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Audley End miniature railway's new playground set for grand opening

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Make tracks to Audley End Miniature Railway for the grand opening of its new playground on the weekend of March 21-22.

Young visitors can let off steam and let their imaginations run riot in the upgraded railway-themed play and picnic area, which now features a large timber train modelled on Audley End’s most famous miniature steam engine, Bruce, named after Lord Braybrooke’s favourite dog.

The bespoke play equipment has been specially crafted by Norfolk-based design specialists CAP.Co using carefully seasoned chestnut and includes a replica station with platform, balance beams, slides, swings and plenty of lookouts all laid out around a 3m (10ft) wide track that follows a figure of eight design.

Another feature of the installation is a huge wooden bridge designed to look like the historic Adams Bridge that sits over the River Cam and links the miniature railway with neighbouring Audley End House.

The opening weekend has been arranged to coincide with Mother’s Day, when all mums and grandmas can visit for free. In addition to trying out the new playground, visitors can take a train ride through the majestic estate woodland, wander the magical pathways of the Fairy and Elf Walk and make a Mother’s Day craft.

Entry is £12 if booked online in advance or £14 on the gate. Under-twos and carers go free.

The visitor attraction is located in Audley End Road directly opposite the main entrance to Audley End House. For more information, see www.audley-end-railway.co.uk.

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