With two train mad kids in this house the Audley End Miniature Railway is high on the list of places to visit. We decided to go along for a ride on the Easter Special. Take a look at the video of our day out and watch out for the surprise in the woods!
The miniature railway is really popular and we booked a ticket in advance to make sure we didn’t have a wasted journey. When we arrived we could hear the steam engine whooshing and the excitement mounted! We were booked on one of the first trains of the day and in no time we were boarding the little carriages, ready to go. Everywhere was decorated with ribbons and flowers and they had made a real effort to make the station look and feel special. Then the train gave a whistle and we were off! The miniature railway winds through magical woodland and over streams and gullies. It is the best mini railway we’ve been on (and we have been on quite a few!). There are even tunnels and it was our first time through the tunnels with the steam engine. It got quite hot and smoky but wasn’t long and we were out in the woods again.
The best part of the Easter Special has to be the surprise in the woods. The train stopped deep in the woodland and bunnies appeared, then the Easter Bunny arrived with a basket of chocolate eggs and made his way down the carriages handing out treats to all the children. The bunnies hopped and danced and then the train was off again, back through the trees and back to the Audley End Miniature Railway station.
There is a small café and we popped in for some warm drinks and Easter biscuits and then headed over the train tracks to the play area for our picnic. Audley End Miniature Railway is perfect for a fine day but there really isn’t any shelter, so aim for a sunny or a dry day if you are planning a visit.
Re-fuelled we headed over to the Easter Trail and started the quest to find woodland animals like badgers, foxes and rabbits. Along the way there are letters to collect. If you collect all the letters and solve the clue then you can take a prize from the chick at the end of the trail.
The Easter Trail through the woods is enough to keep little legs happy and everywhere was decorated with flowers and bows, nests, eggs and animals.
After three hours of fresh air and excitement we were ready to come home but we could have stayed all day, sitting in the sunshine and watching the trains. We didn’t manage to visit the craft tent where you could make Easter themed crafts, the enormous bouncy castle or the mini-miniature railway.
Audley End Miniature Railway run trains and special events throughout the year. It won’t be long now and the Fairy Trail will re-open for the Summer and you can find all the details on their website or take a look at our visit to the Fairy and Elf Walk in 2016. This was our second visit and there’s no doubt that we will be back again.
To avoid disappointment, check details and opening hours with the venue before you travel.
Audley End Miniature Railway is near Saffron Walden in Essex, CB11 4JB