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GWSR –  Cotswold Festival of Steam Gala

GWSR – Cotswold Festival of Steam Gala

Once again the stage is set for the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway’s spectacular Cotswold Festival of Steam with an expected eight locomotives* in steam over the late May bank holiday weekend.

The theme this year is ‘Give My Regards to Broadway‘ and it will celebrate the re-opening of Broadway Station, which now gives us 15 miles of running line from Cheltenham Race Course Station all the way to Broadway.

‘Give My Regards to Broadway’ – what’s that all about?

The big attraction of the Cotswold Festival of Steam must be the locomotives – and there will plenty of all shapes and sizes, however this year will be the first opportunity to travel as far north as the beautifully re-created Broadway station.

The event team always strive to find locomotives that have never visited the railway before and you may be sure of some surprises at work in the Cotswolds for this breathtaking family-friendly event. The railway’s home fleet of five locomotives will be bolstered by an expected three visitors making EIGHT LOCOMOTIVES operating, adding extra interest and variety.

LATEST NEWS: THE KING IS COMING! Star performer will be a GWR ‘King’ on the line for the first time in preservation in the shape of No 6023, King Edward II from the Didcot Railway Centre, plus two further guest engines that will be announced nearer the time.  It’s believed that the only occasion a King has ever run over this route before was a ‘positioning move’ for No. 6000 King Geoirge V in the mid-1970s.

Broadway station will be re-opened to the public on Good Friday (March 30th 2018).  The station building has been built from scratch by our volunteers to an incredibly high standard, from the faithfully recreated English bond brickwork of the building to the authentically rivetted canopy, built “in house” by members of the steam locomotive department.  Platform 2 will not be open in time for the gala and the exquisite signal box will unfortunately have to be admired from platform 1.  Although the ticket office will be open, the car park won’t be available until after the gala, so please park at either Toddington, or preferably Cheltenham race Course and visit this gem in the Cotswolds on one of our trains.

Suffice to say, this will once again be a show to remember. 

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GWSR – Steam and Real Ale weekend

GWSR – Steam and Real Ale weekend

The weekend of the 19th and 20th May sees the 10th Spring Ale & Steam weekend on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. Over the last decade the events have grown ever more popular with an increased range of beer on offer and this year will be no exception!

 

In conjunction with the North Cotswold Branch of CAMRA up to 36 beers will be available from Winchcombe and Toddington stations, with a frequent train service between the two bars.

 

  • Up to 24 beers will be available at Winchcombe with local and national beers available *
  • Up to 12 beers will also be available at Toddington all with a Wessex theme *
  • A selection of ciders will be available at both stations
  • Hot and cold food, tea / coffee and soft drinks will also be available at both Winchcombe and Toddington
  • The bars will be open from 1030 until 1900 at Winchcombe and 1745 at Toddington on the Saturday and 1030 to 1600 (subject to beer availability*) on the Sunday.
  • Free entry to the festival with a valid train ticket for the day of your visit.
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  GWSR – Cotswold Bricks and Trains Weekend

  GWSR – Cotswold Bricks and Trains Weekend

Following on from our successful Brick event last year, May 2018 will see our second year of collaboration with Southern Lego Train Club. A chance for new and old fans of those small plastic bricks to be suitably excited and enthralled with the displays. Yes, another LEGO® event is coming to the GWSR; we will be holding a brick exhibition (LEGO® bricks to you and me), at Toddington over the weekend of May 12th & 13th  2017.

Be enthralled by the expertise of Southern Lego Train Club’s members, who will be providing the displays. There will also be demonstrations and a chance for our smaller visitors to have a go at building their own brick structures.

For this weekend we will be running trains to the Green Timetable.

Buy your tickets for train travel and entry to the exhibition now at a discounted price and avoid queues. On-the-day exhibition entry tickets will also be available.

The exhibition is open from 10:00 until 16:30 each day.

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GWSR – Classic Vehicle Days

GWSR – Classic Vehicle Days

 

The GWSR  September event is primarily for individual classic car owners.

You can apply to exhibit your vehicle by completing our on-line form here.

Please note that for visitors wishing only to visit the classic car display but not travel on the railway, there will be an entry charge of £3 for adults; children under 12 are free. For those visitors travelling on the railway, entry is free to the classic cars upon display of your train tickets.

Normal fares apply to this event. For ticket prices and full timetable, please follow the links.

You can save time and buy your all-day rover ticket on-line.

 

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