As we turned into the car park at Marple Garden Centre, my three-year-old daughter Eleanor got very excited on spying the mini Flying Dragon train tootling past with mini passengers on board! We headed to the platform “Otterspool Junction”, purchased our tickets and waited for our turn. Just before setting off, the friendly driver invited Ellie to have her picture taken in the driving seat – which she adored. And then we were off, speeding (not really!) down the tracks. The journey lasts about eight minutes and takes you through a tunnel, over bridges, and alongside displays of fairytale gnomes amongst other things. Halfway along, you’ll see a large picnic and play area where in good weather you can alight and have your packed lunch, and the children can go on all the climbing frames, swings and trampoline. It’s a scenic spot by the river – you can only access the play area by train which is just a little bit exciting for young children!
Sat & Sun plus school holidays (weather dependent) 11am-4.30pm. £1 per person.
Dragon Miniature Railway, Marple Garden Centre, Dooley Lane, Marple, Stockport SK6 7HE
Tel: 07748 581160