Ten pence does not usually stretch very far, but thanks to local bus operator, Stagecoach North East, for families across Teesside and Hartlepool it can mean affordable travel across the region for last minute Christmas shopping, meeting friends for coffee or popping out to see a Christmas movie over the holidays.

For families wanting to enjoy some last-minute shopping at Teesside Park or planning to see a festive film at Vue cinema in Hartlepool, Stagecoach North East is offering those aged 16 and under the opportunity to travel all day for just ten pence when they board with a full paying adult.

By simply purchasing a Teesside daytripper, a Hartlepool dayrider, a Teesside/Hartlepool dayrider PLUS, Teesside or Hartlepool megarider or megarider PLUS from Saturday 22 December to Sunday 6 January, adults can take up to two under 16-year olds along for the ride for just ten pence each. Moreover, under five-year olds travel for free as well. All tickets are available from the driver onboard Stagecoach North East services in Teesside and Hartlepool.

For ideas to keep the family entertained this festive season, places to visit around the region include ice skating at Billingham Forum Ice Arena, getting some fresh air at Saltholme Wildlife Reserve and Discovery Park or burning off some energy at Stockton’s Hollywood Bowl.

Nathan Stanislawski, Operations Manager at Stagecoach North East’s Teesside depot commented: “To help keep the children entertained during the school holidays, we have brought on board this great offer again. There are so many things to see and do over the festive season, with movies, shopping, sports and leisure activities on our doorstep, and this great value ticket means families can have an affordable day out over Christmas and New Year without the hassle of driving or parking.”

The daytripper ticket enables travel on both Stagecoach and Arriva services within the boroughs of Stockton and Middlesbrough, with the dayrider giving one day’s unlimited travel in Hartlepool. The combined dayrider plus ticket brings unlimited journeys on all Stagecoach buses throughout Teesside and Hartlepool. A 7-day megarider adult ticket allows unrestricted travel on all Stagecoach buses throughout Teesside or Hartlepool and a 7-day megarider PLUS for travel all week across both regions.