Events & Experiences

Spring Steam Gala

Join the West Somerset Railway to enjoy Somerset Steam in Springtime. Where we enjoy visits from an array of locomotives from far and wide.

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West Somerset Railway

Join the West Somerset Railway to enjoy Somerset Steam in Springtime. Where we enjoy visits from an array of locomotives from far and wide. Visiting Locomotives for the event, EX-BR(WR) 1500 Class 0-6-0 Pannier Tank N0 1501, LMS Class 4F 0-6-0 No 43924, EX-BR Standard Class 2 2-6-0 No 78018, EX - GWR 51xx class 'Large Prairie' 2-6-2T No 5199. The Home fleet in operation will be GWR 4-6-0 No 6960 Raveningham Hall, LMS 4F 0-6-0 No 44422, Somerset and Dorset Joint Railways 2-8-0 No 53808 and 53809. Tickets are on sale now. 

If you would like to purchase a multi-day ticket for this event, please click here 

Dates
From To 30th April 2017 Multi day tickets Tickets available
09:00 Single day tickets Tickets available
09:00 Single day tickets Tickets available
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Prices
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Prices for this event could vary from day to day, click the links above to see prices for your chosen date.

Attractions

Locomotives are to be confirmed.

  • The following attractions will be open during the Gala
  • The WSR Steam Trust Museum at Blue Anchor Station
  • The S&DJR Trust Museum at Washford Station
  • Museum and Model Railway at Bishops Lydeard Station
  • The Taunton Model Railway Clubhouse at Bishops Lydeard Station (Monday to Saturday)
Catering
  • Bar and Buffet facilities will be available on most trains
  • Breakfast, luncheon and Tea will be available on one train (Friday, Saturday and Sunday only)
  • Station Cafe facilities will be available at Minehead, Williton and Bishops Lydeard
  • Light refreshments will be available at Dunster, Blue Anchor, Washford, Watchet, Stogumber and Crowcombe Heathfield Stations
  • Quantock Brewery public bars will be available at Bishops Lydeard and Minehead
  • The Oggy Oggy Pasty Van Man will be just outside Minehead Station

The Quantock Belle will offer a walk on restaurant car service on the following trains during the 2017 Spring Steam Gala:

Friday 28 April 2017

09.20 Bishops Lydeard to Norton Fitzwarren - breakfast menu

10.30 Bishops Lydeard to Minehead - breakfast menu

12.45 Minehead to Norton Fitzwarren - luncheon menu

15.04 Bishops Lydeard to Minehead - luncheon menu

17.00 Minehead to Bishops Lydeard - cream tea menu

Saturday 29 April 2017

09.35 Bishops Lydeard to Norton Fitzwarren - breakfast menu

10.45 Bishops Lydeard to Minehead - breakfast menu

12.45 Minehead to Norton Fitzwarren - luncheon menu

14.45 Bishops Lydeard to Minehead - luncheon menu

16.45 Minehead to Bishops Lydeard - cream tea menu

Sunday 30 April 2017

09.50 Bishops Lydeard to Minehead - breakfast menu

11.50 Minehead to Norton Fitzwarren - luncheon menu

13.15 Bishops Lydeard to Minehead via Norton Fitwarren - luncheon menu

15.45 Minehead to Bishops Lydeard - cream tea menu

Passengers requiring breakfast but starting their day between Minehead and Watchet should board a Bishops Lydeard bound service and then change trains on to the Quantock Belle at either Williton or Crowcombe Heathfield. Please see timetable for options.

Stewards will provide a full drinks service to dining tables on request.

The Quantock Belle will also offer non-dining First Class seats for a small single journey supplement fare payable on board

 

'The QB' Quality Breakfast

Orange or Grapefruit Juice, Fried Egg, Lean Back Bacon, Pork Sausage, Hash Browns, Baked Beans, Tomato, Toast and Marmalade. Includes Tea or Coffee with a complimentary refill £8.00

Bury Black Pudding (optional extra) £1.00

 

Luncheon

West Somerset Brunch: Fried Egg, Lean Back Bacon, Pork Sausage, Baked Beans, Tomato and Mashed Potato £6.50

Trio of Pork Sausages, Mashed Potato, Garden Peas and Gravy £6.00

The above menu items can be served in a large Yorkshire pudding as an optional extra £1.00

Traditional Cornish Pasty served with Garden Peas and Mashed Potato £5.50

Cheese and Onion Pasty served with Garden Peas and Mashed Potato £5.50

Deep Filled Apple Pie served with Custard or Cream £3.50

Treacle Tart served with Custard or Cream £3.50

Tea or Coffee with complimentary refill £1.50

 

Traditional Somerset Cream Tea

£5.00 Served each afternoon between Minehead and Bishops Lydeard.

Depot & Works
  • The WSR Company Steam Locomotive Depot at Minehead Station (Saturday and Sunday only)
  • The WSRA Restortions Works at Willton Station (Saturday and Sunday only)
  • The DEPG Diesel Depot and Heritage Centre at Williton Station
Model Railway

 The Taunton Model Railway Group’s club room at Bishops Lydeard station will feature their superb  4 mm scale model of Bath (Green Park) station in action o Upstairs in the Gauge Museum the OO  layout will have models of appropriate locos in action.

Access

Buses of Somerset service 28 runs from Taunton bus station to Minehead calling at Taunton railway station and Bishops Lydeard station en route and via stops close to Watchet and Washford stations. This runs half hourly Mondays to Saturdays and hourly on Sundays.  

Accommodation

The following is a non-comprehensive guide to where you could find accommodation during the special Somerset and Dorset gala events in March. The best general points of information are the Tourist Information Centres at Taunton (01823 340740), Watchet (01984 632101), Minehead (01643 702624) and Porlock (01984 863150). 

Please note that the West Somerset Railway is listing these places.  It would be sensible to check out on TripAdvisor or similar sites to see what travellers say and to find prices.  

A number of the Minehead hotels and bed & breakfasts can be contacted via the website www.stayinminehead.co.uk. Others include the Kildare Lodge and the Britannia Inn, Stones Hotel, Alcombe Hotel, Marston Lodge,  The Old Ship Aground, Gascony Hotel, Quay Inn  and the Parks Guest House  

Dunster village is about 20 minutes walk from the station but is quiet. Places there include the Luttrell Arms, the Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster Castle Hotel, Dunster Mill House, Priory Cottage, Spears Cross and Exmoor House.  

Blue Anchor is mainly caravan parks in terms of accommodation but there are the Langbury and the Camelot which are close to the station and the Blue Anchor Hotel at the other end of the seafront.  

If you are travelling by car Carhampton is the turning off point from the A39 for Blue Anchor and there you will find Townsend Bed and Breakfast and the Butchers Arms.  

Along the road between Carhampton and Washford are the Dragon House Hotel and Steps Farmhouse. Also there is Bournstream although this is adjacent to the stables of Phil Hobbs the racehorse trainer and almost always advertises no vacancies.

At Washford the Washford Inn stands right beside the station and the Old Bank House is beside the turning which takes you down past Cleeve Abbey to the White Horse. Monks Cider House and the Langtrey are on the way to Williton. Washford is not the safest village for walking along the main road so if staying at the latter it will be necessary to drive to and from the station.