Paddington is coming to Tyseley! Over the 28th and 29th September visitors will have the chance to meet the brilliant bear at Tyseley Locomotive Works Vintage Weekend, celebrating vintage trains and other transport. This weekend is packed with activities for all the family and promises a rip-roaring, nostalgic day out!

Paddington will be making appearances throughout the weekend and will be introducing these vintage trains to any appreciative little minds. There will be an opportunity to take a picture with everyone’s favourite abandoned bear!

The Vintage Weekend offers everyone the chance to learn something new about the history of transport as well as have some fun riding vintage trains and buses. Your day begins with the option of a free vintage bus service from the station! Step back in time riding this beautiful old bus and, when you get to the Locomotive Works, travel back even further by riding some of their classic, newly refurbished steam engine trains. (For those in the know there will be rides from Sir Keith Park (a Battle of Britain era steam train) and a refurbished Great Western train).

As well as the trains, there will be a vintage fairground including a steam-powered carousel built in 1893 and seen in the film Vanity Fair. There will also be a children’s carousel dating back to 1910 with a selection of restored cars, steam rollers, horses, and period toys. The whole fairground has been lovingly restored to its former glory by the Rule family who have been operating for over twenty years.

There will also be miniature railways that you can ride on with those a bit scared of the big steam trains.

As well as trains various vintage and classic vehicles will be on display. Owners of vehicles made before 1980 receive free entry to this event when they have booked in advance. You will have the chance to chat with the owners who might even let you take a picture with their cars! If you have a budding engineer in your midst there will be an opportunity to view works currently being carried out to restore some older trains. There will also be trade and society stands with a range of goods and souvenirs to buy from.

There will also be lots of great food and drink stalls including Farmer Lou’s artisan sausages; coffee from Café 2 U; and Pizza Traders offering up wood-fired pizza. For those with a sweet tooth, there will be an Ice Cream Trike, The Hungry Penguin Pancake Company, and lots of Candy Floss at the fairground!

The event is on from 10.00am-5.00pm on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September. Tickets range from £15 for adults, £4 for children (5-16 years) and a family ticket costing just £30.

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