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Published January 26th 2014
Family Days Out in the Countryside

The Ravensglass & Eskdale Railway is one of the oldest and narrowest gauge lines in England. Ravensglass is the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park, and with scenic views, the train journey through to Dalegarth was one of author, Alfred Wainwright's crossings.

The whole family can escape the city and have a wonderful day out on a traditional steam train. The open carriages brings you closer than ever to the countryside, and you will catch sight of England's highest mountain, Scafell Range in the distance. To make the most of your journey, why not go on one of their special event days, that way you can make the experience even more special, and get discounts.

Fish Supper

Depart from Ravenglass at 6pm, and stop at the Fellbites Cafe, Dalegarth for Boot Station for a fish and chip supper. Tickets are £10, and can be booked by calling 019467 23192. There are several dates throughout the year, between 14th February - 10th October.

Fun with your A-Z
15th-23rd February

Search their Facebook page for pictures of the railway with letters on them. Find all the letters to make up a word to enter a prize draw for day out on the Ratty Coach for up to eight people.

Mother's Day
30th March

Book your mum a special day out with an online gift experience, and check out Facebook for a competition in which you could win
Cream Tea and Steam voucher for two.

Teddies Go Free
12-24th April

All children up to 15 years old, who bring their teddy bear get a free journey.

Family Fun Weekend
3rd-5th May

Fun activities and play with their mascot, Ratty, and Synolda and Bonnie Dundee engines.

Photography Day
20th May - 14th September, £40

Meet at Ravenglass at 8.30am for a behind the scenes tour. Watch as the steam engines get prepared for the day, then take the seven mile journey to Dalegarth for Boot, and take photos of some of the best spots.

RSPB Activity Weekend
7th & 8th June

Nature trails and craft activities will take place at Dalegarth Station, in association with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

Father's Day
15th June

Reserve a gift experience for your dad and be entered into a prize draw for an exclusive foodplate reservation.

Steam to the Hills with an LDNP Ranger
31st July - 28th August, £12 adult, £6 child.

Take a guided walk with a National Park Ranger. Meet at Ravenglass at 10.30am and walk to The Green, then walk back to the sea over Muncaster Fell. It is a 5.9 mile walk and will last about four hours.

Postman Pat® & Jess the Cat
4th & 5th October, £15 adult, £7.50 child

Take a ride on Ravenglass Railway, and complete an activity sheet. When you arrive at Dalegarth Station, meet Postman Pat and have your picture taken with him. There will be a magic show and the chance to win a free railway journey.

Conservation Day
12th October

Learn more about the valley and its conservation project.

Ghost Train
30th & 31st October, 6pm, £15 adult, £7.50 child

Ride a spooky train in the dark, and look out for creatures that like to go 'boo'. Ratty will be handing out sweetie goody bags.

Autumn Gift Fayre
1st & 2nd November

Shop at the market stalls at both Ravenglass and Dalegarth stations.

Santa Express

On the weekends between the 29th November - 23rd December, you can meet Father Christmas (who will be driving a train rather than a sled this year), and explore the Dalegarth Grotto.
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Why? Fun for families
When: 14th Feb - 23rd Dec
Phone: 01229 717171
Where: Ravensglass to Dalegarth
Cost: Free - £40
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