Adventures in the Irwell Valley
Have you ever sailed a galleon on the seven seas, tickled a T-Rex under the chin or walked like an Egyptian with an ancient Egyptian? This year the East Lancashire Railway is broadening its horizons with a host of exciting adventures spanning all of time and space, from the sandy coves of Neverland and the sweltering swamps of the Jurassic jungle to the tottering towers of the Grand Old School of Wizardry and beyond.
Pack your bag, put on your explorers hat and set out on an Adventure!
Each one of our adventures will see you explore a different story alongside a quirky cast of characters including ancient explorers, pesky pirates and madcap magicians.
Once they have arrived in Bury and been introduced to your adventuring companions, your family will board a steam train for a return trip to Rawtenstall and back. During this journey you will take part in interactive activities to help save the day, defeat the villains and make it back home again. You may even have the chance to sing a song or two on the way.
What kind of Adventurer are you?
There are several different adventures available:
Prehistoric Pandemonium – The Dinky Dino Adventure
Perfect for animal lovers and safari fans! Join an expedition into prehistory and get up close and personal with a herd of diminutive dinos including a toddler of a tyrannosaur and a tiny triceratops. You will learn all there is to know about these amazing creatures and be well on your way to becoming a palaeontologist of the future.
Magical Mischief – The Wizarding Adventure
For mysterious adventurers with a taste for Magic. Board the Wizard Express and set off for your first day at the Grand Old School of Wizardry! Wannabe witches and wizards will practice their potions and brush up on their broomstick skills, just make sure you keep an eye out for the evil warlocks who are sure to try and mess up graduation!
Swashbuckling Shenanigans – The Pirate Adventure
Is it a pirate’s life for you? Then join the crew of Bury’s most notorious buccaneers for a steam powered adventure on the seven seas. Like all good pirates, you will be taught the basics of treasure hunting, singing sea shanties and (if there’s time) a little bit of swashbuckling. You might even get the chance to test your sea-dog skills against some rival privateers!
Historical Hijinks: The Ancient Adventure
Ideal for awesome adventurers who love the idea of raiding tombs and discovering secrets from the distant past. You will take a journey on a time travelling steam train to swap anecdotes with ancient Egyptians, gad about with some Greek Gods and go roaming with some Romans. It’s time for you to become a part of history!
Enchanting Escapades: The Neverland Adventure
For those looking for a high-flying adventure to get “hooked” on. Join some Neverland favourites on an enchanting adventure. Will you pester some Pirates, or maybe find some lost boys? There's only one way to find out, grab a pocket full of fairy dust and start thinking happy thoughts!
Dates and Times
Important Information and Getting Here
Each experience begins at Bury Bolton Street Station. Please visit our timetable page for information on any other train services running on the date of your visit.
The Pop Up Shop will be open during the event.
For information on how to find Bury Bolton Street Station, as well as a helpful guide to local transportation links and parking spaces, please visit our Getting Here page.
Performance Company: Funcast