Steam railway

On Sunday, we took the kids to the Santa Special at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.  This is a super activity if you have a baby or someone else who can’t or won’t walk very far.

The train
The train

I got loads of photos of the countryside while we were in the train but, as they are basically a load of photos of sheep, I’ll leave them off here.

The ticket office
The ticket office
They have fantastic, old fashioned carriages
They have fantastic, old fashioned carriages
The train
The train

After the train, we went through to see Father Christmas.  We were expecting a long wait (or, at least, my husband was) but in fact it was fine.  The queue was also in a really fantastic spot – in fact, I think this might be the thing I liked best about the whole visit.

You have to stop your kids from touching
You have to stop your kids from touching
I just love this
I just love this

The kids both got a present each from Father Christmas and an elf (a kind lady in a hat) took their names and ages before we went in.

After Father Christmas, we went to get juice and chocolate (for the kids) and mulled wine and mince pies (for the grown ups).  There was a magic show but my kids don’t have the concentration for that sort of thing once they’ve had chocolate.  We went to see the donkeys instead.  There was meant to be a reindeer somewhere but we didn’t see him or her.

Donkeys!
Donkeys!

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