Head of Steam: events and activities

The Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum – is running events and activities at the museum from 31st August to December 2019, booking required for some. Please check details for each. All are at Head of Steam, North Road Station, Darlington DL3 6ST.

Model Railway Weekend
Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September 10am-4pm
Darlington Model Railway Club, members and visiting layouts from the North East representing a wide range of model railways. £6.50 adults, £6 concessions, £3 children, £13 family. Included in yearly passes.

Heritage Open Days
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September 10am-4pm
Enjoy free access to the Head of Steam museum as it participates in the national Heritage Open Days.

Family Fun Day
Sunday 29th September 10am-4pm
Visit the museum to help it celebrate the Anniversary of the Stockton and Darlington Railway. Entertainment includes face painting, balloon modeller, mini train and lots more. £2 entrance fee for adults, £1 for children, Under 5s are free and family members go free.

Tall Tales Mysteries
Friday 11th October 7.30pm
Crime writer Austin Tayshus is heading off by train to launch his latest book. But this time Austin has left fiction behind and his new book reveals a true crime. With his gold-digging second wife in tow, Austin takes his adopted daughters, his assistant and housekeeper on the book tour along with a very unhappy publisher who wasn’t expecting a true crime expose! Will this book be the death of Austin? Join in as we turn the Head of Steam Museum into a book tour and a murder mystery. But will you be the top detectives? Tickets cost £12.50 and must be booked in advance.

Little Horrors at Halloween
Sunday 27th October 11am-3.30pm
Come along to the specially decorated museum in your favourite Halloween Costume, there will be a magician, arts and crafts and a spooky treasure hunt. Normal entrance fee. Included in family membership passes.

History Wardrobe presents Ready for Action
Sunday 24th November 1.30pm
What would you wear to war? Join Lucy Adlington to explore the stirring stories behind her new costume history book Ready for Action – a unique insight into of the experiences of women worldwide during World War Two and the aftermath. As housewives, fighters, fashion designers or spies, women dressed the part when they took up their wartime roles. The history of 10 tumultuous years is reflected in this global collection of clothes, accessories and uniforms. Booking is essential, contact museum for details.

Santa at the Station
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd December 10am-4pm
Meet Santa in the museum’s magical grotto and receive a Christmas present. Entertainment includes mini train ride, arts and crafts. Entrance fee applies and booking is essential, contact museum.