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Locomotives 6023 and 5051 in front of the engine shed Steam Railmotor from the footplate of passing locomotive

Gala Events

We are planning gala and themed events for 2017 as follows:

Scroll down or click on any of these events for more details. The page will be updated as each event approaches.

50 Years at Didcot Gala

14-17, 19, 22-23 and 29 April - 1 May 2017 - (Gala Day admission prices apply)

Throughout the event we will be featuring:
Visiting engines including:
- 2807 from the Gloucester & Warwickshire Railway
- 813 from the Severn Valley Railway
- The Wee Engine - No 11 from the East Anglian Railway Museum
and from our own fleet - 4144, 6023 King Edward II and the Steam Rail Motor
Display of 50 O Gauge locomotives and hopefully some O Gauge model railways.

Fri 14 - Mon 17 April — Easter Steamdays

Additional Family Easter activities include a 1967 themed Treasure Hunt. Visitors can dress up in Welford Park Ticket Office and watch the trains from the train themed Play Park in our Picnic Area.

Wed 19 April — Steamday

Sat 22 - Sun 23 April — Steamdays

Sat 29 April - Mon 1 May — Steamdays

Black Python Real Ale Bar open
Signalling in Operation on the Branch line
We hope to have a miniature railway in operation
+ Volunteer Re-union (Sat 29 only)
+ Oxford Ukeleles (Sun 30 only)
+ Spitfire & Hurricane Flypast, weather permitting (Sun 30 only)

Didcot Railway Centre Transport Rally

Didcot Tansport Rally
Didcot Transport Rally

4 June 2017 - (Normal Running Day admission prices apply)

We will be holding our third Transport Rally in 2017 following the success of our second Rally in 2016 where with the major input from the Thames Valley & Great Western Omnibus Trust we had a very varied and well attended selection of buses and coaches. As in 2016 we intend to have a significant number of buses and coaches many of which will be offering rides from the Rally site to various destinations in and around Didcot and surrounding villages. We hope there will be a large number of other forms of transport at the Rally including many cars, commercial vehicles, stationary engines, miniature and full sized steam road traction plus miniature train rides.

The event will be integral with Didcot Railway Centre where our usual railway-related operations and exhibits will be available, plus some additional activities. The admission price for the Rally includes access to Didcot Railway Centre.

The Transport Rally this year is again to be held at Didcot Foxhall Road Car Park (APCOA) OX11 7HJ. There will be free Vintage bus rides (courtesy of Thames Valley & Great Western Omnibus Trust) between the Rally site and Didcot Parkway station. The proposed Rally site is subject to change due to the possibility of the Rally car park site being converted into a Multi Storey car park. Any changes will be notified on our web site.

Anyone who wishes to exhibit (non bus/coach) please find below a downloadable form, also any traders please find attached your relevant application form. Anyone who wishes to exhibit a bus or coach please go to the Thames Valley & Great Western Omnibus Trust web site.


Fathers' Day

18 June 2017 - (Normal Running Day admission prices apply)

Star Tugs Weekend

24-25 June 2017 - (Normal Running Day admission prices apply)

Teddy Bears' Picnic

9 July 2017 - (Normal Running Day admission prices apply)

See our Teddy Bears' Picnic page for more details.

Rails on the Western Front

19-20 August 2017 - (Gala Day admission prices apply)

Commemorating the role of railways in the First World War. Gala Days feature visiting engines or other activities, signalling demonstrations and our popular Black Python Real Ale Bar.

Anything Goes Weekend

23-24 September 2017 - (Normal Running Day admission prices apply)

As ever we can only give an indication of what is intended and all details may be subject to change at short notice.





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