The summer holidays can be a stressful time for parents. Having to constantly find activities to do to keep their children from becoming bored.

It is an ideal time to start heading off on breaks in foreign countries, but for those opting to stay at home to enjoy some of the great sights the UK has to offer there is still plenty to do. An option for families looking for a day out is to visit one of the many miniature railway museums that the country has to offer.

During the summer people can enjoy these attractions and allow the youngsters to marvel at the various miniature trains on a series of tracks weaving through specially crafted scenery.

Here are a few attractions that are a great day out for all the family.

Model and Miniature Railway Summer Gala, Crewe – July 13th and 14th

Set at The Crewe Heritage Centre Miniature Railway, this event will see all the very best in model trains and has become a real favourite with families from all parts of the UK. Following on from the spring gala in March it is sure to yet again be a huge celebration of miniature railways.

The event will see the bringing together of steam, diesel and battery electric model locomotives snake through a number of different sceneries.

Railway enthusiasts are also encouraged to bring their own locomotives and those interested in this should contact the heritage via email prior to their visit.

Family tickets are available for £14.

Miniature Railway Gala, East Anglian Railway Museum, Essex – July 27th and 28th

The East Anglian Railway Museum in Essex is once again hosting a miniature railway gala which will showcase all the model locomotives it currently has in operation. There will also be the added bonus of steam and electric engines.

The museum sits on a heritage site at Chappel railway station with views across the impressive Constable Country, including one of the largest railway viaducts in the east of England.

Aside from the miniature trains there will also be the opportunity to visit some of the restored engines and even Thomas the Tank Engine and friends.

Admission costs £5 for adults, £4.25 for seniors and £2.50 for children.

Evergreens Miniature Railway Open Day, Lincolnshire – June 29th, July 27th and August 24th

Evergreens Miniature Railway forms part of the Model Engineering club and boasts over 30 members. The Lincolnshire attraction will be holding an open day in both July and August for the public to see the models on offer.

Parents and children alike will be able to watch the trains as they move along the track that has been specially put together by members of club.

Admission to the site are £3 per person or £8 for a family.

Lord Braybrooke's Steam Gala, Essex – September 22nd

The Miniature Audley End Railway in Essex will be hosting Lord Braybrooke's Steam Gala, which is a celebration of the lord's locomotives.

Members of the public will be able to ride the trains, some of which only appear a couple of times a year, while also marvelling at some of the smaller engines that the event has to offer.

There will be refreshments aplenty at the Signal Box Cafe while there also be the Audley End Barbeque on the picnic field.

Train fares are priced at £4.50 for adults, £3.50 for children with under-twos going for free. Family tickets can be purchased for £14.

Multi train rides will cost £9 for adults and £7 for children.