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Meet the Railway Workers

Date: 22nd February 2020 - 2nd May 2020

Every fortnight

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
01793 466646
Email enquiries:

Time: 10:00 - 16:00

2 May


Whatever your age, our friendly team of volunteers will add to the STEAM experience as you tour the Museum.

They will welcome you aboard three famous locomotives:

Climb aboard No. 3717 City of Truro, No. 6000 King George V and No. 4073 Caerphilly Castle. Plus, see the footplate of No. 2818!

You'll get to find out how the controls worked on these great engines.

Expect to hear some fascinating anecdotes of what it was like to be a GWR engine driver, fireman or labourer; or an engineer, craftsman or office worker at one of the 'Shops' inside GWR's Swindon Works.

Our volunteers are happy to help with any questions you may have about the GWR locomotives and artefacts we have on display at STEAM. 

This great experience is free with standard admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders. Purchase online tickets, or pay on the day.

Look out for our occasional Saturday tours of the Museum too!  
We look forward to welcoming you soon! 

Dates and Times: 


May 2, 16, 30

June 13, 27

July 11, 25

August 8, 22

September 5, 19

October 3, 17, 31

November 14

December 12

Find out what inspires our terrific 'Meet the Railway Workers' volunteers by visiting our 'Meet the Railway Workers' Blog

Cost: Included with admission and free to STEAM Season Ticket holders.

Walk and Talk: Discover Art at STEAM

Date: 30th May 2020

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
01793 466646
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Time: 11:00 - 11:30

30 May

This informal walk and talk will introduce visitors to artworks from Swindon’s modern and local art collections, which are currently on show at STEAM.

Railway WorksThese include depictions of Swindon and its surrounding countryside from the 19th and early 20th centuries, which are included in displays of the GWR Offices. Visitors will also be given exclusive access to a display of atmospheric paintings and lithographs by Swindon artist Hubert Cook, showing life in the GWR Works in the 1940s.

The displays are part of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery’s Art on Tour project, which will take Swindon’s significant art collections to more places throughout the town in 2020. The tours will be given by Art on Tour’s Project Engagement Officer Katie Ackrill.

These talks are free and visitors do not need to hold a STEAM admission ticket to attend. Please sign up at reception upon arrival.

Please get in touch with the Project Engagement Officer if you are interested in bringing a large group (10 or more) to one of these talks, or would like to arrange a talk for a group outside the specified times:  Katie Ackrill –

Cost: Free

Swindon Railway Festival

Date: 12th September 2020 - 13th September 2020

Every day

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
01793 466646
Email enquiries:

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

12 & 13 September

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The big GWR event of the year, celebrating all things railway!


Step into the glorious world of model railways…

Prepare to be amazed as you discover beautiful model railway engines, carriages, wagons, stock and scenery with an astounding level of detail and craftsmanship.

You’ll find 29 model railways throughout the Museum, covering the whole range of scales and gauges.


Experts will be at hand to answer your questions and offer modelling tips, whether your knowledge is basic or specialist.  

Family activities include special children’s interactive model railways, activity trails and dedicated play areas inside the Museum. 

There will also be a live steam traction engine display at the front of the museum, including the sounding of STEAM's own Swindon Works Replica Hooter* (on the hour, every hour).

Teams and volunteers from other heritage railway organisations will be attending so it’s a great opportunity to delve even further into the world of steam (and diesel) railways.

As ever, there will be trade stands galore for all your railway bargains!

*Created by Colin Hatch, Hatch Heritage & Steam Engineers.

Take a Look

This exciting two-day festival is full of cameraderie and lively chat and appeals to rail enthusiasts of all ages and families alike. 

But don’t just take our word for it - check out this video to get a glimpse of what’s on offer at this unique event.

Refreshments GWR Style

Delicious refreshments will be available, including hot food such as pies and pasties.

Tempting home-made hot and cold meals are available at STEAM’s Platform One Café.


  Online On the Door
Adult £11.70 £13.00
Child (3-15 yrs) £7.90 £8.80
Senior (65+ yrs) £9.00 £10.00
Student (ID required) £9.00 £10.00
Family (1 Adult + 2 Children) £24.60 £27.30
Family (1 Adult + 3 Children) £31.20 £34.70
Family (2 Adults + 1 Children) £27.90 £31.00
Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) £31.70 £35.20
Family (2 Adults + 3 Children) £38.30 £42.50


How to Find Us

Please click here for directions to STEAM. 

Please note, there is strictly NO FREE CAR PARKING FOR SPECIAL EVENTS. There is strictly no car parking outside of the Museum except for Blue Badge holders. 

Car parking is available in the Swindon Designer Outlet North and West car parks

For full car parking details, please click here.

Swindon Designer Outlet car park fees

£1 for 0-5hours, £12 for 5-12 hours or free if you spend over £100 at the Designer Outlet!


Layouts Attending

Gauge ‘3’

Test Track - hand's on 'drive a loco'

7mm Scale


Cwm Pen-ol Junction


East Midlands Group Test Track

Laramie Engine Terminal


Paper Mill Quay

Plymouth Friary Engine Shed*

7mm Broad Gauge

Dunsmore Heath

Teign House Sidings

The Parlour Railway*

S Scale


4mm Scale

Awdry St Nicholas - interactive layout



Cyril Street

Montague Field

Porth Saint John

4mm EM Gauge


Clarendon & Scrubbs Lane

2mm Fine Scale



2mm ‘N’ Gauge

Broadwater Junction


Puffin Colliery

Untitled* - interactive layout

Narrow Gauge

Bluebell Summit

The Quarry



*New layout


Traders Attending

Air Framed

Bill Hudson Books

Brunswick Railways Ltd

Cheltenham Model Centre

Greenwood Model Rail

Handbourn Cabinets

Kernow Model Centre

Lee Marsh Models Ltd

Minerva Model Railways

Masterpiece Models

Rob Rowland, Artist & Illustrator

Slater’s Plastikard

Squires Model & Craft Tools


Cost: Special Events Admission applies.

Great Western Brick Show 2020

Date: 3rd October 2020 - 4th October 2020

Every day

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
01793 466646
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Time: 10:00 - 17:00

3 & 4 October



Join us on 3 & 4 October for the biggest and best LEGO® fan event in the UK for LEGO® fans of all ages!

There will be plenty to see and do, making it a fabulous day out for all the family:

* Lots of models of all sizes built by LEGO fans such as railway layouts, buildings, space craft, cars, trucks, aircraft and much more
* Interactive Building – help create an all-new giant LEGO mosaic from over 100,000 bricks!
* Visit the official LEGO Shop and other independent LEGO traders for some great deals on some exclusive LEGO sets not available on the high street.
* LEGO and Duplo brick pits tables for children
* Brick Café – to keep you refreshed in first class style!

Plus, all the regular displays and exhibits telling the remarkable story of the men and women who built, operated and travelled on the Great Western Railway. One entrance ticket covers access to the LEGO model show as well as the museum itself and the displays and exhibits of the Great Western Railway.

If you’ve not been to the Great Western Brick Show before, take a look at this fab video of a previous show...


Admission Prices

Adult (16+ yrs): £13.10
Child (3-15 yrs): £11.00
Senior (65+ yrs): £11.00
Student: £11.00

Family Ticket (1 Adult + 1 Child): £24.10
Family Ticket (1 Adult + 2 Children): £33.10
Family Ticket (1 Adult + 3 Children): £43.10
Family Ticket (2 Adults + 1 Child): £35.20
Family Ticket (2 Adults + 2 Children): £44.10
Family Ticket (2 Adults + 3 Children): £49.90


How to find us

Regular bus services provided by Swindon’s Bus Company and Stagecoach West click here for full details.

Car parking for STEAM special events is in the Swindon Designer Outlet North and West car parks. Please note there is no free parking for STEAM special events. There is strictly no car parking outside of the Museum except for Blue Badge holders.

To find the North car park using a Sat Nav, please enter Kemble Drive. For the West car park, it’s Penzance Drive. Please be aware, the Swindon Designer West Car Park (accessible via Penzance Drive) is likely to be a little less busy than the North Car Park on Kemble Drive.

Please note the bus lane next to the West Car Park should NOT be used. Cameras are in use and fines will be issued by Swindon Borough Council to any car drivers using the bus lane.

To enter the West Car Park avoiding the bus lane, please use the postcode SN5 7JL.

Please be aware that road traffic around Kemble Drive and the Swindon Designer Outlet car parks can get very busy at weekends, especially when there is a special event happening. We advise you allow plenty of time for parking as there may be traffic queues for these car parks.

Alternative car parking is available at the nearby Bristol Street car park (postcode: SN1 5EQ) which is a 5-10 minute walk). Walk left outside the car park and keep going until you come to a pedestrian sign directing you through the GWR tunnel that connects to the Churchward site. Your route will pass English Heritage and Thomas Homes apartments, soon leading to STEAM Museum.

Nearby car parks also include the Brunel North and West multi-storey car parks, located just 10 minutes walk from STEAM.

We hope this information helps you plan your journey and look forward to welcoming you to one of the best model brick shows in the UK.

Cost: Special Events Admission applies

Christmas at STEAM

Date: 5th December 2020 - 6th December 2020

Every day

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
01793 466646
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Time: 10:00 - 17:00

30 Nov & 1 Dec

Bringing to you, the Sights and Sounds of Christmas...

Enjoy plenty of sparkles as you step into a wonderland of over 50 Christmas market stalls set amidst STEAM's fabulous story-telling displays and famous GWR locomotives.

Find that unique gift at one of our specially selected market stalls...

From hand crafted silver jewellery, photographic prints, glass artworks and home furnishings... Christmas tree decorations, wooden toys, traditional games, Christmas tree decorations, chutneys and luxury confectionery.

Seasonal atmospherics include special lighting and live choir music on stage. Inside our spacious Great Western Hall you'll find plenty of seating available as you take a break to enjoy the live musical performances. 

Our Christmas Café, also in Great Western Hall, will be offering tempting hot and cold drinks, meals and snacks.

The combination of a warm welcome, superb live music and traditional fayre is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit!


Santa's Storytime


To complete the Christmas magic, Santa will be here on both days with his Santa’s Storytime sessions. 

These include a festive story and sing-a-long, plus a wrapped gift and are held in the Museum's specially staged, Hawksworth Hall.

As a guide, we recommend that sessions are suitable for children between 3 and 10 years old. Up to two accompanying adults will be admitted free of charge, and do not need to purchase a Story Time ticket. Each session lasts approximately 20 minutes.

Places are limited to ensure children receive a quality experience. We recommend booking online to guarantee a space. 

Santa's Story-times for Saturday and Sunday:

10.15am, 11.00am, 11.45am, 13.00pm, 13.45pm, 14.30pm, 15.15pm, 16.00pm.


Live Musical Entertainment Programme


Enjoy our fantastic Christmas music programme in Great Western Hall.

Timings subject to change.

Admission prices - Coming Soon

Children under 16 must be accompanied and closely supervised by an adult at all times.

Tickets are available to purchase online, or you can pay on the door.

Cost: Special event admission applies.