On Sunday 20th December, my Dad and Step Mum took us to visit Santa on The Battlefield Line in Shackerstone near Market Bosworth in Leicestershire.
When I was younger my parents and Grandparents often took us on the Severn Valley Railway in Shropshire at Christmastime, so I couldn’t wait to take X for a similar experience. The Battlefield Line is a short stretch of track between Shackerstone and Shenton, taking in Market Bosworth on the way.
We had a traditional First Class carriage – oh how train travel has changed! It would make a refreshing change to be able to shut out the rabble on a long journey to London though!
We tucked in to a small hamper in the compartment, where X had his first taste of a Salt and Vinegar Pringle… and LOVED it. I genuinely expected him to spit it back out in disgust, but he does love to surprise me.
The route took about an hour in total, up to Shenton and back again, which gave us ample chance to look out of the windows and take in the beautiful Leicestershire countryside, and see some of the assembled engines and carriages the Line has – a lot of them had seen far, far better days, but X still enjoyed telling us what colour they were.
We had a visit in our compartment from Santa himself, who gave toys to X and his step-cousins, and then we were heading back towards Shackerstone station.
We had a lovely day out, and X handled seeing Santa really well! I expected tears and tantrums, but he just wanted to cling on to me really tightly. I’m glad we took the “big camera” – and a big thank you to Hubby for taking some lovely pictures of me and X (I rarely agree to them!!)
You can find out more about The Battlefield Line here.