At the beginning of this week we visited Audley End Miniature Railway in Saffron Walden, Essex. It was our first day out since February and it didn’t disappoint. They are currently running their Summer Festival which is full of magic, imagination and adventure.
The journey began with a train ride through the Audley End Estate Woodland. The Teddy Bears take pride of place throughout the route, a tradition that was started many years ago by the Braybrooke family and is now part of their heritage.
Our next activity was a wander through the woods on The enchanted Fairy and Elf walk. At the entrance we were given Activity booklets, which allowed the girls to look out for the delightful Fairy and Elf homes hiding amongst the trees. It was a really brilliant activity, so creatively set up, with so much attention to detail. It really did feel super magical! I have a whole highlight dedicated to our day on my instagram page.
At the end of the fairy and elf walk, there is the opportunity for the interactive storytelling session. You can access the Picnic Cafe and Play Area including the brand-new adventure playground which is amazing and had something for each of the girls to use! We also made use of the wonderful games and activities set up around the site, Raya in particular loved throwing (and running away) with the bean bags through the holes.
Once the kids had some play time we decided to stop for lunch. I did bring a picnic with me, because having children means I bring food absolutely everywhere! There was lots of picnic benches scattered around the site, as well as space on the green for picnic blankets etc. They have a cafe on site, with a small selection of hot and cold food to choose from. I noted that there was a children’s lunch available for £6.5o which consisted of a burger/hot dog, crisps, chocolate and drink. They also sell ice cream.
All activities from start to finish are outdoors and the clear itinerary of activities in order make it a perfect day out following social distancing rules. All tickets will now be purchased online and shown at the entrance. They are also cashless to reduce contact. I witnessed multiple hand sanitiser dispensers and outdoor wash basins around the site. Staff are focused on cleaning at all times, and spraying and wiping regularly with D10, including after each train ride and regular intervals in toilets.
Everyday from 4th July until 6th September 2020
Audley End Miniature Railway, Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JB
Parking is Free, but is currently situated at the over flow car park, which is a short walk from the entrance. Disabled parking in available on site.
How do I Book?
Advanced Tickets Booked Online:
£12.50 per person. Children below 92cm – £6.25. Children under 1 and Carers of disabled go Free
Included in the ticket price: Train Ride, Fairy and Elf Walk, Craft Making kit supplied, Games Area, Story Telling, brand-new adventure Play Area.
We thoroughly enjoyed our day out at Audley End Miniature Railway. The staff were so friendly and welcoming and there was so much to see and do from beginning to end, the girls were engaged throughout. My Children ages range from 1 to 9 years and there was something for them all. It is a perfect family day out in Essex! Their next events include Halloween and Christmas which we will most definitely be heading back for!
Disclosure: These tickets were gifted in exchange of a review. Thoughts and opinions remain my own.