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Diesel Gala

Diesel Gala - Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 April 2014 Our popular diesel gala returns for a second year, this year with a shunter theme emerging. We are pleased to confirm BR Class 09 09004 will be joining us from the Swindon & Cricklade Railway. Also visiting is BR Class 08 08822 from First Great Western's St. Philips Marsh depot. The locomotive roster confirmed:  

Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day – Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 May 2014   Come and visit the Avon Valley Railway for an enjoyable day of fun activities for all of the family. This year our special guest Peppa Pig and George Pig with meet all of the children at intervals throughout the day. Watch a video of last year's Family Fun Weekend to see what all the fuss is about!  Fun activities

Upcoming dates

Our next 2 family fun day dates:

  • 10th May 14
    Spaces available
  • 11th May 14
    Spaces available

See all dates for family fun day.

Steam & Cuisine

2014 Sunday Luncheon

Upcoming dates

Our next 2 steam & cuisine dates:

  • 27th Apr 14
    Menu B
    Fully booked
  • 1st Jun 14
    Menu A
    Spaces available

See all dates for steam & cuisine.

Fares

  • Adults from £36.00
  • Children from £23.50

See all prices for steam & cuisine.

Bitton Bistro

Join us for our Two Course Bitton Bistro If you want a meal to remember, look no further than our Bitton Bistro dining trains. Departing at 12:15 on several Sundays throughout the year, this dining experience involves a number of 6-mile round trips, each lasting approximately an hour, a delicious two-course meal and coffee & mints.

Upcoming dates

Our next 2 bitton bistro dates:

  • 29th Jun 14
    Spaces available
  • 3rd Aug 14
    Spaces available

See all dates for bitton bistro.

Fares

  • Adults from £25.00
  • Children from £20.00

See all prices for bitton bistro.

Murder Mystery

Set within the classic detective genre, you are invited to join us for an evening of mystery and murder. The victim(s) and suspects will gather just before departure on the station platform for an exciting evening aboard the Avon Valley Express.

Upcoming dates

Our next 2 murder mystery dates:

  • 17th May 14
    Limited availability
  • 21st Jun 14
    Limited availability

See all dates for murder mystery.

Driver Experience Courses

Was your childhood dream to drive a steam locomotive? Well, here's your chance! We run a series of half and full day courses giving you the chance of a lifetime to realise your dream - to drive and fire a steam locomotive.

Upcoming dates

Our next 2 driver experience courses dates:

  • 17th May 14
    Course B
    Spaces available
  • 14th Jun 14
    Course A
    Spaces available

See all dates for driver experience courses.

Children's Birthday Parties

Give your child a birthday party to remember on one of our trains. We can provide reserved seating for up to 16, 32 or 64 people in one of our 1950s railway carriages on most steam and diesel operating days between Easter and October. Sessions can be booked for either morning (11:00 to 13:15) or afternoon (14:45 to 17:00).

Fares

  • Adults from £6.50
  • Children from £5.00

See all prices for children's birthday parties.

11th Bitton Beer Festival

11th Bitton Beer Festival Entry wristbands are now available to purchase for this year's Bitton Beer Festival. Building on the success of last year's 10th anniversary celebrations, we are working on this year's event and ale list. A wide selection of real ales and ciders will be available with light snacks and nibbles available from the station buffet.

Upcoming dates

Our next 2 11th bitton beer festival dates:

  • 6th Jun 14
    Evening session
    Spaces available
  • 6th Jun 14
    Afternoon session
    Spaces available

See all dates for 11th bitton beer festival.

Teddy Bears Picnic

It's a Great Day Out For Kids! Come and visit us on this special occasion. Children who bring their Teddy Bears will travel FREE of charge on both the steam and diesel hauled trains. There will also be a number of other activities to keep the children amused, including (all subject to availability):

Upcoming dates

Our next 1 teddy bears picnic dates:

  • 21st Sep 14
    Turn up on the day

See all dates for teddy bears picnic.

Fares

  • Adults from £7.00
  • Children from £5.50

See all prices for teddy bears picnic.

Evening Curry Train

If you are looking for a relaxing evening out, look no further than the Avon Valley Railway’s Curry Train. Our Curry Evening Special departs Bitton Station on Wednesday 23rd July 14 and Wednesday 13th  August 14 at 7.15pm. Board our set train at Bitton and enjoy a leisurely journey along the Avon Valley Railway.

Upcoming dates

Our next 2 evening curry train dates:

  • 23rd Jul 14
    Spaces available
  • 13th Aug 14
    Spaces available

See all dates for evening curry train.

Evening Pie 'n' Pint Train

If you are looking for a relaxing evening out, look no further than the Avon Valley Railway’s Pie ‘n’ Pint Evening The  Pie ‘n’ Pint Special departs Bitton Station on Wednesday 30th July 14 and Wednesday 20th  August 14 at 7.15pm. Board our set train at Bitton and enjoy a leisurely journey along the Avon Valley Railway.

Upcoming dates

Our next 2 evening pie 'n' pint train dates:

  • 30th Jul 14
    Spaces available
  • 20th Aug 14
    Spaces available

See all dates for evening pie 'n' pint train.

Vintage Bus Rally

Our annual Vintage Bus Rally provides the visitor with a rare opportunity to see and travel on a number of different forms of heritage transport in one day. Organised jointly by the Avon Valley Railway and the Bristol Vintage Bus Group, the focus of the event will be a static display of vintage buses at the Brislington Park and Ride site, just off the A4 between Bristol and Bath. This will also be the main parking site for visitors on the day, which is free.

Upcoming dates

Our next 1 vintage bus rally dates:

  • 10th Aug 14
    Turn up on the day

See all dates for vintage bus rally.

Railwayana Valuation Day

Hunt for more railway antiques.

Upcoming dates

Our next 1 railwayana valuation day dates:

  • 31st Aug 14
    Turn up on the day

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1940s Weekend

1940s Weekend Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 September   Join us for our 1940s Weekend to relive what life was like during the war years. A mixture of displays and hands-on activities will portray what the war meant to the everyday lives of the civilian, military personnel and, of course, the railway.  While not compulsory, visitors are encouraged to dress up in period costume or allied military dress and soak up the atmosphere. 

Upcoming dates

Our next 2 1940s weekend dates:

  • 27th Sep 14
    Turn up on the day
  • 28th Sep 14
    Turn up on the day

See all dates for 1940s weekend.

End of Season Gala

General informationLast years Gala featuring GWR 78xx Manor Class No. 7822 ‘Foxcote Manor as our guest locomotive was a huge success. Foxcote Manor was built in 1950 at British Railway’s Swindon works. It was part of a post-war batch of 10 locomotives built at the works, taking the total number of Manor’s to 30. The engine is now based at the Llangollen Railway.

Upcoming dates

Our next 2 end of season gala dates:

  • 18th Oct 14
    Spaces available
  • 18th Oct 14
    Spaces available

See all dates for end of season gala.

Fish 'n' Chips

If you are looking for a relaxing evening out, look no further than the Avon Valley Railway's Fish 'n' Chips train. Our Fish 'n' Chips Evening Special departs Bitton Station on Wednesday 9th July 2014 and Wednesday 6th August 2014 at 7.15pm. Board our set train at Bitton and enjoy a leisurely journey along the Avon Valley Railway.

Upcoming dates

Our next 2 fish 'n' chips dates:

  • 9th Jul 14
    Spaces available
  • 6th Aug 14
    Spaces available

See all dates for fish 'n' chips.

Halloween Half Term

Further details of our Halloween Half Term trains will be provided here soon!  

Music Trains & Music Carriages

Upcoming events              Tuesday 8th April - Glowglobes

Santa Special

Steam into Christmas with the Avon Valley Railway Ho-ho-ho! Come and see Santa on the Avon Valley Railway! Every child wants to see Father Christmas at Christmas time, but busy shops with long queues full of children waiting up to a couple of hours can quickly drain you of your Christmas cheer.

Upcoming dates

Our next 2 santa special dates:

  • 30th Nov 14
    Spaces available
  • 6th Dec 14
    Spaces available

See all dates for santa special.

Fares

  • Adults from £9.00
  • Children from £5.00

See all prices for santa special.

Sherry & Mince Pie Specials

DON'T FORGET! After the indulgence of Christmas Day why not take the family for a relaxing trip on the Avon Valley Railway? Our popular Sherry and Mince Pie Specials will be running on the following dates: 26th, 27th,28th and 1st January 2015. Trains will depart Bitton at 11.00am, 12.15pm, 1.30pm and 2.45pm.

Upcoming dates

Our next 2 sherry & mince pie specials dates:

  • 26th Dec 14
    Spaces available
  • 27th Dec 14
    Spaces available

See all dates for sherry & mince pie specials.

Fares

  • Adults from £8.00
  • Children from £6.50

See all prices for sherry & mince pie specials.

River trips

We regret that due to circumstances beyond our control we are no longer able to offer public boat services from the landing stage adjacent to Avon Riverside Station. We do, however, offer boat trips for groups of 20 people or more in conjunction with Avon River Cruises in Bristol. For further details please see our Group Visits page.