Easter at the East Lancashire Railway
In need of some inspiration for the upcoming Easter Break?
Whether you are planning a trip out with friends, need something to keep the kids entertained or looking for a way to treat a loved one to something special, the East Lancashire Railway offers a packed programme of activities throughout the Easter break!
East Lancashire Railway Events
The railway itself is hosting a number of family friendly events right on your doorstep.
Bury Transport Museum Children’s Craft Workshop, 16 April
Bury Transport Museum provides the perfect diversion to keep the little ones busy during those long, school free days. These craft workshops see you building anything from a station master puppet to a moving model vehicle. Click here for more information.
Classic Bike Rally, 20 April
Make your Easter that much more “Awesome” by taking in a display of classic motor bikes in Bury Transport Museum yard. Pre-booked exhibitors attending the event will enjoy free travel on the railway for themselves and one passenger. Click here for more information.
Easter Bonnet Celebration, 21 April
Join us as we ring in the spring with out Easter Bonnet celebration. Any lady, young or old, who visits the ELR while wearing an Easter Bonnet will receive free travel on the East Lancashire Railway when accompanied by a full line return paying passenger. For further information click here.
The East Lancashire Railway is the only way to travel as you explore the local area to take in these Easter treats!
The Children’s Variety Adventure, Heywood Civic Centre, 5 – 6 April
The Children’s Variety Adventure tells the story of The Girl, The Wicked Witch and The Entertainer as they travel through the strange land of Mysteria. This action packed family show is perfect for all children aged 5 to 105! Tickets cost £9 per adult, £7.50 per child or £30 for a family ticket. For more information and to book ring 0300 303 8399.
Saturday Art Activities at Bury Art Museum
Running on selected Saturdays throughout the year, prepare to be inspired by the exhibitions, collections and the artistic staff to get creative! These art workshops explore a range of themes, using a wide variety of media. These workshops are suitable for ages 4 to 12. For more information phone 0161 253 5878.
Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival, 12 – 13 April
What better way to celebrate Easter than to indulge yourself at the popular Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival. Enjoy a giant bouncy castle, face painting and glitter tattoos, a raffle stall with fantastic prizes to be won, fudge and cupcakes and much more. You can even make your own Easter Lollipop at the mini chocolate factory. For more information click here.
Rawtenstall Easter Artisan Fine Food and Craft Market, Rawtenstall Square, 30 March – 1 April
This year’s Fine Food and Craft Artisan Markets have an Easter flavour. Come and spend time looking around excellent stalls run by local traders, feast on fine food, purchase home-made crafts and get your feet tapping to 1930s and 1940s music courtesy of The Cotton Town Hot Club.
Things to do with the family
Just want to explore? The East Lancashire Railway can be your gateway to great Easter adventures right on your doorstep.
Soak in some culture in Bury
This bustling town became successful during the industrial revolution and the atmosphere is still very much that of a thriving Victorian town, from the beautiful Dickensian buildings to the charming indoor market.
- Browse for bargains at the world famous Bury Market
- Learn about the towns heroic heritage at the Fusilier Museum
- Take in a show at The Met Theatre
Monkey business in Heywood
Nicknamed Monkey Town according to local lore, Heywood is the perfect place to relax after a busy day, with plenty to see and do.
- Be entertained at the Heywood Civic Centre
- Take a stroll around Victorian Queen’s Park
- Visit the Touchstones Art Gallery and Museum
Welcome to Ramsbottom
A popular stop along the East Lancashire Railway line, this populous mill town is part of the legacy of British Prime Minister and local lad Sir Robert Peel, whose monument atop Holcombe Hill overlooks the town. Enjoy the country village feel of this pleasant town!
- Spoil yourself at the Chocolate Cafe
- Indulge in fine dining at Ramsons restaurant
- Have a wander around picturesque Nuttal Park
Ride up to Rawtenstall
This historic textile town is the terminus of the line from Bury, but it doesn’t have to be the end of your day out on the East Lancashire Railway!
- Sample home-made soft drinks from the last original Temperance Bar in Britain, Fitzpatrick’s
- Don’t miss Helmshore Textile Museum in Rossendale
- Take to the slopes at Ski Rossendale for a day out with a difference