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May Half Term

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    Steaming in May
    1940s fun
    Crafty adventures
    Yo ho ho and a bottle of fun
    Small Engines Weekend
    Dragon Mask
    Shark in the Park
    Fire Services Museum
    Family fun
    More family fun
    Voyage in steam

    May-king the most of Spring Half Term!

    May was named after the Greek goddess Maia, who represented growth, so why not grow as a person and broaden those horizons by taking a trip on one of the East Lancashire Railway’s heritage locomotives? Trains are running Wednesday – Sunday, and bank holiday Monday, throughout the season and we have pulled out all of the stops to ensure there is plenty to do on and around the line, from historical hijinks to sea-faring shenanigans!

    1940s Weekend

    27 – 29 May 2017

    Wax that moustache and polish up those dancing shoes as we lindy-hop our way into an era of vintage glamour. The award-winning 1940s Weekend makes a triumphant return, bigger and better than ever before. Music lovers will rejoice as old favourites the Hotsie Totsies and Paul Harper take to the stage alongside newcomers the Washboard Resonators and the Rum and Cola Girls. Meanwhile history and action enthusiasts won’t want to miss the exciting battle re-enactments, military displays and more!

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    Children’s Craft Workshop – Fantastic Flags

    31 May 2017

    Make the short trip from Bury Station to the Bury Transport Museum for this crafty adventure best suited to keeping little minds active during the long school holiday. For just £1 per child, children will be encouraged to kick their imaginations into gear and create their own fantastic flag, be it the symbol of a noble night or sinister sea dog!

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    The Pirate Adventure

    1 June 2017

    Hoist the main sail and give those timbers a shivering, it’s time to take to the high seas alongside Captain Kidd and his Crazy Crew to hunt for buried treasure. Learn everything you will need to be the perfect pirate as you battle enemy buccaneers and break an ancient curse, just don’t lose the Captain’s parrot or you may have to walk the plank! This two-hour nautical adventure features interactive characters, pirate themed activities and plenty of photo opportunities.

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    Small Engines Weekend

    3 – 4 June 2017

    Share the limelight with the rarely seen workhorses of the East Lancashire Railway as these small but powerful engines run intensive passenger services all weekend. Featuring a host of unique locomotives, both diesel and steam, the event will star special guests D9551, GWR 0-6-0 813 and D2298 alongside home fleet engines such as No. 32 “Gothenburg”, “A Class” 12322 and more.

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    What’s on nearby

    So you’re coming for a train ride, but where do you want to go? Well to give you a hand planning a journey we have compiled a list of the top things to do in the local area, so hop on-board and take the voyage to your ideal adventure:

    George and the Dragon – 31 May, 2 June 2017
    The Fusilier Museum, Moss Street, Bury BL9 0DF

    Relive the tale of Brave George’s battle against the mighty dragon at these thrilling artistic events. Fashion your own dragon mask to add to your treasure horde on the 31 May or take the side of Noble George and create a wooden spoon knight or princess to defeat the vile wrym on 2 June!

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    Shark in the Park – 1 June 2017
    The Met, Market Street, Bury BL9 0BW

    A fin-tastic family musical which sees Timothy Pope seeing an out of place sea creature in his local park. A captivating, toe tapping delight from the creative team behind “The Hairy Maclary Show” which adapts all three of Nick Sharratt’s popular shark based children’s books. The show starts at 1pm and tickets cost £10 per person.

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    Summer Open Day – 4th June 2017
    Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum, Maclure Road, Rochdale OL11 1DN

    Discover the story of firefighting at the home of England’s first municipal fire service. This open day will allow you to get up close to vehicle exhibits, dramatic scenes, uniforms, medals, curios and more. Admission is free.

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    Aleena’s Garden – 28th May 2017
    Horse and Bamboo Theatre, Bacup Road, Rossendale BB4 7HBV

    Join Salford based theatre company, Colour The Clouds, for an interactive sensory adventure through the seasons. Ideally suited for early years (and accompanying grown ups) the audience will be led on an exciting journey through the natural world with lights, colour, touch and music.

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    Helmshore Farmers Market – 4th June 2017
    Helmshore Mills Textile Museum, Holcombe Road, Rossendale BB4 4NP

    Browse through a selection of cracking local produce, featuring over 30 stalls providing a great range to choose from! This market takes place in the fascinating Helmshore Mills Textile Museum so why not pop in and explore the area's history?

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