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Day Out with Thomas

12-13 May, 21-22 July. 18-19 August & 10-11 November 2018

Make your day a Day Out With Thomas as Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends Percy, Toby, Emily and Mavis, visit the Kirklees Light Railway from the Island of Sodor!

The Fat Controller will be on hand to make sure the engines are all being really useful and behaving themselves and will conduct an opening ceremony each day at 9.45am, assisted by Rusty & Dusty, the trusty platform sweepers!

The first train of the day is pulled by Thomas and departs Clayton West at 10am (PLEASE NOTE: the 10am train is the ONLY train pulled by Thomas to Shelley). Trains will depart every 30 minutes thereafter until the final train departs Clayton West at 4pm. The remaining trains are pulled by Emily, Percy or our home loco, Owl.

After Thomas returns from his 10am trip to Shelley, he will remain at Clayton West to give platform rides for everyone to enjoy!

We strongly recommend booking in advance for this event. We may be unable to accommodate walk ups on the day as this is a very busy event.


  • Adult - £13
  • Concession (over 60s, students, carers) - £12
  • Child (2 - 16 years old) - £11
  • Under 2s - FREE
  • Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 children) - £46
  • Family PLUS (2 adults + 3 children) - £51.50

Bookings can be made via: Day Out with Thomas or by calling the Day Out with Thomas box office on 0843 208 0500 (please note - this is NOT the railway).

Cancellation & Refund Policy

The Kirklees Light Railway will do its best to operate the advertised train service. Should the KLR cancel an advertised train, tickets may be transferred to an alternative train (subject to availability) or a full refund may be given. If a train operates and a ticket holder is unable to use their tickets, no monetary refund will be given.

What is included in the train fare?

  • Entry to the event
  • A return trip to Shelley station
  • Rides along the platform at Clayton West with Thomas
  • Rides along the platform at Shelley with Toby
  • Rides along the platform at Clayton West with Mavis & the Troublesome Truck
  • Children will receive a Day Out With Thomas Certificate
  • DVD screenings of the adventures of Thomas and his friends
  • Face Painters who will turn children into something magical, ferocious or downright scary
  • Donkey rides* at Clayton West (until 4pm)
  • Bouncy castles*
  • A whirl behind the "Clayton Flyer" on the Duck Pond Miniature Railway
  • Imagination Station – where children will be able to stimulate their minds with colouring activities, as well as a chance to play with the Thomas table top toys.
  • Children will be able to help Thomas’ Driver and the Fat Controller give Thomas a drink of his special Culdee Fell water brought specially from Sodor for him to drink!
  • Test your strength with the Thomas Tug of War

* Some activities are weather dependent

Opening Times

The site at Clayton West will be open from 9.30am each day.

The Fat Controller, with the help of Thomas, will officially open the event at 9.45am each day.

Trains will be departing Clayton West every 30 minutes from 10am until 4pm.

Please allow plenty of time to make use of all the additional rides and attractions before or after your train journey.

Attractions will be closed by 5pm.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Thomas pull all of the passenger trains to Shelley?
No, Thomas only pulls the 10am train to Shelley. This is the only full length line trip Thomas takes each day. From 11am, Thomas will be at Clayton West for the remainder of the day giving platform rides which is one of the activities you can complete during your visit. This is done so that all customers have the chance to ride behind Thomas. All other full length timed trips will be pulled by one of Thomas' friends.

Can I bring a pushchair to the event?
Yes, however we recommend you only bring small foldable pushchairs. There is a pushchair carriage on the train if you wish to take them to Shelley, however the pushchair will need to be folded down to transport it. There is also a free buggy park located on the platform at Clayton West. Pushchairs cannot be taken into the cafe or shop at Clayton West due to access issues.

Where do I park my car?
The railway has a large free car park at Clayton West. In the event that this car park becomes full, customers will be directed to an overflow car park.

Can I bring a picnic?
Yes, we have outdoor picnic areas available at Clayton West and Shelley. You are unable to eat your picnic in the cafe at Clayton West or tea room at Shelley - only food and drink purchased on the premises can be consumed in these areas.

Do you accept card payments on site?
At Clayton West, card payments can be made at the Ticket Office, cafe and shop. At Shelley, we are unable to take card payments - please ensure you have brought cash with you if you wish to purchase anything at Shelley as we have no cash machines on site.

Do you have a cash machine on site?
No, please ensure you bring cash with you. Card payments are accepted at Clayton West station only.

What time does the event open?
The station building will be open from 9.30am on the day of the event. The opening ceremony will start at 9.45am.

What time does the event finish?
The majority of the activities at Clayton West will close between 5pm and 5.30pm. The donkey rides will finish at 4pm. Please ensure you allow enough time at both stations to complete all activities.

Can I arrive earlier than my allocated time on my tickets?
Yes, we recommend that you arrive earlier than the allocated time on your tickets as this will enable you to complete some of the activities at Clayton West before you travel.

Can I travel to Shelley more than once during the day?
No, the event requires you to book a specific time slot to travel to Shelley which provides you with allocated seating on the train for the outgoing journey. Please ensure you complete all of the activities you wish to do whilst at Shelley before returning to Clayton West as you will be unable to travel back to Shelley.

Can I bring a dog to the event?
We don't recommend bringing dogs to the event as it is very busy and the carriages are usually full so there would be very little room. Dogs are permitted to travel on non-special event days.

Will my tickets be posted out to me?
Yes, tickets will be sent through the post to you. Please allow up to two days before the event for your tickets to arrive. If you haven't received them two days before the event, please call the office on 01484 865727. Tickets that are purchased one week before the event, may be left for collection at the ticket office on the day of the event.

Is the event indoors or outdoors?
The event takes place both indoors and outdoors. The trains are enclosed and some of the activities are indoors, however we recommend you come dressed for the weather conditions expected.

Do I have allocated seats on the train?
On the outgoing journey between Clayton West and Shelley, you will have allocated seating on the train. On the return journey, you don't have allocated seating as you are able to spend as much time as you wish at Shelley, completing all of the activities on offer. There is no set time that you have to return from Shelley, trains will run every 30 minutes to Clayton West.

If you would like to book please contact us