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From time-travelling trails to crafty competitions, there's plenty to keep the family occupied this summer.

The summer holidays are finally here, and it's a special one for us—it's our 15th birthday. Why not come along and celebrate with us?

There's lots going on, here are some highlights:

Flying Scotsman Up Close

Until Friday 9 August the world's most famous locomotive is at the museum, with steam rides, cab access and loads more. Find out more.

Train rides

Take a ride down our historic railway line. Our diesel shunter is in service on 14, 21 and 28 August. Find out more.


Daily activities


Big Birthday Bash Trail

Take a walk outside in this outdoor trail to discover key dates and events from the past 200 years.

Time Travel Trail

Step aside Doctor Who, railway pioneer Timothy Hackworth is here to take you on a journey from historic locomotives to modern rail travel.

Design a birthday card

Create a card for our 15th birthday—the winning design will be used in our celebrations.

Design the future

How would you like to travel in years to come? Show us your vision of the future and we'll build the best model each week.


Plus, on Wednesdays explore how technology has changed our lives over the past two centuries in Technology Through the Ages. On Thursdays look at four different ways to power a K'Nex model and race them against each other in Explore Speed