Paddington Bear is visiting the National Railway Museum in York from 27th October to 4th November for a week of half term fun and we were invited along for a special VIP visit. We are regular visitors here anyway thanks to my train mad four year old daughter but we couldn’t possibly pass up the chance to have marmalade sandwiches in a special teddy bears’ picnic!
Paddington is of course the nation’s favourite travelling bear, he was after all found in a railway station, so where better to spend half term than at the National Railway Museum! I have to say that the museum have really pulled out all the stops to make this a fun packed week.
There is a daily diary of all sorts of events including dressing up like Paddington, storytelling, wang a welly, spot the teddy bears, the Magic Hatter’s teddy bear treasure hunt and even special appearances from Paddington Bear himself in Station Hall. I found it particularly helpful that along with the usual map and guides available at the entrance, there was also a full diary of these special events giving details of exactly what was happening where.
Of course as well as all of these special Paddington Bear activities, the museum has a stunning collection of locomotives, wagons and carriages. You can also experience the thrill of riding behind a real working steam engine with rides in the South Yard or even take a ride on the miniature railway. There are lots of interactive exhibitions so the children can really be hands on too which is great. I always love seeing my little ones faces when they stare in awe at just how huge some of the trains are! It really is such a great day out.
We had such a lovely day and if you haven’t been before, then it really is worth a visit. And if you have been before, then it is worth coming back to enjoy the Paddington Bear fun!
Entrance to the museum is free but there are small charges for some of the extra activities like the steam rides in the yard or road train into York but we are talking about a tiny nominal fee at just £2 for an adult and £1 for children. We were treated to a special VIP picnic on our visit but there is a great restaurant serving everything from hot meals to light snacks and I have always found it to be reasonably priced. There is also a fantastic museum shop selling all kinds of souvenirs.
For more information, please pop along to www.nrm.org.uk.
Disclosure: We were very kindly invited to come along to the National Railway Museum to enjoy the Paddington Bear activities for the purpose of this review. We were treated to a picnic lunch and given tokens to experience all of the activities free of charge.