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Audley End Miniature Railway: Mother’s Day weekend and Easter egg-citement lined up for families this spring





Spring is in the air at Audley End Miniature Railway as it prepares to welcome visitors for its 60th anniversary year.

The attraction kickstarts its 2024 programme with a special Mother’s Day weekend event on March 9-10, when the whole family can jump on board the miniature steam train for a journey through the woods as it emerges from winter – and mothers and grandmothers go free.

“The woodlands are beginning to bloom, with the daffodils in all their finery and the trees showing off some blossom,” said a spokeswoman. “Our train ride will take you on a journey through our enchanted woodland, where you can enjoy the fresh air, the beauty of the season changing and very likely see some wildlife.

The miniature steam engine will take visitors on a springtime ride through the woods
The miniature steam engine will take visitors on a springtime ride through the woods

“Allow little ones to let off steam at our adventure playground. Enjoy a delicious hot chocolate at our cafe or something scrumptious to eat, from pizza to cakes.”

Owner Amanda Murray added: “We are so excited about 2024, our 60th year! We know from our visitors that Audley End Miniature Railway plays a part in precious memory-making for families, and Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to spoil mothers and grandmothers with a free ticket and spend a day out together in our enchanted ancient woodland setting.”

The venue has launched a competition, teaming up with Saffron Walden businesses to win four tickets for the Mother’s Day weekend, a full-body massage from Beauty Box, a bottle of Saffron Grange sparkling rosé and a £30 voucher for the Neon Leo sustainable fashion company.

Look out for the Easter bunny as you board the miniature steam train
Look out for the Easter bunny as you board the miniature steam train

Also coming up this spring are the popular Easter holiday events. From Good Friday, March 29, to Sunday April 14, visitors can enjoy front-row seats on board the train to spot little bunnies, an array of colourful eggs, blooming flowers and the lush greenery of spring.

The train will stop for a live show, where you will find the Easter Bunny and friends on the farm, before heading back to the station. Each child will receive a springtime souvenir.

After the train journey, a life-sized fairy will help youngsters plant their own flowers, and visitors can follow the magical paths through the forest as they enjoy an Easter egg hunt and search for the fairies and elves in their bespoke handmade homes.

Fairies will be showing little ones around the railway’s magical woodland setting
Fairies will be showing little ones around the railway’s magical woodland setting
Families can enjoy the spring displays of flowers at Audley End
Families can enjoy the spring displays of flowers at Audley End
There’s fun to be had at the adventure playground
There’s fun to be had at the adventure playground

The attraction has teamed up with Muddy Puddles for an Easter competition to win four tickets and an EcoSplash waterproof jacket worth £55. All tickets are available from the miniature railway website.



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