It’s costly by the sea if you visit from Oxford

Families at Weston-Super-Mare

Families at Weston-Super-Mare

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Children’s charity Barnardo’s has found that a seaside trip for a family of four from Oxford to the nearest seaside is the third most expensive in England.

Return train tickets from Oxford to Bournemouth for two adults and two children, fish and chips, ice-cream and sun-cream would cost £136.90, it said in a call to the Government to take action over childhood povery.

The cheapest seaside trip, Bristol to Weston-super-Mare, came in at just £40.80.

Barnardo’s chief executive Javed Khan said: “Family holidays have a special place in the childhood memory box, and every child deserves to have a day out once in a while, no matter what their circumstances.”

 

 

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9:57am Thu 28 Aug 14

EMBOX2 says...

Well since Oxfordshire is the county furthest from the sea, it is no surprise.

However, only an idiot would take the train to the seaside. Driving is so much cheaper, pretty much wherever you want to go.
Well since Oxfordshire is the county furthest from the sea, it is no surprise. However, only an idiot would take the train to the seaside. Driving is so much cheaper, pretty much wherever you want to go. EMBOX2
  • Score: 2

10:07am Thu 28 Aug 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

And if you don't have a car, well you can always cycle as we have been told it's much better than driving.
And if you don't have a car, well you can always cycle as we have been told it's much better than driving. HomerSimpsonDoh
  • Score: -1

11:00am Thu 28 Aug 14

cubist says...

HomerSimpsonDoh , you really do have issues with cycling don't you.
HomerSimpsonDoh , you really do have issues with cycling don't you. cubist
  • Score: -2

12:09pm Thu 28 Aug 14

King Joke says...

EMBOX2 wrote:
Well since Oxfordshire is the county furthest from the sea, it is no surprise.

However, only an idiot would take the train to the seaside. Driving is so much cheaper, pretty much wherever you want to go.
That's fine if you don't mind sitting in lengthy traffic jams towards the coast, and for parking once you get there on summer Saturdays while the train sails past.

Incremental costs per mile for someone who already owns, maintains, fuels, taxes and insures a car will always look higher. For the 30% of housholds who do not however, it is far from idiotic to take the train.

With a direct train every hour taking under two hours, Oxford-Bournemouth is actually quite a reasonable joureny.
[quote][p][bold]EMBOX2[/bold] wrote: Well since Oxfordshire is the county furthest from the sea, it is no surprise. However, only an idiot would take the train to the seaside. Driving is so much cheaper, pretty much wherever you want to go.[/p][/quote]That's fine if you don't mind sitting in lengthy traffic jams towards the coast, and for parking once you get there on summer Saturdays while the train sails past. Incremental costs per mile for someone who already owns, maintains, fuels, taxes and insures a car will always look higher. For the 30% of housholds who do not however, it is far from idiotic to take the train. With a direct train every hour taking under two hours, Oxford-Bournemouth is actually quite a reasonable joureny. King Joke
  • Score: 3

1:49pm Thu 28 Aug 14

WitneyGreen says...

A trip to the seaside is not a human right, nor a requirement for a successful, happy childhood. Being unable to go to the seaside to make sandcastle and stuff yourself with ice cream and fish and chips is NOT a sign of 'poverty'.

What IS important is leisure time and fresh air - and unless things have changed significantly since I was little, parks, campsites, playgrounds, woodlands, picnic areas etc. can still be accessed for free or very cheaply. It is short-sighted to assume that the only 'valid' kind of day out or holiday is by the sea when the UK has such a wealth of beautiful green space.
A trip to the seaside is not a human right, nor a requirement for a successful, happy childhood. Being unable to go to the seaside to make sandcastle and stuff yourself with ice cream and fish and chips is NOT a sign of 'poverty'. What IS important is leisure time and fresh air - and unless things have changed significantly since I was little, parks, campsites, playgrounds, woodlands, picnic areas etc. can still be accessed for free or very cheaply. It is short-sighted to assume that the only 'valid' kind of day out or holiday is by the sea when the UK has such a wealth of beautiful green space. WitneyGreen
  • Score: 5

1:54pm Thu 28 Aug 14

King Joke says...

I agree to a point - and the campsite at Standlake with its lake and boating activities is an example of a great inland resort - but there is something magical about the sea. After all what is being proposed is not a luxurious day out.

The only flaw in the analysis is to include the cost of the Friends + Family railcard in the total. A similar exercise costing a day out by car would never include a fixed cost like VED, so the cost of the F+F railcard - £70 or the cost of a tank of diesel - for three years' discounted rail travel should not be included.
I agree to a point - and the campsite at Standlake with its lake and boating activities is an example of a great inland resort - but there is something magical about the sea. After all what is being proposed is not a luxurious day out. The only flaw in the analysis is to include the cost of the Friends + Family railcard in the total. A similar exercise costing a day out by car would never include a fixed cost like VED, so the cost of the F+F railcard - £70 or the cost of a tank of diesel - for three years' discounted rail travel should not be included. King Joke
  • Score: 4

4:04pm Thu 28 Aug 14

WitneyGreen says...

Yes, I appreciate the sea is 'special', especially to children. But we live in Oxfordshire, about as far from the sea as you can get. One has to cut one's cloth, and if it's a choice of a trip to the (lovely) Standlake campsite or no trip to the seaside, something is better than nothing!
Yes, I appreciate the sea is 'special', especially to children. But we live in Oxfordshire, about as far from the sea as you can get. One has to cut one's cloth, and if it's a choice of a trip to the (lovely) Standlake campsite or no trip to the seaside, something is better than nothing! WitneyGreen
  • Score: 0

5:09pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

Why take the train, isn't it cheaper by coach?
Why take the train, isn't it cheaper by coach? Dilligaf2010
  • Score: 2

6:24pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

EMBOX2 wrote:
Well since Oxfordshire is the county furthest from the sea, it is no surprise.

However, only an idiot would take the train to the seaside. Driving is so much cheaper, pretty much wherever you want to go.
The furthest anybody can be from the sea in the UK, is 70 miles, so we're not the furthest
[quote][p][bold]EMBOX2[/bold] wrote: Well since Oxfordshire is the county furthest from the sea, it is no surprise. However, only an idiot would take the train to the seaside. Driving is so much cheaper, pretty much wherever you want to go.[/p][/quote]The furthest anybody can be from the sea in the UK, is 70 miles, so we're not the furthest Dilligaf2010
  • Score: 1

8:30am Fri 29 Aug 14

King Joke says...

The return rail fare Oxford Bournemouth for two adults and two kids is £79.10 if you have a Friends & Family Railcard. THis is a fully-flexible fare, valid on any of the hourly services, taking less than two hours, all day.

The return Nat Ex coach fare for the same journey for the same group is £129 advance, or £153 flexible. THe journey is between 4h35 and 5h10 each way, with a change at Victoria.

So no, the coach isn't cheaper and it certainly is not anywhere near as convenient.
The return rail fare Oxford Bournemouth for two adults and two kids is £79.10 if you have a Friends & Family Railcard. THis is a fully-flexible fare, valid on any of the hourly services, taking less than two hours, all day. The return Nat Ex coach fare for the same journey for the same group is £129 advance, or £153 flexible. THe journey is between 4h35 and 5h10 each way, with a change at Victoria. So no, the coach isn't cheaper and it certainly is not anywhere near as convenient. King Joke
  • Score: 0

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