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Poppa’s got a brand new bag… of amazing Father’s Day Gifts! 16 June 2019

There are many different types of Dad in the world - from the hip and moustachioed man of the house to the rough and tumble thrill seeking father - and for every type of dad, there is the perfect type of gift!

The East Lancashire Railway has a range of paternal presents to ensure your old man doesn’t have to settle for socks this Father’s Day. Treat him to a slap up luxury meal on one of our Dining Experiences, do some bonding on a guided Rail Ale Trail or even make his childhood dreams come true on a train driving adventure!

Read on for our top picks for dad days out.

Luxury Dining Experiences

Every Dad worth his pipe and slippers loves his food, which is why the railway’s delectable Dining Experiences make for such a fantastic present. Whatever suits your pater’s palate, we can cater to it.

If your pop wants to be wined and dined then the Red Rose Diners and Premium Nights might be just the ticket, offering an unforgettable taste of Hollywood glitz and glamour alongside a beautifully prepared meal.

If informal family gatherings are more his style you cannot go far wrong with a Mid-Week or Lancastrian Lunch. These afternoon treats are child friendly, meaning you can bring the whole family along to celebrate dad’s special day.

That’s not all, we also host Murder Mystery evenings, Comedy Nights and even Wine and Whisky tasting sessions.

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Drive a Train Experiences

You cannot behold the awesome power of a heritage steam or diesel engine without wondering what it would be like to actually drive one of these magnificent machines. Our Drive a Train Experiences will allow your dad to do exactly that!

Papa dearest will have the choice of driving a meticulously restored steam or diesel engine on this intensive full day experience. Utilizing the whole length of our line, he will get to experience every aspect of operating a locomotive, from shovelling coal to guarding the train.
And that’s only half of the experience as your father will embark on an expertly guided tour behind the scenes of the ELR loco sheds. This is one of the few ways members of the public can take a peek at the nuts and bolts (literally) of heritage railway operation.

Each experience also includes a hot lunch, safety briefing and a certificate for your dad to hang on his wall, ensuring he will remember the day forever!

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Rail Ale Trails

Does your pops love hops? If so then you may want to treat him to one of our ever popular Rail Ale Trails, choosing from a variety of different themes and flavours tailor made to wet any whistle!

These blue badge guided tours will take the lucky recipient on a pleasant stroll (with appropriate steam powered assistance) around the Irwell Valley’s most prized pubs and brilliant bars. They will be regaled with anecdotes from the region’s colourful history whilst sampling the finest ales this side of the Pennines.

For those with more specific tastes there are a variety of specially themed tours, including trails that focus on hiking or ones that explore specific stations or regions. Each tour also includes a hearty pub lunch and a complimentary bottle of ale to enjoy on the day or to take home.

If your dad is a fan of history or just a fan of fine beers, the Rail Ale Trail will make for an amazing present this Father’s Day.

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Photography Experience

For the Father that fancies themselves as a Photographer we have the Photography Experience, which is ideal for those who already have an interest in the hobby as well as those that are just starting out.

Each experience is led by expert tutors who will be on hand to ensure that your Dad gets the most out of the day as they travel the line to seek out unique photos of heritage trains and stunning landscapes.

These experiences are also one of the few ways that visitors can get access behind the scenes of the ELR, enabling them to capture some truly unusual and rare moments whilst they tour the locomotive works.

Attendees will receive a light lunch and a train ride as part of their experience.

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