We’ve just had a wonderful time at Santa’s Steam Adventure National Railway Museum York. it certainly made a welcome change to waiting in a department store grotto. Following beautiful old-fashioned signs to the railway platform , our excitement grew…
…then we stepped into Santa’s magical delivery depot decorated with lights and trees. It was stunning, seeing all the wrapped presents piled high in the carriages, the pretty decorations and cute little touches like giant candy canes and an animatronic cat blinking and waving its paw.
We sat in a railway carriage with cushions and Christmas blankets, listening to the Chief Engineer tell corny Christmas jokes (the kids loved it) while his first mate checked with the driver why the train had stopped. The kids were given toy hammers and screwdrivers to get the train working again, then finally they brought out the big guns (or I should say, Jingle Bells.) With a bit of jingly Christmas magic, we all sang and played our way to fixing the train, and off we were on our way again.
Then, surprise! Santa popped out to say Merry Christmas to everyone and gave each child a quality present appropriate to age and gender. We got a Winnie the Pooh treasury book and a wooden train.
My daughter was very concerned; she asked me if the train would be able to get across the sea?
I said that the trains were there to help Santa just in case and I’m sure his sleigh would be fixed in time for Christmas.
The hot food in the cafe was delicious, if a little pricey (£36 inc. drinks for a two adults and two children’s meals) We had a Thai inspired chicken curry with poppy seed rice, the kids had a lunchbox and a hot pork sandwich with salad.
There were some interesting things for grownups too; we were fascinated by the tiny beds and writing desks in Queen Victoria and King Edward’s carriages, and an Art Gallery with original oil paintings from the stylish railway posters made famous by Norman Wilkinson and others.
For more information on dates and prices go to: http://www.nrm.org.uk/