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Swindon Railway Festival 2019

Date: 7th September 2019

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
Swindon
SN2 2EY
01793 466646
Email enquiries: steammuseum@swindon.gov.uk

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

7 & 8 September

steam museum

 

Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September

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 their astounding level of detail and craftsmanship.

With a terrific variety of scales and gauges on offer (please scroll down for layout details) you’ll find 26 model railways displays throughout the Museum! So you can enjoy the magnificent real locomotives alongside the magical models.

These model railways are uniquely designed and built by expert enthusiasts and model railway group who love and share their creations – reflection their awesome dedication and skill in recreating picturesque and historic railway scenes in miniature.

Our two-day festival has a great atmosphere - full of cameraderie and lively chat.

Family activities include special children’s interactive model railways, activity trails, and dedicated play areas inside the Museum plus the chance to climb aboard No. 6000 King George V, No. 3440 City of Truro and No. 4073 Caerphilly Castle.

Fascinating modelling demonstrations will run throughout the weekend and you can chat to specialist modellers for tips and advice on building and weathering techniques.

You''ll get the chance to explore our new exhibitions too: 'Time on Trial', 'World's Fastest', and 'A Spark of Genius'.

Our friendly team of STEAM volunteers will also be at hand to answer any questions about exhibits and STEAM’s permanent displays.

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

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

Take a Look

This exciting two-day festival appeals to rail enthusiasts and families and is a fantastic day out for all generations.

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

Refreshments GWR Style

Delicious refreshments will be served in the GWR outdoor arena, including a barbeque and Real Ale Bar.

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

Admission Prices

Adult (16+ yrs): £13.10
Child (3-15 yrs): £8.80
Senior (65+ yrs): £10.00
Student: £10.00

Family Ticket (1 Adult + 1 Child): £22.10
Family Ticket (1 Adult + 2 Children): £27.30
Family Ticket (1 Adult + 3 Children): £34.70
Family Ticket (2 Adults + 1 Child): £31.00
Family Ticket (2 Adults + 2 Children): £35.20
Family Ticket (2 Adults + 3 Children): £42.50

Online tickets coming soon! Watch this space for updates.

 

Model Railway Layouts 2019

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

2mm Fine Scale

Ashburton

Hallam Town

Ivybridge*

Tucking Mill

 

‘N’ Gauge

Beacon Point*

Hawes Junction*

Hawkins Halt (Children’s Entertainment layout)

Hope Bernigar

 

4mm

Awdry St Nicholas

Chapel – En – Le – Frith

Fiddlens Row*

Margate Road

Merthyr Riverside

 

Scale 4 (18.83 track gauge)

Sidmouth (winner of the Sir William McAlpine Award)

 

4mm EM Gauge

Simmington*

 

‘O’ Gauge

Aber – Emlyn

East Dean

East Midlands ‘O’ Gauge Group Test Track

Fen Drove - Mreidland and Great Northern Railway

Kingsbury (Barnhill MRC)

Paper Mill Wharf – Under construction

Pistyll Graig DdU             

Wyken Yard

 

7mm ‘O’ Gauge

Weatherbury Magna*

 

7mm Broad Gauge

Bristol Goods Shed

 

16mm

Campbells Quarry           

*New layout

Cost: Special Events Admission applies.

Make It! & More

Date: 28th September 2019

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
Swindon
SN2 2EY
01793 466646
Email enquiries: steammuseum@swindon.gov.uk

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

28 & 29 September

The Craft, Hoby and Handmade Show with a Difference

Saturday, 28 September: 10am - 5pm

Sunday, 29 September: 10am - 4pm

Whatever your hobby or craft aspirations, you're sure to find all you need to get creating at this jam-packed weekend event.

Expect to see inspiring demonstrations alongside a whole range of trade stands.


Try your hand at a host of new crafts

Meet inspirational makers, designers and crafters

Find craft suppliers

For full details of craft workshops, and to purchase your tickets online, please visit: www.makeitandmore.co.uk

 

How to find STEAM

Regular bus services provided by Swindon’s Bus Company www.swindonbus.co.uk and Stagecoach West www.stagecoachbus.com 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

Cost: Special Events Admission applies.

Great Western Brick Show 2019

Date: 5th October 2019

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
Swindon
SN2 2EY
01793 466646
Email enquiries: steammuseum@swindon.gov.uk

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

5 & 6 October

Step into the world of YOUR imagination at the 2018 Great Western Brick Show...

Experience large and extremely large LEGO® models, inventions and displays as you’ve never seen them before!

This LEGO® extravaganza is a great day out for families and all who enjoy the wonderful world of these famous toy bricks.

Show Highlights

  • Unique models made exclusively for the show!
  • Classic LEGO® model train layouts, with steam and diesel locos,
    scenery, bridges and stations
  • Interactive building for all the family!
  • LEGO® Shop - with trade stands for your brick bargains,
    accessories and exclusive products
  • Brick Café – to keep you refreshed in first class style!
  • Robot Wars Tournaments

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 and Online Tickets - Coming Soon

Watch this space for updates!

How to find us

Regular bus services provided by Swindon’s Bus Company www.swindonbus.co.uk and Stagecoach West www.stagecoachbus.com 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: 30th November 2019 - 1st December 2019

Every day

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
Swindon
SN2 2EY
01793 466646
Email enquiries: steammuseum@swindon.gov.uk

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

30 November & 1 December

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...

...to Christmas tree decorations, wooden toys, traditional games, Christmas tree decorations, chutneys and luxury confectionery.

More details coming soon! Watch this space for updates...

Cost: Special event admission applies.

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