This miniature railway is one of our favourite short trips out. The five immaculate locomotives – three steam engines and two diesel – live at their very own station, Brookside Central; a replica West Country station with authentic buildings, sidings, turntable and original signage on the miniature platform. Inside the waiting room (which doubles as a gift shop and museum) you purchase your ticket, then it’s all aboard!
The half-mile circuit through tunnels, over streams and level crossings and around the perimeter of the centre lasts about eight minutes. You’ll find that one go is never enough! Next to the station is a children’s play area with a life-size engine that you can climb on; several ride-on machines; and a kiddie tramway where the children ride along a short track by themselves.
Also on site is a children’s pottery studio where you can paint your own pots. During summer months and school holidays there’s a small old-fashioned fun fair at one end of the garden centre. The fair has its own little station so you can hop off for a quick game of hook-a-duck before boarding the next train home!
Sat & Sun 11am-3.45pm, £1.50 per person, 10 ride ticket £12.
Café on site.
Brookside Garden Centre, London Road North, Poynton, Stockport SK12 1BY