Friday, June 27, 2008

Head of Steam Events

Although it's not in my portfolio any more, I thought I'd give a quick plug for some forthcoming events at the Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum over the coming summer months.

Local author John Rothwell is giving a talk this Sunday, June 29, about his new book 'Legends of the Ebor Street Gang'. The book, which has a railway background set in North East England, is the story of the generation of youngsters born during the Second World War who grew up in the 1950s, became the rock and roll generation of the 1960s and went on to dominate the second half of the twentieth century. Museum admission is free for those attending the talk, which is being promoted by the Head of Steam and Darlington libraries as part of 2008 Year of Reading. Northern Rail Activity Room, 2pm.

Head of Steam guided tours weekend 2 & 3, 9 &10, 16 & 17 August, follow an actor in costume telling the story of their life. Tours are offered on the hour every hour.

Teddy Bears' Picnic Monday August 25, 10am-4pm. Bring along a teddy and enjoy a picnic. Activities include face painting, games, Punch & Judy and a mini zoo with rabbit, guinea pig, mice, domestic rat, corn snake, four foot boa constrictor snake, big Chinese water dragon, Monitor Lizard, bearded dragon, frog, hairy tarantula, cockroaches, millipedes, giant African land snail, and scorpion. Normal museum prices apply.

Remember, you can buy an annual family pass (allowing free access for up to 2 adults and 2 children for a whole 12 months) for just £15. Bargain!


Anonymous said...

'free access' for £15? How does that work? It's either free - ie no money is exchanged or it isn't!

Anonymous said...

Its the only railway museum I know that charges in the first place.
Only in Darlington!

Darlington Councillor said...

*Sigh* As I think I've blogged before, there has always been charging for admission to the Railway Museum. York and Shildon are free, but that's because they are funded centrally - Head of Steam does not operate on a similar level to York, which is recognised as national provision.

£15 for a family of four for a year represents great value for money in these straitened times. I'd encourage every Darlington family to consider buying a family pass.