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Totally Awesome Train Adventures

Written by Lottie

Let’s go on a train adventure and see some stunning views,
There’s so many fab railways with lots of fun waiting for you!
From The Bo’ness and Kinnel, West Somerset, Stevenage and more,
Here’s our list of places for your mini conductors explore!

Santa Train, Longleat, Warminster

The famous ‘Santa Express’ is back once again this year, ready to whisk you off into the wintery woodland to meet Father Christmas! Save 20% off tickets when you book Longleat tickets from us! (*Please note additional charges & tickets apply for the Santa Express). BOOK HERE for Longleat ticket and here for Santa Train.

Day Out With Thomas™, various locations

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Calling all Thomas lovers to hop aboard! Day Out With Thomas™ is a unique family events which offers a fun ride with the classic storybook character engine Thomas and his Friends. Find the nearest location to you here.

Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster

This heritage railway has trains that travel sixteen miles between Bridgnorth, Bewdley and Kidderminister through the Severn Valley. Make a day of it and hop on and off at the different stations where you can find a number of attractions for the family to enjoy! Find out more.

The Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway

Bo'ness and Kinnell Railway on #Daysoutwithkids
Climb aboard this majestic heritage train to take some stunning views on five miles of preserved track. On site you’ll find the Museum of Scottish Railways, which is Scotland’s largest railway museum! The children will enjoy the large buildings full of railway locomotives, carriages and wagons, as well as the play area to blow off some steam! Find out more.

Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways, Porthmadog

This amazing railway is featured in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest railway company in the world as it was founded in 1832! The two different railways travel through tranquil pastures and forests, past lakes before clinging to the side of the mountain. Find out more.

West Somerset Railway, Minehead

Take in all the sights and smells of travelling by steam on The West Somerset Railway, which runs twenty miles along the glorious Somerset coast and through the countryside between Bishops Lydeard and Minehad. In total there are ten stations where you can hop on and off and with the authentic stations and enthusiastic staff you will feel like you’re traveling in the early 1900’s. Find out more.

North Yorkshire Railway, Pickering

Travel back in time to the glory days of steam travel by jumping on board one of these gorgeous vintage trains operated by North Yorkshire Moors Railway! This eighteen mile journey will take you between the market town of Pickering and the seaside town of Whitby – where you can enjoy some of the world famous fish and chips! Find out more.

The Kent and East Sussex Railway, Tenterden, Kent


Spanning over ten miles, these fantastic locomotives allow visitors to experience travel and service from a bygone era. The line weaves between Tenterden and Bodiam with spectacular views en route! Find out more.

East Lancashire Railway, Bury

Since 1846 steam trains have been providing a great day out for the family at East Lancashire Railway. There are a few different stations where you can alight and explore between Heywood, Bury, Ramsbottom and Rawtwnstall. Find out more.

The North Norfolk Railway, Sheringham, Norfolk

Enjoy a trip on this heritage railway line which takes you on a ten and a half mile trip through the beautiful north Norfolk countryside. The trains, stations, tickets and other sights along with the smells take you back in time. Find out more.

Swanage Railway, Corfe Castle, Dorset

This heritage railway line that travels between the historic village of Corfe Castle and the seaside town of Swanage makes for a great day out with the family. There are both diesel and steam trains to take you on a magical journey through the Dorset countryside. Find out more.

Bluebell Railway, Uckfield

The magnificent heritage trains of the Bluebell Railway will take you on a nostalgic trip through nine miles of Sussex countryside between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead. Enjoy the excitement and magic of experiencing the bygone era of steam travel! Find out more.

Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Bembridge

This beautifully preserved railway runs for five miles between Smallbrook Junction, through Ashley and Havenstreet on to Wotton and you are able to hop on/off at any of these stops. In the Train Story Visitor Experience you will find lots of interactive activities for the children that bring to life the history of the railway. Find out more.

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