2016 Running Days and Events

January 2016  
Fri 1 New Year Steam Day
Sun 3 50th Anniversary of The End of Steam on British Railways (Western Region)

Didcot Railway Centre is open at weekends during January and daily until 3 January.


February 2016  
Sat 13 to Sun 14 Steam Days
Wed 17 Half-Term Steam Day
Sat 20 to Sun 21 Steam Days

Didcot Railway Centre is open at weekends during February, and daily from 13 to 21 February.


March 2016  
Sat 5 to Sun 6 Days Out with Thomas
with Thomas the Tank Engine & his friends
Rides behind “Thomas”
Meet The Fat Controller
Children’s entertainment
Fri 25 - Mon 28 Easter Gala with visiting Locomotive ‘Tornado’
‘Black Python’ Real Ale Bar Open
Signalling in Operation on the Branch Line
Children's Treasure Hunt and Craft Activities

Didcot Railway Centre is open at weekends during March, and daily from 25 March.


April 2016  
Sat 2 to Sun 3 Heritage Diesel Days
Board the Diesel Railcar for a 1940s ride
Sat 9 to Sun 10 Heritage Diesel Days
Board the Diesel Railcar for a 1940s ride
Sat 16 to Sun 17 Heritage Diesel Days
Board the Diesel Railcar for a 1940s ride
Sat 23 to Sun 24 Heritage Diesel Days
Board the Diesel Railcar for a 1940s ride
Sat 30 Steam Gala
175th Anniversary of the Opening of the Great Western Railway
with visiting Locomotive(s)
‘Black Python’ Real Ale Bar Open
Signalling in Operation on the Branch Line

Didcot Railway Centre is open at weekends during April, and daily until 10 April.


May 2016  
Sun 1 to Mon 2 Steam Gala
175th Anniversary of the Opening of the Great Western Railway
with visiting Locomotives
Victorian Heritage Trail
‘Black Python’ Real Ale Bar Open
Signalling in Operation on the Branch Line
Sat 7 to Sun 8 Heritage Diesel Days
Board the Diesel Railcar for a 1940s ride
Sat 14 to Sun 15 Heritage Diesel Days
Board the Diesel Railcar for a 1940s ride
Sat 21 to Mon 22 Heritage Diesel Days
Board the Diesel Railcar for a 1940s ride
Sat 28 to Mon 30 Diesel Gala and Real Ale Festival
Visiting Main Line Diesel Locomotives
‘Black Python’ Real Ale Bar open
Signalling in Operation on the Branch Line
+ Dakota flypast (Sunday only), weather permitting
+ Oxford Ukuleles Big Band (Sunday only)

Didcot Railway Centre is open at weekends during May.


June 2016  
Sat 4 Steam Day
Sun 5

Didcot Railway Centre Transport Rally
A wide selection of buses, coaches and commercial vehicles
Various car exhibits
Miniature Railways, including rides
Miniature Traction engines
Stationary Engines
Sales related stands
Trains in Operation at the Railway Centre
Dakota flypast (Weather permitting)

Sat 11 to Sun 12 Steam Days
Sat 18 Steam Day
Sun 19 Fathers' Day
Driver for 10 on the Branch Line
Spitfire flypast (Weather permitting)
Steam train rides on the Main Demonstration Line
Sat 25 to Sun 26 Steam Days

Didcot Railway Centre is open daily in June.


July 2016  
Sat 2 to Sun 3 Steam Days
Sat 9 Steam Day
Sun 10 Teddy Bears' Picnic and Family Funday
Steam and Diesel Trains in Operation
Signalling in Operation on the Branch Line
Hurricane Flypast (Weather permitting)
Free admission for Children with Teddy Bears
Teddy Bear displays
Children’s Activities and Crafts in the Picnic Area
Badge Making
Railway themed Teddy Trail
Competitions for Bears!
Sat 16 to Sun 17 Steam Days
Sat 23 to Sun 24 Steam Days
Wed 26 Steam Day
Sat 30 to Sun 31 Steam Days

Didcot Railway Centre is open daily in July.


August 2016  
Wed 3 Steam Day
Sat 6 to Sun 7 Steam Days
Wed 10 Steam Day
Sat 13 to Sun 14 Steam Days
Wed 17 Steam Day
Sat 20 to Sun 21 Steam Days
Wed 24 Steam Day
Sat 27 to Mon 29 August Bank Holiday Steamings
‘Black Python’ Real Ale Bar open
Signalling in Operation on the Branch Line
Wed 31 Steam Day

Didcot Railway Centre is open daily in August.


September 2016  
Sat 3 to Sun 3 Steam Days
Sat 10 to Sun 11 Heritage Diesel Days
Board the Diesel Railcar for a 1940s ride
Sat 17 to Sun 18 Heritage Diesel Days
Board the Diesel Railcar for a 1940s ride
Sat 24 to Sun 25 “All in a Day's Work”
Steam and Diesel Trains in Operation
‘Black Python’ Real Ale Bar open
Signalling in Operation on the Branch Line

Didcot Railway Centre is open at weekends during September, and daily until 11 September.


October 2016  
Sat 1 to Sun 2 Days Out With Thomas
with Thomas the Tank Engine & his friends
Rides behind “Thomas”
Meet The Fat Controller
Children’s entertainment
Sat 22 to Sun 23 Steam Days
Wed 26 Half-Term Steam Day
Sat 29 to Sun 30 Steam Days

Didcot Railway Centre is open at weekends in October and daily from 22 to 30 October.


November 2016  
Sun 13 Steam Day - Remembrance Sunday

Didcot Railway Centre is open at weekends in November.


December 2016  
Sat 3 to Sun 4 Day Out With Thomas to visit Father Christmas
with Thomas the Tank Engine & his friends
Rides behind “Thomas”
Meet The Fat Controller
Children’s entertainment
Visit Father Christmas in his Grotto
Presents for the children
Sat 10 to Sun 11 Day Out With Thomas to visit Father Christmas
with Thomas the Tank Engine & his friends
Rides behind “Thomas”
Meet The Fat Controller
Children’s entertainment
Visit Father Christmas in his Grotto
Presents for the children
Sat 17 to Sun 18 Day Out With Thomas to visit Father Christmas
with Thomas the Tank Engine & his friends
Rides behind “Thomas”
Meet The Fat Controller
Children’s entertainment
Visit Father Christmas in his Grotto
Presents for the children
Wed 21 to Thu 22 Day Out With Thomas to visit Father Christmas
with Thomas the Tank Engine & his friends
Rides behind “Thomas”
Meet The Fat Controller
Children’s entertainment
Visit Father Christmas in his Grotto
Presents for the children

Didcot Railway Centre is open at weekends in December (except on 24/25 December), on 21 and 22 December, and daily from 28 December.


 

Recreating the golden age of the Great Western Railway