Thursday, 2 August 2018

A day out with Thomas on the Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line

This weekend, we are taking a trip down south to the leafy place I call my hometown, in Hampshire, to visit my parents, celebrate recent birthdays and enjoy a day out with none other than Thomas the Tank Engine on the Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line.


I was probably not much older than Ethan is now the last time I went on the Watercress Line steam trains so I am really excited to be taking him to enjoy this experience - and he has NO IDEA that Thomas will be making a special appearance.

We're really looking forward to a fun day on the railway (be sure to follow me on Instagram and see my Stories on Sunday whilst we are out and about), and I will pop up a review and photos following our visit, but as the event starts this Saturday, 4th August, until 12th August, I wanted to share the details with you now in case it's something you'd like to book onto for this weekend too...


SUMMER: 9 days from 4th - 12th August 2018 (9.30am - 5.00pm)

Meet Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends here at the Watercress Line. Experience a ride on a real steam engine, shake hands with The Fat Controller. All activities and rides are included in your ticket price. 

NEW! This year we will have vintage fairground rides at Ropley and a fantastic delicious new food offering.
Keep up to date with news about the event on our Facebook page!
There are plenty of activities to keep the family entertained for the whole day - ALL included in the ticket price:
  • Unlimited travel on the big steam trains that run up and down the 10 mile line - trains run every 45 minutes from 9:45am to 4:45pm
  • Unlimited rides behind Thomas the Tank Engine and in Toad the Brake Van at Ropley
  • 'Rusty' entertaining children with magic and fun at Ropley
  • Unlimited rides on the miniature railway
  • Vintage fairground rides
  • A Passport To Friendship full of activities for children to do throughout the day with a sticker on completion
  • Story Time with Rusty and the Fat Controller
  • 'Thomas & Friends' temporary tattoos 
  • A Day Out With Thomas colouring-in certificate
  • Imagination Stations with Thomas play-sets, colouring and DVD shows
FARES*
Adults: £18
Child (2-16 yrs): £12
Child (under 2 yrs): Free
Family (2 adults and 2 children): £54
*An online booking fee applies
Parking Information:**Ropley: We have FREE car parking in a large field next to Ropley station. Postcode SO24 0BL. 
Alresford: Pay and Display, £1.50 for the day or free Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Alton: Pay and Display South Western Trains car park. £2 on the weekend or £7.50 on weekdays.
Disabled parking available at Alresford and Alton stations. Disabled drop-off at Ropley station and park in the field.
Further Information:Trains run between 9:45am to 4:45pm.
The Imagination Station is open at Alresford and Ropley from 10.30am - 4.30pm, entry is strictly by travel ticket only.
Thomas gives rides at Ropley station.


Accommodation: Try the beautiful Watercress Lodges, a self catered holiday retreat set in relaxing farmland surroundings overlooking our Ropley station (where Thomas will be) and the South Downs. Choose from Lodges, Glamping Safari Tents, Tipi Tents or pitch your own. 
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