Thomas and Friends steam back to the Watercress Line this August

July 24, 2018

The world’s favourite little blue tank engine returns to the Watercress Line from Saturday 4th to Sunday 12th August, bringing with him The Fat Controller and Rusty, the Thomas-themed entertainer.

Promising to be a highlight of Hampshire’s summer event calendar, this year’s visit from Thomas and his friends will be all the more exciting with the addition of vintage funfair rides and lots of tasty new food options to discover.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy unlimited trips behind famous engines throughout the day, including Thomas the Tank Engine and Toad the Brake Van, the opportunity to shake hands with The Fat Controller and a host of Thomas-themed activities at the Imagination Studios.

The fun-filled experience will continue at Ropley Station, with unlimited rides on the miniature railway and vintage fairground rides such as Dobbies and chair-o-planes. There will be magic, storytelling and entertainment from Rusty, and The Fat Controller.

For foodie visitors, a variety of local delicacies with a unique twist will be served, including the Cookie Bar Bus, a vintage bus serving speciality teas, coffee, cookies, cakes and snacks. Alresford Station’s West Country Buffet will also be hosting a new and improved food offering for any hungry tums passing through.

Emma Neal, Events Manager at the Mid-Hants Railway Watercress Line, said: “This year’s Day Out With Thomas will be a truly fun-packed and full day out for all the family – not only for steam lovers but for everyone besotted by Thomas. The addition of quality local food and quirky fairground rides makes this event one not to be missed and remembered long after”.

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