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Hallowsteam!

Ghoulish goings on and Hallowe'en treats in our spooky Victorian station

Young visitors are invited to come along dressed as witches, wizards, ghosts, ghouls, zombies and skeletons as our spellbinding Hallowsteam event on Wednesday 28 and Saturday 31 October plus Sunday 1 November.

Climb aboard a working steam train hauled by award-winning locomotive "Lady of Legend" for a trip to a spooky Victorian station specially decorated with cobwebs, spiders, bats and more.  Here, you can see a rare Great Western Railway coffin trolley and step into a "haunted" carriage.  As well as the tracks, there are treats for every child, and, although the Centre doesn’t have any ghost trains, there is the chance to see a diesel engine named "Phantom"!

 

Pick up a copy of our Hallowsteam Trail, explore this 21-acre open-air museum and discover ghoulish goings on, which include a small extra gift for every youngster in fancy dress and engines sporting pumpkin “Jack-o-lanterns”.

The Centre’s other attractions will be open on the three days.  Visitors will also have the chance to get up close to the locomotives in the spacious Engine Shed which has remained largely-unchanged since it was built in 1932 and now houses magnificent preserved engines some of which have steps to allow visitors to climb onto the footplate!

The large, well-ventilated carriage shed will also be open with coaches dating from Victorian times to the 1940s that evoke bygone eras. See the VIP Saloon reputed to have been used by General Eisenhower during the preparations for D-Day and later used in the GWR Royal Train!

The small artefacts Museum containing 1000s of exhibits including nameplates, signals, tickets, distinctive posters and beautiful models that tell the story of the Great Western Railway is also expected to be popular – especially the display of vintage tinplate models and other traditional toys with GWR connection.

Further details of the usual features of an Autumn Open Day which will be open in addition to the Hallowe'en activitiescan be found here.

 

To open safely, we have limited visitor numbers and tickets need to be booked in advance – please book a ticket for each adult and for children aged 3 and over. Sadly, we're not able to open everything at once. Some facilities aren't open, such as our Science of Railways Carriages, Air Raid Shelter and Signalling Centre.

The Refreshment Rooms will be operating a simple take-away service of hot and cold drinks and pre-packed snacks with plenty of picnic tables and benches around the Centre and limited seating inside.

Toilets will be available and we have increased the frequency of cleaning in these and other key areas.

The gift shop and Museum will be open, with controlled access to keep numbers to a safe level.

Select your date and arrival time.

You should arrive within your 30 minute time slot and will then be welcome to stay all day until we close at 4.00pm.

See our latest pre-arrival advice here.

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS - RULE OF SIX. Government regulations mean we can only accept bookings for up to six people. We are legally required to share contact details with Public Health Track & Trace if requested.

We are limiting numbers to keep everyone safe so Wednesday 28 has now SOLD OUT. There are still spaces available on Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November.

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