The Bear is a fan of choo-choo trains and has been asking for weeks if we could take her to see Thomas the Tank Engine. Drayton Manor is a good drive away, so it wasn’t going to be a day trip. We read about the Bluebell Railway on one of the guidebooks we have at home which was in East Sussex. Definitely do-able as a day trip and we’ve been thinking of heading down to the coast as well.
The M25 was a car park which tripled the travel time, unfortunately. We ended up driving on country roads and found ourselves in Surrey Hills. The views were stunning which prompted us to stop for a cuppa when we spotted a cafe en route.
The Bear brought home a teddy from nursery for the weekend.
The break was much needed. The Bear had a run-around whilst we enjoyed our drinks and scones.
We decided to make tracks but stopped shortly thereafter when we spotted a sign for a farm shop. I had wanted to stock up on some free-range eggs. They even had a little bee garden.
After what seemed like an eternity, we arrived at the Bluebell Railway in time for the last steam train ride for the day. It was free for the Bear, and £17 per adult for a return journey to East Grinstead and back. The station was really quaint, and staff dressed in proper ye olde uniforms. We found an empty compartment on the train and made ourselves right at home. The return journey took just under 2 hours and we passed through very pretty countryside. The Bear spotted many cows, pigs, horses, birds and even deers.
The dining room on the train was all set for another wedding party.
What a fabulous trip. The Bear thoroughly enjoyed herself as did we.