November 19, 2019
Audley End Miniature Railway, Essex
It's always exciting when a new project comes off the drawing board and is being prepared for build and this one at Audley End Miniature Railway is no exception. It's a total one of a kind with a railway theme to give it a sense of place that could only be found in the stunning setting of the Audley End Woods.
The railway itself was opened to the public by Lord Braybrooke in 1964 and follows a winding 1.5 mile track through the unique Capability Brown designed woodland. It goes through tunnels, passes miniature stations and crosses a spur of the River Cam. Along the route, there are rustic woodland shelters filled with themed teddy bears for families to enjoy in the beautiful natural wildlife setting. You can see more of that on the miniature railway website here.
The attraction is now owned and managed by Lord Braybrooke's daughter, Amanda Murray who has spent her years at the helm modernising the attraction into a place for families and widening the appeal from those just interested in the railway and its history. One of the first additions was to create a unique Fairy and Elf Walk to offer customers more reasons to stay when they do come and visit. In an earlier blog here, you can see the little Elf House we built that nestles at the end of the walk within the Audley End woods.
The plan for the build, as you can see from the images is to deliver a railway-themed play experience that replicates the shapes and architectural cues of the historical site.
The team will be on-site soon with a plan for a March 2020 opening and as we usually do, we'll share some pictures once we are underway.