Tag Archives: School Holidays

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

Museum of Cannock Chase
For children
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.
£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,
ST17 0WT



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


Paignton Zoo – Including the ‘Jungle Express’ miniature railway.

Paignton Zoo – Including the ‘Jungle Express’ miniature railway.

© Copyright Lewis Clarke and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Welcome to Paignton Zoo…

Paignton : Paignton Zoo, Elephant House

The elephant house at the top end of the zoo, is home to the elephants and giraffes. Nearby are the camels, peccaries, red river hogs, and the Barbary sheep.  © Copyright Lewis Clarke and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

With more animals than anyone else in the South West you’re in for a really wild time. See them all – giraffes, lions, gorillas, cheetahs and thrilling crocodiles, plus our cheeky meerkats, colourful snakes and amazing monkeys. There are also indoor play areas, the Jungle Express train and uniquely, six habitats that mimic the animals’ natural environment. Come in and get close to over two thousand creatures. But you’d better leave a whole day – you’ll need it.

Come in and explore the big wild world !!

Paignton : Paignton Zoo, Sumatran Tiger

The Sumatran tiger is a carnivore clinging to life. It is being hunted towards extinction by the demands of Oriental medicine. It’s protected under law but the black market in tiger parts thrives. A few hundred Sumatran tigers remain in the wild in Indonesia – about the same number are safe in zoos around the world.  © Copyright Lewis Clarke and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

 If you’re going to the south coast, you could always try a miniature railway of my childhood (it has been going that long!!):

Paignton Zoo Jungle Express

Pic – agcthoms

Jump aboard the Jungle Express miniature railway and take a journey around our stunning lake to see areas not seen on foot!

Get exclusive peeps into the tiger and lion enclosures and ride past our gorilla island; see the gibbons swinging in the trees, the flamingos bathing in the pond and the beautiful birds of Brook Side Aviary.

The railway has been at the Zoo since 1940 when Reginald Goddard from Chessington Zoo joined us for a brief period during the war.

Trains run daily from Easter to October and there is a small charge.

© Copyright Lewis Clarke and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Class 08 Diesel Loco at Chasewater Railway

Class 08 diesel loco at Chasewater Railway

Today, Tuesday 27th July 2010, saw the first of the Chasewater Railway School Summer Holiday midweek specials.  Although advertised as a steam service, in fact Class 08 diesel locomotive No. D3429 was the engine in charge today.  This loco is at Chasewater Railway on a short-term loan.

This latest arrival at Chasewater (20-7-2010) is a product of Crewe Works – one of 135 such locomotives built there.

The first allocation was Bristol St. Phillips Marsh, but 3429 had moved to Swansea Danygraig Depot by January 1960, followed by spells at other South Wales depots.

D3429 is credited with working the last train over the Cymmer-Glyncorrwg section of the South Wales Mineral Railway on May 22nd 1970, to collect empties from the closed Glyncarrwg Colliery.

By now renumbered 08359, the loco was withdrawn by British Rail in March 1984 but subsequently sold into preservation, going to the North Staffs Railway at Cheddleton.  Several such moves have taken place since, and D3429 comes to Chasewater on a short term loan via the Telford Steam Railway.

Since withdrawal the loco has been seen at Cheddleton, Peak Rail (Buxton), Peak Rail (Darley Dale), Shackerstone, Tyseley, Northampton & Lamport then Telford Steam Railway.