We wanted to take Toddler H to see Santa on a steam train as she loves her train set and Thomas the Tank Engine. We wanted it to be special and not necessarily just about seeing Santa in case she didn’t understand or cried. So we headed to Evesham, around 30-40 minutes from Cheltenham or Gloucester, to their Santa train.
We thought this would tick all the boxes:
- Family afternoon out
- Christmas shopping/browsing in the garden centre
- A train ride (her first!)
- Meeting Santa
- A hot mince pie for mummy and daddy #parentingwin
- Quieter than the train near Cheltenham
It did actually tick all those boxes, this we didn’t look round many shops as Toddler H was getting a bit tired and was obsessed with these numbers painted outside the garden centre. “My nunmurs” she said (or shouted), especially if she spotted any other child venture onto them!
Anyway, we had a wander, watched the ice skating, admired the Christmas trees and played with the numbers for an hour before our scheduled train departure.
We headed to the railway station about 10 minutes early and H got very excited, running off towards it like a girl on a mission. She loved the train, smiling away saying “choo choo train”. Now, this is a small train, and the carriages are small too, but being penned in our own compartment was great because H could look around, peer out the window and we didn’t need to worry about her running the whole length of the carriage. She absolutely loved it.
We had a fantastic time at the Evesham Light Railway visiting Santa 🎅 I thoroughly recommend it,he was a brilliant Santa, very understanding of a 2 year old who won't talk to him, and might cry (his words, not mine), the train was a huge hit with #Toddler H, and we had a wee browse around the shops in The Valley too. 100% recommended! #pblogger #mblogger #fatherchristmas #thevalley #thevalleyevesham #eveshamlightrailway #toddler #gloucestershire #worcestershire #evesham #train #railway #coolmumclub #kcacols #santatrain #pubklinker
Now, first off the train ride is short, only 10-15 minutes, but it was a really nice length, and hey kept us busy the whole time spotting presents hidden in the trees. On arrival at the station the kids went up to tell the ticket collector how many they’d spotted and they were given a chocolate tree decoration. I thought his was a lovely touch. H devoured hers back on the train, and we went through four or five wipes cleaning her up. I’m not sure how she needed up so messy and if she actually ate much chocolate or it mostly just melted in her hands.
On arrival back at the starting point we went to see Santa. There was a little waiting area marquee, where we had delicious warm mince pies.
After only a few minutes, maybe five, it was our turn. We headed in to a festive log cabin and immediately on seeing us enter, Santa said “she might cry”, which reassured us no end that he knew what he was taking about. Let’s face it a strange man in a red suit you’ve seen on TV is suddenly real and taking to you and asking you questions! Yes, that could be scary. H didn’t say anything, but was definitely fairly happy with this Samta, she sat with daddy, and the lovely elf took a photo of all of us with Santa too. H was pleased with her present and help onto it with avengence until we got back to the car. She loves her penguin-owl!
It was getting dark and as H opened her present hubby saw a beak poking out and said ooooh a penguin. It turned out to be an owl, but H has been adamant since that it is a penguin. “NOOOOOO PENGIN” we try explaining and reasoning but nope, it’s still a penguin, apparently because he has a yellow beak and yellow feet!
Anyway, I thoroughly recommend a visit here, Father Christmas was a good’un, and it was brilliant value too…
There were quite a few options and deals for tickets on their website, but a family of 2 adults and 1 child (age 2), was ?12.75. So fantastic value!
There are a few other Christmassy things going on at The Valley the week before Christmas, including ice skating and a giant snow globe!