Isla’s First Adventure… Ruislip Lido Railway

Isla is already 6 weeks old so we thought it was about time to go on her first adventure! We were invited for a wonderful Sunday Roast at Mike & Natalie’s with lovely friends Bronia, Terrence & their gorgeous 18 month old, Freddy. After a truly delicious lunch we made our way over to Ruislip Lido Railway; pretending it was all for Freddy & Isla but secretly rather excited to ride the train ourselves!

The Ruislip Lido Railway is a 12 inch gauge railway operated entirely by volunteers. The line runs through the woodlands skirting the lake from Woody Bay Station beside the beach, all the way round to Willow Lawn Station which is close to the car park. Here you can watch the loco being turned on the turntable ready for the return journey.

Tickets are £3.00 for an Adult Return, £2.50 for Children & Under 3’s go free.

Adventures With Isla Blog - Ruislip Lido Railway

Adventures With Isla Blog - Ruislip Lido Railway

We piled into the carriages & eagerly awaited the word from the driver that we were about to begin our journey through the forest!

Adventures With Isla Blog - Ruislip Lido Railway

Adventures With Isla Blog - Ruislip Lido Railway

Passing another train that had stopped to refuel, naturally the whole train broke out into excited waves to the driver, who dutifully waved back to every child (and over excited adult!).

Adventures With Isla Blog - Ruislip Lido Railway

Pulling into the station we collected our pram – on the rather convenient buggy carriage – and made our way over to inspect the trains further. Luckily we had managed to visit on their open day so got to get up close and personal with these wonderful machines.

Adventures With Isla Blog - Ruislip Lido Railway

Adventures With Isla Blog - Ruislip Lido Railway

Adventures With Isla Blog - Ruislip Lido Railway

Beep Beep!

Adventures With Isla Blog - Ruislip Lido Railway

The youngest ever train driver…? (Don’t worry, Daddy was holding her safely in the chair!)

Adventures With Isla Blog - Ruislip Lido Railway

After we had pressed every button & explored every train, we went for a walk across the sand and over to the park so Freddy could try out some of the slides. Isla picked out her favourite for next time, when she’s a little bigger!

Adventures With Isla Blog - Ruislip Lido Railway

There really is something so magical about these trains & the golden leaves falling from the trees added to the whole glorious scene.

Adventures With Isla Blog - Ruislip Lido Railway

Back on the train & ready to go!

Adventures With Isla Blog - Ruislip Lido Railway

Choo Choo, Freddy!

Adventures With Isla Blog - Ruislip Lido Railway

This next picture is by far my favourite picture of Isla so far… Absolutely hilarious. And despite what it suggests the train really wasn’t going particularly fast!

Adventures With Isla Blog - Ruislip Lido Railway

Adventures With Isla Blog - Ruislip Lido Railway

A successful first adventure, and one I look forward to repeating when she’s old enough to explore the trains with the same adorable curiosity as Freddy!

If you are looking for a lovely outdoor adventure with your little ones this half term, I highly recommend it for all ages. There is a cafe by the beach & a little shop to buy drinks and snacks at the entrance. The toilet facilities are a bit bleak & I changed Isla in the back of the car instead of braving the nappy change.

Family Friendly – 10/10
Toilets – 1/10
Nappy Change – 1/10
Food – We didn’t try it but looked like they had lots of offer.

For more information on how to find them, timetables & their special rides with Santa just click here.

A behind the scenes look at Ellen’s new girl powered Gap Kids Collection…

Oh how cute is this? Ellen Degeneres, the much loved TV personality, talk show host and comedian has just launched a seriously awesome new collection with GapKids aiming to empower girls and give them more choices than the usual ‘Pink is for girls, Blue is for boys’… because we all know how I feel about that… “GapKids x ED is more than just a clothing collection”, Gap explains. “It is a social movement meant to empower young girls to be their own heroes.” Well alright then, sounds good to me!

Ellen Degeneres Gap Kids Adventures With Isla Blog

Ellen has recently launched ED, her new lifestyle brand which is bringing classic home wear and casual clothing to the masses at reasonable prices. Speaking to Refinery29 about her line, Degeneres said, “I don’t like extreme, feminine things. And I, don’t like masculine things… So, I think it’s blending both of those things to be sort of non-gender-specific, just cool and classic.” And if we didn’t already completely love this collaboration, some of the revenue generated will be donated to charity. “I am thrilled that my lifestyle brand, ED, is partnering with Gap to encourage young girls to pursue their passion, whether it’s math, science, sports, the arts,” said DeGeneres in a press release. “Following my passion allowed me to be exactly who I am today– a talk show host with a vibrant side business as a party mime.”

The line is set to be released on August 17th in selected stores across the UK… In the meantime we’ll just have to keep watching back the adorable behind the scenes video…