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Canal News – Alvecote, Market Drayton & Alrewas

Canal News

Annual Alvecote Working Boat gathering

A Boat Trip on the Coventry Canal

A Boat Trip on the Coventry Canal

23 Aug 2014
1100 am – 8:00 pm
Address
Samuel Barlow
Robeys Lane
Alvecote
Near Tamworth
Staffs
B78 1AS

Head to the boat gathering at Alvecote Marina on the Coventry Canal, with stalls and entertainment galore.
Attractions will include historic working boats from the Narrowboat Trust, live music, a beer festival, craft stalls and lots more.

Floating market at Market Drayton

Floating Market

Floating Market

22 – 25 Aug 2014
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Address
Market Drayton, Cheshire
Make your way to Market Drayton on the Shropshire Union Canal and enjoy a few hours browsing around a market with a difference.
Come and browse at this floating market where colourful narrowboats will be selling everything from tiller pins to take-aways.
Why not take your family along and take a walk along the picturesque towpath while you’re there?
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The RCTA is still taking bookings from trading boats. For more information and to book your place at one of these events visit http://www.canaltraders.org.uk/markets.html.
If you’ve got any questions about the upcoming markets please contact michael@canaltraders.org.uk.

Alrewas Arts Festival

Alrewas
23 – 30 Aug 2014
11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Address
Alrewas, near Lichfield
Staffordshire

The picturesque village of Alrewas is staging a week-long arts festival, kicking off with an arts and crafts street market on the opening Saturday followed by a ceilidh at the village hall in the evening.
Bank Holiday Monday, August 25, will be Music Monday with a variety of bands and musicians playing at pubs and clubs throughout the village from noon until midnight. Art and photographic exhibitions will be open to the public throughout the week and it will be a good opportunity for canal boats, displaying and selling crafts, to moor up in the village.
A graffiti art project involving local youngsters will be on display under one of the canal bridges, so watch out for it as you pass.
There will also be a variety of entertainment on offer, including a folk breakfast, lunchtime concerts, drama, dance, comedy, storytelling, poetry performances and daily morning movies for youngsters. There will be big art events and some patchwork surprises.
The festival will end with a twilight lantern parade, firework display and a grand finale open-air concert on the village playing field, featuring some great bands, ranging from jazz to hard rock.
There is no charge and all are welcome. Bring chairs, blankets, wine and nibbles and enjoy. To find out more and view pictures and video clips from previous festivals, go to the festival website: http://www.alrewas-artsfest.co.uk

Joint Event – Chasewater Railway and Aston Manor Road Transport Museum

Thursday 14th August

Grandparents Day

Some August Events

Some August Events

Museum of Cannock Chase

Museum of Cannock Chase

Summer Workshop – Myths and Legends from Around the World
29 July 2014 at 11:00 to 26 August 2014 at 15:00
Every Tuesday

Venue
Museum of Cannock Chase
Category
For children
Description
Come and explore Myths and Legends from Around the World at our summer craft workshops!

These are workshops for all the family to enjoy, so children must be accompanied. Make exciting different crafts from around the world as you explore a different continent each week to discover the strange and wonderful myths and legends from each one! Collect stamps on your passport each week and join in our end of summer tea party!

Tues 29th July – Africa Anansi spiders and moving Hippo heads.  Egyptian window hangers and Arabian nights craft.

Tues 5th August – Europe Norse mythology, make Viking helmets.  Romulus and Remus bookmark and Greek myths, make Methuselah’s head dress.

Tues 12th August – Americas.  Native American totem poles and Hopi paper dolls

Tues 19th August – Asia.  Dragon stick puppets and Indian myths.

Tues 26th August – Loch Ness monsters and mermaid magnets.

No need to book, just drop in! Adults go free. Attend 3 drop-ins, fourth one free, with free drinks for accompanying adult.
Cost
£1.50 per child

Wolseley Play Day

Wolseley Playday 2014

Wed, 06/08/2014 – 11:00am – 4:00pm

Event details
Wed, 06/08/2014 – 11:00am – 4:00pm
Come out an play with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust!

We’ll be celebrating woodlands this year through bushcraft, graffiti art, willow weaving and a range of other activities all designed to inspire youngsters to enjoy the natural world.

Entry is £4 on the door or £3 in advance from the Wolseley Centre reception.

Venue location
The Wolseley Centre,
Wolseley Bridge,
Staffordshire,
ST17 0WT

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From Monday 4th to Sunday 10th August it will be Airfix Model Making week at Cosford. A choice of kits will be available to make including a Sopwith Pup and Albatros. All materials will be provided and the activity costs £3.00 per person. Full details are available on the website.

Week three of August activities runs from Monday 11th to Sunday 17th August and back by popular demand is parachutes and gliders. Design and make paper aeroplanes and see how well they fly. Participation costs £1.00 each and all the activities are from 11.00am to 3.30pm.

August Activities Weeks 4 – 5
Week four of August Activities is keyrings and uniforms taking place from the 11th to 17th August. Children can decorate one of our shaped keyrings and take it home for their school bag. We will once again have a range of RAF uniforms available to try on and the cost for both activities is £1.00 per person.

We conclude our August Activities with rocket cars from Monday 25th to Sunday 31st August. Using K-Nex visitors can make their own car and see how far it travels using our special launcher. Each participant receives a sticker if their car moves and to take part costs £1.00 per person. See website for full details and timings.

Chasewater Railway running every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday during August

 

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway – Wirksworth Commemorates 1914: Secretary of State Visits

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Wirksworth Commemorates 1914: Secretary of State Visits

Loco & British Legion The Secretary of State stands on the footplate of ‘Henry Ellison’, alongside members of the Wirksworth Branch of the Royal British Legion: 
Wirksworth, 28th July 2014:

The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway today partnered with the Wirksworth Branch of the Royal British Legion to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the First World War.

The railway operated a special passenger service throughout the day, donating 50% of all fares to the British Legion, while the star of the day was steam engine ‘Henry Ellison’ bedecked with poppies and the flag of the Royal British Legion.
A special visitor to Wirksworth Station was Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport and Member of Parliament for the Derbyshire Dales.
The day was extremely successful, attracting many visitors who enjoyed the sunshine and the many attractions and stalls at Wirksworth Station.

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About the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

WyvernRail plc has worked with the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association to reopen the Duffield to Wirksworth railway in the heart of Derbyshire.
The line passes through the beautiful Ecclesbourne Valley to the award winning and beautifully restored town of Wirksworth, nestling in the foothills of the Peak District.

The line is a time capsule, with its intermediate stations largely intact and the layout at Wirksworth virtually unchanged since the days of steam.

There are 9 miles of single-track railway, which meet the Midland Main Line at Duf-field Junction near Derby. There are five station sites, two level crossings, a yard with extensive sidings and a mineral branch to the old Middlepeak quarry at Wirks-worth.

Services run at weekends between March and October and midweek throughout the summer and are timed to connect with Derwent Valley Line services between Nottingham, Derby and Matlock operated by East Midlands Trains.
WyvernRail plc t/a The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, Wirksworth Station, Wirksworth, DE4 4FB
http://www.e-v-r.com | tom.tait@wyvernrail.co.uk

The next major event at the Chasewater Railway: Charity Day

The next major event at the Chasewater Railway:

Charity Day

Chasewater charity day 2014

Chasewater Railway – Burton Brewery Day

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Burton Brewery Day

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Sunday 20th July is Burton Brewery Locomotive day. We are all really looking forward to this special event. The first of its type to held here at Chasewater Railway.

Please note a powerboat racing event is also taking place at Chasewater on this day for which a charge is made for parking on the field near to us from what we understand, this is not the railway’s car park. Please continue to the top of the road to Brownhills West station car park where FREE parking is available for Chasewater Railway customers visiting our event.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Gambian Deaf Children Charity Weekend – Amerton Railway

Gambian Deaf Children Charity Weekend

Amerton Railway

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The Amerton Charity Weekend is on 12/13 July 2013. Trains will run each day from 11.30am – 4.30pm and all proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to support the ‘Gambian Deaf Children Support Project’ (GDCSP).
On both days the ‘Gambia Express’ will be hauled by the 117 year old locomotive ‘Isabel’ and for this weekend only passengers can have ‘two rides for the price of one’!

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Malcolm Garner, driver of ‘Isabel,’ is the founder and Chairman of the charity which has now been working to support the education of deaf children in Gambia for nearly 10 years. Some of their achievements to date and photos and details of the work done by the GDCSP in Gambia will be on display on the platform and they can also be viewed at http://www.gambiandeafchildren.com.
Also running on both days will be a second train pulled by ‘Paddy’, an interesting vertical boilered locomotive built by a member of the railway in 2010. One ticket will buy two trips around the line and you will be able to do this on two different trains!
Deaf pupils in Gambia are mainly taught using Sign Language and on Sunday 13th, as a very special highlight, we will have two performances (at 1.30pm and 3.00pm) by a Signing Choir! This is made up of pupils from De Ferrers Academy in Burton on Trent who have learned British Sign Language (as used by a number of deaf pupils attending the school) and will perform well known songs, not by singing them, but using British Sign Language!

gambianexpress2The Choir is the brainchild of Steve Tucker (father of another Amerton Railway volunteer) who is a Sign Language Interpreter for the pupils at De Ferrers.
Sign Language is a key part of the educational provision for deaf children in Gambia so it will be good to demonstrate how effective and attractive this can be as a means of communication. Please come and support these pupils who have so generously given their time to support the work with deaf children in this part of Africa.
The Amerton Railway Charity Weekends have so far raised more than £7000 for the work of the GDCSP and last year was the best with just over £1000 raised over a single weekend! It would be nice to better that this time!
For further details and any other information please contact Malcolm Garner direct on 07811 333373 or at malcolm.garner@yahoo.co.uk.

Museum of Cannock Chase – Mining Gallery Official Opening

Museum of Cannock Chase

Mining Gallery Official Opening

Museum of Cannock Chase

Saturday 28th June 2014 saw the official opening of the new Mining Gallery at the Museum of Cannock Chase.
The proceedings started with the Rugeley Power Station Band welcoming visitors, not on the front lawn as hoped, but, as the weather forecast was for heavy showers, in the Conference Room.

From 12.30pm the official opening and welcome by invited speakers, again inside, this time in the Local History Gallery. The speakers were from Cannock Chase District Council, the Lottery Heritage Fund and the Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust. Thanks were given to the various bodies for having the confidence to invest in the Museum and to the Museum staff for their work within the new gallery.

Then came the ribbon cutting, by Mr. Phil Harding (from the Time Team TV programme) and a chance for guests to see the new gallery.

The Tower Players gave performances in the Lamp Room at 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

The whole event was very well organised and also very well attended.

Some Local Railways this Easter

Some Local Railways this Easter

Don’t forget – Chasewater Railway details on the ‘Home’ page!

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, Wirksworth.

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Easter Weekend
Fri 18th, Sat 19th, Sun 20th, Mon 21st April 2014
Our normal timetable will operate on the Wirksworth and Duffield line. The Wirksworth and Ravenstor line will be operating an increased timetable also.
There will be an Egg Trail on Saturday, Sunday and Monday around the station at Wirksworth.
Day Rover Fares
Tickets are valid for all day travel on both the Duffield and Ravenstor lines.
Adults Concessions Children Family (2+3)
£12.00 £11.00 £6.00 £29.00

Churnet Valley

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Kids Go Free This Easter

Posted in Contributors Blog on 7th Apr 2014
“Kids Go Free” this Easter at the Churnet Valley Railway with its Steam hauled Easter “Eggspress” trains….
Plus on Easter Sunday Children can enjoy complimenatry Easter Activities which will include an Easter Egg Hunt, Egg Painting, Hunt the Rabbit and Make & Take Children’s Activity Tables.
Trains will be running over the Easter weekend, Saturday, Easter Sunday & Bank Holiday Monday and Wednesday 23rd April. Our “Kids Go Free” offer which allows one Child to travel FREE with each full fare paying adult is valid every day over the Easter holiday. Trains depart each day at 11:32, 12:57 & 14:22 from Cheddleton Station and 12:10, 13:35 & 15:00 from Kingsley & Froghall Station. No booking is required just come along.
As usual our “Goods Shed” tea room at Cheddleton Station and our award winning traditional tea rooms at Kingsley & Froghall Station will be open on all running days providing snacks, hot meals and a huge selection of homemade cakes. And don’t forget to visit one of the best railway souvenir shops around.
Happy Easter!

Amerton Railway

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Running daily throughout the Easter Holidays, mainly diesel hauled but with steam on Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Fares (held for 2014): Children £1.50, Concessions £1.70, Adults £2.20

Peak Rail

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19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd April – Easter Treasure Hunt
Fun for all the family with clues on the train and at Rowsley South and Matlock Platform 2 Stations. Plus your chance to win tickets for our hugely popular Santa Specials.
For a Easter treat every child bringing along a teddy bear can travel free over this five day event.
Normal timetable and fares will apply for this event.
Please contact 01629 580381 for further information.

Severn Valley Railway

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During the school Easter holidays, timetable B operates from April 14th – 27th excepting April 19th – 21st when timetable C is in operation.

With timetable B, 3 steam hauled trains are in operation throughout the day. An additional train, which is not shown here, operates on Sunday and is available for pre-booked diners only.

Why not try one of our suggestions below and get the most out of your day?

For the Kids: Collect an entry form and a FREE pack of crayons when you arrive, and take part in our ‘Chicks & Bunnies’ observation competition all the way along the line. Prizes for the best entries!
There will also be fun art and craft activities (Decopatch) by Crocodile Creations at The Engine House on April 19th, 20th & 21st (additional charge applies).

Fantastic Fares: Our Fantastic Fares discount offer is available on April 18th & 25th. Prebook your tickets now and save up to 30% off the normal fare

Great Central Railway

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Foxfield Railway

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Foxey’s Easter Specials 2014

18th – 21st April
Spring is not just great for seeing rows of daffodils but also a great chance to explore the great British countryside and what better chance to do it by steam train.
With Easter to look forward to Foxfield will be providing plenty of steam hauled trains so that more people can see how glorious the surrounding Staffordshire countryside really is.

Throughout the Easter weekend visitors will be able to take part in Face Painting, Egg hunt and also our much loved activity carriage where everyone can get can to grips with games.Commenting on the busy weekends “Richard Barnett” said, “Spring is always a great start to the season for us, people just want to get out, especially after the extremely cold winter period we have had”.
Over the weekend Foxfield’s great facilities will be open with the buffet offering cold and hot refreshments and our very own award winning real ale bar offering a fine selection of beers.

 

Telford Steam Railway

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Welcome to Telford Steam Railway

2014  Our railway will be open on Sundays and Bank Holidays from Easter 2014

Hednesford Park News – Easter Treasure Hunt Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Hednesford Park News

Easter Treasure Hunt Tuesday 22nd April 2014

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Please accept our SINCERE apologies for not updating the Easter Treasure Hunt Details for over the Easter Holidays.
Our bunnies and chicks are all bouncing about in anticipation for next weeks Easter Treasure Hunt.
TUESDAY 22nd at 11am – 1pm, which gives everyone chance to get round. Easter activities in the pavilion. See the bunny at the gates pictured for your treasure map and clues.