This week we enjoyed a day out with friends at Eastbourne Miniature Railway and what a fun day we had!
A sunny spring day made for a perfect outdoor adventure with the boys and it reminds me that summer has very nearly arrived. I am literally counting the days until it’s official picnic season! I can’t wait!
Before we left, I did wonder if there would be enough to do for an entire day. I felt the boys might get bored of riding on a train all day. But with the adventure park filled with slides, little houses, toddler area and plenty of picnic tables as well as a maze and nature walk with little hidden surprises on the way. We filled our day and more!
Located next to Eastbourne Golfing Park, it was easy to find. Their website tells you all you need to know about how to get there.
Since Nugget chose the first part of the trip to sleep, Bam Bam and friends enjoyed play time in the adventure park. They rushed over to the fence every few minutes to wave to the little train and it’s passengers passing by.
We enjoyed snacks at the picnic tables and as soon as nugget was awake, we walked back to “Windy Ridge” Station to board the train.
Sitting aboard the miniature train carriages, with the driver at the front, we set off on our journey around the park.
We went through a tunnel, under a bridge, around a beautiful lake. We rode past the adventure park, through some woods and then back to “Windy Ridge”.
I have to say, I found it quite relaxing. I could have happily sat aboard the train for quite a while longer. Which made me glad we had chosen the option to have unlimited journeys on the train instead of a single one. The boys loved it, they enjoyed a bit of sightseeing, pointing things out as we went.
After riding the train at Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway
In between our train rides, we walked around the lake on a nature trail, found a quiet secluded area with little houses for the children to play in where we sat in the sun for a while. We made our way through the maze, waved to the train passing by as we stood on the bridge and enjoyed an ice cream at the tea shop.
We found “Grandmas Garden” full of gnomes (which Bam Bam was convinced were elves pretending to be toys…. See Ben and Holly!). We pretended a troll lived under the bridge that we had to hide from in the maze. Bam Bam then saw a Bee which he labelled the “trolls friend” Yes, his imagination runs wild most days!
Unfortunately, we didn’t get to experience the steam train (we rode the diesel, which was still great). So, we shall be visiting the railway again on a steam train day.
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