Gardens and Open Spaces, Historical Sites, Outdoor Activities, Trips and Transport
Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s
(based on family of 4)
Have a great family day out and one that the children will thoroughly enjoy and remember! Discover the excitement and nostalgia of steam travel, with a journey back in time on the Bodmin and Wenford Railway. Use the Satnav postcode as given, which will direct you to the free car park directly adjacent to the station and available for the exclusive use of the Railway’s visitors. You can even take your pet dog along for the ride! Dogs are welcome on the standard, day-time service trains.
Head to the delightful Railway Shop where you can buy your tickets. Tickets for special event days and dining trains can be purchased online prior to a visit and will be held for seven days. Now everybody is ready to climb aboard Cornwall’s only full size railway, which is still operated by steam locomotives! You can relax in style and enjoy a leisurely 13-mile round trip, through beautiful countryside, taking in the sights, sounds and smells of a bygone age.
The train runs from Bodmin Parkway through to Boscarne Junction via the line’s principal station at Bodmin General where all trains reverse. Boscarne was the junction of the original Bodmin and Wadebridge Railway. At one time the location was quite a busy place, with trains heading to and from various stations, though it is a lot quieter these days! Enjoy all the delights of a Cornish branch line in the 1950s, as it reveals itself during the course of your journey.
For something a little special, treat the family to a journey on a dining train! The Cornish Belle Dining Train departs from Bodmin General Station on a return journey through the Cornish countryside, lasting approximately two hours. Lunchtime trains depart at 12.35pm and there are also opportunities from time to time to enjoy a delicious cream tea on board and under steam. Look out for great special event days throughout the year, such as ’half price and kids go free’ weekends, Victorian Days and of course, Santa by Steam in December!
As we were going to Cornwall for a long weekend, we thought it might be nice to take a ride on the Bodmin steam train on one of the days. Given we had a 10 month old baby girl, we were slightly dubious as to whether it would be the right kind of thing to take her on. However from start to finish she seemed to love the experience, as did we. When we got our tickets at the station, the man behind the desk gave us a little souvenir ticket for Amelia, which she promptly ate, but it was a cute moment. She seemed excited and intrigued by all the noise at the station and was very interested in the steam locomotive that pulled the train along (you can see the open fire through the door). The conductors were also really good and kept coming up to the widow before we pulled out of the station and pulled funny faces at her. The journey was short but sweet. We went from Bodmin General to Boscarne Junction and back. The whole thing took about 45 minutes and was quick enough to ensure none of us got bored and Amelia didn't get upset. The one downfall was the fact that there was no buffet cart on board that day. I guess with it being a Sunday they didn’t have enough staff to man it, but it would have been nice to enjoy a cuppa on the journey. I know they also do dining and afternoon tea experiences which would have been nice but not with a baby. I would definitely recommend for those of you who fancy a walk (and perhaps with older kids) that you get off the train at Boscarne Junction and have a walk or do the camel trail. Both looked really nice but we felt it was a faff getting the pram on and off the train. Oh and on that note, there is a place to leave the pram on the train which is both safe and allows step free access. I would definitely recommend this trip for families and kids of all ages. It was really fun to see and hear all the smells of the steam train and the surrounding countryside is beautiful. Quick point to note: there is no parking at Bodmin General so park in the pay and display down at the bottom of the hill and walk up (not too far but quite a steep climb with a pram). There is disabled parking at the station though. There is also baby changing at the station and a café.
3:01 PM July 19, 2018