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IoW2017: Steam railway

Well this was a no brainer really, wasn’t it?! Before we went Anya announced she thought trains were boring but then she was just as spellbound as the rest of us…

The railway has an exhibition room and museum to trace the history of steam. The kids loved having a chance to fire an engine and then act as guards.

The playground is right next to the cafe so perfect for enjoying a cuppa while the kids play and the train climbing frame is ingenius!

The day we visited the railway had a special event on: the Railway Folk. There were people dressed as different characters including the notorious Dr Beeching (boo hiss!). Children could interact with the characters and collect stickers. There were also family entertainers, stalls selling sweets and candy floss (yay!), a falconry display and a circus workshop.
We went along to Circus Sensible in the Big Top. I’ve never been to a circus before and neither had the kids. The two performers were amazing (Anya’s face is concerned because one just ‘ate’ a balloon). They had the whole audience captivated for a whole hour with jokes, juggling, balloon and magic tricks. I really couldn’t believe the kids sat there and watched the whole show! It really was captivating even if we did get squirted with water!

We headed back to the cafe for lunch. The food was great (I do consider myself a chip connoisseur!) and reasonably priced. And they had a gluten free pud which was delicious!!!
We then enjoyed some more relaxing train rides through the beautiful Isle of Wight countryside.
           
The children then had some play time with the wooden railway.

           
Our day out on the steam railway was packed with fun, and did I mention my absolutely fabulous wheat free pudding treat? 🙂

17 comments

  1. Planning on taking mine to see the trains. Your look like they had so much fun and you can’t beat a dinner with something that goes with chips and beans

  2. There are no trains on the island we live, so when we took the kids south to the mainland for their summer holidays (at age 6 and 8) the very first ever train they ended up riding was a steam train! Not many kids can say that these days. 🙂 I love how sections of the steam railway have been kept going in parts of the UK.

  3. This looks like a fun day! I love the Isle of Wight and can’t wait to take my children one day. We love steam trains, there is something very magical about them.

  4. It looks like the kids had an amazing time! I cannot wait to get Ben on a steam train when he’s a little bit bigger!! He went on the overhead last week and loved looking out the windows at everything zooming past!
    Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week.

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