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Traintastic fun at Pecorama

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May 29, 2017

At the end of last year we stayed in a holiday cottage in Lyme Regis and one of the places I wanted to visit was Pecorama in Beer, Devon but sadly it was out of season so closed.
The kids broke up for half term last Wednesday and we had a couple of days booked at Andrewshayes Holiday Park in Axminster so I Pecorama was my first port of call.
Pecorama sits above the village of Beer and offers stunning views over Lyme Bay below. It is a perfect day out for railway enthusiasts, garden lovers and families with manicured lawns, model railways, play parks and the Beer Heights Light Railway.
Pecorama
We started off in the museum itself which is full of railway models to interact with. The kids loved pressing buttons to make things happen on the track and on a couple of models you could even change the sets from night to day, which saw the lights dim and then the train sets come to life with streetlights and lights in the windows.
Pecorama
At the window there was the opportunity to drive trains around an outside track for 10p, which Isaac, Eliza and Sebastian could not wait to try. They spent ages making them go faster, slowing down and even stopping at stations along the route.
Pecorama
Once I managed to tear them away we headed outside to explore everything that Pecorama had to offer. As part of the entry price you get two rides on the Beer Heights Light Railway and it is the first thing you see as you enter the gardens, so we had our first train ride straight away.
Pecorama
The Beer Heights Light Railway (BHLR) is considered as the finest 7¼ inch gauge railway in Britain and first opened to the public on the 14 July 1975.
Pecorama
The mile long route starts off through the formal gardens and includes many bridges, extensive sidings and a lengthy tunnel to which the kids loved.
Beer Heights Railway
With it’s position on the top of the hill, it also offers spectacular views over the Jurassic coast, across to West Bay and as far away as Portland Bill.
Beer Heights Railway
Once we disembarked the train we headed off to explore the grounds. It is quite hilly in places but perfectly accessible for buggies, prams and wheelchairs, with lots of nooks and crannies for the kids to run around and play hide and seek.
Pecorama
There are also bridges to stand on so you can wave to the train and its passengers as it trundles past.
Pecorama
We were really lucky to visit on a beautiful day but if the weather does turn the kids can play in the Play Station, a large train themed indoor soft play area.
Pecorama
As it wasn’t officially half term we had the place to ourselves and the kids had a blast racing down the 3 metre high racing slide. The soft play area also includes a twin-lane Astra slide, a spiral slide, cargo climbs, a spinning floor, spider web climb-throughs, giant balls, clear decks, log ramps and much, much more…
Pecorama
We ate lunch in their Garden Room cafe which is set in a Swiss chalet-style lodge next to the soft play area. They offer a good selection of reasonably priced food and drink that appeals to all the family. Isaac enjoyed a huge warm sausage roll, whilst Eliza and Sebby had a sandwich and crisps. It was also here that we picked up our golf balls for a round of crazy golf.
Pecorama
I am pretty sure there was some cheating going on during our game but the kids thoroughly enjoyed it and you can play as often as you like.
Pecorama
There are four outdoor parks for the kids to enjoy. A classic park with swings, slides, a seesaw, witches hat and climbing frames.
Pecorama
Opposite the traditional playground is the Peco Pearl pirate ship, perfect for some swashbuckling role-play fun!!
Pecorama
For older kids and competitive adults, there is also an adventure playground with monkey bars, a bucket swing and other challenges to get stuck in to.
Pecorama
There is a fourth park, Wildway, which we spotted from the train which has more monkey bars, a balance beam and an all important zip wire but we were not sure how to find it, so took our second train trip of the day to have a look.
Pecorama
The entrance to Wildway is at the opposite end of the park, over the road from the entrance gate. You need to open the gate and it is a short walk along a grassy bank to find it.
Wildway
This park offers beautiful views over the rolling hill of Devon.
Wildway
We purchased First Class Tickets which included entry to the Model Railway Exhibition, Gardens, 2 x train rides on the Beer Heights Light Railway, a round of Crazy Golf, and entry into the Playstation which cost £12 per adult and £10 per child. Standard tickets are also available at £2 less per person which get the same entry but just one train ride.
Pecorama
I highly recommend a visit to Pecorama when visiting East Devon or West Dorset as it is a full day of family fun!!

 

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  1. Reply

    Rhian Westbury

    May 30, 2017

    Looks like such a lovely day out and you had some lovely weather for it x

  2. Reply

    Sarah Bailey

    May 30, 2017

    Oh wow what a fun looking place to go to, I have to admit I went to Devon for the first time last year and feel in love it is such a beautiful place.

  3. Reply

    Talya

    May 30, 2017

    This looks like such an incredible day out for all….and you were really blessed with the weather too!

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    Helen

    May 30, 2017

    You were so lucky with the weather. Pecorma looks a fab family day out. I love that there’s indoor and outdoor things to do so it wouldn’t matter so much what the weather is like.

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    Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs

    May 30, 2017

    Oh wow, so much to see and do! My boys would be in their element here. Lovely pics too 🙂 x

  6. Reply

    Jaime Oliver

    May 30, 2017

    This sounds like an utterly fantastic trip and somewhere we would love. I love that there is even somewhere to bolt to if there is rain 🙂

  7. Reply

    Charlotte

    May 30, 2017

    This looks like so much fun and we have a little guy who would love these activities (and he’s a bit of a bandit at crazy golf too!) this would be a great trip for us

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    Ana De- Jesus

    May 30, 2017

    It looks like you had such a fun day out from the railways to the outdoor parks. Great photos x

  9. Reply

    Kizzy

    May 31, 2017

    Wow what a great place to visit if you love trains. Looks like you had amazing weather too

  10. Reply

    Clair

    May 31, 2017

    Great photos. Glad to see the sun shining!

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    Fashion and Style Police

    May 31, 2017

    Oh nice you had the place to yourselves. Looks like you all had a lovely time.

  12. Reply

    Zinzi

    May 31, 2017

    This looks like a lovely location to take the kids <3 Devon is beautiful!

  13. Reply

    Rachel

    May 31, 2017

    Ooh what a fantastic day out you have had, it looks like you have an amazing time x

  14. Reply

    Ickle Pickle

    May 31, 2017

    What a brilliant place with so much to do! Pickle would love the trains! Kaz x

  15. Reply

    Stephanie Usher

    May 31, 2017

    The train experience sounds great and I love the views around the location! xx

  16. Reply

    Lisa Lambert (mumdadplus4)

    June 1, 2017

    Looks like you had an amazing time, my boys love trains so one to remember is if we are ever down that way

  17. Reply

    Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...

    June 1, 2017

    Oh wow this place looks perfect for our train obsessed trio (and their parents 🙂 ) Added to our list of places to visit asap, thanks!

  18. Reply

    Zena's Suitcase

    June 1, 2017

    We love miniature railways and model railways, so this would be at the top of our list if we visited the area

  19. Reply

    Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook

    June 1, 2017

    What a great sunny day. The weather looked fabulous. What a treat for your little ones. Elinor x

  20. Reply

    Anna

    June 1, 2017

    Love your photos, it seems that your little ones had lots of fun. x

  21. Reply

    Mari

    June 2, 2017

    What a fun place to visit and there’s a zip wire too! I know a few little people who would enjoy Pecorama.

  22. Reply

    Emma

    June 3, 2017

    That looks like a great day out. I’m hoping to spend some time in Devon over summer.

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    Clare - Flips flops or Wellies blog

    June 4, 2017

    So pleased that you had a good time – we love everything East Devon has to offer, but we are rather biased!

  24. Reply

    Suzy McCullough

    June 8, 2017

    oh my goodness. what fun….I am so jealous. Normally a train place like that round here is just a couple of hours visit. This looks to be so much more than that. The scenery looks lovely too, I love the Wisteria.

  25. Reply

    Emma Raphael

    June 8, 2017

    I have a tiny train mad toddler who would LOVE this… I am pretty sure his big brother and Dad would too! Thanks Kara! 🙂

  26. Reply

    Sarah Ebner

    June 11, 2017

    Such fun – from the trains and the views to the crazy golf! Just the kind of place which would appeal to us – brilliant for families.

  27. Reply

    Shirley

    June 17, 2017

    What a amazing day you had. these are the so beautiful photographs and kids are too cute.

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