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“Great family day out”
Review of Chasewater Railway

Chasewater Railway
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Owner description: The Chasewater Railway operates heritage steam and diesel trains on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays throughout the year, most Saturdays Easter to October and certain weekdays throughout the summer. The Railway is rapidly gaining recognition as one of the major visitor attractions within the Walsall, Lichfield & Cannock areas. With its policy of great value fares and membership fees, it offers an excellent day out for families, friends and railway enthusiasts as well as corporate and social hospitality. The Railway operates passenger trains from its headquarters at Brownhills West to Chasetown Church Street, with intermediate stations at Norton Lakeside and Chasewater Heaths. A round trip of nearly 4 miles takes about 45 minutes. Day Rover tickets offer unlimited travel on all trains operating on the day of issue.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

After moving to Cannock from Birmingham to enjoy the Chase and Chasewater Park, we are not disappointed. Great place after the revamp and work to the lake. If you enter from the Railway station side there is a mini "beach" where you can put up an umbrella and have a day out with the family. The water is clean and quite fresh and the speedboats do their bit to air the water which is good. The base of the lake is layered with pebbles although some areas are sand but i would recommend entering the water with some or other form of footwear as idiots have broken bottles in the shallow end so glass residue is visible but usually cleaned as well as any litter onshore. If you're unsure how to get to the top end of the park, just use Google maps street view which gives you the satnav postcode. The visitor centre and it's history is very interesting as is the construction and roof used. The shop and toilet facilities/baby change are clean and decent and outside in the car park near the shop is a bicycle rental shop which has all types of bike and tandem for families and the little one.The main area of the park has enough entertainment and play area for young children and a paddle boat rental area also.

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Reviewed July 13, 2013

We have had a lovely day at Chasewater. Weather was great, which helped. We hadn't visited since we took our children in the 1970s to paddle at what we used to call "little beach". We were pleasantly surprised to see the improvements. Lovely very reasonable cafe,gift shop and exhibition area as you enter from the car park, a wonderful boating pool, go-karts, crazy golf, childrens play area, lots of picnic tables and an area of water where the general public can try water skiing on wires. Lots of boats out on the water and many people taking advantage of the good weather to have a go in the "doughnuts" being pulled along by speed boats. We were so pleased to see that the tiny beach we used to come to is still there and very popular! We walked up to the railway - the station cafe does carveries on Wednesdays and Sundays as well as food on all other days. The museum yard had old carriages housing a gift shop, a bric a brac shop and a model railway. The steam train journeys are good value. We walked to the water sports centre near the railway where there is a cafe and bar overlooking the water - cheap and cheerful, a bowl of chips and a large coke costs £2!
Because of all the boat movement, there were waves reminiscent of the sea, ,many people were just walking around the reservoir enjoying the views and the water, and there was even a small castle on the water's edge, which the visiting children seemed to love climbing over.
Unlike other reservoirs we have visited, there was no car park charge, dogs were playing happily in the water, children were paddling, others were swimming, This was the best equipped reservoir we have been to in respect of things to do for the family.
In short, a very good day out - free entry, and something for all the family.

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

Took 5 and 9 year old boys. Was a bit if a problem to find. But pleased we did as they loved the big train and I thought it was cheap for quite a good ride. Also cafe good value and got some Xmas preses out of the well stocked gift shops, with nice staff. After doing the train we Then drove to the visitor center which has children's park and a model boating pond which my kids loved, they watched the boats for ages, looks like there is crazy golf and go karting in the summer too, also lovely big lake there, lots ducks, we ran out of time to explore further!

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Reviewed June 15, 2013

Visited Chasewater railway on Sunday 9th June with my four year old son and spent a pleasant couple of hours on the train, in the station maintenance shed / museum and in the platform cafe. The price for an all day train ticket costs £3.95 for adults and £2.95 for children over three, and the total return journey takes about forty five minutes with the train being pulled at a leisurely pace by either a diesel or steam engine dependant on the time of your visit.

The cafe offers a good selection of competitively priced drinks, meals and snacks whilst the station shop stocks a good selection of rail based toys, books and souvenirs.

The museum and train shed which are both free to enter contain restored and partially restored carriages and rolling stock and railway based memorabilia.

Chasewater railway is well worth a visit, and highly recommended for any children or adults that have a passion for trains and railways.

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Reviewed June 12, 2013

Park your car near the Park entrance, walk up to the railway at the other end of the lake, sit on the platform, watch the steam trains, have a piece of bread pudding and a cuppa. What more could you want. It's free to enter the station and walk round the museum but there is a charge to ride the trains.

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