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Summer Holiday Fun

When: Thursday 27 July 2017 12:00 AM - Sunday 03 September 2017 05:00 PM

We're just bursting with fun activities and adventures this summer holiday...

Follow our fun family trails, take part in a special drop-in activity session at our new Exploration Station, or create your own unique journey through STEAM's story-telling displays.
You can 'drive' the train simulator, climb aboard, walk underneath 80 tonnes of metal, even 'change the signals' in our authentic GWR Signal Box!
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We are delighted to be supporting the Get Kids Out Learning campaign this summer.
Read more about the campaign here. 

Take up our great Kids for a Quid Offer! 

Children aged 3-15 years get to visit STEAM for just £1 per child when accompanied by a full paying adult.
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To get the special price, you just need to print off this page with the voucher below and complete your details before handing it to the STEAM ticket desk. 
Or you can download a pdf file of the voucher by clicking here:
Kids for a Quid voucher.
The voucher can be used any day of the week and is valid
22 July - 3 September 2017. Please note the terms and conditions* for this offer.

STEAM Exploration Station Activities 

Exploration Station - Copy.jpgCheck out our new Exploration Station activities held on STEAM's Station Platform this summer.
New for 2017, we have lots of
action and 'fun science' to get involved with!
These activities are part of our celebrations to mark the 90th Birthday of legendary locomotive, King George V.
 Activities are FREE with STEAM admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders.
Just read on to find out more...

Old News – New Inventions! 

Thursday 24 August, drop-in, 11.00am - 3.00pm
Paracutes1 - Copy.jpgIn the 1920s, more and more passengers were travelling by railway.
So a stronger passenger train , or 'locomotive' was needed.
The Great Western Railway engineer, Charles Collett, took up the challenge to design a stronger and more powerful  engine.
When King George V was built in 1927, the railway had the perfect passenger train: bigger, stronger and faster than what came before.
Join the fun and create your own invention...
Can you build a better passenger carrier than our parachutes?

Meet the Railway Workers

2, 16 and 30 September, 14 and 28 October, 10.00am - 4.00pm
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Step into the fascinating world of steam...
Climb aboard the legendary King George V and the magnificent Caerphilly Castle as you meet our friendly STEAM volunteers.
They will show you how these great machines worked and bring the story of steam to life.
You can also ask them about other exhibits and objects in the Museum.
Get your special GWR Certificate when you successfully change the points in our GWR Signal Box!  
This unique experience is free with admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders.   

Special Detective Activity Box (Age guide: 6-12 yrs)

Available every day, 10.00am – 5.00pm
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Have heaps of fun following clues on our mystery activity trail!
Our unique STEAM Detective Box includes a fun mystery trail that takes you around the Museum plus GWR puzzles.
The box comes complete with a magnifying glass and secret message pen.
So get set for uncovering important evidence as you explore intriguing
hands-on objects and famous steam engines! 
Cost: £5 per box (in addition to STEAM admission). 

Track It Down Trail (Under 5 yrs)

Available every day
This fun trail encourages children to get involved with STEAM’s interactive displays and hand-on exhibits. Have fun on your adventure as you hunt for objects, shapes and colours!
Free with admission.

Work It Out! Trail (5-9 years)  

Available every day
Take up the challenge and work out the answers to some intriguing GWR questions as you follow this trail. It all adds to the fun as you explore magnificent engines and hands-on displays.
Free with admission.

Steam Admission Tickets 

For STEAM admission details, please click here: Steam Tickets

Platform One Café

Don't forget, first class refreshments are available at our Platform One Café. Click here to find out more: Platform One Café

We look forward to welcoming you soon!

* Kids for a Quid Voucher Terms and Conditions:
This offer is valid between 22 July and 3 September 2017.
Up to four children visit for £1.00 each when accompanied by a full paying adult.

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