Lydia C. Lee is still trying to work out what to do with her one wild and precious life. She currently is a haphazard blogger. Read more at holidazeandhellidaze.blogspot.com.au or www.pandoraandmax.blogspot.com
''Well, bust my buffers Look at the lights''
Once a year, the Train Shed hosts a magical event for those obsessed with the Island of Sodor. This June 22nd, it will be time for an evening filled with those Very Useful Engines, Thomas, James, Toby and more.
The Train Shed is located at Vickery's Winery in Luddenham, and usually is open 10am-4pm on weekends (and every day during NSW Public School Holidays except public holidays). There you can ride in Annie and Clarabel, pulled along by Thomas as you ride around the rural setting. There is also a model train, set in Sodor, where you can be the little engineer and operate the buttons.
Thomas under Fairy Lights is a special evening where the track and tunnel are decorated in all manner of twinkling lights; weaving magic as you ride around on the trains.
Starting at 5pm, you can have unlimited rides on the trains, face painting and then pause for dinner, which is included in the price of the ticket.
The children's dinner is a party in itself, a BBQ sausage or nuggets, bread roll & salad, a small pack of crisps, a Popper Juice. The adults is a little more civilised, with vegetable bake or vegetarian fried rice as well as the sausage sizzle and salad. There is also dessert and even a qualified barista for a warming coffee or hot chocolate.
Get a group together for the fun. Booking is a must, as it is allocated tables for dinner, and the evening is restricted in numbers, so that the lines aren't too long.
It is very cold, so make sure you bring coats and beanies - even gloves, as each child receives two glow sticks, and that means the hands don't stay in the pockets much.
It can be hard to make your getaway, so my insiders tip is to save the lure of the lolly bag and a warm Milo until the end, should you wish to leave before the 7.30 closing time.
It is truly a wonderland by night and I have found, even as my kids have grown out of the trains and stories, they still talk fondly of their visits to Thomas under Fairy Lights when the event rolls around each year. If you have never been, bring a camera because the look of joy and excitement upon arrival is priceless.
A word of warning. My daughter started asking when would we be going to 'Thomas and the fairies' as soon as the weather changed. You may find it becomes an annual event for you too.