Today, hubby and I took Little Mr to Chasewater Railway which is a light railway over in Staffordshire. I’m really fond of Chasewater, a Country Park with a reservoir, as it’s near where my Parents and Sister live and I went there on a school residential trip many, many years ago and knew that the chance to ride on a train and meet Santa would be a fantastic day trip for Little Mr to enjoy.
We parked up, collected our pre-booked tickets and found a seat on the steam train. It was really busy as it was fully booked. Within a few minutes, the train pulled out of the Brownhills West Station and made its way around Chasewater towards Chasetown Station. The scenery of the Country Park is quite lovely and it’s nice to tell little ones that deer actually live in the park, although we didn’t see any, we saw lots of birds and wildlife.
The ticket collector came along the train and Little Mr handed him his ticket to be stamped. He was rather excited as he handed over his ticket. The train ride only lasts 40 minutes as it’s not very far at all but it’s enough for little legs who can be quite restless with excitement.
Once we were back in Brownhills West Station, we had a quick look at the Santa Special train and said hello to the train driver.
We then went inside the museum buildings and queued for our meeting with Santa. There were two Santa’s (don’t tell the children!) so the queue did go down quite quickly but we were kept occupied watching the small railway on display and hubby took Little Mr to look at the huge locomotives that were on display to look at in the museum.
We went inside the Grotto to meet the main man himself, Santa and Little Mr said hello. The Grotto was nicely decorated and it was nice that Santa spent time talking to Little Mr and asking him if he had been good. After a brief conversation, we waved goodbye and collected an age appropriate present from Santa’s helpers outside the grotto.
Little Mr hasn’t yet opened his gift but from looking at what other children had, the gift looked of decent quality and the children seemed happy with their gifts. It’s now under the tree for Christmas Day.
As part of the entry fee, adults are entitled to a mince pie, sherry or hot drink whilst the children can have some squash and a chocolate bar. We took a packed lunch in with us and ate our lunch at the picnic table. It was nice to take in the atmosphere which was festive and calm.
Adult tickets cost £7 each and children (0-15 years old) are priced at £9 each.
We really enjoyed our afternoon on the railway, I’m really happy to support local causes and as the railway is run by volunteers it was really nice to know we were being looked after by people who wanted to be there and that the ticket price would go to help keep the railway open for future attractions.
We loved the afternoon so thought I’d share it with my readers. We paid for all our tickets ourselves.