Festive Day out with Thomas has become something of a yearly tradition over the last three years, so I was beyond excited when we were given tickets to this year’s Festive Day out with Thomas at the East Anglian Railway Museum in Earls Colne.
Frankie is a train spotter in the making, he loves all things steam and diesel, he can tell you different trains from a caboose to a mixed freight cart & he can name every Thomas character and this year we took full advantage of all the Museum has to offer & had a fantastic day.
Thomas, Percy & Daisy are out on the rails & the Fat Controller wanders around to make sure Thomas is being really useful! Rusty and Dusty put on shows every few hours and Frankie loved joining in filling the buckets with water to get Percy back on the rails.
The volunteers at the Railway Museum are always lovely and helpful and upon arrival the children are given a passport to get stamped and stickered & there is also Thomas music playing in parts.
The Imagination Station behind the small railway offers Thomas-themed, crafts, games & DVD’s & there is a shop next door selling all things Thomas, from games to flags to pyjamas to DVD’s (you may want to skip the shop if your approaching a birthday, we are never able to leave without buying a new track set but this time I got away lightly with just a Thomas flag because Father Christmas was there!
Santa’s Grotto is situated in the big outdoor shed which is heavily Christmas decorated, entry is just £5 and each child gets a toy. You are led to sit on the carriage and Father Christmas walks down the aisles and greets the children and you have the opportunity to take photos. If your little one is scared to see Father Christmas, it is perfect as he gives you as much or as little attention as your little ones desire.
There is a train themed park & a museum boasting train memorabilia from way back when, a heritage centre where the children can learn about those who made the railway & a miniature railway which I think Frankie would stay on all day if I allowed him to!
The model railway club was also open to visitors and Frankie entertained all the members by sharing his 3 year knowledge of steam trains and tracks, they said he can become their youngest member! His first social club! Ha, ha. They had Christmas scenes and Gordon, Henry and Friends whizzing round the tracks for Frankie to spot too.
They have a picnic carriage (of course) on site, a tea carriage which does paninis, hot food & drinks and a burger van which also had mulled wine & haloumi burgers!
If you are looking for a Christmas Experience for a Thomas fan you simply must go to a Festive Day out with Thomas!
Another fabulous day despite the rain at East Anglian Railway Museum, see you next year!
East Anglian Railway Museum, Chappel Station, Colchester, Essex, CO6 2DS