Easter family fun at South Tynedale Railway
Children of all ages are being invited to get on board with the Bank Holiday fun taking place at South Tynedale Railway this Easter weekend.
On Easter Monday, the family-friendly attraction is hosting an ‘April Follies’ event where local storyteller Jim Grant will be on hand to entertain visitors with springtime tales before they embark on a thrilling steam train ride that passes through some of the most breathtaking countryside in the North Pennines.
The 30-minute journey sets off from Alston Station in Cumbria, travelling on to nearby Kirkhaugh and finishing at Lintley Station in Northumberland.
After being entertained by Jim’s April Fools’ tales, travellers can either enjoy a leisurely return journey through the surrounding scenic landscape or alight at any of the stops to explore the area in more detail on one of the popular walks or cycle routes.
Spotter sheets and stickers
And the more eagle-eyed visitors are being encouraged to pick up one of the railway’s new spotter sheets and record any of the special things they see during their visit, as well as seeking out the new colourful collectable stickers.
There will be four chances to take part in the fun, with a story session being held before each of the day’s journeys. The trains leave Alston Station at 10.45am, 12.15pm and 2.15pm, with the last train of the day heading out at 3.45pm.
As well as Jim’s stories, which will be told in the comfort of the station’s waiting room, there will also be family activities in the Discovery Centre and refreshments at the Station Café.
Children’s fares are just £2, which includes the storytelling session. Dogs are allowed on the trains and bikes can be taken on board by prior arrangement with the guard, both with a £1 charge. For more information about the event, or the nearby walks, contact the station on 01434 381696 or visit www.strps.org.uk
Released: 28 March 2013