Summer fun at the National Railway Museum

July 27, 2012toSeptember 2, 2012
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With many families unable to afford a coastal holiday this summer the National Railway Museum is bringing all the fun of the seaside to York, for free.
From 21 July until 2 September, visitors can immerse themselves in the seaside experience. The whole family can enjoy Punch and Judy puppet shows whilst children will also have the opportunity to dress up in Edwardian costume, take part in a summer trail or create their very own ‘hook a train’ game.
Working replicas of Stephenson’s Rocket and Hedley’s Puffing Billy will be taking it in turns to pull steam rides and until the 3 August Graffiti Kings will be working with members of the public to create some communal street art on a railway theme.
Preparations for the 75th anniversary of Mallard’s steam record in 2013 are well underway with Mallard receiving a fresh coat of paint in the Museum’s workshop from 24 July. As her sister locomotives from across the pond begin their historic journey to the UK, visitors will be able to watch experts from Heritage Painting give her a new look worthy of a record breaker in preparation for a family reunion to remember.
Families can watch plenty of great shows exploring the science behind how trains move in ‘From Rocket to Bullet’ or discovering everything they need to know about bubbles in ‘All Aboard the Bubble Train’. Also there is plenty of story-telling with performances from the Platform 4 Theatre and a special reading of the new Steeplejack Fred book by author Tilly Walker (24- 27 August).
Emma Farley, Communications Manager at the National Railway Museum said:
“The great British seaside holiday used to begin with a train journey, so this summer we are giving families all the fun of the beach for free. No beach is complete without Punch and Judy or traditional games and we are giving visitors the chance to enjoy some of the sights of the seaside without the uncertainty of the great British weather.”
To find out more about summer at the National Railway Museum visit: http://www.nrm.org.uk/NRM/PlanaVisit/Events/summer2012.aspx
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For more information please contact:
Sam Potts, Communications Officer, National Railway Museum
Tel: 01904 686262
Date:
21 Jul 2012 – 02 Sep 2012
Time:
10am – 6pm
Price:
Free entry (*a charge for some activities)
Audience:
Families
Type:
Family activities
Make your very own ‘hook a train’ game in our brand new craft activity, and dress up in Edwardian costume. For more adventures follow our summer family trail, and sing along with our seaside puppet shows. We’ve also got a great selection of talks and tours on offer throughout the day, including our amazing science shows.
Summer activities
Steam rides*
10.30am–1pm, 1.30pm–4.30pm Get on board a real steam train. £2 adults, £1 children. Exact locomotive TBD
The Brickish Association – 4–5 August only
Members of the Brickish Association will hold an exhibition of amazing LEGO creations and run an interactive ‘Rail Sail’ challenge. Event supported by Bright Bricks.
Seaside puppet show
11am, 12.30pm, 2pm Punch is off to the seaside – oh yes he is! Come and help our Explainers tell his story.
Street art – 21, 23–26 July
Throughout the day Watch the Graffiti Kings create two huge railway themed artworks.
Communal art – 27 July–3 August
Throughout the day Help to recreate one of our railway posters.
Put yourself in the picture
10am – 4.30pm What was it like going on holiday 100 years ago? Dress up in costume and have your photo taken next to a real Edwardian carriage.
Storytelling – 24–27 August only
11.30am, 1pm, 3pm Children aged 3 to 7 will love hearing author Tilly Walker read the first of her new Steeplejack Fred books. 20 mins
Find the seaside objects
Hidden around Station Hall and South Yard are eight objects you’d usually see at the seaside. Can you spot all eight?
Make and take*
10.30am – 4pm Create your very own ‘hook a train’ game. £1.50
Science shows and storytelling
1.30pm, 3.30pm Explore how trains move in From Rocket to Bullet, and learn about bubbles in All Aboard The Bubble Train. 20–30 mins
Platform 4 theatre
Character appearances at 10.30am–11.30am, 12.15pm–12.55pm, 2pm–2.30pm and 3.30pm–3.55pm, and performances at 11.30am and 2.45pm.
Other activities
Adventure playground
Let off steam on our slides and climbing frames.
Simulator*
Experience breathtaking rides on our rocking and rolling Simulator.
Miniature railway*
All aboard! Take a trip on our 7¼“ gauge train in the South Yard. The miniature railway runs every day, weather permitting.
Road train*
Ride the Road Train from Duncombe Place (by York Minster) to the Museum. Road Train timetable

nrmThis summer, you can immerse yourselves in a seaside experience – at York!!

There’s Punch and Judy puppet shows, and you can also dress up in Edwardian costume, take part in a summer trail or create your very own ‘hook a train’ game.

Working replicas of Stephenson’s Rocket and Hedley’s Puffing Billy will be taking it in turns to pull steam rides and until the 3 August Graffiti Kings will be working with members of the public to create some communal street art on a railway theme.

There are also loads of great shows exploring the science behind how trains move in ‘From Rocket to Bullet’ or discovering everything you need to know about bubbles in ‘All Aboard the Bubble Train’.

Also there is plenty of story-telling with performances from the Platform 4 Theatre and a special reading of the new Steeplejack Fred book by author Tilly Walker (24- 27 August).

To find out more about summer at the National Railway Museum

10am – 6pm

Free entry (*a charge for some activities)

Steam rides*

  • 10.30am–1pm, 1.30pm–4.30pm
  • Get on board a real steam train.
  • £2 adults, £1 children.

The Brickish Association – 4–5 August only

  • Members of the Brickish Association will hold an exhibition of amazing LEGO creations and run an interactive ‘Rail Sail’ challenge.
  • Event supported by Bright Bricks.

Seaside puppet show

  • 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm
  • Punch is off to the seaside – oh yes he is! Come and help our Explainers tell his story.

Communal Art

  • 27 July – 3 August
  • Throughout the day help to recreate one of our railway posters.

Put yourself in the picture

  • 10am – 4.30pm
  • What was it like going on holiday 100 years ago? Dress up in costume and have your photo taken next to a real Edwardian carriage.

Storytelling

  • 24 – 27 August only
  • 11.30am, 1pm, 3pm
  • Hear author Tilly Walker read the first of her new Steeplejack Fred books. 20 mins

Find the seaside objects

  • Hidden around Station Hall and South Yard are eight objects you’d usually see at the seaside.
  • Can you spot all eight?

Make and take*

  • 10.30am – 4pm
  • Create your very own ‘hook a train’ game. £1.50

Science shows and storytelling

  • 1.30pm, 3.30pm
  • Explore how trains move in From Rocket to Bullet, and learn about bubbles in All Aboard The Bubble Train. 20–30 mins

Platform 4 theatre

  • Character appearances at 10.30am–11.30am, 12.15pm–12.55pm, 2pm–2.30pm and 3.30pm–3.55pm, and performances at 11.30am and 2.45pm.