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Virgin Trains brings family treasure hunt to Leeds

Press Release   •   May 29, 2018 08:00 BST

Ollie, a real-life owl, will be hidden somewhere around the city and the first family to find him will win an amazing sleepover in a top London museum plus a fantastic family experience weekend in the capital city, all courtesy of Virgin Trains.
  • Find Ollie the Owl to win family sleepover in a top London museum plus lots more!
  • Follow the fun LIVE on Facebook using #WheresOllie
  • Get to meet famous YouTubers and Leeds locals The Inghams

Virgin Trains is hosting an exciting large-scale treasure hunt for families in Leeds during the half term break and is inviting all families to take part next Wednesday, May 30.

Ollie, a real-life owl, will be hidden somewhere around the city and the first family to find him will win an amazing sleepover in a top London museum plus a fantastic family experience weekend in the capital city, all courtesy of Virgin Trains.

The clues leading to Ollie’s location will be revealed LIVE on the Virgin Trains East Coast Facebook page, so tune in from 11am on Wednesday morning and follow #WheresOllie to make sure you’re in with a chance.

Famous family Youtubers and Leeds locals, The Ingham Family, will be hidden along with Ollie to meet the winners when they claim their prize. Chris Ingham commented: “we’re super excited to be taking part in the Virgin Trains’ live treasure hunt with Ollie the owl, it will be great fun for families and a lot of our Leeds’ friends are getting excited!”.

Suzanne Donnelly, Commercial Director for Virgin Trains’ east coast services, said: “We’re really looking forward to bringing excitement to Leeds families during half-term with our treasure hunt and wish good luck to everyone taking part!

“The school holidays are a great time to get out and about, in the city and further afield. With our £29* capped fare between Leeds and London when you buy up to a week in advance, it’s not just the lucky winners who’ll be able to get some exciting trips booked into the diary.

“Customers can enjoy all the comforts of travelling with Virgin Trains, such as great food, free Wi-Fi, power sockets, and our onboard entertainment service, Beam, where you can catch up on your favourite movies and box sets.”

To find out more about buying before with Virgin Trains, visit www.virgintrainseastcoast.com/29

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Notes to Editors

*Leeds/Wakefield to London, £29 each way on all direct Virgin Trains Standard Advance tickets purchased up to one week before travel

Travelling Monday to Saturday, between 10am and 3pm

About Virgin Trains

Stagecoach and Virgin are working in partnership to operate the West Coast and East Coast inter-city routes under the Virgin Trains brand. Together, they are on track to revolutionise rail travel across the UK.

The combined network connects some of the nation’s most iconic destinations including Glasgow, Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Leeds, York and London.

Virgin Trains is committed to delivering a high speed, high frequency service, offering shorter journey times, more comfortable travel and excellent customer service. Customers consistently rate Virgin Trains the top long-distance rail franchise operators in the National Rail Passenger Survey (NRPS) commissioned by industry watchdog, Transport Focus.

Virgin Trains is operating the East Coast route until June 24, 2018 after taking over the business in March 2015. In that time, we have invested £75m to create a more personalised travel experience, including over £40m in our existing fleet. Customers can now benefit from 48 additional services between Edinburgh and London every week, and an extra 22 Saturday services between Leeds and London – a total of 1.74 million additional seats since May 2015.

The West Coast route has a proud record of challenging the status quo - from introducing tilting Pendolino trains, to a pioneering automated delay repay scheme and becoming the first franchised rail operator to offer m-Tickets for all ticket types.

Working together, the partnership railway of the public and private sectors has published a long-term plan, called In Partnership for Britain’s Prosperity, to change and improve Britain’s railway. The plan will secure almost £85bn of additional economic benefits to the country whilst enabling further investment and improvement, and contains four commitments which will see rail companies: strengthen our economic contribution to the country; improve customers’ satisfaction; boost the communities we serve; and, create more and better jobs in rail. For more information go to Britain Runs on Rail.

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