This week’s Times to Treasure post is going to be all about our Sunday activity. Last year my sister told me about this fabulous event put on by Essex & South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership and we took Alfie when he was 5 months old. It was great fun, but I knew this year would be even better as he was that bit older. We all got dressed up in our Christmas jumpers ready to get in the spirit of things!
The tickets went on sale at the beginning of November and we quickly snapped them up. At £5 per adult, and £3 per child, it is such good value for all the activities you get. We went with my sister and her husband, and their four kids. Our train was at 11.06 and we got there early so we could grab some good seats as there was a lot of us. The train started from Southminster.
The train is a usual train, which has the front carriages decorated for the journey. The rest of the train is a normal train for passengers to get on, the Sunday service isn’t interrupted.
Our carriage was so well decorated – tinsel, snowmen, a chimney and the Christmas wish tree. It was a busy carriage, so there was lots of noise and everyone was having a good time.
There were lots of things going on through the journey. We were given an activity pack for the kids to fill in, with games like:
- Guess the name of the Elf (we called ours Elfie!)
- Guess the number of Gems in the jar
- Guess how much wrapping paper was used on the train
- Adult quiz
- Colour-in sheets
The first 4 activities all had prizes for the best name/correct answer.
We were also given a tag to hang on the Christmas wish tree. Alfie wrote to Father Christmas what he would like to receive (lots of cars please!) and then we went and hung it on the tree.
Then it was time for Santa and Rudolph to come down and visit! He came and sat with us for a little bit and spoke to all the children about what they wanted for Christmas. We told him we would leave him mince pies and beer and a carrot for Rudolph. Alfie then gave him a high 5! Santa’s elves bought round some lovely gifts for all the children – Alfie got a lovely little cuddly lion.
We then had a little pit stop at Wickford where Mummy and Daddy got a hot drink and Alfie got some chocolates. We also saw Santa again on the platform and got a photo this time!
We got back on the train and headed back to Southminster. The elves came back round and gave out prizes to the winners of the quizzes and activites (we didn’t win) and the raffle (which my sister won!). They also gave out some lucky dip prizes and Alfie got a cute little basketball.
Halfway through the journey back, some carol singers got on and we all had a sing-song – including Alfie! My sister caught this lovely video of him singing, but he got a bit camera shy when he realised he was being filmed.
Soon we were back at Southminster and the journey was over. It was a fantastic day. The whole thing last about an hour and a half, and was well worth the money we paid. The people who run the event are all volunteers and the money raised goes to Little Havens charity. We absolutely loved it this year, and will be back for many years to come!
For more details about the event, have a look at the website here.
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