When I first saw the advert on the television for ‘A day out with Thomas’ it looked brilliant and I knew I had to get tickets for us all to go. Little Mr is mad on trains and loves Thomas so I knew he would love it. I looked on their website and saw that the nearest event was being held in the Cotswolds at the Gloucester Warwickshire Railway. Although it isn’t on our doorstep, we were happy to drive the 55 miles down to Toddington to see Thomas and his friends on the railway.
We parked up at Toddington (you can park here or at Cheltenham Race Course for free) and was excited to see all our favourite trains. I never thought I’d be so excited to see a train but when you see the smile from your little ones face, it’s priceless. We stood on the platform and we saw Diesel pulling the Troublesome Trucks. Little Mr was waving and we knew we were in for a good day.
I have to say before we got to the event, the lack of information was annoying. We were sent our tickets earlier in the week (despite booking them over a month ago) but there was no details about what time to get there, where to park, what else there was to see included so I had to ring the GWR railway direct and ask for more information. They pointed me in the direction of their own website which had a downloadable timetable. This told you what time the trains were due to depart and arrive throughout the day and at which station.
We watched Diesel pull up into the platform and all the excited families stepped into the carriages. We took our seats and a member of staff gave Little Mr a sticker, which he loved, and a certificate to commemorate him meeting Thomas and his friends.
Throughout the day we spent time riding the trains between Toddington, Winchcombe and Cheltenham. We saw and rode in carriages pulled by Daisy, we saw Thomas the tank engine himself who let off some steam and a little ‘choo choo’ and scared half a dozen toddlers who were waiting patiently next to him for a photograph.
At Winchcombe, Little Mr enjoyed playing in the Imagination Station; which is a covered tent with activities such as colouring in, jigsaws, free train body transfers and a little Thomas and friends railway for toddlers to play with. We also met The Fat Controller at Winchcombe who was more than happy to pose for a photograph.
We really enjoyed our day out. We kept missing Thomas the tank engine so didn’t manage to ride in a carriage pulled by him. After 4 hours riding around the Cotswolds we headed home. Little Mr was more than happy with the experience, he was exhausted after walking around all day. This was our first experience with Little Mr wearing a backpack and reins and surprisingly, it went well. Pushchairs were welcomed at the event but we opted to leave ours in the car. It was a fabulous family day out. We took our own packed lunch and ate it on the train to Cheltenham but there were plenty of benches and seating areas for folk to enjoy a picnic. An all round fun day out for all the family.
Tickets cost us £17 per adult and children under 3 were free.
Disclaimer: We bought our tickets for the event and thought my readers would enjoy reading about our day out with Thomas and Friends.