Bluebell’s new SteamWorks (+ Scream Train discount!)
New interactive fun for children and a half term science fest to celebrate
Bluebell Railway has a new interactive experience called SteamWorks opening at Sheffield Park station in time for half term, with a special weekend of activities to celebrate.
The formerly dingy railway shed has been transformed with touchsceen displays, information boards and hands-on areas that teach children basic engineering, like how a train responds to oil. New walkways have been built to allow better access to the trains. You’ll even even be able to climb on the footplate of some of the engines.
Kids can have a go in to the driving simulator and there’s also a moving display showing how an engine’s boiler works, based on Bluebell’s Stepney locomotive (as seen in the Thomas the Tank engine books).
To celebrate the opening of SteamWorks, Bluebell is holding a special two-day Family Festival on 20 and 21 October, free with station admission.
Blast Science will be putting on a Family Forces science show – with live physics experiments and plenty of laughs.
Weald Technology will have a range of hands-on activities. See how capacitors, batteries and solar power can drive a car’s wheels, use circuit boards to test a propeller and light bulb, see how wind turbines generate and store electricity and test different electric cars on a track.
A Cultural Carriage will be full of fun experiments, music making, book readings and more. A Steam Works activity book has also been launched aimed at children aged 7 – 11.
Platform tickets – allowing admission to the station at Sheffield Park are £3 for adults, £1.50 for children. Check the website for prices if you want to add a train ride. There’s also a museum at the station with children’s trails.
Meanwhile, looking ahead to Halloween, Bluebell has spooky and proper scary Halloween rides this October, one for kids, one for braver teens and adults.
From 24 – 28 Oct, youngsters can meet Brigid the witch and her hapless sidekick Brian the wizard for fiendish fun and games, tricks, treats and more on the Halloween Scream Train from Sheffield Park to Horsted Keynes station and back.
Meanwhile 14+ passengers can brave the Dystopia Station immersive experience (29-31 Oct) with a return ride from either Sheffield Park or East Grinstead joined by characters in the middle of a frightening epidemic.
Tickets are £16 for the Scream Train, £30 for Dystopia Station. Under 18s must be with an adult.
Advance booking is essential. Use the code MSH18 for a 50% Muddy discount on child fares!