About the Railway Gala and Heritage Transport Show
Stratford-upon-Avon or just Stratford is a town located about 90 miles northwest of London. Everyone knows about the town’s biggest “celebrity”, William Shakespeare. The honour of being the 2nd most well-known celebrity might go to the late Author C Clarke, a sci-fi writer of “2001: A Space Odyssey” fame, or perhaps Gordon Ramsay, the noted celebrity chef. They both have connections with the town. If you travel about 15 miles southwest of Stratford, there is a place called The Valley, near the town of Evesham, where an event that is “second to none” takes place every July, the Railway Gala and Heritage Transport Show.
The host of this event is the Evesham Vale Light Railway (EVLR), a tourist attraction that offers a “delightful train ride by steam train for all the family” that will pass through the scenic countryside of the Vale of Evesham overlooking the Cotswold Hills.
Think of this event as a celebration of anything on wheels as there will be vintage cars, bikes, traction engines, tractors, and much more. The entire fleet of the EVLR will be operating together with the guest locomotives. Visitors can also enjoy the shops and larger stores along with many coffee shops and restaurants. There is a play area for kids near a picnic area and those up for a stroll can walk to the River Avon from the Evesham Vale Station guided by maps that you can get from the train security personnel.
Evesham Vale Light Railway
The EVRL first opened in August of 2002 through the efforts of Jim and Helen Shackell, with help from their family and friends. It is a 15-inch gauge line that runs for about a mile through The Valley containing the scenic fruit orchards. The trains operate all year for private events but normally stick to weekends during the school year and on holidays. In 2012, Adrian and Sandra Corke took over the operations and continue to create the enjoyment with help from a small band of dedicated volunteers.
Entry To The Event
The trains normally run from 10.30 a.m. until 4.30 p.m. from April through October (4:00 p.m. close from November through March) and this will apply for the Railway Gala and Heritage Transport Show. Every 30 minutes a train departs with a return journey taking about 15 minutes. During Bank Holiday weekends the time is reduced to a 20 minute and a two-train operation that will allow visitors to experience a variety of locomotives. The fares are £2.80 for an adult return (round trip) ticket and £1.90 for a single (one way) ticket. Senior tickets are £2.50 (£1.70 single) and kids age 2 to 15 ride for £2.30 (£1.50 single). Those aged 2 and less ride for free. Check with EVRL for any “Rover” ticket for this special event and any last-minute price changes.
Somewhere to Stay in Worcestershire
Campers and Caravaners can enjoy this summer event in their RVs and tent pitches at the Bredon-Vale Caravan and Camping campsite adjacent to the EVRL. Campers interested in touring Shakespeare’s hometown in addition to attending the Transport Show can camp at Dodwell Park, a highly rated campsite near Stratford. Hotels, Inns, and B&Bs are in abundance near Evesham.
Other Things To Do Around The Area
Shakespeare is always a draw for the tourist, but other attractions will lure the traveller with a few spare hours or even days. Kids will enjoy All Things Wild, described as a “scenic retreat with farm animals, lemurs, camels and more, plus a train ride past dinosaur statues.” Abbey Manor is another local historical landmark to see.
Dogs are welcome if they are well behaved. People in wheelchairs will be pleased to know that the coaches are adapted for wheelchair use. The northern car park at Evesham Country Park is where to park your car for free for the Railway Gala and Heritage Transport Show. If you are driving a rental vehicle from Avis, remember that Enterprise, not Hertz, is the largest rental car company in the UK. We don’t know if Avis is still #2.
When is the next Railway Gala and Heritage Transport Show?
The Railway Gala and Heritage Transport Show is planned to take place at The Valley, Evesham,, Worcestershire, WR11 4TP, Saturday 4th July, 2020. This is a Weekend Transport Show.
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