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February Half Term Fun

When: Saturday 11 February 2017 12:00 AM - Sunday 19 February 2017 05:00 PM

Join us this February Half-term for fabulous fun-filled adventures…

Get up close and climb aboard* magnificent locomotives, be a signalman in the GWR interactive Signal Box and ‘drive’ the steam train simulator while travelling through STEAM’s story-telling displays!
New for February Half-term, we have 'Old News - New Inventions!' activity sessions where you'll get to create some new inventions with our friendly learning team.
We also have a wide range of activity trails to suit your child's ability - free with admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders - simply collect one from STEAM reception.  
All you need is imagination!

Special Half-Term Activities:

Old News – New Inventions! Activity Sessions (Age guide: 6-11 yrs)

Wednesday 15 February (Drop-in): 11.00am-3.00pm

Have fun with our friendly learning team, creating new inventions as well as learning about old ones!

This Half-term activity celebrates the 90th Birthday of King George V - the legendary loco, built in 1927, on the very same ground where our STEAM Museum stands today! See below for details of our new exhibition too.)

These sessions are free with STEAM admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders.  

Meet the Railway Workers (All ages)

18 February, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm 
Take this amazing opportunity to meet real GWR engine drivers and signalmen who will show you the controls and bring the great railway story to life!
Just head for No. 4073 Caerphilly Castle and you’ll find our friendly STEAM volunteers to welcome you aboard!
Children also get a special GWR certificate when they ‘change the points’ in STEAM’s authentic GWR Signal Box.  
This unique experience is free with standard admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders. 

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

Available every day, 10.00am – 5.00pm

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!

You can buy the activity box at the STEAM Shop. 

Cost: £5 per box in addition to the standard STEAM ticket price. 

Find the Numbers Trail (Age guide: 5-9 yrs)  

Every day, 10.00am – 5.00pm

As you travel around the Museum, you’ll see many different numbers, big and small. Follow our fascinating trail to find numbers in some very surprising places! Free with standard admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders.  

Track It Down Trail (Age guide: under 5 yrs)   

Every day, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Add to the fun with this trail that takes you through the Museum. 
Hunt for objects, shapes and colours and get  really involved with STEAM’s interactive displays and hands-on exhibits.
Free with standard admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders. 

Work It Out! Trail (Age guide: 5-9 yrs)

Every Day, 10.00 am - 5.00 pm 
Take up the challenge and explore famous locomotives, even walk underneath 80 tonnes of metal as you work out the answers to some intriguing questions.
Free with standard admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders. 

*New* Exhibition: 

1927 - Have I Got Old News for You 

Don't miss this  quirky exhibition (in the Museum's Speed to the West area), looking at important GWR and worldwide events happening in 1927 (the year King George V was built.) This exhibition is part of our special 'KGV90' year as we celebrate King George V's 90th Birthday! 
Free with standard admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders.

Play Areas for Young Children

Every Day, 10.00 am - 5.00 pm

Very young children really get to use their imagination with the Museum’s dedicated play areas which include play tables for colouring fun and interactive wooden toys, specially designed for little ones.

Platform One Café

Open Every Day, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm

To keep everyone's energy levels up, the Museum's Platform One Café has a whole range of tempting meals and refreshments to suit all tastes and budgets. (There’s a 5% discount in the Café to STEAM Season Ticket holders too.)  

STEAM Season Tickets** Offer Amazing Value 

Did you know that a STEAM Season Ticket pays for itself in just two visits! It's easy to apply and you can get your ticket straight away at the STEAM ticket desk. So what are you waiting for? See our Season Ticket prices:

Adult: £17.00

Child: (3 -16 yrs): £13.00 each

Senior: £14.00

Student: £13.00

Family (1 adult + 1 child): £25.00

Family (2 adults + 1 child): £31.00

Family (2 adults + 2 children): £37.00

Family (2 adults + 3 children): £41.00

For terms and conditions, please see STEAM Season Ticket

Good to Know 

STEAM is fully accessible and opens every day, 10.00 am - 5.00 pm, with last admission at 4.00 pm.
Please note that under 16s must be supervised by an adult at STEAM.
To make the most of your time at STEAM, it's best to allow around two hours for your visit.
There’s free parking at the Swindon Designer Outlet car parks. Please ask for details at the STEAM ticket desk.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
 *You can 'climb aboard' and get onto the footplate of No. 6000 King George V and No. 4073 Caerphilly Castle at our fortnightly Meet the Railway Workers events.
** Season Tickets give you a whole year of unlimited visits to STEAM, excluding special events. 








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