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Great Days Out

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The Fat Controller giving Thomas the 'right away' An Audience with Diesel
Joining Thomas' Train
Meet the Fat Controller

Day Out With Thomas

Thomas is a regular visitor to Didcot Railway Centre where he is welcomed by his friends the Great Western engines.

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Meet Thomas and his friends and The Fat Controller, who will be keeping an eye on everything today. Enjoy rides all day and as often as you wish. Thomas the Tank Engine is running on his Branch Line and his friends are running on the Main Line.

During the day, colourful ‘Professor Crump’ will be clowning around the Centre and ‘Twistina and Twistopher’ will be balloon modelling. Thomas story readings will be held hourly from 11am in the Imagination Station.

Don't forget to collect your souvenir ‘Day Out With Thomas’ Certificate signed by The Fat Controller.

A wide range of souvenirs is available in the ‘Thomas’ shop. There is a Refreshment Room serving lunches, snacks and drinks and also a picnic area where you can sit and watch the trains go by. Whilst at Didcot, remember to take a walk round the Engine Shed to see more of Thomas’ friends.

Programme for the day

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Rusty and Dusty with The Fat Controller

10:30 - Steve’s Magic Show in the Marquee

11.15 - Diesel helps get the coal – In front of the Refreshment Rooms

12.00 - Meet Rusty & Dusty, The Fat Controller’s mischievous sidekicks, in the Picnic Area

12:30 - Steve’s Magic Show in the Marquee

13:00 - Rusty & Dusty’s train dilemma

14.00 - Steve’s Magic Show in the Marquee

14.30 - Diesel helps get the coal – In front of the Refreshment Rooms

15.30 - Meet Rusty & Dusty, The Fat Controller’s mischievous sidekicks, in the Picnic Area

Day Out With Thomas

‘Day Out With Thomas™’ events in 2017 will be on:

The event operates continuously from 10am to 5pm.

Don't forget, we also run Day Out With Thomas and meet Father Christmas events.

Booking Details

Diesel shunts the Troublesome Trucks

Admission prices, which include rides on the trains and other activities are:

Special admission offers including child free, money off, 2 for 1 and Tesco Clubcard vouchers may not be used for 'Day Out With Thomas' events.

Great Western Society Members will be charged:

for entry to Day Out With Thomas events. Family membership cannot be purchased in lieu of admission fee on Day Out With Thomas days.

Sorry, but we do not have space to accommodate prams or buggies on our trains, or in our restaurant. Buggy Parks are provided by the entrance to the both train rides and outside the restaurant. You should also be aware that there is an unavoidable flight of 18 steps at the entrance to the Railway Centre.

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In partnership with Fisher-Price
Home of Thomas and Friends™ toys.


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Day Out With Thomas™
Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends™
Based on The Railway Series by The Reverend W.Awdry.
© 2017 Gullane (Thomas) Limited.
Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends, Thomas & Friends and Day Out With Thomas are trademarks of Gullane (Thomas) Limited.
Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends and Design is Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off.
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Thomas and Friends

Thomas and Friends

Find out more about Thomas and his friends on his official website.

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