Coronavirus

Due to the current Corona virus outbreak, many attractions are delaying their 2020 season opening times and event organisers are cancelling or postponing their events.

While we will try to update the information on this site as much as possible, we cannot guarantee to have all the information we would like.

Therefore we urge you to check the latest information on the attraction or event's website or Facebook pages, and to contact them before travelling to avoid disappointment.

steam rallies and events

Events in North West

The North West is rich in heritage attractions including railways, mining heritage sites and transport museums. Here are such delights as the Anderton Boat Lift, the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, the new Lakeland Motor Museum and even the Windermere and Ullswater lake steamers.

The Steam Heritage Guide includes contact details, opening times and description of preservation and heritage attractions across the North West including Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cumberland, Merseyside and Westmorland.

Steam Rallies and Events in April 2020

Sun 5th Apr 2020: In Steam

Ellenroad Engine House 2020
Elizabethan Way, Newhey, Rochdale, Lancashire.
Tel: 07981 391 603.

Stationary Steam

Sun 5th Apr 2020: Friendly Engines Day

West Lancashire Light Railway 2020
Station Road, Hesketh Bank, Nr Preston, Lancashire.
Tel: 01772 815 881.

At least two engines in steam (with friendly faces). Plus fairground attractions.  

Railways

Fri 10th - Mon 13th Apr 2020: Easter Weekend & Manchester Tram Group

Ribble Steam Railway 2020
Chain Caul Road, Riversway Docklands, Preston, Lancashire.
Tel: 01772 728 800.

10.30am-5pm.

Railways

Fri 10th - Mon 13th Apr 2020: Easter Boat Gathering

National Waterways Museum 2020
South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.
Tel: 0151 355 5017.

For the last 42 years, the colourful spectacle of the Easter Boat Gathering has marked the unofficial start to the season. The 43rd event, full of boats,…

Inland Waterways

Sat 11th - Sun 12th Apr 2020: Cumbria Easter Rally

Kirkby Stephen Market Square, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4QT.
Tel: 07769 949 788.

The rally, which is free to both public and exhibitors, has about 250 examples of commercial working vehicles from the last century displayed on about…

Buses / Commercial Vehicles / Miniature Steam / Steam and Vintage Rallies / Tractors

Sun 12th - Mon 13th Apr 2020: Easter Opening Weekend

Anson Engine Museum 2020
Anson Road, Poynton, Cheshire.
Tel: 01625 874 426.

Many engines running (including steam engines), craft centre open, local history model and snack van visiting both days. Looking forward to welcoming everyone…

Stationary Steam

Sat 18th - Sun 19th Apr 2020: Sandbach Transport Festival - postponed

The Commons Car Park, Congleton Road, Sandbach, Cheshire, CW11 1AT.
Tel: 01270 766 238.

This event has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Aircraft / Buses / Classic Cars / Commercial Vehicles / Military / Motorbikes

Sun 19th Apr 2020: Steaming Day

Bancroft Mill Engine 2020
Gillians Lane, Barnoldswick, Lancashire.
Tel: 01695 424 166.

Stationary Steam

Sat 25th - Sun 26th Apr 2020: Spring Diesel Gala

Ribble Steam Railway 2020
Chain Caul Road, Riversway Docklands, Preston, Lancashire.
Tel: 01772 728 800.

10.30am-5pm.

Railways

Steam Rallies and Events in May 2020

Sat 2nd - Sun 3rd May 2020: Day Out with Thomas

East Lancashire Railway 2020
Bury Bolton Street Station, Bolton Street, Bury, Lancashire.
Tel: 0161 764 7790.

Railways / Thomas

Sun 3rd May 2020: Spring Classic Cars

North West Museum of Road Transport 2020
The Old Bus Depot, Hall Street, St Helens, Lancashire.
Tel: 01744 451 681.

In conjunction with North West Casual Classics. Come and see lots of restored classic cars from the last 70 years or so on display in the museum.

Classic Cars

Sun 3rd May 2020: Spring Classic & Vintage Vehicle Show

Ellenroad Engine House 2020
Elizabethan Way, Newhey, Rochdale, Lancashire.
Tel: 07981 391 603.

Also the Engine House is in steam too.

Classic Cars / Stationary Steam

Fri 8th May 2020: Classic Car Show

Gawsworth Hall, Church Lane, Gawsworth, Cheshire, SK11 9RN.

It has long been one of the north west’s most popular rallies, attracting an eclectic mix of classic cars and motorcycles from the turn of the last…

Autojumble / Classic Cars / Motorbikes

Fri 8th - Sun 10th May 2020: Gala

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway 2020
Ravenglass Station, Ravenglass, Cumbria.
Tel: 01229 717 171 .

Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Preservation Society. With a great timetable planned and a couple of visiting engines…

Railways

Fri 8th - Sun 10th May 2020: River Festival Liverpool

Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool, Merseyside, .

The festival is a much loved part of the Liverpool cultural events calendar, and each year, visitors’ flock to the World Heritage Waterfront to be…

Maritime

Fri 8th - Sun 10th May 2020: VE Day Bank Holiday Weekend

Ribble Steam Railway 2020
Chain Caul Road, Riversway Docklands, Preston, Lancashire.
Tel: 01772 728 800.

To Mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, the railway is having a 1940s weekend filled with music and entertainment. 10am-5pm.

Military / Railways

Fri 8th - Sun 10th May 2020: Crafts & Steam

Anson Engine Museum 2020
Anson Road, Poynton, Cheshire.
Tel: 01625 874 426.

Diesel engines running and craft demonstrations.

Stationary Steam

Sat 9th - Sun 10th May 2020: May Day Steamings

Mornington Road, off Chorley Old Road, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL1 4EU.
Tel: 01204 846490.

Free admission (and free unlimited parking on Morrison's supermarket car park site) Our volunteers have rescued and restored 30 old stationary steam…

Stationary Steam

Sat 16th - Sun 17th May 2020: Lancashire Steam Heritage Festival

Lancashire Mining Museum 2020
Higher Green Lane, Astley Green, Tyldesley, Greater Manchester.
Tel: 01942 895 841.

A collaboration event between The LTEC and the Red Rose Steam Society at the Lancashire Mining Museum. Still in the planning stages but we are hoping to…

Miniature Steam / Motorbikes / Organs / Railways / Steam and Vintage Rallies / Tractors

Sat 16th - Sun 17th May 2020: MRX Model Railway Show

Museum of Transport – Greater Manchester 2020
Boyle Street, Cheetham Hill, Manchester, Greater Manchester.
Tel: 0161 205 2122.

Family friendly day out featuring a wide variety of working model railway layouts with over 20 operational model railway layouts set among our historic…

Models

Sun 17th May 2020: Festival of 1000 Classic Cars (TBC)

Cholmondeley Castle, Nr Malpas, Cheshire, SY14 8AH.
Tel: 01484 667 776.

Includes North West Classic Motorcycle Show.

Classic Cars / Motorbikes

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£7.95

February 2020

  • Arthur Napper’s Diary Notes - Part 2
  • ‘Running It’ at Tanfield
  • Down in the Valley – the most important non-ferrous metal mine
  • Drawn to Perfection – Derwent Pencil Museum
  • As Hard As Nails – how nails, needles and sickles were once made
  • To Lesley Garrett – a tender bit of bashing

£4.50

October 2018

  • Down by the Canal – Leawood Pumphouse
  • Homecoming 18 – Dorset WW1 convoy
  • Bricks for the Royal Flying Corps
  • A Steamy 500@50 – Great Dorset Steam Fair
  • Brill Boconnoc
  • London’s Iconic Tower Bridge

£4.25

November 2019

  • Britannia 1915
  • Rarities in Rutland
  • Wartime at Dorset
  • Appealing Waverley
  • Cotswold Classic – South Cerney 2019
  • Newcastle’s R10

£4.50

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