Full steam ahead for festive fun

By Ben Fitzgerald - 12 November 2019

AttractionsLocal history

The sounds of Christmas cheer will emanate from Steam – Museum of the Great Western Railway as it is turned into a Christmas Wonderland on 30 November and 1 December, 10am - 5pm.

Visitors will have the chance to buy festive treats and discover unique gift ideas as they browse 50 artisan market stalls displayed among the GWR story-telling exhibits and legendary locomotives.

Carolyn Lovett, Events Officer at Steam said: “Christmas at Steam is much more than a Christmas market - it is a celebration of the sights, sounds and smells of a traditional Christmas.

“Steam has the largest collection of GWR railway objects in the world. The special atmosphere created by our story-telling displays - and world-class collection of eight GWR locomotives - will be complemented by live festive music in Great Western Hall and Santa’s Storytime in Hawksworth Hall.

“This year, we welcome many new traders, as well as those who are firm favourites with our visitors. Fabulous hand-crafted items on offer range from jewellery, handbags, textile gifts and fine writing instruments, to home furnishings, artworks, Christmas confectionery and decorations.

“We have a spacious seating area where visitors can relax and enjoy a delicious hot seasonal snack and even a glass of mulled wine while listening to superb performances on stage.

“Last year, we received some lovely feedback for this event, especially about Santa’s Storytime, when many parents and grandparents said they would bring their children again.”

Santa’s Storytime sessions take place in a cosy fire-place setting and include Christmas stories, sing-a-longs and a wrapped gift. Sessions cost £7.50 per child in addition to the special admission charge and are bookable in advance by visiting the Steam website at www.steam-museum.org.uk

This year’s live performances include The Kentwood Show Choir, The Big Sing Thing Choir, The BellFlowers and Brunel Brass.

Steam is offering a special festive admission price for Christmas at Steam which includes entry to the whole museum.

Entry costs £3 for adults, £2 for seniors (65+years) and students and £1 for children (3-15 years). Under 3s go free.

Steam - Museum of the Great Western Railway is owned and managed by Swindon Borough Council. GWR locomotives on display include GWR No. 4073 Caerphilly Castle, No. 6000 King George V and No 3440 City of Truro, on loan from the National Railway Museum.

Christmas at STEAM Live Performances:

Saturday, 30 November

11.30am - 12.30pm: The Kentwood Show Choir

3pm - 4pm: The BellFlowers

Sunday, 1 December

11.15am - 11.45am: Big Sing Thing

Noon - 2pm: Brunel Brass

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