £16.

She even makes it back in time for her night shifts.

Anne-Marie Moss, 45, has taken eight short trips over the last two years, all of which have cost her just £994 in total on return flights and accommodation.

She said she got the travel bug after finding a cheap holiday for her daughter, 20-year-old Trinity – as well as her friends Imogen and Tianna – to Kraków, Poland.

They wanted to explore the Christmas markets and their return flights to Poland cost just £16.

Realising how easy it was to find quick getaways at bargain prices, she set off a month later back to Kraków – this time reuniting with an old school friend of 30 years, Rachel, 44.

Over the past few years, she’s travelled to various cities – taking new friends and getting stuck in with activities such as kayaking, quad biking and cycling around the national park.

And it’s clear Anne-Marie certainly isn’t one for lounging by the pool.

She recently spent 48-hours in Palma, Spain, having foot massages and watching a boat race in March 2023. The trip cost just £110 each, and she already has her next trip planned for May.

Jill, Heather and Anne-Marie jetting off on holiday
Jill, Heather and Anne-Marie jetting off on holiday (Picture: Anne-Marie Moss / SWNS)

Anne-Marie makes sure to rigorously plan the jam-packed holidays – and always ensures she is back in time for her night shift as a receptionist at a mental health hospital.

The mum-of-three, from Accrington, Greater Manchester, said: ‘I’m often hopping off the flight and heading straight to my shift.

‘I sleep on the plane home. It started off when I found £16 return flights to go to Kraków, Poland.

‘I fell in love with it. After we came back home, I wanted to travel again.

‘We just came back from 24 hours in Palma, Spain. It was about £110 each in total.

‘It’s cheaper than going round Manchester.’

Anne-Marie in Romania
Anne-Marie in Romania (Picture: Anne-Marie Moss / SWNS)

On Anne-Marie’s first cheap trip to Kraków in December 2021, she didn’t just visit the Christmas markets, she also went to Auschwitz and the salt mines.

She said: ‘We got an apartment for £100 for two nights and it was right in the city centre. The snow was picturesque.’

Desperate to go back, Anne-Marie invited her pal, Rachel, along with her in March 2022 after seeing a Facebook post about her wanting to travel.

She said: ‘I hadn’t seen her in 30 years but I said, “shall we go for it?”

‘It was last minute, and we got £35 return flight.’

Anne-Marie in Poland, quadbiking
Anne-Marie in Poland, quadbiking (Picture: Anne-Marie Moss / SWNS)

The pair went to the Tantra Mountains and visited the thermal spa and they loved it so much they returned less than a month later.

On their second trip they went kayaking, quad biking and cycling – packing it all into 48 hours and spending just £120.

Anne-Marie has been three times since – taking school mum, Jill, 50, and her family in May and June 2022 as well as her twin sister, Donna, and their daughters in December last year.

She said: ‘Jill couldn’t come the first time we had planned to as her passport had expired.

‘So, I still took her family. I booked a surprise visit in June so she could go.

‘We belly laughed the whole time.’

Anne-Marie kayaking
Anne-Marie kayaking (Picture: Anne-Marie Moss / SWNS)

Anne-Marie also spent two nights in Bucharest, Romania, in February 2023.

She said: ‘We went to the castles and thermal spa.

‘It was fabulous. It cost us £116 each in total.’

The shift worker just got back from 24 hours Palma, Spain, last month after jetting off with Jill and her work pal – Heather, 40.

Anne-Marie said: ‘It was about £110 each with flights and taxis. I’ve made new friendship groups along the way.’

Anne-marie, Jill and Elisabeth
Anne-marie, Jill and Elisabeth on holiday (Picture: Anne-Marie Moss / SWNS)

Anne-Marie, desperate to keep travelling, already has her next trip planned with friends – an escape to Marseille, France, for 48 hours in May.

They have planned to kayak around the coast and take a cruise – spending just £29 each on return flights.

The mum usually takes her trips mid-week and books the first flight possible and the latest one back to make sure they make the most of the time they have.

She said: ‘I work shift work, so I usually go mid-week. I try and get an early flight out and then try and get the last flight home.

‘We just have backpacks.’

Anne-Marie is always happy for more women to join in on their travels.

She said: ‘As long as you’re nice and up for an adventure come along. You’ve got to be up for things.

‘We don’t relax by the pool.’

Anne-Marie’s 48-hour escapes:

December 2021: Kraków – £16 flights each, £100 accommodation (£25 each)

March 2022: Kraków – £35 flights, £50 accommodation

April 2022: Kraków and Tantra Mountains – £35 flights, £90 hotel, £120 on activities

May 2022: Tantra Mountains for three days – £120 each

June 2022: Kraków and Tantra Mountains – £22 flights, £120 each on activities

Dec 2022: Tantra Mountains – £35 flights, £100 accommodation

Feb 2023: Bucharest, Romania – £116 each

March 2023: Palma – £110 each

Total: £994

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Geocaching: the global treasure hunt finding new fans on TikTok

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The ‘OG Pokémon Go’, apparently (Picture: Getty Images)

You either know exactly what we’re talking about, or you’ve never heard the world ‘geocach’ in your life.

But for those not in the know, let us enlighten you.

To put it simply, geocaching is a worldwide treasure hunt. According to the National Trust, a geocache is ‘a small waterproof treasure box hidden outdoors’, and the aim of the game is, of course, to find them.

Hidden by a fellow geocacher, inside each box, you’ll usually find a logbook to leave a message in. You might also happen upon a few trinkets that people have left behind.

The first geocache was hidden in Oregon, USA, in May 2000, and now there are three million active geocaches around the world.

They’re pretty much everywhere – from remote villages, and windswept cliffs, to busy beaches and city centres. They can be found in a staggering 191 countries and on all seven continent – yep, even Antarctica.


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And now, this global treasure hunt is being introduced to new would-be treasure hunters thanks to TikTok.

Seasoned geochachers are giving curious viewers the low-down on this wholesome activity – which is sure to gain more fans as we (finally) head into spring.

One video, in which TikToker Bex @northernblondeabroad finds a geocache in a road sign, has been viewed 2.3million times.

‘You will walk past hundreds of geochaches every single day, and not even know it,’ explains Bex in another video.

‘The rules of geocaching are simple. All you need to do is make sure you put it back how you found it, sign the log sheet, and if you take anything out of a geocache, make sure you swap it for something else.’

Commenters couldn’t believe they were only just hearing about this two-decade long hunt. ‘How have I only just heard about this?’ asked one, while another said, ‘I live in the UK and never even heard of it.’ A third quite rightly dubbed it, ‘the OG Pokémon Go’.

Bex goes on to show us geocaches disguised as rocks and hidden in tree stumps.

No idea where to start? There’s an app for that.

Download the Geocaching app and pick the one you want to find – you’ll be given the coordinates, and then it’s up to you to hunt it down.

It’s not meant to be an easy find – where would be the fun in that? So you’ll have to think outside the box to find that treasure.

It’s giving wholesome, Sunday afternoon vibes. We’re off to lace up our hiking boots…

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Fancy a dip? Here are 20 of the best wild swimming spots in the UK

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We are blessed with beautiful swimming spots (Picture: Getty)

With the warmer months nearing, many of us will be dreaming of hazy summer days, taking an al fresco dip to cool off.

Wild swimming is becoming an increasingly popular activity in the UK, and currently, the number of designated bathing spots in the country is at an all time high.

Four new spots have been added by the government in Rutland, Devon and Suffolk, bringing the total number to 424.

Becoming a designated swimming spot means an area will benefit from regular water-quality monitoring which is good news for swimmers.

If you’re a new wild water swimmer, there are some things to note. As the name suggests, this is a little more rustic than heading to your local leisure centre. So, avoid taking the plunge if you’re not a seasoned swimmer and stick to shallow waters.

Meanwhile, do your research and ask locals for advice.

With so many beautiful amenities on offer, from plunge pools to rivers, now really is the time to embrace the water.

So, whether you’re a thrill seeker or simply want to feel the water on your skin, here are 20 of the best wild swimming spots in the UK.

Sykes Lane Bathing Beach

Trees By The Water
Rutland water (Picture: Getty)

Located at Rutland Water beach, the newly appointed area of Sykes Lane is set to become a hotspot in warmer weather.

Whitwell Creek

Sailing Day At Rutland Water
Sailing at Rutland (Picture: Getty)

Also located at Rutland, Whitwell Creek is also home to a watersports centre and restaurant. The ideal haunt for busy summer days.

Firestone Bay

Firestone bay
A beautiful wild swimming spot (Picture: The Rockpool Project)

Firestone Bay is a small pebble beach to the West of Plymouth Sound located next to Devil’s Point. It also provides great views of Mount Edgcumbe.

River Deben

Deben Estuary
Mist on the River Deben (Picture: Getty Images)

The River Deben in Suffolk flows through unspoilt countryside for nearly 25 miles from its source near Debenham to the North Sea at Felixstowe Ferry. Now, a section will be open to swimmers at Waldringfield, Suffolk.

Embleton Bay

Embleton Bay near Dunstanburgh Castle. Northumberland, England, Great Britain
Embleton Bay near Dunstanburgh Castl (Picture: myLoupe/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Embleton Bay is a long sweep of white sand and is shadowed on its southern end by the atmospheric ruins of 14th century Dunstanburgh Castle. It’s ideal for swimming in the shallows or the deeper waters of the North Sea.

Clevedon Marine Lake

The Marine Lake at Clevedon (Picture: Getty)

Clevedon Marine Lake is in Somerset is a large tidal pool and is filled with sea water from the Bristol Channel every spring tide. It’s free and the water is regularly tested.

River Ouse

River Ouse
The winding waterway (Picture: Getty)

In Sussex Downs, the River Ouse is a beautiful waterway that you can also travel on in its paddle boats.

Skye’s Faerie Pools

Skyes fairy pools
The majestic pools (Picture: Getty)

Located on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, Skye’s faerie pools are magical spots for a swim. Some are tinged with pinks and greens.

Tellisford, Frome

Tellisford frome
Ideal swimming spot (Picture: Somserset Rivers)

In Somserset, this pool-cum-large-weir is superb for expert swimmers and those who enjoy a quick paddle.

Blue Lagoon, Pembrokeshire

Aerial view of a rocky coastline and lagoon in Pembrokeshire, Wales (Blue Lagoon, Abereiddy)
The stunning lagoon (Picture: Getty)

Wale’s Blue Lagoon is the colour of turquoise and could sit itself easily in landscape of Iceland.

Grantchester Meadows

Grantchester Mill Pond
The leafy greens of Grantchester (Picture: Getty)

Grantchester Meadows in Cambridge has 2km of fine river to dive and swim in.


Levenshulme’s wild swimming spot (Picture: Getty)

Known as the ‘secret lake’, Levenshulme’s wild swimming spot in Manchester is a large body of water dredged and created by locals in an eight-year long community project.

River Lugg

The River Lugg;image taken on Offa's Dyke National Trail in Wales, UK between  Kington and Knighton  in Powys, UK. August
A section of the River Lugg (Picture: Getty Images)

The best place to swim in the River Lugg is where it passes through the small village of Bodenham. Expect some stretches of shoreline beaches and river pools.

Hampstead Heath Swimming Ponds

Men's Swimming Pond at Hampstead Heath in London
The men’s pool (Picture: Getty)

With a total of 30 ponds on Hampstead Heath, three of the biggest are for swimming. The single-sex ponds are open all year round.


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The River Derwent (Picture: Getty)

The River Derwent in Chatsworth, Derbyshire is a lovely place to swim. Park at Calton Lees car park, walk across the cattle grid to the river, and a muddy entrance will take you to the banks.

Windermere, Lake District

jetty over lake winderemer at sunrise
The jetty at Lake Winderemere (Picture: Getty)

The largest natural lake in England, Windermere is expansive so it’s good to know where is best to swim safely and Miller Ground is a much lauded spot.

St Nectan’s Kieve

St. Nectan's Kieve waterfall in St. Nectans Glen, near Tintagel. Tintagel, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom, Europe.
A beautiful spot (Picture: Getty)

While it will cost a small fee, St Nectan’s Kieve, Cornwall is well worth the price. The waterfall is known as a beautiful place to cool off.

River Thames, Pangbourne

Pangbourne Meadow
Escape the city for a while (Picture: Getty)

Close to London, head for Lower Basildon and park by the church. A quick walk down the path will then bring you to prime swimming spots on the river.

Dorothea Quarry

Dorothea Slate Quarry Lake in the Nantlle Valley, North Wales
Get there quick (Picture: Getty)

In North Wales, you will need to visit Dorothea Quarry quickly as development plans may shut it to the public. This gorgeous flooded quarry is a deep pool with a pontoon for swimmers to jump in from.

River Isis, Port Meadow

Panoramic view of the river
Located near central Oxford (Picture: Getty)

Port Meadow is a stretch of common land roamed by cows and horses but is a seriously popular spot for a swim on hot days. Aim to swim by Fiddler’s Island which is nearest to central Oxford.

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Octogenarian best pals travel the world for 80 days

Ellie and Sandy on their travels
‘Our theme was, “At 81 and still on the run”‘ (Picture: Facebook/ Around the World at 80)

A pair of 81-year-old friends from Texas have given us big time life goals by going on the globe-trotting adventure of a lifetime.

Best pals Ellie Hamby, a documentary photographer, and Dr Sandy Hazelip, a physician and lecturer, have made it around the world in 80 days.

The two widows have visited all seven continents, 18 countries and eight world wonders during their impressive travels, which started on January 11, according to their blog.

It was on this blog that they also explained they were dedicating their trip to their late husbands, Don and Kelly, writing: ‘We miss you and wish you were joining our adventure.’

Speaking to CNN, Ellie said: ‘We’re both independent, very stubborn. But we seem to allow each other to give space.

‘We just understand each other. We know this is a good thing we’re doing and we respect each other’s feelings.’

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Sandy first met Ellie after her husband died in 1999. Before he passed away, Sandy said he ‘planted the seed in my heart’ that they should start taking their grandkids on mission trips during the summer break. This seed is what took her all the way to the Zambia Medical Mission, which was run by Ellie and her husband.

The two women bonded over a shared love of travel, and grew even closer after Ellie’s husband passed away.

Best friends, Sandy & Ellie at the Livingstone National Game Park in Zambia, Africa
Best friends, Sandy and Ellie at the Livingstone National Game Park in Zambia, Africa (Picture: Around the world at 80)
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Zipping through Lapland (Picture: Around the world at 80)
Best friends, Sandy & Ellie in Antarctica
Meeting some penguins (Picture: Around the world at 80)
Best friends, Sandy & Ellie in Zanzibar
Living it up in Zanzibar (Picture: Around the world at 80)

It was Sandy who first had the idea that they should embark on their massive 80-day journey.

She said: ‘I just got the idea because we had travelled previously together internationally.

‘And so about four years before we were going to turn 80, I mentioned to her one day, “Ellie, wouldn’t it be fun to go around the world in 80 days at age 80?”‘

Best friends, Sandy & Ellie at the Vatican
‘We just understand each other’ (Picture: Around the world at 80)
Ellie in a previous trip to Zambia in 2012 Best friends, Sandy & Ellie
Making new pals (Picture: Around the world at 80)
Best friends, Sandy & Ellie in Finland during The Aurora Borealis
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While they’d first planned to embark on the trip when they were both 80, Covid resulted in a slight delay.

‘So we went this year,’ said Sandy, ‘and our theme was, “At 81 and still on the run.”‘

During their months-long journey, the two saw penguins in the Antarctic, rode camels through Egypt, met elephants in Bali, and gazed out at the Northern Lights in Finland.

Aside from things like deciding not to ride a motorcycle in Bali for fear of falling, they say their age hasn’t held them back.

And even though they’re back home in Texas now, the two are planning to go on another adventure already.

Ellie, whose favourite part of the trip was the people they met along the way, said: ‘We always say when we started this, we did not plan a vacation. We planned an adventure.

‘And every single day was an adventure.’

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15 signs you’re a true Brit at the airport, from arriving early to packing spare tea bags

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Arriving early ‘just to be safe’ (Picture: Getty)

We are edging closer to that time of year when holidaymakers morph into airport mode.

With teabags and marmite safely packed, having a pint and a full English at 4am becomes wholly acceptable.

And it seems, these habits are quintessentially British.

Researchers surveyed 2,000 Brits heading on holiday and revealed as many as 81% agree that there are certain airport and aeroplane attributes that give a Brit away in a crowd.

According to the survey by TUI, 64% believe that arriving at the airport hours before your flight just ‘to be on the safe side’ is the marker of a Brit on holiday.

This was followed by loudly declaring ‘feel that heat’ when stepping off the plane (39%).

Meanwhile, 36% think checking if everyone has been to the loo before boarding the plane is a common characteristic. In addition to this, one in three (32%) believe you aren’t a true Brit unless you head straight to the pub at the airport, no matter how early it is.

Appointing someone in the group to keep hold of all the tickets, passports and details was supported by 29%, and apologising profusely to the passenger next to you when you need the loo on the plane (28%) also made the list.

It seems us Brits also like to have a piece of home with us while we are lapping up the sunshine.

A quarter (26%) think packing your own tea bags and marmite is a classically British holiday trait.

However, travelling doesn’t come without some aggravations – 35% say that the most stressful part of a holiday is airport security and actually getting to the airport.

Packing is also an irritant, with 34% noting that is causes the most stress.

When the 100ml rule is removed, four in 10 (46%) are most looking forward to being able to walk through security with a full bottle of drinking water, while a third (31%) are excited to carry perfume.

A spokesperson for TUI said of the survey: ‘We know there’s nothing more exciting than getting ready for your holiday, getting to the airport, boarding the plane and arriving at your destination and we can’t wait to take millions of people away this summer.

‘Travelling rituals certainly make travel more memorable for Brits, like having the early morning big breakfast and tipple. However, we still recommend that customers don’t arrive for their flights too early.’

15 signs you’re a true Brit when going on holidays

  1. You arrive at the airport hours before your flight ‘to be on the safe side’ – 64%
  2. You believe a Full English is acceptable at 4am – 49%
  3. You say, ‘oooh feel that heat’ as soon as you step off the plane – 39%
  4. You ensure everyone has been to the loo before boarding – 36%
  5. You head straight to the pub as soon as you get through security – 32%
  6. You repeatedly check the boarding gate – 32%
  7. You panic while going through security for no reason whatsoever – 31%
  8. You have allocated someone to hold the passports, and itineraries – 29%
  9. You apologise to the passenger next to you for needing the loo – 28%
  10. You have packed your own teabags and marmite – 26%
  11. Despite arriving early, you still invariably end up running to your gate – 26%
  12. You queue patiently at the gate even though there is an hour until the flight – 26%
  13. You stand up and wait to get off the plane as soon as it lands – 24%
  14. You battle to find the best spot to pick up your luggage from the luggage belt – 20%
  15. You arrive at security with all your liquids loose in your hand luggage – 18%

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The Points Guy on how to get the most out of your holiday budget

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We’re tired of writing it, but the truth is times have been financially hard for Brits recently.

Holidays – which already seemed like a luxury – might now feel even more out of reach, or that bit more worrisome.

As prices go up, we’ve spoken to Nicky Kelvin at The Points Guy to get his tips on how to get the most out of your budget when booking holidays abroad.

He says there are some failsafe ways to start planning your trip.

‘For the best prices on hotels, make sure to look out for all the different discount codes on offer when booking a holiday,’ Nicky says.

‘Google the name of the booking site that you are using and Google “discount code” alongside it and usually, a code will come up straight away.

‘This is a simple and efficient process that takes no time at all and helps minimise general holiday costs.

‘There are also many discount offers available through American Express for airline and hotel groups that can be utilised by simply activating under the offer tab in the Amex app.’

He’s often asked if Tuesday is the cheapest day of the week to book flights, as there’s a long-standing thought that prices go down on this day.

Sadly, he calls it a ‘myth’, but says it’s a good idea to be flexible with when you book and when you go, as you can look for bargain flights (which may not run on a Friday as it’s a popular day of the week to travel).

Book at least 21 days in advance (Picture: Getty)

The key is also to ‘book early’, so you have a better chance of getting a deal – at least 21 days before flying, as after that you’ll be paying much more.

He adds: ‘Points and miles are a brilliant way to save tonnes of money on flights and holidays, and you can earn them in several different ways, from credit cards to supermarket shopping.

‘Tesco and Sainsbury’s, for example, both have loyalty programmes and with them, you can convert your points into British Airway Avios or Virgin Flying Club Points and then use them to drive the cost of flights down, especially in premium cabins.

‘Also, prices can fluctuate greatly throughout the year and it’s always good to set alerts on Google Flights and wait for big sales which come around every few months.’

The common mistakes Brits make according to The Points Guy:

  1. Not checking for hidden fees, especially at hotels: Hidden fees such as resort fees at hotels have become more and more common in recent years. The important thing here is to check the small print and make sure you know exactly what you’re paying. Some hotel loyalty schemes waive these fees for elite members but for most people, you either want to avoid hotels that charge these fees on top of rates meaning you may no longer be able to afford your stay or understand them fully and especially how to get full use out of them as oftentimes the payment can be used against food and beverage or spa treatments.
  1. Forgetting to print boarding passes and pay for the correct baggage ahead of time: On many low-cost airlines (and increasingly on some ‘legacy’ carriers), passengers can be charged exorbitant fees if they haven’t checked in online and have their boarding pass printed or loaded, or if they have not paid for enough baggage. The tip here is to plan ahead and pay for what you need before arriving at the airport to ensure the lowest price.
  1. Not collecting points on hotel stays, car hire and flight: Points and miles are your key to a cheaper or better holiday next time around. If you fly with an airline, stay in a hotel chain, or rent a car from a company that has a loyalty program, sign up and earn points. It’s usually free and takes a few minutes to do and your future you will thank you.

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Are there any travel disruptions across Easter 2023 in London?

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Are you travelling over Easter? (Picture: Getty Images)

Easter is often a popular time for travel, whether you are looking to head home to spend time with family or use the bank holiday for an extended break.

Unfortunately, this also makes it one of the most challenging times for getting around London.

Public transport can often see improvements made over bank holiday weekends, with services already busy as more people head out to make the most of their days off.

Roads can also be busier than usual, with more travellers than usual opting to get in the car to avoid any public transport delays.

So, if you’re planning a journey around the capital this weekend, what should you keep in mind?

Here is what you need to know.

Easter 2023 travel disruption in London

With potential disruption on both the road and public transport, it’s essential to check any journey details in advance, as well as on the day of departure, for the latest updates.

Complete information on travelling around London over Easter 2023 is available on the TfL website.

TfL also recommends using the TfL Go app and the TfL Journey Planner.


An empty Euston Station railway in central London, Britain, on February 01, 2023, on the first of the two rail strikes this week.
London Euston will see no services running to or from the station. (Picture: Dinendra Haria/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

National Rail has warned of several potential problems over the Easter weekend.

While the trains are running, travellers have been warned to plan their journey in advance, with disruption expected from Friday, April 7 to Monday, April 10, 2023.

Concerning London specifically, modernisation to both tracks and signalling on some lines into the London Victoria station will be taking place, and Southern services will not call. They may instead be diverted to London Bridge.

There will also be no trains running to or from London Euston at Easter.

The various Train Operating Companies may also be operating different timetables over the Easter weekend, with full details available on the National Rail website.


Currently expected disruptions on the London Underground network include:

Jubilee line – On Good Friday, April 7, there is no service on the entire line until 2pm. After 2pm, there will be no service between West Hampstead and Stanmore, which will continue to be the case until April 10.

Metropolitan line – The Metropolitan line will see no service between Aldgate and Harrow-on-the-Hill from April 8 to April 10.

Elizabeth line

From April 7 to April 10, the Paddington to Maidenhead stretch of the line will see a reduced service, and there will be no service from Paddington to Abbey Wood.

However, there will be services running to/ from the Paddington and Liverpool Street national rail terminals and regular service is expected between Maidenhead to Reading and Paddington to Heathrow.

Elizabeth line roundel.
The Elizabeth Line will see some disruption. (Picture: Transport for London/PA Wire)

London Overground and DLR

On Good Friday, a Saturday service will run on the London Overground with no service between Euston and Kilburn High Road (which will also be the case on Saturday, April 8).

On Easter Sunday (April 9), there will be no service between Euston and Watford Junction, as well as no service between Gospel Oak and Barking Riverside. The Camden Road to Stratford line will also see no service after 10.15pm.

On Monday, April 10, the London Overground will also be running a Saturday service, with no service between Euston and Watford Junction and Woodgrange Park to Barking Riverside.

Between April 7 and April 10, the DLY will see no direct services between Lewisham and Bank, meaning you will have to change at Poplar.


Throughout the Easter period (April 7 to April 10), there will be no service westbound from East Croydon to Wandle Park and no eastbound service from Reeves Corner to East Croydon.

On Good Friday and Saturday, April 9, there will be no service before 7.30am and after 6.30pm between Arena and Elmers End. On Easter Sunday and Monday, the same restriction will apply before 9.15am and after 6.15pm.


TfL has warned that roadworks will occur over the Easter bank holiday weekend and that public transport will be the easiest way to get around.

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Allow more time for any journey done via car. (Picture: Getty Images)

If you are travelling by road, allow more time for your journey. You can also check the status of the capital’s streets via the TfL website. 


If you’re planning to journey via bike this weekend, the TfL website states that there will be temporary changes to Cycleway 3, saying: ‘Between Monday, April 3 and Monday, May 15 2023, there will be temporary changes to Cycleway 3 around Buckingham Palace and Constitution Hill.

‘These are to support the London Marathon and Coronation events.’

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Will trains run on Easter Sunday 2023?

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The rail network is facing some disruption over Easter and beyond. (Picture: Rasid Necati Aslim/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Easter Sunday is coming up, and, for many people, that will involve a trip home for the family to get together.

If you don’t live locally, it might also involve some travel – possibly even on public transport.

However, from Covid staffing issues to a series of rail strikes, public transport has been running anything but smoothly recently.

So, what is the situation with the trains over the Easter weekend?

Here is what you need to know.

Will trains run during Easter 2023?

Trains will be running over the Easter weekend – but Network Rail is advising anyone travelling to plan their journey in advance.

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The rail infrastructure organisation has warned that it will be carrying out ‘essential improvement and engineering work across the rail network’ over the weekend.

They are warning of potential disruption on (and including) the following dates:

  • Friday, April 7 to Monday, April 10, 2023
  • Friday, April 28 to Monday, May 1, 2023

Which lines will be affected over Easter?

Several lines and stations will be affected by engineering works. Still, it is advisable to check your journey before you set off wherever you are travelling on the network, as some train companies will also be making timetable changes.

Easter rail disruption

At the moment, Network Rail is warning of specific disruptions at the following places:

  • London Victoria – Modernisation of the track and signalling on some lines into the station will be taking place. Southern services will not call at London Victoria and may instead be diverted to London Bridge.
  • London Euston – No trains will run to or from the station at Easter.
  • The West Coast Main Line – The line will be closed up to Milton Keynes Central.
  • Tunbridge Wells to Hastings – Major work to improve the reliability of the route is taking place, meaning the lines will be closed throughout the Easter weekend and afterwards until Sunday, April 16.
  • Carlisle and Glasgow Central / Edinburgh – Long-term improvement work at Carstairs will disrupt Easter journeys.

Full details are available on the Network Rail website on Easter Travel, including specific updates for each Train Operating Company.

Specific information on the May Bank Holiday is also available.

It is also advisable to keep an eye on Network Rail’s social media or the latest travel page for updates.

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Overwhelming majority of Londoners say they’re ‘happy’ with the tube

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Despite months of strikes and industrial action, Londoners still hold a special place in their hearts for the tube.

It may be noisy and incredibly sweaty at times, but it seems people still can’t get enough of the capital’s transport network.

According to a new study, an overwhelming majority of Londoners say they are ‘happy’ with it.

In fact, the Time Out survey found 91% are content with their city’s transport options.

When 20,000 individuals from around the world were quizzed on whether they thought it was easy to get around their city by public transport, more than nine out of ten Londoners said it was.

It’s worth pointing out that this doesn’t take other aspects of the tube into account though, such as the rising cost of tickets and dangerously high pollution levels.

Also, it’s not the best city to come out on top. Berlin scooped first place with 98% saying they liked the comfortable and easy transport options.

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Prague, Tokyo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai and Amsterdam also all beat London in their approval ratings – which is hardly surprising when you look at their more modern and efficient networks.

However some cities could do better when it comes to transport.

New York, for example, only received a 85% approval rating for its famous subway system – which is the biggest underground transport network in the world, when considering the number of stations.

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The most and least expensive seaside locations to buy a home revealed

Salcombe and Kingsbridge Estuary, Devon
This scooped the top spot (Picture: Chris Harris/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Do you dream of waking up to salty sea air and the sound of seagulls?

If you’ve always wanted to own a home by the sea, the cheapest and most expensive areas of the country have been revealed.

The coastal town of Salcombe in Devon has been named Britain’s priciest seaside destination, according to new data, knocking Sandbanks in Dorset off last year’s top spot.

Halifax analysed 209 coastal locations in total, but found Salcombe to be the most expensive, with the average house price in the area coming in at just over £1.2million.

Most expensive seaside spots:

  1. Salcombe, Devon, South West, £1,244,025
  2. Sandbanks, Dorset, South West, £952,692
  3. Aldeburgh, Suffolk, East of England, £794,492
  4. Padstow, Cornwall, South West, £790,847
  5. Lymington, Hampshire, South East, £663,474
  6. Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, South East, £611,816
  7. Dartmouth, Devon, South West, £567,985
  8. Kingsbridge, Devon, South West, £556,659
  9. Wadebridge, Cornwall, South West, £548,669
  10. Budleigh Salterton, Devon, South West, £537,681

With its desirable estuary location, Salcombe is a popular place for activities on the water.

Most of the most expensive spots were found on the coastline of southern England, in areas popular with second homeowners.

Aldeburgh in Suffolk, Padstow in Cornwall and Lymington in Hampshire came in third, fourth and fifth positions, respectively.

Greenock view towards Dunoon during the summer
Greenock had the lowest average house price of the seaside spots (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

However, on the flip side, Scotland dominated the top 10 list of the least expensive seaside locations.

Greenock in Inverclyde, Scotland, was found to have the lowest average house price of the coastal spots – at £97,608.

While Girvan and Millport – both in Ayrshire, Scotland – came in second and third place as the cheapest.

The data also looked into how areas have increased in value over the last decade.

Back in 2012, the average house price in Salcombe was £558,538 – which is less than half the average 2022 value. Similarly, house prices in Margate and Westgate-on-Sea in Kent have also more than doubled over the last 10 years.

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Mortgage house prices have more than doubled in the last decade (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Least expensive seaside spots:

  1. Greenock, Inverclyde, Scotland, £97,608
  2. Girvan, Ayrshire, Scotland, £105,410
  3. Millport, Ayrshire, Scotland, £111,381
  4. Invergordon, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland £114,962
  5. Saltcoats, Ayrshire, Scotland, £116,414
  6. Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland, North East, £117,663
  7. Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, £117,884
  8. Wick, Caithness, Scotland, £124,857
  9. Thurso, Caithness, Scotland, £126,716
  10. Campbeltown, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, £129,348

Kim Kinnaird, mortgages director at Halifax, said: ‘For many, owning a home by the sea is an aspiration, with coastal living offering beach walks, clean air and other health benefits.

‘But this comes at a price in many locations and Britain’s most expensive seaside spot, Salcombe in Devon, will set buyers back over £1.2million on average.

‘When we delve deeper into the cost of Britain’s seaside homes, it’s clear that there is a broad spectrum in house prices.

‘While million-pound properties are abundant in the south west of England, in contrast, homes in Greenock in Scotland are valued on average at less than £100,000.

‘Second home ownership undoubtedly plays a role in driving up prices in the most desirable locations. While house prices in any location are driven by factors such as supply and demand and interest rates, there are also socio-economic factors at play.

‘Some of these factors are more acute in Britain’s coastal communities, and many British towns most in need of investment also sit near the shore.’

Biggest house price increases between 2012 and 2022:

  1. Salcombe, Devon, South West, £1,244,025, 123%
  2. Margate, Kent, South East, £305,191, 109%
  3. Westgate-on-Sea, Kent, South East, £308,764, 100%
  4. Birchington, Kent, South East, £386,040, 98%
  5. Aldeburgh, Suffolk, East of England, £794,492, 98%
  6. Deal, Kent, South East, £391,325, 97%
  7. Ramsgate, Kent, South East, £307,737, 97%
  8. Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, South East, £611,816, 97%
  9. Whitstable, Kent, South East, £483,692, 95%

=10. Padstow, Cornwall, South West, £790,847, 94%

=10. Burnham-On-Crouch, Essex, East of England, £418,609, 94%

Most expensive seaside spots

1. Salcombe, Devon,

Salcombe, Devon
Salcombe harbor (Picture: Getty Images)

2. Sandbanks, Dorset,

Sandy pathway accessing a beach
Sandbanks beach, Poole, Dorset. (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

3. Aldeburgh, Suffolk,

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The colourful row of seafront houses in Aldeburgh (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

4. Padstow, Cornwall,

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Padstow traditional fishing harbour at Cornwall (Credits: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

5. Lymington, Hampshire,

Scenic View Of Sea Against Sky
Lymington, United Kingdom (Picture: Getty Images/EyeEm)

6. Yarmouth, Isle of Wight,

Yarmouth, Isle of Wight,
Catch the ferry over (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

7. Dartmouth, Devon,

Dartmouth from Kingswear
Summer evening overlooking the Dart Estuary, Dartmouth, Devon, England. (Credits: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

8. Kingsbridge, Devon,

Boats in the Kingsbridge Estuary, Salcombe, Devon
A scenic spot (Picture: Getty Images)

9. Wadebridge, Cornwall,

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Peaceful (Picture: Getty Images/500px)

10. Budleigh Salterton, Devon,

Budleigh, Devon
Budleigh Salterton beach on the Jurassic Coast (Picture: Getty Images)

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