Families have the choice of many fun days out on the East Lancashire Railway over the summer holidays, including A Day Out with Thomas and for the first time ever Peppa Pig and her family will visit the railway.
The heritage railway offers a fantastic selection of summer family events, including an all-new Kids Adventure Day alongside other favorite family events.
Peppa Pig and Friends Fun Day:
The event will take place on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th August and will see the heritage railway welcome Peppa, George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig for a wonderful day of fun, which begins with a meet and greet at regular intervals at Museum of Transport of Bury.
The event will also allow families to take part in Peppa’s activity trail and continue the fun with a funfair, expert balloon modelers, face-painters and a chance to meet farm friends at the petting zoo. .
The day also includes a journey through the Irwell Valley on a real heritage steam or diesel train, which is included in the ticket price. Visitors can travel on the train that best suits them on the day and can work around reserved entry times to meet Peppa and her friends.
Day with Thomas:
This event will take place on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th August and will see the return of everyone’s favorite little blue locomotive, Thomas the Tank Engine, to the East Lancashire Railway after sold out events earlier this year.
Visitors can meet Sir Topham Hatt at the station before boarding a horse-drawn carriage and riding behind Thomas through the countryside on a fun journey to Ramsbottom station before returning to Bury station.
Back at Bury station the fun continues just across the road at the Bury Transport Museum which will host activities such as singing along with the cheeky Sodor station sweepers Rusty & Dusty, balloon modelling, face painting and fairground rides.
A Day Out with Thomas will also return in October.
The magical adventure:
This event will take place on Sunday 3rd and Sunday 31st July and will see a magical adventure for visitors on this interactive day out for aspiring wizards and witches at the East Lancashire Railway.
Following the sale of The Wizarding Adventure earlier this year, the spellbinding day returns with a chance for magicians to come together and enjoy mastering wand wielding, improving broomstick skills, and defeat of the forces of evil.
In addition to wizard-themed activities and photo ops, visitors can also enjoy a two-hour train experience with the region’s top enchanters.
Bury Transport Museum:
Just opposite Bury Station of the East Lancs Railway is the Bury Transport Museum which brings the North West’s industrial heritage to life. The museum’s star attraction is the restored Castlecroft Goods Warehouse, which takes visitors back through the 20th century and reveals what life was like back then and features interactive exhibits and life-size vehicles.
Recently arrived at the museum, the new Heroes exhibit will allow visitors to see the superb Union of South Africa engine up close on static display. We were invited to see Union of South Africa on display earlier this year.