Wonderful Wheels

Teach enquiring young minds all about wheels and axles on this wheel-y great school day out!

Pupils will learn all about the materials used to make wheels, then roll through interactive activities where they design, make and test a moving vehicle of their very own!

Who’s it for?

Wonderful Wheels is an educational trip recommended for younger Early Years and Key Stage 1 pupils. We can help you expand and adapt the trip to suit Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 pupils, or for groups with Special Educational Needs.

Dates, times & prices

Wonderful Wheels is a full or half day activity, which can be combined with a train ride between the months of April to September. The activity is available on limited days during October to March, but without a railway journey included.

  • Option One – Half Day without Railway Journey
    £3.50 per pupil
  • Option Two Full Day – without Railway Journey
    £5.00 per pupil
  • Option Three Full Day with Railway Journey
    £10.00 per pupil
  • Accompanying Adult Ticket free

Activities

Option one, two and three

  • Guided Introduction: including a look at railways in the past
  • “Make a Moving Vehicle” craft activity: pupils use card and wooden wheels to design, test and build a vehicle and see whether it moves
  • Exploration time: pupils can explore the heritage vehicles, amazing artefacts and interactive exhibits here at Bury Transport Museum

Option two

  • Investigating Wheels: pupils get an up close look at the different wheels on the museum’s vehicles to see what makes them work
  • Investigating Old Vehicles: pupils take a guided tour of the museum’s collection to compare older and newer forms of transport
  • Investigating the Museum: an interactive session that has attendees looking for clues to discover the original use of the museum building, a converted railway goods shed

Option three

  • A Trip on the Rails: there’s plenty to see from the windows of a heritage carriage, and even more to see during a 20 minute stop at Rawtenstall. Pupils are provided with an “I Spy” sheet to help them find interesting sights during the journey, and lunch is eaten on the train.

Trip timetables

Option 1

  • 10am
    Arrival at the museum and introduction
  • 10:30am
    "Make a Moving Vehicle" craft activity
  • 11:30am
    Exploration time
  • 12:30pm
    Departure

Option 2

  • 10am
    Arrival at the museum and introduction
  • 10:30am
    "Make a Moving Vehicle" craft activity
  • 11:30am
    Investigating the Museum
  • 12:00pm
    Lunch time (packed lunches required)
  • 12:30pm
    Investigating Old Vehicles
  • 1:15pm
    Exploration Time
  • 2:00pm – 2:30pm
    Departure

Option 3

  • 10am
    Arrival at Bury Bolton Street Station and safety talk
  • 10:30am
    Departure to Rawtenstall, "I Spy" and return to Bury (lunch eaten on the return trip)
  • 12:00pm
    Arrival at Bury and walk to the museum
  • 12:15pm
    "Make a Moving Vehicle" craft activity
  • 1:15pm
    Exploration time
  • 2:15pm
    Departure
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FAQs

What’s included?
  • Full risk assessment
  • Entry to the museum
  • Return railway journey pulled by a heritage steam locomotive, with reserved seats to keep pupils together (Option Three only)
What should we bring?
  • Warm clothes, as the museum’s main floor is unheated and can be cooler than it is outside
  • Packed lunch (Options Two & Three)
Download our guide

For more information on our Wonderful Wheels educational trip, download our guide.