Psst! These Park & Ride Tickets Could Get You Into the City From as Little as £1 This Christmas

· Ali Turner · Transport

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Park & Ride is the key to making the most of the city – see the fabulous adventures you could have from just £1.

Today, we’re going to let you in on a little secret. You see, most people think the Park & Ride is just for commuting, but actually, it’s great for your social life too. There’s less traffic, less hassle and nothing to pay on pesky parking fees – which is even more important in the midst of a cost of living crisis. And what if we told you that outside of core hours, you can Park & Ride at Stourton, Elland Road or Temple Green for as little as £1? It’s an offer that’s too good to miss.

Park & Ride for just £1 after 3pm

The Nutcracker

Credit: Emma Kauldhar

This is one of the city’s best kept secrets. It’s just £1 to travel after 3pm when travelling from any Park & Ride site. And yes, that’s a return. What a bargain! The question is – what will you do? You could challenge your mates to a game of darts at Flight Club or a round of crazy golf at Junkyard. Prefer a good escape game? Try Worlds Collide, the Doctor Who themed room at Escape Hunt, or go for the bone-chilling Devil’s Playground at The Great Escape Game.

Of course, ’tis the season to be jolly, so perhaps you’d rather dedicate your evenings to getting in the festive spirit, in which case, you’re in luck. The now famous Dear Leeds installation is back on Briggate, bringing Kate Ryrie’s words to life. Plus, there are loads of twinkling light installations across the city, from Holy Trinity Church to The Queens Hotel. And let’s not forget the theatre because Northern Ballet’s The Nutcracker is coming to Leeds Grand!

Needless to say, the shops will be opening later to help you stock up on pressies and festive treats, so it stands to reason that the Park & Ride should open later too. On Thursday and Fridays from 8th to 23rd December 2022, the last bus back from the city to Stourton will be at 9:29pm and the last bus back to Elland Road will be at 9:30pm, giving you more time to shop. And it’s all courtesy of LeedsBID because they sponsored the later services.

Up to three kids go free with every fare-paying adult

Candy Cane Club

Credit: Tom Martin

Got little ones at home? You’re in luck because up to three kids go free with every fare-paying adult. And we’re not just talking about the £3 return fare, this budget-friendly deal extends to their off-peak tickets too. You know what that means? One adult and three kids can travel after 1pm for £2 or after 3pm for £1! Days out and after-school activities just became even more affordable. And you certainly won’t be short of options because there’s loads to do in Leeds.

Let’s start with the festive fancies that are going to get your little elves excited for the big day. The Candy Cane Club is back at Merrion Centre from Saturday 19th November to Saturday 24th December 2022. It’s £4 per child to see Santa, plus an extra £2 for a gift or £4 for a souvenir photo. Alternatively, you can take part in the Search for Santa treasure hunt across the city for free – unravel the clues and find them all for a chance to win.

Evening entertainment comes in the form of the panto – oh no it doesn’t, oh yes it does! The ever-popular Rock ’n’ Roll Panto returns to Leeds City Varieties, this time with an action-packed production of Dick Whittington. Expect laughs aplenty, with corny gags, explosive effects and a jukebox full of classic rock anthems. And if that’s not enough for you, Leeds Playhouse will bring you all the magic of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Five people travel for £5 on weekends

Ice Cube, Millennium Square

Christmas is all about spending time with friends and family, something that’s so much easier with the Park & Ride. You can all meet at any Park & Ride site, then hop on the bus together with their £5 weekend special, which covers up to five people. No traffic, no parking fees, just an easy breezy trip into the city centre – and my, what wonders await you there! From shopping to brunch, pampering to activities, there’s something for absolutely everyone.

The foodies among you will be in for a treat. Nip into the street kitchen at Kirkgate Market where you can tuck into everything from Turkish skewers to Vietnamese pho, Caribbean jerk to Punjabi thalis, all on a budget. That’s not your only option. Devour Pizza Fella’s legendary margherita pie, snaffle a panang curry at Thai Aroy Dee or treat yourself to any of two Little Bao Boy’s doughy masterpieces, all for less than a tenner. Cheap eats is good eats!

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a hot chocolate in Thor’s Tipi. Warm yourself in front of the open fire as you catch up with friends and check off your shopping list. Then afterwards, why not spend an hour in Leeds Art Gallery or the Henry Moore Institute? Not only is it free, but the timeout might give you a second wind, before you put your skates on. After all, Ice Cube has taken over Millennium Square until Saturday 31st December 2022.

*Source: Park and Ride Satisfaction Survey March 2022.