Pecorama: Train Heaven (Country Kids)

Our holiday to our beloved Lyme Bay in Dorset during half-term saw us return to many of our favourite places; West Bay, Bridport, Abbotsbury Swannery, Lyme Regis and a recent addition; Pecorama.

Pecorama is a beautiful place set high on the hillside above Beer, on the western side of Lyme Bay in Devon. Commanding wonderful views over the coastline that quite frankly could compete with the views from the Terrace of Infinity in Ravello, the cultivated gardens and play areas are also home to one of the best miniature steam railways we've been on.

We first went there two years ago when The Boy was just two years old and he loved it then, but various parts were of minimal interest then due to his age. This time around however he couldn't get enough of the different garden rooms (including the shell grotto in the moon room), the many play areas and of course the very detailed railway known as the Beer Heights Light Railway.

The key thing is that the railway is not just a track laid down around the gardens; there is a long and winding tunnel, there are stations with platforms and picket fences, bridges, sidings, signal and control boxes with amusing names, and all the employees really take on the roles well. It's a truly magical experience.

Pecorama isn't just about the railway for children though, there is a huge play area (with picnic benches nearby) which facilitates children from toddling to around eight years of age, then there is a pirate ship play area, and an older children play zone with monkey bars, climbing walls and a zip wire. The Boy refuses to ignore age guidelines though, especially if there is a zip wire involved!

Beer Heights Light Railway

And to finish off, no trip to Pecorama would be complete without examining and playing with the interactive exhibition of model railways!

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  1. says

    That brick arch looks so pretty and is that a fireman's pole The Boy is on? Rather jealous of a train that works! I do hope I will be able to say the same soon. Thanks for linking what sounds like a lovely break in half term.

  2. says

    Looks like so much fun! I don't blame him not following the age guidelines. You'll often find me in the kids bit that the adults aren't allowed in.

  3. says

    ahhh this sounds like every little boys ideal day out doesn't it? i love his hat and he looks so enthralled by all that he is seeing. i must take the boys to this part of the region one day it is just beautiful x

  4. says

    aw takes me back to when my son was obsessed with trains, he would have loved it there. love his little face showing such concentration 🙂

  5. says

    What a great place to visit. It looks almost identical to somewhere we have near us, Bressingham.
    The Boy looks so cute in that hat!

  6. says

    I love your little man's hat!! This place looks great, oh a bit off point but have you been to Heath Park Miniature railway – I recommend it 🙂

    Laura x

  7. jess says

    i loved this post. i have 2 boys under 5 and a mother in law who lives in Beer. We have spent many a days at Pecorama. the boys cant get enough!

    i am new to the blog world and would love to be part of the mummy blog community! would love if you read my blog! thanks! x

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