Draw your dream train journey for the chance to win with Virgin Trains

The summer holidays have barely even started but there’s a good chance the kids are bored already. Thankfully, Virgin Trains have a competition to keep your children entertained for at least an afternoon.

Virgin Trains is asking children aged five to twelve to get creative and reimagine train travel by drawing their dream train journey, and one lucky winner will have the chance to see their artistic creations turned into a real-life toy.

Inspired by the new Virgin Trains TV ad, the competition is calling for children to take their vision of the perfect train journey to the extremes.

Virgin Trains already offer speed, Wi-Fi, snacks and movies but what if there was a swimming pool onboard or a video arcade? What if all the other passengers were cute puppies?

With the Train Jotting competition, your children can let their imaginations run wild. To enter, all they have to do is draw a picture illustrating their perfect train journey and upload it to the Virgin Trains website

Television presenter and podcaster Cherry Healey will be helping Virgin Trains to pick the winner. As a mother of two, Healey’s a huge fan of encouraging creativity at home.

“Having kids myself, I know how vivid a child’s imagination can be,” she says. “This competition is a fantastic way to get young people interested in train travel whilst also getting their creative juices flowing.

“There are certainly a few things that would complete my dream train journey – a play area carriage complete with a ball pit for the kids would be a brilliant idea. I also wouldn’t mind an onboard spa where I could get a massage while the train gently glides towards my destination.”

As well as having their design turned into a real-life model for them to take away, the lucky winner will also get the opportunity to take part in Virgin Trains’ Rookie Academy.

This is a one-day experience that takes children behind the scenes at Virgin Trains. They’ll learn how to dispatch a train, make a station announcement and even get the chance to meet a driver in the cab of the train.

The competition will close on Sunday, 11 August. Visit Virgin Trains to find out more.