I wasn’t sure how things would be this Christmas with us not going to Centerparcs for the first time in my life, but we had a fantastic time.
Mummy was very busy
blogging working up to Christmas Eve, but we still managed to get out and about for nice coffees, and have lots of snuggly times watching Christmas movies. The weather has been awful – rain, rain and more rain, but thank goodness we haven’t flooded like a lot of poor people have.
On 23rd December, Mummy had a real treat planned, my first Santa Special trip on the Gwili Railway in Carmarthenshire, South Wales. I loved it, except when the steam engine ‘chooed’ at me – I jumped so much, I nearly fell off the platform! The engine also had to let off excess steam when we got off at the end of the trip, and I didn’t like the noise at all.
We managed to park at the station – if it is full, there is a park and ride running for special events. There is a railway carriage which is a little cafe too – it is very cute, but very limited with what it offers, and there is not much seating either. At the other end of the station are toilets, and you cross the railway line to climb on board the steam train on the other side.
The train is amazing. I loved it inside – it is a really old train with compartments with sliding doors – like in an old film. It was really warm, and steam was coming out from under the seats. I was very excited. After a short fifteen – twenty minute trip, we arrived at another station and got off. There was a huge marquee where inside there was face painting, a small bouncy castle, a magic man and a pop up cafe serving hot snacks, and delicious coffee and hot chocolate.
We queued for Santa, I was a very brave little boy and had my first ever photo with Santa without Mummy or my bro or sisters holding me. Anyway, he was only a helper, because I met the real Santa at Lapland UK!
I had a fab Jenga game, and I sat and played it with Luke whilst Mummy and Nana and Grandad had a nice coffee.
We then caught the train back to the car park.
It was going dark by this time, and the station looked so pretty.
‘The Gwili Steam Railway operates a standard gauge preserved railway from Bronwydd (near Carmarthen) in South Wales along a short section of the former Carmarthen to Aberystwyth railway that closed for passenger traffic in 1965.
The Gwili Railway was formed in 1975 and, by 1978, had purchased and rescued about eight miles of trackbed and was running an initial steam-hauled service on a one-mile section of it. The Gwili Railway has the distinction of becoming the first standard-gauge preserved railway to operate in South West Wales when it re-opened the one-mile section of the Carmarthen-Llanpumsaint route from its base at Bronwydd Arms, three miles north of Carmarthen.’
The Santa Special train will be running again next December from the 3rd to the 24th on selected days, and there are other events throughout the year including afternoon tea trains and an Easter Special to meet the Easter Bunny. Check their website for events, dates and prices.
The prices for our Santa Special trip were £10 for us children and £12 for the grown ups, any baby’s were £5.50. It was well worth it for the train ride, my visit to Santa and present, and the grown ups had a mince pie and tot of sherry too! Us children also had a goody bag with a drink, and a bar of chocolate.
Have you ever been on a real steam train?