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 December 2019

Sat 7th - Sun 22nd Dec 2019: Santa Specials

South Tynedale Railway
The Railway Station, Alston, Cumbria.
Tel: 01434 381 696.

Visit website for more details and booking.

Railways / Santa

Sat 7th - Sun 8th Dec 2019: The Christmas Cracker

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

A wide range of books, models and collectables for sale plus a display of vehicles. An unusual shopping trip can be capped with a ride back in time, as…

Buses / Commercial Vehicles / Models

Sat 7th - Tue 24th Dec 2019: Meet Father Christmas

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

Visit website for more details and booking.

Inland Waterways / Santa

Sat 7th Dec 2019: Santa Event

Kirby Stephen East Heritage Centre
South Road , Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria.
Tel: 01768 371 700.

Railways / Santa

Sun 8th - Sun 22nd Dec 2019: Santa Specials

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

Visit website for more details and advanced booking. Children meet Santa and receive a present. Adults get a free mince pie! Hot dogs and hot drinks…

Railways / Santa

Sat 14th - Sun 15th Dec 2019: Father Christmas Weekend

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

Visit website for more details and booking.

Buses / Models / Santa

Celebrate the start of the Christmas season with festive fun for all the family, including music and traditional crafts and games, steam engines, the Rivendell…

Industrial / Santa

Sun 15th Dec 2019: Christmas Magic Cruise with Santa

Ullswater ‘Steamers’
The Pier House, Glenridding, Cumbria.
Tel: 01768 482 229.

A festive treat and fun for all! Be entertained by Stu-Di-Doo’s fabulous Christmas magic show and meet Santa to hand over that all important letter.…

Maritime / Santa

Visit website for more details and booking. Trains will run at 12, 1 and 2pm. Mince Pies, Mulled Wine and Presents.

Industrial / Railways / Santa

Sat 28th - Sun 29th Dec 2019: In Steam

Bolton Steam Museum
Mornington Road, off Chorley Old Road, Bolton, Greater Manchester.
Tel: 01204 846 490.

The largest collection of working textile mill steam engines in the country. 10am-4pm both days. Free entry, and free unlimited parking on the Supermarket…

Industrial / Stationary Steam

Steam Rallies and Events in February 2020

Sun 23rd Feb 2020: Morris Minor Show

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

Classic cars from the 1940s to the 1970s.

Classic Cars

Steam Rallies and Events in March 2020

Sun 1st Mar 2020: Spring Bus Running Day

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

Free heritage bus rides around St Helens. Bus connections to Rainhill Model Railway Exhibition and Lea Green station.

Buses

Sun 8th Mar 2020: Steaming Day

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

Stationary Steam

Sat 28th - Sun 29th Mar 2020: Spring Steam Gala

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

Railways

Sat 28th - Sun 29th Mar 2020: Spring Spectacular

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

A wide range of books, models and collectables for sale plus a display of vehicles. An unusual shopping trip can be capped with a ride back in time, as…

Buses / Models

Sun 29th Mar 2020: Centenary Celebration Steaming

Bancroft Mill, Gillians Lane, Barnoldswick, Lancashire, BB18 5QR.
Tel: 01695 424 166.

Vist website for more details on this event.

Stationary Steam

Steam Rallies and Events in April 2020

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

Ribble Steam Railway
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
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 18th - Sun 19th Apr 2020: Sandbach Transport Festival

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

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

Sun 19th Apr 2020: Steaming Day

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

Stationary Steam

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

Ribble Steam Railway
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
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
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

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

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