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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 February 2020

Sat 1st Feb 2020: In Steam

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

Stationary Steam

Fri 7th - Sat 8th Feb 2020: Winter Diesel Gala

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

Railways

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

Fri 6th - Sun 8th Mar 2020: Spring Steam Gala

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

Railways

Sun 8th Mar 2020: Steaming Day

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

Stationary Steam

Sun 8th Mar 2020: In Steam

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

Stationary Steam

Sat 14th Mar 2020: Toy & Train Collectors Fair

Crewe Heritage Centre
Vernon Way, Crewe, Cheshire.
Tel: 01270 212 130.

10.30am-3.30pm

Models

Sat 28th - Sun 29th Mar 2020: Manchester Bike Show

EventCity, Trafford Centre, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M41 7TB.
Tel: 01484 667 776.

Motorbikes

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

Sun 5th Apr 2020: In Steam

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

Stationary Steam

Sun 5th Apr 2020: Friendly Engines Day

West Lancashire Light Railway
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
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

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

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 2020
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

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

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

Also the Engine House is in steam too.

Classic Cars / Stationary Steam

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