Have you ever wanted to ride on a steam train, stream tractor, double decker bus and a fire engine complete with sirens? Have you ever wanted to do all those things in one day? Well, my sister in law introduced us to the place you can do all those things when she organised our annual Christmas get together.
Sixteen of us descended on Amberley Museum near Arundel (West Sussex) on Sunday and had a fantastic day riding the engines, playing with the hands-on exhibits, trying out the crafts, enjoying a meal in the cafe and even a visit to Father Christmas. We were especially impressed that the kids who were 2 years or older were allowed to participate in a one-to-one wood turning session to produce their own Christmas decoration. My two made a snowman and an elf, which now have pride of place on our tree. They also really enjoyed being helped to produce a personalised 'Santa please stop here' sign at the printers and trying out all the different plug styles that were in use in Britain before standardisation.
The center is largely staffed by hugely knowledgeable volunteers who's dedication to kids having a fantastic experience is impressive. This is such a brief overview of what is on offer it doesn't really do the place justice, but I'd be here all day if I was to try to cover everything we did that day, and even then would still miss out the things we didn't have time for that we will be returning in the future to see.