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Didcot Railway Centre

         
Didcot Oxfordshire England
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Major celebrations to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Great Western Society will get underway at Didcot Railway Centre with a gala weekend featuring six locomotives in action on Saturday 31 July and Sunday 1 August. Star attraction is likely to be a powerful American locomotive built in 1945 as part of the war effort and shipped across the Atlantic to Europe.

Locomotive No 6046 will be visiting from the Churnet Valley Railway and is a type known as an S160 and having her in action at Didcot will recall the days when six of the gargantuan American-built locos were based at Didcot in 1943-44. August marks the 60th Anniversary of four schoolboys launching an appeal to save a Great Western Railway engine from being scrapped – the success of that appeal led to the creation of the Great Western Society – the Charity that operates Didcot Railway Centre.

The gala line-up will also include Lambton Colliery No 29 visiting for the Summer from the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Fellow centenarian, recently-restored 1340 "Trojan" – the oldest, working, standard-gauge GWR locomotive – dating from 1897 will also be in action along with the award-winning Saint 2999 "Lady of Legend". Additionally, two of Centre's diesels will play their part in the celebrations with Class 14 D9516 and 08604 "Phantom" which is normally confined to shunting duties taking a turn on passenger workings.

Graham Hukins, Head of Visitor Experience & Marketing commented "We're keen to welcome 6046, as the S160 Class is one of the few types of engine that were based at Didcot in Great Western days that have not made an appearance here during the Society's 60-year history.

"It is three-quarters-of-a-century since American 2-8-0s were allocated to Didcot as part of the US lend-lease programme during the Second World War," he added.

In addition to passenger rides, the event will feature goods trains, demonstrations of the 70ft turntable in action, a chance to see locomotives taking coal from the Grade II Listed 1932 coal stage and dramatic action as a coal truck is propelled up the steep incline to the coal stage – all sights that were once commonplace at the Great Western steam depot.

Tickets are limited and must be booked in advance at DidcotRailwayCentre.org.uk where visitors can also find full details and updates on the event.

Following the gala, the Centre is open at weekends plus Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout August. Full details and bookings can be found at DidcotRailwayCentre.org.uk. On site, visitors can explore almost two centuries of railway heritage set across 21 acres. Steam trains will be running on the Centre's demonstration line offering unlimited rides aboard a train of beautifully restored vintage carriages with each group allocated an individual compartment for their trip.

 

 

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Upton House and Gardens

      
Banbury Oxfordshire England
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A made to measure home

 


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Kelmscott Manor

         
Lechdale Gloucestershire England
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The Manor will be closing at the end of August 2019 for National Lottery Heritage Funded restoration and improvement works. This will start in October and will proceed throughout 2020. We plan to reopen in May 2021 which will be the 150th anniversary of William Morris coming to Kelmscott Manor for the first time.

 


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Stonor House & Park

      
Henley-on-Thams Oxfordshire England
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Stonor Park has been home to the Stonor family for over 850 years. 


 The warm brick facade and Georgian windows conceal medieval buildings dating back to the 12th Century, inside are many original architectural features including the 14th Century Catholic chapel and 12th Century medieval hall which today is the Pantry serving delicious snacks and light lunches. Visitors can view family portraits, old master paintings, artefacts and collections from around the world. Including a small exhibition celebrating the life and work of St Edmund Campion who sought refuge at Stonor during the reformation.

Nestled in a Chiltern valley with stunning views of the fallow deer park full of wild life including buzzards and red kites, visitors can walk through to the 17th Century gardens and terraces and view fountains flowing into the lily ponds.

The latest edition to Stonor is Wonder Woods a stunning adventure play park for our younger visitors.

Stonor Park is host to many exciting events throughout the year from vintage fairs, food festivals to a magnificent fair and house decorated for the festive season.

For more information please contact
[email protected]
www.stonor.com

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Hook Norton Brewery Visitor Centre

      
Hook Norton Oxfordshire England
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Our brewery tours allow our visitors to experience first hand the sights, sounds and smells of brewing beer the Hooky way. Brewery tours start from the Visitors Centre and last approx 2 hours, progress around the brewery where you'll see our original steam engine , learn about our history and how we make our range of delicious beers . After a tour of the stables, if they are in residence you'll be able to see our lovely Shire Horses who still deliver beer to our local pubs in the traditional way. Upon completion of the tour, it's into our Barm Cellar bar for a beer tasting.

 

We run our brewery tours 7 days a week.
Monday to Friday: 11.00am and 2.00pm
Saturday: 10.30am 11.30am 12.30pm 13.30pm 14.30pm Sunday: 10.30am 11.30am 12.30pm 13.30pm
Cost: £15.00 per person PLEASE NOTE: It is essential that you book a brewery tour before arriving.

 

 

EVENING TOURS
Cost : £15.00 per person.
These are a unique way to experience the brewery and are available year round for a minimum group size of 10 people. Payable in advance. Minimum age 18 yrs

 

BREWERY TOUR INFORMATION
Sensible footwear is highly recommended. Regrettably, the Brewery itself is not suitable for people with walking difficulties or children under the age of 12 (this includes babes in arms) as there are many steep stairs to negotiate; the Visitor Centre, Brewery Shop and Museum, however, are easily accessible for both. Please note, the Brewery is a nut free and no smoking site. School educational parties are very welcome as are other groups or clubs. Please contact us on 01608 730384 or email: [email protected]  to discuss your requirements.

 

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