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Summer Holiday Fun

When: Friday 27 July 2018 12:00 AM - Sunday 02 September 2018 04:00 PM

Step into Summer Holiday Fun at STEAM  

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There's plenty of action and exploration to be had at STEAM this summer!
Children will love to follow our fun family trails, take part in a special drop-in activity session, or create their own unique journey through our story-telling displays. 
Whatever your age, there really is something for everyone at STEAM.
We invite you to climb aboard,  'drive' the train simulator, walk underneath 80 tonnes of metal - even 'change the signals' in our authentic GWR Signal Box!
 So take a look at what's on offer over the coming weeks...

Exploration Station Drop-In Days

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Our brilliant drop-in days are hosted by our friendly Learning Team.
Just head for STEAM's very own Station Platform.  
Our sessions are themed to complement our three special exhibitions for 2018.
So come and join the fun as we explore the fascinating publicity and branding activities of the GWR.
Choose your favourite session as below, or come to them all!

All Aboard the Holiday Express! 

Thursday 2 August, drop-in, 11.00am - 3.00pm
The GWR rail network took passengers to holiday destinations all over the country! Join us and create your own holiday train from recycled household items (included). 
This drop-in activity is FREE with admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders.

Brand the World* 

Thursday 9 August, drop-in, 11.00am - 3.00pm
Join the fun and learn how the GWR branded all items made or sold by the company. Brand your own colourful objects! All materials provided.
*Please note, a small charge applies for this activity.


Thursday 23 August, 11.00am - 3.00pm
Create your own badge to take home with this fun activity and be inspired by the GWR's powerful and world-famous logo! 
*Please note, a small charge applies for this activity.

Kids For a Quid - Summer Holiday Offer!


Children aged 3-15 years get to visit STEAM for just £1 per child when accompanied by a full paying adult.

To get the special price, you just need to print off this page or click here to download voucher.

Please enter your postcode onto the voucher before handing it to the STEAM ticket desk.

Kids for a Quid Voucher Terms and Conditions:

This offer is valid between 27 July and  2 September 2018.

Up to four children visit for £1.00 each when accompanied by a full paying adult.



Meet the Railway Workers

28 July; 11 and 25 August, 10.00am - 4.00pm
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Step into the fascinating world of steam as you meet our friendly 'Meet the Railway Workers' volunteers!
Here's your chance to climb aboard No. 6000 King George V, No. 3440 City of Truro and No. 4073 Caerphilly Castle. Ask our volunteers any questions you like - they'll even show you the controls.  
Get your special GWR Certificate when you successfully change the points in our GWR Signal Box!  
This event is free with admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders.   

GWR Summer Fun Trail *NEW* 

Available every day
Everyone will love this new trail as we celebrate GWR and summer!
Free with admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders.

Track It Down Trail

Available every day
Get involved with STEAM’s interactive displays and hands-on exhibits as you hunt for objects, shapes and colours!
Free with admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders.

Work It Out! Trail   

Available every day
You'll get to explore magnificent engines and hands-on displays as you take up fun challenges, including some intriguing GWR questions.
Free with admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders.

STEAM New Exhibitions

Discover the exciting and colourful range of publicity posters produced by the GWR in the 1920s and 30s - encouraging people to travel to beautiful holiday destinations by train. You'll find this exhibition in the 'Speed to the West' area of the Museum.
The GWR Publicity  Machine* 


Explore the many items of GWR merchandise that have GWR branding and find out how the Company used the iconic Art Deco GWR Roundel to make the GWR Part of people's everyday lives. How many items will you find? Located in the special exhibition area on STEAM's Station Platform.  


GWR with Everything* (NEW for the Summer Holidays!)

Check out how the GWR managed to get its name on just about everything. From luxury leisure items to toilet roll holders and even loo paper! You will be surprised as you discover items ranging from the everyday to the totally unexpected! Located on the mezzanine exhibition area, overlooking STEAM's Station Platform.

Alll exhibitions are FREE with admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders.

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Steam Admission Tickets 

For STEAM admission details, please click here: Steam Tickets Why not grab yourself a whole year's STEAM admission* at a bargain price with a
*Excluding special events.

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!

STEAM - Museum of the
Great Western Railway

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