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Bucket and Spade Train hailed huge success

8 August 2017

Children and adults enjoyed a fun-packed train trip to the seaside in Walton-on-the-Naze last week after joining the Bucket and Spade Train.
Bucket and spade train 

Seaside trekkers travelled on a brightly decorated Greater Anglia train carriage and enjoyed seaside-themed party games on Thursday, 3 August, on their way from Colchester to Walton-on-the-Naze. Each child was also given a bucket and spade to use on the beach.
Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership (ESSCRP) hosted the day which offered a fun and cheap summer holiday day out on the train for all the family.
Jayne Sumner, Rail Engagement Manager at Essex County Council, said: “We absolutely love hosting our Bucket and Spade Trains as you can see the kids really enjoy them and I think the parents enjoy getting out of the house in the summer holidays.
“We’ve still got another Bucket and Spade Train to come so I would urge anyone interested to get online and book their tickets now as spaces are running out fast. For those with more of an interest in heritage and culture, I would suggest visiting Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership to book tickets on our Colchester heritage bus event in early September.”
Paul Oxley, Greater Anglia’s Stakeholder Manager, said: “We are very pleased to be running the Bucket and Spade specials again this summer. These events provide a great opportunity for people to explore the beautiful beaches which are just a train ride away. Walton-on-the-Naze is one many scenic beaches on the east coast, and we hope as many families as possible enjoy a great day out by train.”

Anyone who missed out, or who wants to relive the day, can book their place on the second Bucket and Spade Train on Wednesday, 23 August by visiting Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership. Tickets are just £5 for adults and £3 for children (12 years and under). Ticket numbers are limited so booking early is required.
On Saturday, 9 September train users can enjoy storytellers and a magician on the 10am and 12 noon Walton-on-the-Naze train to Colchester. This train will link up with a vintage bus service at Colchester offering access to heritage sites across the town. Book tickets on the website to ensure you do not miss out.