About the Volunteers Open Weekend
Have you ever dreamed you could have worked on a classic steam railway? The fancy dress, the smell of the coal, the heat of the steam? Alas, those days are long gone - Or are they? Each year the Burr Valley Railway offers an opportunity to join their volunteer staff to help run this vintage steam railway in Norfolk.
The railway hosts this event for those interested to join and volunteer for a host of tasks and jobs that must be completed to maintain and manage the railway. The non-profit organization operates entirely with the mindset of preserving this important cultural heritage for future generations. But they need your help to do it!
If you at least 18-year-old, regardless if you only have a few hours to give or can make a larger commitment, the Volunteers Weekend is your chance. If you are thinking, 'I don’t know anything about working on a steam railway,' they also need help in areas that are related to, but not necessarily 'railway' connected. Looking for a way to use that marketing or accounting degree to improve your community? Perhaps make new friends in the process? Volunteers from all walks of life are welcome and sought.
Bure Valley Railway
The Burr Valley Railway is a non-profit organization. In July 1990, the line reopened with a narrow-gauge track and attracts over 100,000 visitors a year.
Entry To The Event
The volunteer event is free, but while you are there, ride the line from Aylsham to Wroxham. Tickets for adults range from £9 one-way to £14.50 round-trip. Buy a family ticket for 2-adults and 2-children for £37. Check their website for interesting options that include combining your vintage narrow-gauge steam train experience with a boat trip.
Somewhere to Stay in Norfolk
There are many lovely places to stay along the line. In Aylsham, stay at The Black Boys Hotel and overlook the historic and unspoiled market. At Cotishall, stay at the Bridge House Bed and Breakfast for comfortable beds in large rooms, with free Wi-Fi and breakfast. In Wroxham, try Saint Gregory's Bed and Breakfast for en suite bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, and a home-cooked breakfast. But book early, there are only two rooms. Will it be just you and your significant other, have a romantic getaway at Secret Getaways at the Buxton stop.
Getting To Aylsham Station
Driving up from Norwich, use the A1402 to Cromer Road (A140), then follow A140 to Norwich Road in Aylsham. Go straight through the roundabout on Norwich Road and the station will be on the right. Prefer to ride the train to the event? Two options are available. Ride to the Norwich station and ride bus 26 to Castle Meadow and catch the X44 to the stop at the BVR. Or, ride the train the Hoveton & Wroxton station across the street from the BVR Wroxton station. The X44 bus route runs north and south from Cromer to Norwich and has a stop at the BVR station in Aylsham, so one could also ride the train north to Cromer and the bus down to the BVR.
Other Things To Do Around Aylsham
An abundance of interesting places can be found on or near the BVR. In Wroxton, visit the Wroxton Miniatures World to see the world presented in miniature; railways, towns, and nature. Take the children on a wild adventure to BeWILDerwood for zip lines, treehouses, jungle bridges, and storytelling. A short drive to Cromer offers the Cromer Beach and Pier. Also, in Cromer spend some time at the Amazona Zoo with over 200 species of animals indigenous to the Amazon region in South America - not your run of the mill English animals, for sure!
We all search for those things in life that matter and make a difference. Become a volunteer on the Burr Valley Railway and help preserve the heritage and culture of steam trains in England.
When is the next Volunteers Open Weekend?
The Volunteers Open Weekend is planned to take place at Aylsham Station, Norwich Road, Aylsham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR11 6BW, Saturday 2nd March, 2019. This is a Weekend Steam Event.
01263 733 858
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