As we were heading down to Worthing to visit the Connaught theatre to see The Scarecrows Wedding here, I googled to see if there was anything else going on. I am glad I did as I came across a 40th Birthday celebration for the Society of Model Engineers. I knew straight away that it would be right up Monkey’s street as they were running steam engine rides for 50p per person.
Located in Field Place, Durrington on the outskirts of Worthing they normally run 2pm-5pm for rides, April to October on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. You can find a schedule here. There is free parking although be warned there is not loads of it and when we turned up we struggled and ended up parking in residential roads close by.
The ride itself takes about 5 minutes and they run a couple of trains at the same time, you go round once on the lower level and get to go under the tunnel, then second time round of the bridge. Each train will take about 6 people each time so its good they run a couple otherwise the queues would be really long! There are ample places to perch for photos. Monkey really enjoyed it and for 50p a ride I wouldn’t have minded if he wanted to go on more than the twice he did.
There were also some steam engines to look at and remote control boats which held his interest for a while. As it was a 40th celebration they also put on tea, coffee and cakes. We probably stayed for about and hour, the train rides plus a drink and cake for all of us plus and ice lolly came to under £5. The engine drivers were really friendly showing Monkey how the coal went in and explaining briefly how the engines worked. They only have one more public running day this year – other than the Christmas special, but we will definitely be back next year.
There is also a small play park right next door to the pavilion as well as public toilets located in the pavilion. We stopped off at the park for a quick swing and a go on the slide, however it was busy so we didn’t stay long.
For all train fanatic little boys in Sussex this could be a right find…