Certificate of Excellence 2016

Throughout the year the Aln Valley Railway operates special events. Join in the fun for all the family at Lionheart Station.

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  • 09 July - 1940's Event Open or Close

    Ourr first 1940's themed event. We currently have a number of confirmations including Blyth Battery, and period music and dance sessions to be hosted within our locoshed as well of course our very own standard gauge steam trains.

    Throughout the entire weekend (Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th) the railway will be open to the public. We will be operating steam hauled passenger trains, offering rides, access to our museum and model railway shed, with refreshments available in the Buffer Stop Cafe.

    We are shouting out to groups and individuals who would like to join us for our fledgling event. We are a venue with a large amount of space to fill and are offering an opportunity for established groups to join us to meet and to network. Some covered spaces are available to display and promote organisations, with our station forecourt and yard available for those who might like to attend with vehicles and larger items.

    if you are interested in joining us as we begin our journey, and are able to help us generate the feel and atmosphere of 1940's Britain, please contact us via simon.mills@alnvalleyrailw> .

  • 30 July - Summer Fair Open or Close

    Arts and craft stalls under cover in the rolling stock shed.

  • 12/13 August - Teddy Bears' Picnic Open or Close

    Two day event taking place on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th August.

    Bring your teddies and a picnic, take a ride on the train and join in the fun.

    Steam service expected to be in operation.

    No prebooking is required, tickets available on the day from our on-site shop.

  • 02/03 September - Model Railway Exhibition Open or Close

    This hugely popular two day event is taking place on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September this year.

    An exhibition of model railway layouts in a range of scales will take place in the shed alongside visiting trade support. As usual our very own standard gauge layout will be in operation.

    No pre-booking for this event is required although donations will be requested for entry to the exhibition. Tickets available for train journeys on the day from our on site shop. A steam service is scheduled this weekend.

  • 23/24 September - Everything Goes Gala Open or Close

    As it says on the tin. It's the end of season so we'll be trying to have everything that we have capable of running, running.

    No prebooking is required, tickets available on the day from our on-site shop.

  • 28/29 October - Ghost Trains Open or Close

    Themed special running days. Further details to be revealed ghoulishly soon.

  • Early December - Santa Specials Open or Close

    Our incredibly popular, ticket only Santa Specials will be departing from Lionheart during December this year.

    Scheduled dates are: 09, 10, 13, 16 & 17 December.

    Tickets will be available from early October. Sign up to our Santa Specials mailing list here.


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