I am still amazed at the incredible weather we enjoyed over the weekend. We wanted to make the most of it so we headed down to Audley End Miniature Railway with friends to see if we could spot some Easter bunnies and go on a train ride! It is one of our favourite places to visit Santa at Christmas, seriously magical, so it was about time we visited in the warmer months.
We bought our tickets and headed over to the picnic area to watch the trains. My daughter loves a bouncy castle, having discovered them at a friends birthday party last summer, so as soon as we arrived she made a bee line for the castle of bouncy goodness. It is a great set up but given that there are two bouncy castles I do think it would have been better to have one for Under 5s and one for Over 5s given the size and energy of some of the older children! There is also a lovely play area and a café next to the bouncy castle which is handy. The girls had a great time bouncing away and we eventually managed to prize them away to go on the Easter Trail.The Easter Trail was set up in the woods along a pretty path which is usually home to fairies and elves although they do not magic their way back until the 29th of April when there is a special Elf and Fairy weekend. We looked out for eggs, bunnies, foxes, owls, carrot patches and letters to make a special word to give to the Easter bunny. The girls were rewarded with a lovely little prize at the end and we then made a mad dash to make the next train.
The steam trains are very impressive and make a lovely noise when the steam is released. The little carriages are wonderful for the children as they can look out and spot all the creatures as you go round and everyone waves as you go by. The train takes you into the forest, through tunnels and alongside a number of Easter rabbits we spotted some live pheasants and squirrels bouncing around in the sun too.
We were too early for the Easter special which runs this weekend, 14-17th April, but there was plenty to do and it certainly felt festive to us. The Easter special includes a visit to the Easter bunny in the woods and a craft tent to keep little ones busy, I believe you can buy tickets online with the benefit of booking specific trains so you can plan your day.
We had a great day out, what will you be getting up to this Easter weekend? I’d love to hear about fantastic egg hunts and crafts if you have any hints and tips!