Uk News Children will love the novelty of the night train to Cornwall, just prepare for little sleep United Kingdom news
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! I was not expecting a journey to Cornwall to trigger such division. The look of horror among friends and family as I told them I was taking my partner and two youngest children on the eight-hour, Night Riviera from London Paddington to Penzance was almost equally offset by those who said riding the sleeper train to the southwestern corner of England was high on their bucket list. We had booked an apartment in Penzance for a weekend getaway, with plans to visit the castle at St Michael’s Mount and the picturesque towns of St Ives and Mousehole. It’s true, boarding a train at 11pm with two children under the age of three is not for the faint hearted but there was some method to the apparent madness. We did not want to attempt the five-to-six-hour journey by car as our toddler honed her potty skills, with the sleeper also making the long-distance short break more feasible. Paddington Station at night: Boarding a train at 11pm with two children under three is not for the faint hearted (Photo: Chris Newlands)The romantic idea was that, while the children slept, we would sip wine and relax as our train rocked towards the Cornish coast. The Night Riviera, established in its current form in 1983, has come close to being withdrawn twice and continues to be subsidised by the Government despite its popularity. However, the trains were given a major refurbishment prior to the pandemic, upgrading the interiors and adding free wi-fi for passengers. While children under five can ride free, they don’t get their own seat or berth. Half-price child rate tickets are available – all passengers requiring a cabin pay a sleeper supplement, including children. You could pay for two children to share a bed, but we decided to book one for each to ensure we had sole use of the cabins. There are also carriages of airline-style seats – not something we’d have considered with our young family, but a more economical option for those happy to sleep upright. More on Family TravelStephen Mulhern: 'Butlin's is better than any drama school'04 August, 2022Camp Bestival Dorset 2022 had Bluey, Earth Wind and Fire, Kool and the Gang and lots of glitter31 July, 2022What happens if I test positive for Covid before a holiday? Your questions answered08 July, 2022Both of our cabins had two single bunks, the lower of which could be folded out to make a handy sofa. All cabins also have adjoining doors, which you can ask to be propped open if you have two rooms booked alongside each other – something we were quick to do so the children could sleep in their own cabin while also being in earshot.We didn’t make great use of the on-board lounge as we ate at home before we boarded the train.
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. Once the children were successfully asleep, we did just that and got a couple of glasses of wine delivered.The sleeping part, for us, was distinctly less successful, with my partner and I springing out of our bunks with every major lurch of the train to check the eight-month-old hadn’t rolled out of his bed – we had barricaded him into it with pillows but this didn’t feel like either a fool-proof or roll-proof plan. With hindsight, we might have been better off creating a makeshift bed for him on the carpeted floor, which wasn’t quite wide enough for a travel cot. However, while we fretted, both children slept soundly and didn’t wake up until the guard, Nick, knocked on the cabin door just before 7am to deliver croissants, bacon rolls, tea and orange juice for breakfast. Travelling by the overnight train to Cornwall was an experience, even if Chris and his partner missed out on sleep (Photo: Chris Newlands)Despite a late night, the children woke up in a good mood, our toddler particularly excited to remember she had boarded a train the night before. For the next hour she busied herself like a three-foot James Bond trying out all the cabin’s gadgets, which included a sink that doubled as a desk and a ladder that disappeared into the wall. So would I recommend the Night Riviera to others with young children? Definitely, yes, if your children have expressed any sort of previous interest in trains. Even if they haven’t, I would give it a go, but I would perhaps wait until they are at least two. The Night Riviera may not be cheap, but it is an experience – you feel like you could be an extra in the background of an Agatha Christie whodunnit. Plan ahead to make sure it isn’t your sleep that’s the victim.
Travel essentials Great Western Railway runs the Night Riviera six days a week from London to Penzance. The journey takes eight hours, five minutes on weekdays and eight hours, 59 minutes on Sundays. gwr.com/travelling-with-us/night-riviera-sleeper Prices for a twin-occupancy cabin start from £210.
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