14 November 2016

Finding Future Engineers at The National Railway Museum York


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.

Please remember to check our full T&C's here. This giveaway is open to the UK only and any entries left that do not follow the required entries will be disqualified. After any mandatory entries, others will open up to give you extra entries. You do not have to enter by all methods but these will give you extra entries into the competition if you do. 

And please, if you are commenting on the blog as 'anonymous' can you please write your name in the comment otherwise I cannot count your entry.

Ends midnight 10th December 2016

58 comments:

  1. I used to love visiting the railway museum in Southport. Its long closed down now, though.

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  2. My son especially would like to go and explore

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  3. I'd love to go because my son loves trains and I think he'd find it so fascinating!

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  4. I've been here a handful of times and it's such a good day out. The fact that is it free as well!!

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  5. Definately need to come and take my little boy here! He would love it

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  6. We love anything to do with trains.

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  7. I would like to visit to build family memories

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  8. Because trains are awesome! I've always wanted to ride on a steam train.

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  9. I remember my parents taking me and my 5 brothers and sisters there for a day out it was fab! I would love to go back and see all the new additions that you have shown in your blog!

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  10. My brother in law and nehew are both avid train spotters they love visiting NRM in York

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  11. we love visiting the NRM but we have not been for a number of years.

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  12. go to NRM everytime we visit York, (usually once a year), great place, loads to see and do, was thrilled to see the Flying Scotsman in September, brilliant!

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  13. I have never been to the NRM but im sure it would be really interesting

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  14. We have been here as a family a few times and really enjoyed it, lots to see and York is lovely.

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  15. The National Railway Museum looks like a wonderful day out.

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  16. I know its a great day out, we've been there a few times and enjoyed every minute xx

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  17. I remember a school trip to the railway museum many years ago

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  18. My daughter would absolutely love this xx

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  19. We love the place. We have visited twice and I could not get my son out of the place. The food is fantastic too

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  20. my kids love railway museums, seeing all the old trains and their names :)

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  21. I am fascinated by trains and think they're beautiful machines!

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  22. I think it would be a great day out for the family, the last time we went to see a train was Thomas

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  23. My daughter who is now 7 was absolutely totally and utterly obsessed with all things to do with trains when she was younger, especially with the Rocket engine (Thomas and Friends had a character called Stephen the Rocket engine) that was all she wanted one year. We now have a little boy who likes trains too - lovely blog post and giveaway thank you for the chance

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  24. My son would love to go to the national railway museum, every year we say we are going to take him and we never quite get there

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  25. I can still remember my visit back in 1973 ! A wonderful place for children and adults alike.

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  26. My 2 girls love it here, we travel to York on the train and make a real day of it.

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  27. It looks like a fun family day out and interesting too for train lovers.

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  28. @charliesantix i'm having so many problems with southern rail that it would be good to go somewhere that people actually care for trains!

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  29. Great prize. My nephews would love this.

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  30. I went before I had kids and I would love to take my kids to see it they love anything train!

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  31. we have been before my little ones really enjoyed it

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  32. Never been but keep meaning to.

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  33. My son loves trains so it's a great place for me son to visit.

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  34. Being going for years never disappoints , like to take our grandson now he is older

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  35. We (especially my husband and son) love steam railways and museums.

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  36. Many of us within the family, and extended family like trains. So we would really appreciate prize.

    Rachel Craig

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  37. It's an absolutely amazing place - A totally history of railways.

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  38. We've been before but I would love to bring my son back

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  39. The National Railway Museum looks good

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  40. My boys love trains and would love to visit

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  41. I've wanted to visit ever since we went through York on the train and saw a steam engine puffing away in the museum next door.

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  42. I visited many years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. By the looks of things in your post, it is even better now so must return sometime soon.

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  43. I know a little man who is completely obsessed with trains and would love to visit the NRM. He really can't get enough of them!

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  44. i would love to be able to take my children. I went as a child and it would bring back such happy memories.

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  45. This looks like lots of fun. Will have to put it on our Adventure List!

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  46. I would love to take my family , we love trains and York

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  47. Havent been since I was a child, would love to go.

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  48. It looks amazing and very interesting!

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  49. We can spend hours in the railway museum. Fantastic place!

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  50. a Family member has moved to York and we are going to visit in the spring so this looks a great place to visit

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  51. I've been going for about 20 years. My favourite part is looking in the royal cars and seeing how they used to travel.

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