All Aboard! Thomas & Friends are off to Didcot….

All Aboard! Thomas & Friends are off to Didcot….

Thomas the Tank Engine is pretty hot property in the Baby About Town house, so when we heard he was calling at Didcot Railway Centre in March it was full steam ahead as we trundled down the M40 to finally meet him face to face!

Baby About Town says….   WOW what a super awesome day!  Moma was looking for a day out on the trains when she heard on the down low that Thomas and his friends were all heading to Didcot!  Where is Didcot?  It’s near Oxford, so it was a bit of a trek for us (approximately 1hour 15mins) but I had a snooze and a few snacks while we all sang The Wheels on the Bus, over & over & over!  I love trains and anything that moves and I was able to climb up and explore some of the really old engines, pulling this and touching that!  There was some great music and some fun things to watch, although I was quite happy riding up and down on Thomas.

 

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Mommy says….. Oh how times change!  If you had told me two years ago that I would class a day at a railway riding vintage trains back and forth over eleven times and all with smiley (and just a little bit creepy) faces, in the rain…… I would have laughed at you and told you to get the hell out of here!  For those that know me, I’m not a being out in the rain, riding the train kinda gal.  However…… it was a magical day and one that will be bottled and remembered for a very long time.  Seeing my little person squeal with excitement upon seeing Thomas truly melted my heart, it was simply wonderful.  Because that is happiness right there!

Extremely well organised and with some fun entertainment throughout the day, the littles just loved riding back and forth on Thomas and Salty (yes I too was shocked that there is a Salty!!).  Nanny also enjoyed her day, it was more nostalgic than magical, so all in all a great day with my favourites.

Didcot Railway host just two Thomas & Friends events a year; the next event takes place in October and is available to purchase tickets now via their website.  Get booking, your little people will thank you for it!  In comparison to other railways this is pretty good on the cost of an adult ticket and great value for money on the day itself.  The only downside is the walk from the carpark to the centre which involves a lot of stairs which can be tricky for those with pushchairs (my advice ditch the pushchair and opt for a baby carrier or prepare for a very long walk with a toddler on reins!!).

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The Nitty Gritty Need to Know…..

Under 2s’ go free?  Yes

Parking:  Yes plenty within a Pay & Display, however there is a pretty hefty walk and a couple of flights of stairs, so pushchairs or walking toddlers can struggle (or nanny in our case).

Café/Restaurant:  Yes

Baby Changing Facilities:  Yes but not ideal

Loyalty Scheme:  No

Website:  http://www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk/events/thomas.html

 

Has anyone else been to Didcot on a special event day?  What was your experience?  Or maybe you know of other experience days around the UK?  We’d love to hear from you.

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