About the Spring Steam Gala
The town of Kidderminster is the childhood home of Robert Plant, the lead guitarist for Led Zeppelin, and was a centre of carpet manufacture beginning around 1735. Today, people are more likely to be 'cutting the rug' at a Kidderminster dance hall or after having some ale at the Severn Valley Railway Spring Steam Gala held in mid-April.
This is a four-day event running Thursday through Sunday, where visitors can enjoy many activities for the whole family as the train leaves the station in Kidderminster and heads into the scenic countryside.
There will be two and possibly three running locomotives chugging along the six stations of the Severn Valley Railway. The highlights include Bridgnorth, the steepest inland cliff railway in England, the Engine House in Highley, the nearby Arley Arboretum, the Bewdley Town Museum, and the wonderfully recreated station in Kidderminster that will take you back to the 1930s.
Severn Valley Railway
In 1862 the completed Severn Valley Railway line was completed linking Hartlebury with Shrewsbury and several other towns and villages along a 40-mile trail. It lasted until 1963. Two years later, the Severn Valley Railway Society was formed and over the years, the original 5 ½ miles has grown, adding the Highley, Arley, and Bewdley stations in the 1970s and finally the Bridgnorth station in 1983 and Kidderminster station in 1987.
Entry To The Event
The operating hours of the railway will vary depending on if the trains are running and if it is a special event. The Spring Steam Gala is a unique event but the timetables for the trains are not yet established. Please check back for the fares, operating hours and timetables before your arrival. All proceeds go to support the railway. Volunteers and donations are always welcome.
Somewhere to Stay in Worcestershire
Campers, Glampers, and Caravaners will find plenty of sites along A456 west of Kidderminster. The same can be said for B&B and Hotel accommodation with several good hotels in the nearby town of Bewdley.
Getting To Kidderminster Town Station
The A451 from the air looks like a backward C that runs through the middle of Kidderminster. And like a giant insect from a horror movie, there are six spindly 'legs' that lead off in six different directions from the reverse C. Two of the 'legs' head off in an easterly direction, the A456 (Birmingham Road) and the A448 (Comberton Road). Drivers trying to get to the Steam Gala can approach from the east on the A448 or from the west on the A448 from the A451 roundabout. Train and bus services are available but call for the schedules and verify if they have Sunday service.
Other Things To Do Around Kidderminster
Visiting Kidderminster will allow you to explore its rich 'carpet heritage' with a visit to the Museum of Carpet, open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The museum features displays, handloom and power loom demonstrations plus hands-on activities. If you have a soft spot for 16th-century Catholic clergy, visit Harvington Hall, a moated Elizabethan manor house owned by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham. It was once a hiding place for beleaguered priests after its 1580 construction.
Wheelchairs that fall within a 700mm wide by 1200mm long size will fit on specially adapted carriages, but people needing help with mobility issues will need to contact the railway to discuss the details of their visit. Disability-friendly toilets are fitted in some of these vehicles. Trained assistance dogs are welcome. Finally, don’t miss the Severn Valley Railway Spring Steam Gala or you will feel like one of those persecuted priests hiding out at Harvington Hall.
When is the next Spring Steam Gala?
The Spring Steam Gala is planned to take place at Kidderminster Town Station, Comberton Hill, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY10 1QX, Thursday 16th April, 2020. This is a Four Day Steam Event.
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