Head to the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, in the Lake District, on 2nd and 3rd October 2010, to enjoy Fabulous ‘Days Out With Thomas’ with everyone’s favourite train character, Thomas the Tank Engine from Thomas & Friends™. A great value-for-money package awaits, starting at Ravenglass station, where Trevor the Traction Engine and Bertie the Bus will thrill children as they discover them in the car park.
At 10am each day, excitement will mount as an opening ceremony features The Fat Controller, Sir Topham Hatt, cutting a red ribbon. This will let Thomas move off his turntable and rush The Fat Controller up the line to check for other trains. Families and other passengers gathered there can then follow his route, by catching the 10.30 train from Ravenglass to Dalegarth, whilst others can catch other trains heading up the line, the last being at 15.50 and the last back leaving at 16.40.
Locomotives pulling passengers will be Rex, Bert, Mike and Jock, all of which figure in books by Reverend W Awdry and his son Christopher, based on Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway’s River Esk, River Irt, River Mite and Northern Rock. During their journey through stunning coastal, fell and valley scenery, children can complete a ‘spot the characters’ competition, as images of Edward, James and Gordon can all be seen.
At Dalegarth, a whole day of Thomas fun will spread a little magic. The Fat Controller will encourage children to pass buckets of water to Thomas, to let the thirsty engine have a drink, once the driver puts the water into Thomas’s tank. The Fat Controller will also join the Station Master in providing a 65h Anniversary interactive show in which there is singing, dancing and the important task of feeding Thomas a coal cake!
An ‘Imagination Station’ will feature story reading, colouring, train set and a skittles game, plus face-painting and Thomas tattoo applications. Meanwhile, in a marquee, exciting and comical children’s magician, Stu-di-Doo will create Harold the Helicopter from balloons and mesmerise children with magic tricks.
Tickets for this Day Out With Thomas and all of the activities described cost £12.50 for an adult, £6.25 for children and £33 for a family of two adults and two children. Tickets can be bought on the day, or purchased online.
Paul Johnson is a Director at Kendal Holiday Cottages Ltd. which offers luxury self-catering accommodation between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales