Children will be able to get a taste of what it was like to drive a stream train during the Easter holidays at STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway.
Every day at STEAM there’s the chance to climb aboard the iconic and Swindon-built GWR No. 4003 Lode Star and other engines.
And at the fortnightly Meet the Railway Workers events on 5 and 19 April, visitors also get to join the crew on the footplate of the legendary GWR No. 4073 Caerphilly Castle.
Special Easter activities at STEAM include the Easter Bunny Trail, taking place between Saturday, 5 April and Monday, 21 April, between 10am and 5pm. The trail is free with standard admission and there’s a small chocolate prize for children who take part over the Easter weekend – Friday, 18 April to Monday, 21 April.
Cllr Garry Perkins, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for the Economy, Regeneration and Culture, said: “Easter is a wonderful time to take a day out with the family and there is so much to see and do at STEAM.
“As well as hunting for Easter bunnies on the Easter Trail, special activities include a free Alphabet Challenge for some mind-stretching fun and two Meet the Railway Workers events where visitors get to learn fascinating facts as they join our friendly team of volunteers up on the cab inside Caerphilly Castle.”
The museum has dedicated play areas for young children while those aged six and over will be encouraged to try their hands at changing the signals in the GWR Signal Box.
Meanwhile, the recreated Seaside Pier and Station Platform give a fun hands-on insight into how important the GWR was in transporting families to their favourite holiday destinations.
Imaginations can take one step further into the world of arts and crafts at the popular STEAM Smiley Cats Club.
This takes place inside the Museum on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9, 10, 16 and 17 April, between 9.30am and 1pm with the themes of Wonderland and the Chocolate Factory. Healthy mid-morning snacks and a supervised tour of the museum are included in the price of £12 per session or £9.50 with the Earlybird booking. These sessions are for advance bookings only via the Smiley Cats website at www.smileycats.co.uk
To keep everyone’s energy levels up, the museum’s Platform One Café offers tempting meals and refreshments.
STEAM is open every day from 10am until 5pm, with the last admission at 4pm.
Standard admission at STEAM is £8 for adults, £6 for children under 16 and students and £6.50 for seniors. There are also family tickets and Season Tickets available. Under threes go free.
To find out more visit www.steam-museum.org.uk or you can call the Museum on 01793 466646. STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway is owned and managed by Swindon Borough Council.