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Wonderful Wheels
Caption: Learn about the fascinating world of wheels

The aim of this visit is to explore wheels and axles. By exploring the vehicles in the museum children will discover the properties of the everyday materials used to create wheels. Children will then design, make and test a moving vehicle of their own.

Key Stage

This activity is recommended for younger children, Early Years and Key Stage 1. If required the activity can be expanded or adapted to suit Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3 or Special Educational Needs groups.


The full and half day visits are primarily offered from October to March with limited availability from April – September. If you wish to combine your journey with a train ride this is only available from April to September.

Options, costs and Booking Information 

Option Full or Half Day  Railway Journey Included Cost per pupil   Booking info
Option 1 Half Day  No  £3.50  Email
Option 2 Full Day   No  £5.00  Email
Option 3  Full Day  Yes  £10.00  Email

Accompanying adults are free.

Activities and Organisation

Options One, Two and Three

  • An introduction to the museum, including a brief look at railways in the past.
  • Make a moving vehicle craft activity: Using card and wooden wheels the children each create a four wheeled vehicle and test to see whether it moves.
  • Time to explore: Bury Transport Museum houses many fascinating heritage vehicles, a wall of totems and plenty of interactive exhibits to keep you busy.

Option Two

  • Investigating Wheels: Looking at different wheels on the museum’s vehicle collection, their features and what makes them suitable for their purpose.
  • Investigating old vehicles: A guided look at the vehicles in the museum comparing vintage and contemporary transportation.
  • Investigating the museum building: Bury Transport Museum is housed in a former railway goods shed. This session guides the children to look for clues to the building’s previous use, and to think about how it operated.

Option Three

  • Railway journey: From stations to scenery there is plenty to see from the windows of your heritage railway carriage. The train waits at Rawtenstall for approximately 20 minutes before making the return journey to Bury. Take the opportunity to photograph your class with the locomotive. An “I Spy” sheet is provided for use on the journey up to Rawtenstall and lunch is eaten on the train.

Trip Timetable

Option 1 (half-day)

10am: Arrival at museum and introduction (start time flexible)
10:30am: “Make a Moving Vehicle” craft activity
11:30am: Time to explore
12:30pm: Departure

Option 2 (full-day)

10am: Arrival at the museum and introduction
10:30am “Make a Moving Vehicle” craft activity
11:30am: Investigate museum building
12 Noon: Lunch (packed lunch required)
12:30pm: Investigate old vehicles (a compare and contrast session looking at some of our vintage vehicles to find clues as to their use)
1:15pm: Time to explore
2pm/2:30pm Departure

Option 3 (full-day with rail journey)

10am: Arrive at Bury Bolton Street Station. Safety talk and introduction
10:30am: Depart for Rawtenstall. “I Spy” sheet provided for use on the journey. Depart Rawtenstall for Bury. Lunch to be eaten on the return trip.
12:00pm: Arrive back into Bury. Finish lunch if needed, walk across to the museum.
12:15pm: Craft activity
1:15pm: Time to explore
2:15pm: Departure

What’s Included

  • Risk assessment
  • Entry to the museum
  • Option Three only: Return railway journey (Bury to Rawtenstall) pulled by a heritage steam locomotive, reserved seats ensure your party travels together.

What to Bring

  • Warm Clothes (the main floor of the museum is unheated and it can be a few degrees colder than it is outside).
  • For Options 2 & 3: Packed lunch required.

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