Abbotsfield Park is a small park and play area in Urmston that makes for the perfect weekend outing. They have a miniature railway here that runs on most Sundays throughout the year, and some Bank Holidays, weather permitting. For just 30p per person you can ride on one of the largest elevated tracks in the country.
It is a continuous circuit of 2200 feet (670 metres) of raised track comprising both 3˝” and 5″ gauges. It runs throughout the whole of the park and we went on it quite a few times as my little girl loved it.
The miniature railway is run by the Urmston and District Model Engineering Society which was founded in 1948. The object of the Society is to promote and encourage model engineering of all kinds, and to bring together people interested in the hobby. You will meet lots of friendly faces here and the volunteers are extremely passionate about trains.
There are also two small play areas here that are suitable for all ages. The play area closest to the train is aimed more towards smaller children and has swings, a train with carriages to play on and a wooden bridge to walk across. My little girl loved playing one the train carriage with a picture of a lion on it. The second play area has more climbing equipment in it and a larger slide. At the time we visited some of the equipment was not in use and it looked like this was in the process of being repaired.
There are quite a few child-friendly cafes nearby if you wanted to pop for lunch afterwards. Within walking distance from the park there is the arts café called Craft and Coffee. A short drive away is Javes Café which is very family orientated and has fantastic food. There is also Poppies 11 too, which offers a small play area for children and they regularly host kids classes and activities here.
Additional information: Address: Abbotsfield Park, Chassen road, Manchester, United Kingdom, M41 5DH
Opening hours: Every Sunday 11:00am until 3:30pm (weather permitting)