Monday, 3 July 2017

A Day Out With Thomas At Stephenson Railway Museum

My little boy Jacob is Thomas the tank engine crazy, he has Thomas bedding, toys, pyjamas and train sets. So when I heard that Stephenson railway museum in North Tyneside was holding a day out with Thomas event a few weeks ago I just knew that I had to take him. I bought a family ticket for two adults and two children for £35 and we kept the day out a surprise from Jacob. 

Thomas


When we pulled up in the carpark the children had no idea where we were but as we made our way towards the entrance they seen the Thomas steam train and Jacobs little face lit up excitement. I have never actually been to Stephenson Railway Museum before, although I have passed many times in the car as it is close to the Silverlink retail park. On arrival, we were handed a goody bag containing activity books, certificates and stickers for the children.


The day that we visited it was actually pouring with rain so I will state now that it probably ruined our experience. As it was raining we headed straight for the indoor area which as you can imagine on a Saturday, at a family event, in the rain it was extremely busy. There was little areas with a small soft play area, balloon modelling and face painting but it was a bit chaotic with people everywhere so we soon left after a quick play in the soft play area. 


When you book your tickets you are given a set time to ride on the steam train and we had around half an hour until it was our turn so we headed out to the marque which had a magic show on. Again as it was raining the marque was really busy, my children loved the show and were really eager to join in. However, we noticed that as it was a magic show they were understandably picking the older children but as Thomas is a pre-school character it would have been nice for the younger children to have a turn too.  

Thomas

Another thing to mention is that while there is a Thomas steam engine there he did not really do anything when we were there. He was just parked up and you could go and have a quick look inside the cab and get a photo with him. I have seen some events where Thomas actually pulls the train but that didn't happen when we visited. 


It was soon time for us to ride on the steam train and the children loved this, we had brought Thomas flags from a little stand which were only £2 each and they were waving them in excitement. The steam train ride was lovely, it was an old-fashioned 1950's carriage that was actually really spacious and comfortable and so much nicer than train carriages these days. If you have visited the museum before you will know the train ride is only four miles so we were only on the train for about fifteen minutes and you can ride on it on Sunday's for around £15 a family - check the website for details. 

After the train ride, we headed back to get the children's certificates signed by the fat controller who we had seen before our train ride but he had vanished and was nowhere to be seen. Luckily the queue for the face painting was fairly short so they each got their face painted instead which was included in the price of our ticket. 


By this point we had seen everything and been on our train ride and the children were starting to get hungry so we headed to the very small onsite cafe. However, again as it was raining it was extremely busy with a huge line and no seats so we ended up leaving to go for food elsewhere, meaning we were only at the event for just over an hour. I was a bit disappointed with the event as I have read other reviews at other venues that had lots going on compared to the event we went to. I do think that the weather ruined things for us as we were cold and wet and everywhere was so busy, which I know can't be helped. I do think we would have had a much better day if it had not of been so wet and cold. 

The children seemed to enjoy the Day out with Thomas and that is the main thing and they still mention it now a few weeks later. Personally, I probably wouldn't go back to this event but I would definitely visit Stephenson Railway Museum again to go on the heritage train rides on a Sunday as this was the highlight of the day for us. I have also heard that the Santa train rides are good and I think we will try that this year as we did enjoy the train ride we just felt that the whole Thomas experience was, unfortunately, a bit of a letdown for us. 

Have you been to A Day Out With Thomas before, is so what did you think? 




50 comments:

  1. Oh no! I can't believe Thomas didn't pull the train!! What! I'd have been furious!

    Have you taken the kids to ThomasLand? It's really good and I think you'd love it. There are lots of rides for Chloe too in the main Drayton Manor part if she likes that kind of thing x

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    1. No we haven't been to Thomasland yet, we have been thinking of going but did not know what it was like. Chloe loves 'big' rides, the more thrillseeking the better for her. Thank you for the recommendation xx

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  2. This looks like so much fun for the children, though it is a shame that the Thomas event didn't live up to expectation.

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  3. We're in Disney at the moment and I can totally appreciate having set times booked in for the the different events. Queuing with toddlers is no fun. At all! Such a shame it rained for you all and that Thomas wasn't active. As you said, the kids enjoyed it all the same, but you yourself know that it could have been so much better.

    Kat| Kitty & B

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    1. I hope that you are having a truly magical time. xx

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  4. My friends kid is obsessed with Thomas but after your experience I don't think I'll be recommending it. It's a shame it was raining but it's a lot of money for such a minimal amount of time there x

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    1. I have read other reviews at different/ larger stations and the event looks and sounds amazing. I think it was just the bad weather and small museum that ruined it for us xx

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  5. My kids LOVE Thomas, my youngest especially, and yet I think he would be really disappointed that Thomas didn't even pull the train!

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    1. I think he does pull the train at some events, I think we were just unlucky xx

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  6. It looks like you all had such a lovely day. We visited something like this in Suffolk and it was such a nice day, really well organised as well. We took a trip to Thomas Land in Drayton Manor recently and would highly recommend taking any Thomas fans!

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    1. I think we will have to pay Thomasland a visit xx

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  7. Ah Sophie would love this, she is obsessed with trains at the moment! Such a shame it rained all day :( x

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    1. Preschoolers seem to love trains don't they xx

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  8. Confession time: I've always found Thomas and his fiends a bit creepy - it's just those faces! Lol.

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    1. Oh no have you, my little boy loves the faces lol xx

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  9. That's such a shame. I'd feel exactly the same as you. At least the #newcastlewithkids enjoyed it. Xx

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    1. They really did enjoy it, which is the main thing. It was also not too expensive either xx

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  10. Shame that it was raining and that the event was disappointing for you. Glad the kids were ok about it though x

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    1. My children loved it, the train ride was a highlight for them xx

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  11. We've done a Day Out with Thomas at the Forest of Dean Railway and loved it too. And we had rain too but it certainly didn't dampen our spirits. Such a great idea for Thomas fans!

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    1. Glad you had fun, Thomas fans will certainly enjoy it xx

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  12. We've been to the Watercress Line in Hampshire a couple of times for their Thomas events which have been great fun. Our kids are huge steam enthusiasts :)

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    1. I have heard that is a great station, I think I read a review on someones blog about that event xx

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  13. This looks a great day out, My boys use to love Thomas when they were little. It is a shame it rained on the day though :(

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    1. All little ones seem to love Thomas don't they, such a classic xx

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  14. I think it's not on at all that Thomas did nothing. I agree with Sam. Thomas land is amazing especially at Christmas. We are going to try and go every year. Rain doesn't help but we had a similar bad experience

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    1. I really think we need to visit Thomasland xx

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  15. Thomas is such a great kids character, he always does make the kids happy and being able to have a go and ride too!

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    1. He really is great character, I remember him from my own childhood xx

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  16. Oh what a shame with the rain. I can imagine it being a fun place.

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    1. It was a shame, I heard it was a great day in the sun x

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  17. We went to a Day out with Thomas at Stephenson railway last year and it was excellent. It was a beautiful day, so there was lots outside, which probably wasn't possible if the weather was bad. It didn't really register with me that Thomas would pull the train, the fact he was there at all made my little boy's day, and he still kept saying 'We had a ride on Thomas'. We always take a packed lunch and we were able to eat on the grass outside. I can't imagine we'd have had nearly as much fun if it was raining. Poor you!

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    1. I think I expected Thomas to pull the train as I had seen photos of him pulling the train on previous days/events. We were going to take a picnic but there was nowhere to eat it in the rain. I bet it is a brilliant event in the sunshine x

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  18. We used to do this with Kian at Swanage when he was little - he loved it

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    1. It seems a really popular event all over the country x

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  19. My son would love this place. He's a Thomas the Train fan.

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  20. My kids love Thomas and we have been to the Watercress Line events a couple of times and plan to go again next year or the year after for Zach to enjoy the experience too

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    1. I hope you have a fab time with Zach when he is older, my son is two and a half and a great age for this kind of event x

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  21. Looks like a fun day, my little brother loved Thomas the Tank Engine!

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    1. My little brother did too (many years ago as he is 31 now) xx

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  22. Yay for Thomas. My brother used to love him as he was a Thomas too. None of my three were really into trains but we have seen him a couple of times.

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    1. All children seem to know who he is even if they are not into him don't they xx

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  23. I have never been on a train ride with Thomas but would very much love to of course. My nephew loves Thomas the tank engine. I guess this a brilliant place to take him and earn some favourite aunt brownie points.

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  24. Aw this brings back so many lovely memories of when the boys were little. They were mad on Thomas we had all the trains, and movies bless, I am glad you had a lovely day x

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    1. Thomas is such a classic isn't he, my son is crazy about him xx

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  25. Thanks for blogging about our event. It’s a shame that it was raining on the day of your visit as the outdoor elements of the event involving Thomas are much better when it isn’t raining. We try to offer as many activities as we can indoors but obviously we’re restrained by the size of the venue. It’s good to hear that Jacob enjoyed most of his visit.

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    1. You are most welcome, I think people forget we have Stephenson railway museum in the area (myself included). The rain was such a shame but can not be helped, I heard such good reviews from the days the weather was nice. There was a lot going on and we were impressed that things that face painting etc were included within the price. I think the fact it was raining and the indoor areas were really busy just ruined it a little for us sadly. We will certainly return for the santa ride though as we have heard great things about them x

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