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A wealth of summer holiday fun at the SVR (14th May 2015)

A wealth of summer holiday fun at the SVR

Whether they’re dotty about dinosaurs or potty about princesses, there’s plenty to entertain youngsters at the Severn Valley Railway this summer holiday.

Families can combine an exciting steam train ride along the attraction’s 16-mile span with a visit to the Railway’s much-loved Steam & Whistle Activity Club, which will run throughout August, bringing a range of colourful, kid-friendly fun to The Engine House Visitor Centre at Highley.

A new addition to this year’s action-packed programme kick-starts the fun on August 4th, 5th and 6th with Meet the Railway People. Children can meet some of the SVR’s volunteer engine drivers, ticket inspectors and station staff, who will reveal what it’s like to do their job, divulge the secrets of the trade and answer any burning questions. Children can listen to and join in fascinating railway stories, enter competitions and even meet the bees!

Dig & Discover Week on August 11th, 12th and 13th brings Roman history to life, offering budding historians the chance to dig for real Roman artefacts, join in the archaeology trail, try on a heavy Roman helmet and meet the owls. Children can also have their faces painted and let off steam on the bouncy castle.

All kinds of colourful capers will take place during Pirate and Princess Week, on August 18th, 19th and 20th, when children can don their costumes and join the SVR’s very own pirates and princesses for some fancy dress fun. There’ll be prizes for the best dressed children, a chance to meet the bees, a swash-buckling pirate trail, face-painting and bouncy castle. Creative kids can also make their own pirate hat.

Back by popular demand, Dinosaur Week rounds off the schedule in fearsome style on August 25th, 26th and 27th. Children can learn about the Triassic and Jurassic period, investigate fossils, take fossil rubbings, enter dinosaur competitions, meet the owls, have their faces painted and burn off energy on the bouncy castle.

While at The Engine House, visitors can also explore the range of interactive exhibits on offer, including new 50th Anniversary exhibition - taking people on a journey through the SVR’s first half-century. A range of full-size locomotives, a travelling Post Office, a King George VI Royal Carriage and the Peter’s Railway Young Engineers Centre are also waiting to be explored.

The SVR’s fleet of heritage locomotives will be steaming along the line throughout the holidays, taking families on an exciting steam train ride back in time and offering the chance to explore any of the Railway’s six, beautifully-restored stations on the way.

For families who can’t get enough of steam trains, The Coalyard Miniature Railway will be open for rides at Kidderminster, weather permitting, for a small additional charge, and the Paddock Garden Railway at Hampton Loade will be running on Sundays, giving visitors a glimpse of a railway in miniature.

The Steam & Whistle Club activities run from 11.30am to 4pm. Admission and activities are free with Freedom of the Line tickets or an Annual Family Pass, otherwise, an admission fee to The Engine House is payable on the door. There is no need to book but visitors can pre-book and save on ‘Freedom of the Line’ tickets purchased in advance online or over the phone.

Clare Gibbard, the SVR’s marketing and communications manager said: “Always extremely popular with families, this year’s Steam & Whistle Activity Club features some new additions which will add even more excitement to the programme.

“There’s no need to book and activities are free with a Freedom of the Line ticket or Annual Family Pass, so why not combine a visit to the club with a great day out on the Railway? There’s a whole lot to learn about and explore.”

The Severn Valley Railway is now celebrating its 50th anniversary with a range of events and activities, including a new Sounds of the 60s event, on 14th-16th August. It is also offering visitors the chance to win a unique, VIP behind the scenes SVR experience day through a special Golden Ticket competition, launching in July – its birthday month.

For more information on all events, activities and bookings, visit, call 01562 757900 or visit the Severn Valley Railway Families Facebook page.