Today The Fat Controller took some time off from his duties on Sodor to visit Hamleys, and we were there to meet him! There was storytelling (The Snowy Special and Snowy Tracks), balloon modelling, face painting, colouring activities and more. My children had a lovely time as this was before the shop opened to the public. They loved meeting The Fat Controller and were very attentive when he was reading stories.
The Reverend W. Awdry originally created Thomas the Tank Engine to cheer up his son when he was sick. In the same spirit, Thomas & Friends are celebrating Christmas this year by undertaking an epic journey to help The Fat Controller deliver presents to children in hospitals across the UK and Ireland. Show your support by logging in at www.Tracks4Thomas.com via Facebook or Twitter and adding a piece of virtual track to Thomas & Friends’ Christmas journey.
For more information and the chance to win prizes, visit www.Tracks4Thomas.com.
The Fat Controller is also appearing at Hamleys Cardiff (17th November), Glasgow (24th November) and Dublin (1st December). I’d definitely recommend it for any little Thomas & Friends fans.
Filed under days out, London
Today we were invited to Drayton Manor Theme Park’s special screening of King of the Railway, the new Thomas & Friends film in the 4D Cinema at Drayton Manor. We had never been to Thomas Land at Drayton Manor before but it was top of the toddler’s to-do list! We managed to keep it all a surprise until we arrived and he was so happy, it was definitely worth keeping the secret.
We had a couple of hours to enjoy Thomas Land and we all loved it. It was very quiet so we were able to walk on to all the rides we wanted to and we managed 7 of the 15 rides and attractions. Before we knew it, it was time for our special screening of the new Thomas & Friends film, King of the Railway.
A special guest arrives on Sodor with a big surprise and important jobs for Thomas, Percy and James. The engines meet new friends and discover suits or armour, coats of arms and legends of long-ago heroes. Then their bravery is put to the test when their new friend Stephen goes missing.
The film lasted about an hour and included new friends, Stephen, Millie, Connor and Caitlin. My children really enjoyed it, especially with the magical effects of the 4D cinema. The DVD was released on the 2nd September and includes bonus features such as 4 fantastic Guess Who? Puzzles, Sing-a-long Song: Working Together Again, NEW Sing-a-long Song: Searching Everywhere and NEW Sing-a-long Song: It’s Gonna Be A Great Day.
We really enjoyed the film so are very excited that we have one copy of the new Thomas & Friends film King of the Railway on DVD to giveaway to one of my very lovely readers! To enter, simply complete the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Today the toddler turned 3. We just gave him a couple of presents to open before nursery, unfortunately one of them was a Buzz Lightyear which went off before it was opened, rather giving the game away! He was totally spoilt with some Disney Cars for his collection, a train for his train set, and a wooden bike. His name was read out on cBeebies and he was only a little bemused by the home made Lightning McQueen pinata.
We made a special rainbow layer cake which was fun to make, if a little time consuming. Fortunately the weather was terrible over the weekend so we were able to stay in and bake six layers of cake in red, orange, yellow, green, light and dark blue. When it had cooled down we sliced it to size and assembled it with buttercream.
The toddler loved it, thank goodness!
Filed under baking, birthday