Going out as a family, it is hard to find places that everyone will like and that caters for young and old. And when it comes to having a bigger family, everything gets expensive. So we love to find places that we all love and that are inexpensive to visit.
Enter National Railway Museum which is in York. In fact, it is just behind York railway station so is super easy to get to if you're travelling via public transport. The National Railway Museum is free to get in to although I always think it's polite to leave a donation as they are a national charity and donations help the upkeep of their extensive collections.
We decided to pop over to York during the October school holidays and they had a special ‘Future Engineers’ event on. This fun, free, interactive and hands-on event aims to inspire the next generation of rail engineers, as well as encouraging children to take an interest in STEM subjects and careers.
It comes off the back of their outlook on how children view their career options from an early age. If you ask children what they want to be when they grow up, they’ll usually say a doctor, firefighter or singer, probably because these are the careers that they know of and understand, and also look up to.
The National Railway Museum wants to get children thinking that way about engineers and are starting to educate younger children by launching this event which showcased Britain's engineering achievements and the stars of the engineering industry, as well as a range of workshops, activities and live demos.
Spaced out in the Great Hall and Station Hall were little areas that were focused on the Future Engineers event, which I must admit were very busy areas with children playing and having fun. Their are challenge zones where you can try to get the trains around the tracks without delay or crashes, and fascinating fact to be discovered.
Discover 300 years of history and 1,000,000 objects that changed the world in the UK's largest railway museum. There are 2 main rooms inside, The Great Hall and Station Hall as well as the South Yard and the Little Playstation - a play area for children. With the warehouse being a new place to visit since we last came which showcases over 750,000 objects displayed in open storage. From dinner services and station signs, to 20th century burger boxes.
After all that exploring, we got a little peckish and so stopped off at one of the museums many eateries. The Mallard Café is situated at the end of the Great Hall, amongst the Mallard itself. Their menu is filled with locally sourced hot and cold deli food and bakery treats. We chose our selection of various food items - homemade sausages rolls, pizzas, scones and pastries, as well as a kids pack for the boys, and sat down to have a break.
We had such an amazing day at the National Railway Museum and after a look around the gift shop, we worked our way to the train station where we had a walk along the York walls before going home.
And so, to celebrate the National Railway Museum and show off just what is in store if you visit, I have been given 2 of their family bundles to give away to 2 lucky winners. The family bundle includes:
· Sticker Activity book
· Paddington bear toy
· Transport dominos
· Tote bag
· Story book
· Two NRM whistles
· Two choc lollies
· Fizzy sweets
· NRM notepad
· £25 mallard café voucher
- Total worth £100
For your chance to win a National Railway Museum family bundle, just enter via the Rafflecopter form below. Please note that the prizes will need to be picked up from the National Railway Museum in York so only enter if you can get there.
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