Saturday, 16 June 2018

A day out with Thomas the Tank Engine on the Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line. This Summer from 4th to the 12th of August 2018.

Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends are returning to the Watercress Line this Summer and are waiting for you to visit. From August 4th to August 12th 2018 they will be at the Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line with so many fun things to see and do. 

We visited last year and it was a lovely day out for all of us. The children loved hopping on board to ride behind Thomas or Toad at the Ropley station as well as jumping on board one of the big steam trains that goes up and down the line all day. 

As well as meeting Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends at the Watercress Line you can also ride on the real steam engine, shake hands with The Fat Controller as well as enjoy everything listed below and INCLUDED in your ticket price. 

NEW! This year they will have vintage fairground rides at Ropley and a fantastic delicious new food offering.
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 Toad the Brake Van at Ropley
  • 'Rusty' entertaining children with magic and fun at Ropley
  • Unlimited rides on the miniature railway
  • NEW! 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

We had a fantastic day when we visited last year. We hopped on the steam train and hopped off at a different station before heading back down the line to Ropley again. The different attractions were enough to keep us entertained for most of the day and there was food available on site too although plenty of space to find a patch to enjoy a home made picnic lunch too. 

2018 fare prices are as follows*
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: They have a FREE car park in a large field next to Ropley station. Postcode SO24 0BL. (We parked here and it was very easy to find with ample parking spaces too)
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.

So why not have a fantastic day out with Thomas and Friends this Summer at the Watercress Line it really is a fab day out for all. 

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