About the North Bay Railway Tain Gala
Just a bit north of the city of Scarborough is Northstead Manor Gardens. Its oldest and main attraction is the North Bay Railway (NBR), a 20-inch gauge railway, and one of the most long-standing seaside miniature railways in the country. Scarborough is the largest holiday resort on the Yorkshire coast and is famous for its beach chalets and the Scarborough Jazz Festival held in September. September is also when the NBR Train Gala is held, and it often coincides with the Jazz Festival.
Jazz lovers and those that prefer other types of music will want to devote a three to four-hour block of time to attend the Train Gala. This special event is the opportunity to see all the engines running on one day. One ticket allows a visitor to take unlimited rides, including riding on the newer steam engine Georgina.
The Northstead Manor Gardens features two other attractions that will be open along with the NBR. One is the North Bay Skytrail, with rope bridges for those with an adventurous spirit. The other one is the North Bay Lakeside Adventure, with one of the few historic water chutes remaining in England along with other aquatic activities. Before you head off to the Jazz Festival, be sure to have a pint of ale at The Boatman’s Tavern that boasts of being the smallest pub in Yorkshire.
North Bay Railway
On a Saturday afternoon in May of 1931, the locomotive named Neptune was handed over to the Mayor of Scarborough, the Alderman J.W. Butler, who made a short speech and then drove the train from Peasholm Station non-stop to Scalby Mills. The NBR now has three other diesel locomotives named Triton, Poseidon, Robin Hood, all from the early 1930s, and one steam locomotive, Georgina, built-in 2016.
Entry To The Event
All five locomotives are scheduled to be running beginning at 10:00 a.m., and all you need to do is purchase one return ticket and travel along the tracks as much as you like. The cost is only £4.00 per adult and £3.00 per child.
Somewhere to Stay in Yorkshire
Scarborough is a resort town, so there are hundreds of hotels, B&Bs, and about a dozen campsites in the vicinity to fit any budget for those planning to stay the weekend.
Getting To Northstead Manor Gardens
Arriving by boat? If the water is not too cold, just hop off the boat and swim to the North Bay Beach and stroll the ½ mile to the Northstead Manor Gardens. Those arriving in cars will need to navigate to the A165 (Coastal Road) via one of several routes. Those north of Scarborough can access the A165 in Burniston, and those south of the city will head east on the A64 or the A170 that will intersect with the A165.
Other Things To Do Around Scarborough
The NBR Train Gala will take about ½ day to see all there is, but the other ½ day can be spent at the North Bay Skytrail, and the North Bay Lakeside Adventure mentioned earlier. Weekend visitors can spend a day at the North Bay Beach or one of many tourist attractions. The one 'must-see' is the Scarborough Castle, where 3000 years of historical objects are on display, and stunning panoramic views over the dramatic Yorkshire coastline are enjoyed for less than £10.00 per person.
Need to use a wheelchair? Not a problem as this venue is 'family-friendly and accessible for pushchairs, wheelchairs and mobility scooters' and is 100% dog-friendly with dogs on a short leash welcome to travel on the train free of charge. Don’t listen to the song and go to 'Scarborough Fair'. Instead, bring your family to the North Bay Railway Train Gala.
When is the next North Bay Railway Tain Gala?
The North Bay Railway Tain Gala is planned to take place at Northstead Manor Gardens, Burniston Road, Scarborough, Yorkshire, YO12 6PF, Saturday 26th September, 2020. This is a Weekend Railway Event.
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