August was a really difficult month for us and that’s putting it lightly. (see post “So much more than a quilt”) We were staying at my mum’s with my sister’s family. By the time the bank holiday had arrived mum ordered us all to have some time for ourselves “family time”. Mark did some research on the internet and found KLR Kirklees Light Railway. I’d never heard of it before but the website looked great and it wasn’t too far away from us.
It was pretty easy to get to, just off of junction 39 of the M1. As we parked we heard a message on the tannoy saying,
“The next train will be departing shortly. If you wish to board, please do so now.”
As we approached the building, there were signs to the platform, ticket office etc. It was all very quaint. You could imagine experiencing this as a child and loving it. We decided to try to catch the train. The man at the ticket office was extremely friendly and helpful. He told us about a quiz in which each Hula could win a badge. We heard the whistle and boarded the train just in time!
The train ride took approximately 20 minutes through oak woodland. I think that if we had visited as Autumn progressed, the trees would look spectacular.
The train arrived at the top station, we were told that we could spend as long as we liked there and that trains departed every 30 minutes. There was a bouncy castle, adventure playground and they’d also advertised a tea room. I found this to be slightly disappointing. There was no selection of teas and the tea was served in a polystyrene cup. I think when the words “Tea room” are used I expected it to be served on a tray with hot water for me to pour myself (and a selection of cakes and treats if I’m being particular). Despite this, it was a really nice area with and we spent an hour there.
Holly seemed to really enjoy herself, there were so many other families with young children. We struggle sometimes finding activities to do with Holly due to her age.
The bottom station also had an adventure playground but it was much larger. There was also a teeny tiny train around the duck pond which you could have a ride on if you wished. The cafe at the station served hot food. It was ok but, I would recommend taking a packed lunch as there is a picnic area.
Despite it being a bank holiday, it wasn’t packed, it was easy to park and the staff were exceptionally helpful. We later found out that most of the people working there are volunteers and steam train enthusiasts. They have special events through the year such as a visit from Thomas the Tank Engine, Halloween and Santa specials. All details are available on their website. It’s not a full day out so I didn’t find it overwhelming for Holly. Well worth a visit.
N.B There was a fantastic gift shop with a large selection of Thomas the Tank engine toys and memorabilia for children and grown ups!