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Severn Valley Railway

(Shropshire Attractions)

Birdgnorth Shropshire England
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Hear the whistle, feel the rumble of the steam engine under your feet and prepare to venture back in time for a journey of discovery.

Climb into your cosy carriage and let the heritage steam locomotives take you on an exciting trip out along our 16-mile line, passing through the stunning scenery of the Severn Valley, from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth.

Hop on and off to explore any of the six, beautifully-restored stations or head to our Engine House Visitor Centre at Highley packed with a wealth of interactive exhibits. Try your hand at engine driving on the footplate of a real steam locomotive, sort the mail in the travelling post office, see the King George VI Royal Carriage and meet the engine that collided with a camel! Enjoy a bite to eat at the on-site restaurant and let the kids burn-off energy on the outdoor adventure playground.

Famous faces, daring-deeds and VE Day celebrations at the Severn Valley Railway 1940s Weekends
DSC 7433aThis year, the Severn Valley Railway's popular Step Back to the 1940s Weekends will mark two momentous landmarks - the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
The entire railway will be transformed into a snapshot of wartime Britain on June 27th-28th and July 4th-5th, with lots to see and do all along the line including a Hellcat tank, thrilling battle re-enactment and wartime wedding, plus evening VE Day-themed Big Band shows on both Saturdays.
Each day, famous faces including Field Marshall Bernard 'Monty' Montgomery, Winston Churchill and King George VI will join a wealth of costumed re-enactors travelling alongside passengers on the intensive wartime service of evacuation trains along the 16-mile line from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth.
Kidderminster Station will host a thrilling fire-fighting re-enactment and vehicle displays thanks to the NFS & AFS Vehicles Group, as well as live entertainment throughout the day with singing trio the Bluebird Belles and the Kalamazoo Dance Band.
Also at Kidderminster, visitors can watch the evacuation of local school children from the town to the safety of the outstanding Severn Valley countryside, chat to the 40s shop keeper and relive a wartime car garage, house, air raid shelter, rest centre and more. The action will even take to the streets, with a Hellcat Tank performing runs down Comberton Hill twice a day.
Those heading to the evening Big Band Shows at Kidderminster on June 27th and July 4th can join in the Victory in Europe celebrations with an evening of song and dance filled with favourites of the period from Glenn Miller, The Andrews Sisters and forces sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn that is sure to get those feet tapping.
A warm-up from the wonderful Hattie Bee starts the evening at 7pm, with the main concert from 7.30pm as the upbeat, toe-tapping Kalamazoo Dance Band and special guests the Bluebird Belles lighten the wartime mood to celebrate VE Day. Amidst lots of patriotic flag-waving, Churchill will address the crowds accompanied by morale-boosting tunes before the celebrations are concluded with a dazzling victory firework display to ensure the night ends with a bang. Separate wristbands must be purchased to attend the evening event.
Guests can even travel to and from the VE Day Big Band Shows in style on board the Severn Valley Venturer Dining Train. Tickets must be booked separately.

DSC 3266a rThroughout all four days Bewdley will host a range of vintage vehicles, clothes & memorabilia stalls, displays from the Women's Timber Corps - often known as the Lumber Jills, and a bombed-out shopkeeper who won't let the bombings stop him from earning a living.
Those visiting Arley station are invited to a wartime wedding on the platform each day and can see an advanced field hospital and weapons display, vintage vehicles, Anderson Shelter and entertainment from 40s crooner Kevin Mack. A thrilling bomb disposal display will take place on the first weekend.
Highley will once again be home to the much-anticipated, explosive Battle re-enactment, re-creating a nail-biting attack on a German Troop Train by allied paratroopers and the French Resistance. Wartime dance lessons and a vintage marketplace full of stalls selling wartime clothing will fill The Engine House while military vehicle displays will take over the car park. Visitors won't want to miss the RAF Operations Room that has set up in the Engine House to coordinate the battle in the skies – and should keep an eye on the sky as there might be a flypast from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (subject to confirmation).
The South Staffordshire Home Guard will take over Hampton Loade Station, protecting this countryside station with drill practice, mock firing-range and target practice. The Home Guard will be preparing for the visit of the some very special guests, led by King George VI who will be greeting evacuees arriving safely in the countryside.
This year, Bridgnorth Station will have a visit from the famous comedy duo Laurel and Hardy who will greet people in the morning. It will also host a number of vintage vehicles and a VE Day-themed evacuee street party with wartime games. Visitors can enjoy live entertainment from The Trixie Bells, Joe Thomas, Roxetes and Brandyn Shaw while sampling local ales from the CAMRA award-winning pub right on the platform.
David Brattan, Chairman of the 1940s organising committee said: ''This year's event will of course celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE day, but will also pay homage to the other big anniversary this year - the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
"This event takes a small army of people to organise and put on every year and we would love as many people as possible to enjoy this light-hearted look back into the Homefront during the second world war and remember the achievements and sacrifices faced by people all over Europe during this period of history.''
Event tickets, dining tickets and VE Day Big Band Show wristbands are available on the special events page at www.svr.co.uk 'Pre-book and save' One-day Rover fares start at £26.30 for adults, £24.60 for seniors and £17.40 for children or £62.90 for a family of two adults and up to four children. Two-day Rover tickets are also available. Wristbands for the Big Band concerts cost £12 each and pre-booking is highly recommended for this extremely popular event.

For more information about the SVR, its events and bookings, visit www.svr.co.uk, call 01562 757900 or see the Severn Valley Railway Official Site or Families pages on Facebook

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The Castle Hotel

(Shropshire Accommodation)

Bishop's Castle Shropshire England
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Offering great value hotel accommodation in Shropshire since 1719

You are in a hotel in Bishops Castle in Shropshire, one of the most charming and unspoilt market towns in England, and conveniently near the medieval towns of Shrewsbury and Ludlow.

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The Coach House

(Shropshire Accommodation)

Bishop's Castle Shropshire England
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A restaurant with rooms offering bed, breakfast, dinner & drinks in a relaxed space. 2AA rosettes for culinary excellence.


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The Coach House

(Shropshire Eating Out)

Bishop's Castle Shropshire England
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A restaurant with rooms offering bed, breakfast, dinner & drinks in a relaxed space. 2AA rosettes for culinary excellence.

The Coach House's ancient building has been providing travellers with hospitality, warmth and comfort since the early 1700s.

Come to Norbury, near Bishop's Castle in the South Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and experience our unique country inn, bed and breakfast, restaurant and bar.

We have seven lovely rooms at the Coach House. Our ancient building is full of character & period features and is decorated in a modern rustic style. The rooms are restful and demonstrate an understated luxury, pampering you without overwhelming.

Also, Sun Cottage next door, a self catered cottage with 2 more rooms for up to 4 people.

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Boscobel House & the Royal Oak

(Shropshire Historic Buildings)

Bishop's Wood Staffordshire England
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Boscobel House was built in about 1632, when John Giffard of Whiteladies converted a timber-framed farmhouse into a hunting lodge.

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