Easter at East Lancashire Railway

Egg-citing times in the Irwell Valley, take a trip on the East-er Lancashire Railway!

The Easter School Holidays are here, and while that might be cause for celebration for the little ones, we know that it means you have to find something for them to do during those long, school free days. Fortunately, we’re here to help! We have a wide variety of activities and adventures that will be sure to stave off the holiday humdrums.

During the holidays the railway itself will be taken over by the wierdos of Wonderland and a herd of baby dinosaurs.

We have the grown ups covered as well. A guest locomotive will be dropping by in the form of “Pendennis Castle”, and there are some Dining Experiences lined up that are sure to tickle your tastebuds.

So keep scrolling and make this year’s Easter extra!

Travel to Wonderland

11 April 2024

You’re late for a very important date! Take a tumble down the rabbit hole for an adventure through Wonderland with Alice and friends.

During this weird and wonderful interactive experience you’ll meet your favourite characters from the story, take a ride on a heritage steam train and enjoy an adventure with colourful characters, themed activities and plenty of photo opportunities.


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Dinky Dinosaur Adventure Triceratops

The Dino Adventure

12 April 2024

Want to pet a Pachycephalosaurus, get together with a Triceratops or tickle a T-Rex under the chin? Now’s your chance!

Get up close and personal with a herd of friendly, baby dinosaurs and their palaeontologist pals on a steam train voyage into the distant past. You’ll get to learn all about these adorable critters in this fully interactive experience that is both educational and entertaining.

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Storm the Castle

10 – 14, 20 – 21, 27 – 28 April 2024

4079 “Pendennis Castle” will be visiting the East Lancashire Railway, courtesy of Didcot Railway Centre, as part of her 100th anniversary celebrations.

This is a rare opportunity to ride behind this historic Great Western Locomotive over the testing gradients of the East Lancashire Railway. This engine has a long history, having been built in 1924, and was long known for its superior speed and efficiency.

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Sunday Lunch Family

Sunday Lunch

14 April 2024

Treat the family to a Sunday “Lancastrian” Lunch like no other with sensational views, fresh local produce and a plate that celebrates the best of the region.

This is the perfect way to enjoy a traditional dinner. Expect a sparkling welcome drink and a sumptuous three course, silver served, meal followed by a drink of coffee and an after-dinner chocolate.

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Traditional Luncheon

12, 19 April 2024

Lunch in style on your trip along the ELR with this fabulous, two-course, daytime treat. The perfect opportunity to experience our Pullman-style carriages.

With polished panelling, luxurious furnishings and crisp linen, it’s the ideal way to dine with family and friends whilst you enjoy a locally sourced, classic English lunch. You will even have your own personal server so you can relax knowing every aspect of your experience will be catered for.

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A Fantastic Family Day Out

Looking for something a little less structured? Want to blaze your own trail? Swap the car for a historic steam train and take the family on a fun filled day out on the railway!

Start with a trip through the pretty Queen’s Park in Heywood and follow this up with a visit to Bury Transport Museum. Take a quick break at one of Ramsbottom’s many quaint little cafés before travelling up to Rawtenstall where you can visit the Whitaker Museum.

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