I have lived in the same area for all my life (30 *cough cough* years) and my parents have lived here for longer than that, since they were married in fact (44 years!). My Mum moved into the area with her family over 50 years ago so really knows it well.
However, despite that, we recently discovered a fantastic park, only a few miles away, that has a miniature railway in its grounds that runs every Sunday (& some Wednesday afternoons in the school holidays) throughout the Summer.
The trains (there are a few) mostly run on steam and there are two tracks, a ground level track and an elevated narrow gauge track.
My Little Man is mad on trains (Thomas, Chuggington, Underground Ernie – you name it, if it’s a train, he loves it!) so once we found out about it, a trip there was an absolute must!
We went on Sunday, with Nanny & ‘Dad-Dad’ (Daddy was at White Hart Lane, suffering!) and it was a really fantastic afternoon. The train fare is only £1 each, with under 3s going free and it was probably the best few pounds we’ve ever spent, on a pennies-per-smile basis!
As well as the railway there are also tennis courts, a putting green, an outdoor ‘gym’, a fantastic ice-cream/hot-dog van which also sells teas & coffees, toilet facilities, some large green open spaces for football/cricket/rounders, two fantastic playground areas and, this Summer, there was a children’s funfair too.
The railway has been there for 40 years so I can’t think why we didn’t know about it until recently. We’ve missed out on a lot of cheap, fun Sunday afternoons this year but I’m sure we’ll be making up for it in the next few years!
Thanks for reading!