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  1. Bewdley Festival
    Bewdley Festival has always maintained a close relationship with Severn Valley Railway, who have been very supportive over many years.  This year's Festival sees the morning of Thursday 18th October at St George's Hall being hosted by film-maker & steam fan David Parker. The event should appeal to the enthusiasts who are dedicated to steam railways. David Parker spent five years making four programmes for television about the revival of steam locomotives in Britain, some of it shot on the Severn Valley Railway, and including the story of the rebuilding of Flying Scotsman. Along with rare film of the rebuilding of Flying Scotsman, David will use clips from the programmes he made for the BBC to bring to life that remarkable story of ingenuity, perseverance and humour, talk about how he made the films and some of the problems, and the joys, he encountered along the way, including what it was like working with the celebrity presenters, Robson Green and Michael Portillo. It took a year of blood, sweat and toil to rebuild the steam engine from its stripped down frame till its first time back on the track. David followed the rebuilding for an ITV film, charting the struggles of the team of engineers hired to put the fire back into the Scotsman. His film charts the challenges and triumphs of the team of men and women who “brought the beast back to life and had it running again”, in the words of the foreman Colin Green. Tickets are  £10 and available on-line at www.bewdleyfestival.org.uk Click here to find out more
  2. New groups cream tea & steam package for just £19
    Enjoy a relaxing steam train journey, explore a wealth of fascinating exhibits and indulge in a delicious cream tea in the company of friends on the Severn Valley Railway – all for just £19pp. All-new for Summer 2018, the SVR’s Cream Tea Offer is the ideal chance to enjoy a day out on the Railway with a tasty treat included. Gather friends, family or colleagues at Kidderminster and board your heritage steam train for a leisurely return journey to Highley, passing through the stunning scenery of the Severn Valley. As part of your package, you’ll get free entry to The Engine House Visitor Centre at Highley, giving you the chance to explore a wealth of interactive displays and the latest exhibitions. Get up-close to the SVR’s reserve collection of full-size steam locomotives, marvel at the King George IV Royal carriage, learn all about the history of the Railway and more. A truly indulgent treat - sit back, relax and enjoy a scrumptious cream tea, including hand-made scone with clotted cream, jam and a freshly-brewed pot of tea. You can choose to enjoy your cream tea at the start or end of your trip, at the popular track-side refreshment room at Kidderminster as you watch the trains steam by, or take a break mid-way through and relax in The Engine House’s Highley Café, with its panoramic views over the Severn Valley.  The groups Cream Tea Offer is available from Monday – Friday and is available for groups of 12 or more.  The SVR offers a range of benefits for groups of 12 or more, including reserved seating, travel discounts and the services of a dedicated group travel co-ordinator, who will ensure that your day out on the Railway is one to remember. To book the Cream Tea Offer or for further group travel information, call 01562 757900 or email grouptravel@svrlive.com.
  3. Gentleman's Afternoon Tea
    Man's new best friend - let us introduce you to Gentleman's Afternoon Tea! Click here to book Men, we've got a treat designed just for you! The King & Castle Pub & Restaurant at Kidderminster Station hosts those discerning gentlemen who are keen to enjoy Afternoon Tea with a distinctive masculine slant. Gentleman's Afternoon Tea includes: Crusty Cob, Pork Pie, Scotch Egg, Crisps, Nuts, Black Country Scratchings & Pickled Onions all washed down with a refreshing pint of Real Ale. Gentleman's Afternoon Tea is available to pre-book; when you have booked your voucher/s, please ring us to confirm the time and date of your visit: 01562 747505. On arrival, please show your email confirmation to the staff in the Pub. Available every day of the week from 11am to 8pm.
  4. £45 for a wonder-full day out!
    Science boffins and sourcerers, witches and wizards are invited to the Railway this summer, for a magical journey of adventure, discovery and family fun. We have just launched the booking for our special 2018 Family Summer Saver tickets, ahead of one of our most action-packed school holidays ever.  From July 21st to September 2nd, families and friends can enjoy a whole day of adventure on the railway for just £45 for two adults and up to four children. It will kick-start the fun with Steam Ahead, two weekends of family-friendly activities on July 21st-22nd and July 28th –29th. Families can board their train for an exciting ride out to The Engine House Visitor Centre at Highley, where they can immerse themselves in the world of steam, with Train Tips Workshops taking place at intervals throughout the day. Budding train enthusiasts can embark on the Train Trail to discover the clues to complete the quiz, design their own steam locomotive on the brand new colouring wall, get arty on the craft tables, have a boogie in the kids disco, get to grips with gargantuan outdoor games and outdoor play area – and more. Awe-inspiring Science and Engineering activities arrive with a bang on July 23rd and run until July 27th.  Science Boffins perform their amazing science workshops, running each day, featuring jaw-dropping science experiments, mind-blowing demonstrations and entertaining games. Kids can to grips with the Plasma Ball, enjoy fun quizzes and get creative on the colouring wall. The magic zooms in from July 30th-September 2nd with Wizard Weeks. Witches and wizards are invited to grab their wands and head to The Engine House for a full day of magical fun and play.  Eagle-eyed visitors can join in the on-train quest to spot the owls hidden at each station along the line and find the letters to solve the magic riddle. Once at The Engine House, children can use their sorcery skills to track down the magical potion ingredients in Merlin’s Magnificent Treasure Hunt and make sparks fly in the Wizarding Disco. Family favourites will be showing at the cinema and kids can get creative on the colouring wall. Get your camera out for the giant opportunity to take fun photos and make sure kids get dressed up to enter our Summer Competition! Simply post a photo to the Severn Valley Railway’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages with the hashtag #SVRWizards to be in with the chance to win tickets on one of this year’s Santa Steam Special services for the best dressed wizards and witches. If that’s not enough, kids can get to grips with the outdoor games and play area and children eat free at The Engine House from Monday to Friday (one kids’ meal free with every adult meal purchased.) Family Summer Saver: click here to book For an extra-magical experience, witches and wizards can get dressed to impress as they board the VIP Wizard Express on August 1st, 15th, 16th and 22nd.   Families can collect their wax-sealed invitation and leave the humdrum world behind as their private train departs from Platform 9 2/4  and whisks them to mystical lessons of wizardry at The Engine House, enjoying tasty treats and spell-binding magic tricks along the way.  Once at their destination, masterclasses of trickery, including Broomstick Training, Wand-Making and Greenhouse Herbology await! Cameras at the ready to capture some magical photo opportunities.  Booking is essential and tickets are selling fast! Click here to find out more
  5. Wizard Express Afternoon Tea
    Grab your wands to join the battle against he who shall not be trained as you take a trip along the line on board a classic steam train from Kidderminster to Highley and return. Our Stations are dressed for the occasion, and your mystical carriage awaits, themed with decorations and the very best vintage crockery. Be sure to dress to impress! Departing from Platform 92/4, you'll be served a selection of every wizard's favourite treats whilst you travel through the enchanted Severn Valley. Do you dare take a swig of the magical potion? Those who are brave enough will be treated to a selection of sandwiches, including locally source gammon ham, smoked salmon and cream cheese, lightly seasoned egg mayonnaise, and cheddar cheese, accompanied by hand cooked vegetable crisps and salad garnish. A classic selection of magical munchies follows, from herbology muffins to proper steak pies, and mini beef & Yorkshire puddings, half giant rock cakes, treacle tart, exploding candy, broomsticks & wands, popping cauldrons and mini beer tankards, with a choice of tea and coffee.   Running dates: August 1st, 15th, 16th & 22nd.    Departures from Kidderminster are available at: 11.00am & 1.40pm - Afternoon Tea is served on the outward trip to Highley, before mesmerizing Magicians amaze you with unbelievable acts of the unknown right in front of your eyes as the train returns to Kidderminster. You can then make a whole day of it by travelling on our public services before or after your Afternoon Tea Experience. 4.20pm - Afternoon Tea is served on the outward trip to Highley. On arrival at Highley, you can visit The Engine House as Wizard School takes place. As the train returns to Kidderminster, mesmerizing Magicians join you on board to amaze you with unbelievable acts of the unknown right in front of your eyes.You can make a whole day of it by travelling on our public services before your Afternoon Tea Experience. Prices Afternoon Tea Train Fare Total Cost Adult / Senior £23.00 £19.50 £42.50 Child / Member £23.00 £13.00 £36.00 Click here to book