THOMAS The Tank Engine is returning to the Watercress Line this month.

Visitors of all ages can make wonderful memories with the chance to ride behind the famous engine as he makes his way through the Hampshire countryside.

Thomas will be joined by other favourite characters from August 12 to 20 on the Watercress Line, which also has a host of other entertainment for families.

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Pre-booked tickets give access to the railway line for the whole day, including entertainment and activities at Ropley station.

Three new Rusty and Dusty outdoor entertainment shows will feature this year, along with a new Bubble Zone for creative play and Thomas-themed activities in a Play Pod zone at Ropley, including story time sessions, colouring and giveaways for every child.

Tickets include unlimited rides on the heritage trains, a miniature railway and children’s vintage fairground attractions.

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Food and refreshments will be available at Ropley’s T-Junction and other food outlets.

The Watercress Line’s CEO, Rebecca Dalley, said: “Join in the fun with Thomas and his friends at our popular Day Out With Thomas event from 12 to 20 August.

“We have a great programme of Thomas & Friends entertainment to make it an unforgettable day out. Please make sure you book your ride with Thomas when you purchase your tickets online.”

For more information and to book tickets, visit