A Day Out With Thomas

This time last year our son was obsessed with Peppa Pig, this year he’s jumped ship and has a very fond obsession with Thomas the Tank Engine. This change has led to a huge overhaul of toys, swapping everything pink and Peppa to blue and Thomas. He lives and breathes trains lately so when my sister-in-law (almost) sent a link to A Day Out With Thomas, we dug deep and booked the tickets straight away. Which was a tad hasty after we’d just returned from holiday.

The event itself is of course centered around Thomas and his friends. There are train rides all day, play areas, characters we recognise flood the station and it’s a pretty magical experience for kids. Ones that love Thomas.

We arrived half an hour before the event started which meant we saw them still shunting the trains along the line to set everything up. To see these trains in life size form was pretty cool. Our sons eyes popped out of his head as he saw a couple he recognised, they really did look just the same as on tv too.

We all hustle and bustled into the ticket office and I was getting a little worried that we’d miss seeing Thomas while we faffed with the tickets. So when I heard a distant train, I quickly grabbed the kids and ran past the ticket master in anticipation.

Then Thomas arrived. There was a lot of build up before Thomas himself pulled into the station. The Fat Controller announced he was on his way, then we heard a whistle. My sons face was deadly serious, he was staring in the direction of the whistle, waiting for Thomas to arrive. Then we heard chugging. A smile slowly grew across his face and I could have burst with happiness to know how ecstatic he was about to be.

Then there was Thomas, pulling into the station. Backwards. Now, I understand the logistics of why he needed to arrive backwards, because he needed to face in the direction he’d be chugging all day. But it was a little deflating to see him rear-first “here he comes, oh, where’s his face?”. I think I was expecting the dramatic entrance that I saw online, where he arrives through a cloud of smoke causing every three year old in a two mile radius to faint. Even though he arrived backwards, he still made my sons day. That grin that started to grow when he heard Thomas’ chugging was now ear to ear and he had a sparkle in his eye. I can only imagine how amazing that must have been for him to see a real Thomas.

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My daughter was pleased to see him too. But Thomas isn’t really her thing yet, and it may never be. She’s just happy to be out, plenty of kids to cuddle, lots of dangerous places to explore and the trains are alright, I guess.

We were one of the first to ride Thomas and we sat in first class, no less. The kiddies bounced around our carriage and begged us to hold them up to the window to watch the scenery and see the other famous trains dotted along the track. The train was an old fashioned one, everything was made out of wood and designed to be operated manually. Mr F and I both agreed that we much prefer these style of trains to the new electronic ones. They have so much more personality in them, but unfortunately they’re just not fit for purpose in a busy modern world.

The journey on Thomas was short and sweet, it lasted around thirty minutes which is the perfect amount of time to keep my little ones entertained. We hopped on and off the train all day and the journey was so beautiful. The kids didn’t care much for the gorgeous scenery but Mr F and I loved staring at the rolling green fields.

Our next stop was a mini train. Our son wanted to go on it, then he didn’t then when he did again somebody else had pinched the last seat. He started to get a little difficult so we had to stop for lunch at half 11, assuming he was grumpy because he needed feeding. Once he’d cheered up we carried on exploring the station. There was so much there for them to see and do. Face-painting, a play area, a bouncy castle, merry go round, a model railway with episodes of Thomas on a TV and of course the endless train rides. While Thomas was off on his journey, Charlie would pull into the station with Annie and Clarabelle and offer shorter train rides along the station. We did everything at least three times. My kiddies aren’t too fussed about repetition as long as there’s something to do.

It’s quite an expensive day out really but it was one of those things we couldn’t miss. Or more to the point, that we didn’t want our son to miss. I don’t think we could put a price on his face as Thomas pulled into the station. He was in total awe of Thomas and the other trains and we could see that he felt like a very lucky boy.

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21 Comments

  1. Lucy At Home
    September 26, 2016 / 5:54 am

    What a fab day out for a Thomas-loving little one! I have 2 girls and we took them on a train journey in the summer holidays (just a regular train!) and they loved it. I bet they’d have been uncontainable if it had been Thomas the Tank Engine we were riding on! And what a lovely photo of your son watching for Thomas to arrive. #MarvMondays

  2. Fiona Cambouropoulos
    September 26, 2016 / 10:46 am

    What a magical day captured so well, there is nothing like a favourite character in real life! #BigPinkLink

  3. This Mum's Life
    September 26, 2016 / 12:55 pm

    Oh wow, my children would absolutely love this!! Among other TV shows they’re obsessed with (Horrid Henry and My Little Pony being among them!) they absolutely love Thomas. With it being something that me and my brother grew up with too, it seems like something all of us would enjoy. The train interiors do sound lovely, there definitely is something special about the vintage interior isn’t there! And seeing their faces when you give them these surprises, make the most precious memories!
    #bigpinklink

  4. Rainbows are too beautiful
    September 26, 2016 / 1:04 pm

    Oh so exciting – looks like you all had a great time! #marvmondays

  5. Turning Up In Devon
    September 27, 2016 / 12:41 pm

    Your photos are fab! I remember doing something similar with my son. We me the Fat controller and he signed one our Thomas books! My son was so into Thomas (he’s 9 now) that we’ve kept all the wooden trains he was given (for his kids) or to sell to fund his gap year!! Your blog is such a good way to remember all these times #Marvmondays

    • firstooth
      September 28, 2016 / 5:32 am

      Ah thank you! That’s a great idea to save the trains as I’m sure he’d love to pass them down to his children x

  6. Jaki
    September 28, 2016 / 5:58 am

    We did this a year or so back and it is great to see th excitement on their faces but I couldn’t help but feel it’s quite expensive for what you actually get. But then the joy on their faces is priceless and it’s nice to get some fantastic photos of the occasion. I’m glad you had a great day. #bestandworst

  7. Tammymum
    September 28, 2016 / 7:15 am

    There are some beautiful photos here and you guys, well youth son especially looked like the cat who got the cream. As parents days like can have a sense forbidding about them especially when they cost so darn much but seeing their faces and watching them enjoy it so much really makes it worth every penny and makes your day not just worth it but enjoyable! I’m pleased you all had such a lovely day and thank you for sharing it with us at #familyfun. Hope to see you again next week.

  8. chocolateandwineandillbefine
    September 28, 2016 / 9:55 am

    What a magical day! Your photos are gorgeous. My son would absolutely love this! He too is in the Thomas phase! Have you been to Drusilla’s near Eastbourne? They have a little Thomas train (in his final year) – we went a few weeks back and he literally would not get off Thomas. Thankfully it was not busy! #familyfun

  9. Renee @peonieandme
    September 28, 2016 / 10:41 am

    I don’t know whether I look forward to or dread the day Henry no longer loves Peppa Pig. She is a little trooper in our house, keeping Henry occupied when a tantrum is about to erupt. But its good to know their is another potential character in the wings ready to bankrupt us and drive us insane with catchy theme songs and overused sayings, haha.
    Thanks for the honest account of your day with Thomas and well done too for doing everything 3 times (3 times, you need a medal). & your pictures are gorgeous as usual. Renee @peonieandme #bestandworst

  10. Lex @ mumisthewordblog
    September 28, 2016 / 1:59 pm

    What a lovely day out and a lovely memory you have made. Your little boy looks so happy and content, it’s so hear warming to see. It’s an amazing feeling seeing your child happy, especially when it’s something as amazing as this for them. #bestandworst

  11. Karen | TwoTinyHands
    September 28, 2016 / 5:52 pm

    What a fantastic day out! My boy is a train fan but hasn’t discovered Thomas yet mainly because I’ve not introduced him but he liked a good choo choo! Thanks for linking up to #familyfun

  12. Muma on the Edge
    September 29, 2016 / 10:30 am

    What a fab looking day! My youngest daughter (2) would love this, she is train crazy…
    big love, L
    xxx
    #bloggerclubuk

    • firstooth
      September 30, 2016 / 1:49 pm

      It’s definitely something for all train loving kids!! Thomas travels across the country so hopefully he’ll end up near you xx

  13. David Mellor
    September 29, 2016 / 7:41 pm

    This sounds like a lovely day. I agree, Thomas pulling in backwards hardly creates the impact I’m sure most kids anticipated, but it still all looks great fun.
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    • firstooth
      September 30, 2016 / 1:50 pm

      Yes it was a bit disappointing but in my son’s eyes he didn’t care at all. The build up made us laugh as we saw his rear first!

  14. Helen Gandy
    September 30, 2016 / 7:34 pm

    Ahhh we’ve been on 2 Thomas days out and they alot of fun!! You got some gorgeous pics!! Thanks for linking up, hope you’ll stop by again! #bestanadworst

  15. Joanne Addison
    September 30, 2016 / 8:16 pm

    My 3 year old loves Thomas too! Have you been to Thomas Land at Drayton Manor? We went this summer and he is still talking about it – lots of happy memories like your day out too. #familyfun

    • firstooth
      September 30, 2016 / 8:44 pm

      We’ve not been there yet but it’s definitely on our radar! Hopefully next year x

  16. My Petit Canard
    October 1, 2016 / 8:28 pm

    There are sometimes experiences like this that as a parent you just know you have to take your little ones on. It looks like your little guy really enjoyed his day, and from the sounds of it you all had a lovely time so it sounds like money very well spent 🙂 Lovely pics, thanks for sharing this on #MarvMondays. Emily

  17. Mudpie Fridays
    October 2, 2016 / 7:15 pm

    We’ve done this day out with Monkey and he absolutely loved it. A must for all Thomas fans. Stopping by for #MarvMondays xx

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