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Volunteers Day Sunday 26th April 11am - 4pm

Ever thougtht of becoming a volunteer on our friendly railway? Its not just about the steam and diesel engines ....

Family Fun Day - Plus appearances from Peppa Pig! - 9th & 10th May 2015

Come and visit the Avon Valley Railway for an enjoyable day of fun activities for all of the family. This year our special guests Peppa Pig & George will be here to meet the children at intervals throughout the day. Fun activities

Fares

  • Children from £5.00

See all prices for family fun day - plus appearances from peppa pig! - 9th & 10th may 2015 .

'Steam & Cuisine' Dining Trains

A First Class Sunday Dining Experience

Upcoming dates

Our next 2 'steam & cuisine' dining trains dates:

  • 16th Aug 15
    Spaces available
  • 6th Sep 15
    Spaces available

See all dates for 'steam & cuisine' dining trains.

Fares

  • Adults from £36.00
  • Children from £23.50

See all prices for 'steam & cuisine' dining trains.

Murder Mystery on the Avon Valley Express

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 on the avon valley express dates:

  • 19th Sep 15
    Spaces available
  • 26th Sep 15
    Spaces available

See all dates for murder mystery on the avon valley express.

'Bitton Bistro' Dining Trains

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 in one of our named dining carriages, a delicious two-course meal and coffee & mints.

Upcoming dates

Our next 2 'bitton bistro' dining trains dates:

  • 2nd Aug 15
    Spaces available
  • 11th Oct 15
    Spaces available

See all dates for 'bitton bistro' dining trains.

Fares

  • Adults from £25.00
  • Children from £20.00

See all prices for 'bitton bistro' dining trains.

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:

  • 5th Sep 15
    Course A
    Fully booked
  • 12th Sep 15
    Course D
    Fully booked

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.

12th Bitton Beer Festival - 5th& 6th June 2015 - Booking Now!

Entry wristbands will be available nearer the event 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. More info coming soon!

Teddy Bears Picnic - 20th September 2015

It's a Great Day Out For Kids! 'When you go down to the station today your in for a big surprise.' Children who bring a responsible 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 - 20th september 2015 dates:

  • 20th Sep 15
    Turn up on the day

See all dates for teddy bears picnic - 20th september 2015.

Fares

  • Adults from £7.50
  • Children from £5.50

See all prices for teddy bears picnic - 20th september 2015.

Evening Curry Train

If you are looking for a relaxing evening out, look no further than the Avon Valley Railway’s Curry Train.

Upcoming dates

Our next 1 evening curry train dates:

  • 12th Aug 15
    Spaces available

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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 29th July 2015 and Wednesday 19th August 2015 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:

  • 29th Jul 15
    Spaces available
  • 19th Aug 15
    Spaces available

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

Vintage Bus Rally - 9th August 2015

Our annual Vintage Bus Rally offers the unique opportunity to see and travel on both vintage buses and vintage trains side by side. Organised jointly by the Avon Valley Railway and our friends at the Bristol Vintage Bus Group, the focus of the event will be a large 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 - 9th august 2015 dates:

  • 9th Aug 15
    Turn up on the day

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Railwayana Valuation Day - 13th September 2015

Antiques at Avon Valley Railway. Have you ever wondered if that old lamp or sign dad put in the loft is worth anything? Here is your chance to find out. On Sunday 13th September 2015 Bitton Station is holding its annual Railway Valuation Day.

Upcoming dates

Our next 1 railwayana valuation day - 13th september 2015 dates:

  • 13th Sep 15
    Turn up on the day

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VE Day Celebrations 1940s Weekend - 26th & 27th September 2015

Join us for a fab weekend of vintage fun as we take a light hearted look at what life was like during WW2 and as we get into the street party mood as we celebrate VE Day for the 70th Anniversary.

Upcoming dates

Our next 2 ve day celebrations 1940s weekend - 26th & 27th september 2015 dates:

  • 26th Sep 15
    Coming Soon
  • 27th Sep 15
    Coming Soon

See all dates for ve day celebrations 1940s weekend - 26th & 27th september 2015 .

End of Season Gala -17th & 18th October 2015

The End of Season Gala will feature our popular intensive timetable with a mix of both passenger and demonstration freight services, express and stopping passenger services and double headed services using all available steam engines.  Locomotives To be confirmed - more information coming soon.

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 8th July 2015 and Wednesday 5th & 26th August 2015 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:

  • 5th Aug 15
    Spaces available
  • 26th Aug 15
    Spaces available

See all dates for fish 'n' chips.

Halloween Half Term 26th - 30th October

Halloween Half Term Week Why not bring along the family and enjoy a trip on our Heritage Diesel Train During the half term week there will be free train rides for children in fancy dress (with a full paying adult)  More information coming soon. Trains departing from Bitton Station on the hour from 11:00 -16:00 Fares:-  As unaualy priced Adult's  - £6.50 Over 60's - £6.00 Children - £5.50 Family - £18.00      

Music Trains & Music Carriages

  Thursday 23rd July 2015 2.00pm Art and Craft

Upcoming dates

Our next 2 music trains & music carriages dates:

  • 6th Aug 15
    Turn up on the day
  • 20th Aug 15
    Turn up on the day

See all dates for music trains & music carriages.

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:

  • 29th Nov 15
    Low season
    Limited availability
  • 5th Dec 15
    Mid season
    Spaces available

See all dates for santa special.

Fares

  • Adults from £10.00
  • Children from £5.00

See all prices for santa special.

Sherry & Mince Pie Specials

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 December 2015 and 1st, 2nd, 3rd January 2016. 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 15
    Coming Soon
  • 27th Dec 15
    Coming Soon

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.

Diesel Gala - 11th & 12th April 2015

Our popular diesel gala returns to the Avon Valley Railway for it's 3rd Year, our annual diesel gala is set to take place over the 11th & 12th April. Starring our home fleet, this year should also see the first offical public running of Class 31 '31101' at Bitton after it's arrival in October 2014. If it's cold enough we may even have it's steam heat boiler running! Both 31101 and 31130 will be hauling passenger and freight trains, along with Ruston 0-6-0 DH 429 'River Annan'.