Collage of pics from down the herriot line

Down The Herriot Line – A Day out with the kids

Celebrate the life of James Herriot

For a day out with the kids, on board a train at Wensleydale Railway, one of our host sites for our The Polar Express Train Ride event around Christmas, we transported guests to the picturesque landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales, to breathe in the fresh air, revel in the rolling hills, and appreciate the landscapes that served as the backdrop for James Herriot's remarkable stories, at our ‘Down the Herriot Line’ event.

A Theatrical Performance 

Guests were entertained as some of James Herriot's most memorable moments came to life on board the train. Guests both young and old, could enjoy a captivating theatrical adaptation featuring talented actors who will transport our guests to the charming world of Darrowby.

Actor dressed as James Herriot onboard train wearing microphone

Discover the Enduring Magic of James Herriot

Herriot's bestselling series of books, starting with "All Creatures Great and Small," offer a heart-warming glimpse into the trials and triumphs of his veterinary practice. Through his vivid storytelling, he transports readers to a bygone era, where life revolved around the land and the animals that inhabited it.

two goats standing on straw in a pen

A day out with the kids 

Halfway through the journey guests were able to step off the train and meet some animals at the station and drop by the cafe’ on the platform for a warming drink or quick snack, making a perfect day out with the kids or the whole family!

Actors interacting with children

A legacy

Today, James Herriot's legacy lives on, continuing to inspire and delight readers of all ages. His books have become timeless classics, offering a glimpse into a simpler time while reminding us of the enduring values of empathy, dedication, and the beauty of the natural world.

Whether our guests were a life- long fan, new to the enchanting world of James Herriot, or were just looking for a fun day out with the kids, all were invited to immerse themselves in his heart-warming stories, as they let his words transport them to the picturesque landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales, where animals and their caretakers were brought to life from the page.

Actors from down the herriot line