As with a lot of four-year olds, BB loves Thomas and Friends.
With a little help from his grandad, he now owns around 40 different engines. Ranging from the family favourites of Thomas, Gordon and Percy to the lesser known Mavis, Emily and Duck!
A day out with Thomas and Friends looked like a perfect day out for any Thomas The Tank Engine fan so we decided as a birthday treat we would all go and enjoy. It didn’t disappoint.
Thomas gets around the whole country but the closest to us was at Kirklees Light Railway. At £12 a ticket it isn’t cheap but for a whole day out it was worth every penny.
We had to pre-book our train journey as it took us from one end of the track to the other and our trip was booked at 12:30. When we arrived there was a big playground, bouncy castle, Donkey rides, face painting and even a miniature railway we could ride on as many times as we wanted. All these were part of the Light Railway but it all added to the day and was included in the price.
Thomas only does the first journey of the day but then he comes back to the station to perform platform rides (Basically a ride to the end of the platform and back). This is of course thirsty work for any steam engine, so during the day the little boys and girls to have the opportunity to give Thomas a big drink. Helping Thomas with the platform rides was Mavis and the troublesome trucks. Again the kids could ride as many times as they wanted.
Our ride time arrived and we climbed aboard a carriage attached to ‘Emily’. After a short 25 minute ride we arrived at the next station and were welcomed by even more activities for the kids.
Two more bouncy castles, an activity marquee (The imagination station) where you can play with loads of Thomas and Friends engines, get some tattoos and the grown ups can have a sit down and a cuppa.
At this station there was also Toby who was available for platform rides back and forth a short track. Again you could have as many rides as you liked and the kids loved to ring Toby’s bell. You could also have a picture taken with the very useful engine that had brought you on your journey.
Along with Thomas and Friends there is The Fat Controller or Sir Topham Hat depending how PC you want to be and also a train master who has a story time where the kids can go and listen to their favourite Thomas and Friends stories.
The day turned out great. The cost of ticket was well worth it. After returning to the original station, we had another few goes on the miniature railway, donkey rides and goes on the bouncy castle.
Of course depending on the venue you go to your experience and facilities may be different to the ones we encountered so have a good ready of www.dayoutwiththomas.co.uk/ and check out the closest venue to you.
This isn’t a sponsored review. We paid for the tickets ourselves and wanted to share our experience.
As always, thanks for reading.