Summer Of Fun
The summer holidays start here with our programme of events and activities for all the family to enjoy...
Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways are proud to launch the third year of 'Summer of Fun'. We pride ourselves on offering value for money for families, with most activities being provided free of charge or for a small donation.
We are working closely with a wide range of artists, crafts-people, musicians, and entertainers to provide a wide range of events - from crafts suitable for the very youngest, through family-fun days and activities such as the 'Classic Car Show' to our popular evening events featuring live music and tasty food.
There really is so much for families to see and do on both of our railways. Please read on for our 'Summer of Fun' calendar and a summary of the events. Further details are available on our Facebook page, or by phone from our main Booking Office in Porthmadog. Look for our 'Summer of Fun' banner at participating stations and on our website.
We hope to see you here this summer, and don't forget - one child travels free with each adult on our trains!
Click the panels below for more details of each event or activity...
MONDAY FUNDAYS - Tan y Bwlch Station
Every Monday from July 24th - August 28th
There's a whole barrel of fun to be had at Tan-y-Bwlch station this summer - where 'Pirate Ricardo' will be on hand to enthral children with his very special brand of jokes, skulduggery, magic tricks, stories, fun and games...
There'll also be crafting activities, games, a colouring competition - and a children's playground for the under-11yrs. You can explore nature trails from the station to tranquil lakes nestling in the woods - or enjoy the delicious range of homemade snacks and cakes in our station café.
'Pirate Ricardo' will meet you from the train and then perform his show at 14:15 - something you do not want to miss!
WEDNESDAY CRAFTS - Tan y Bwlch Station
Every Wednesday from July 26th - August 30th
Visit us at Tan-y-Bwlch station every Wednesday for a whole host of crafts! Our younger visitors will have the opportunity to draw or paint on recycled pieces of slate from Llechwedd Slate Caverns to create unique works of art
Other activities available include paper crafts using cardboard and paper. There will also be kid's games and competitions - as well as the popular play area - to keep everyone fully entertained.
You can also explore nature trails from the station to tranquil lakes nestling in the woods - or enjoy delicious homemade snacks and cakes in our station cafe.
FREE FOOTPLATE RIDES AT PORTHMADOG HARBOUR STATION
Every Saturday from July 29th - August 26th (10am - 5pm)
Come and enjoy a footplate ride on an historic narrow-gauge steam locomotive. The friendly engine driver will tell you all about the steam engine and then you can enjoy an exciting ride through the station area - before being given a certificate to take home as a souvenir of your visit . . !
THE CHIPPY TRAIN - Starting from Porthmadog Station
Every Tuesday & Thursday from Tuesday July 25th - Thursday August 31st
Can we tempt your taste buds with our 'Chippy Train' special?
Yes, we can! Travel with us on a roundtrip to Blaenau Ffestiniog on our 18:05 departure. Make the most of your holiday by enjoying the scenic splendour of the Snowdonia National Park and tucking into freshly-cooked food at the same time.
Your menu choice will be brought onboard from 'Ian's Fish Restaurant' at Blaenau Ffestiniog. The only thing you have to worry about is choosing between delicious fish, jumbo sausage, chicken or pie to accompany your scrumptious chips.
Bookings should be made before 15:00 on the day. Visit this page for more information including menu details.
ITALIAN NIGHTS - Starting from Porthmadog Station
Wednesday evenings from July 26th - August 23rd
An evening round trip to Blaenau Ffestiniog with an Italian flavour!
New for this year - added variety with an Italian themed 'Food on the Move' train. As on our 'Chippy Train' specials, you'll enjoy a round-trip to Blaenau Ffestiniog through the beautiful National Park - with the food of your choice served to you during the outward journey.
Menu choices and further information can be found here.
Bookings should be made before 15:00 on the day - phone 01766 516024 for full menu details and to book your tickets.
JAZZ IN THE PARK - Tan y Bwlch Station
August 3rd, 10th and 17th
Tan-y-Bwlch will come alive to the sound of live jazz again this summer. Join our popular regulars, 'Dr Jazz', for a fun evening of foot-tapping jazz and a BBQ. We provide indoor and outdoor seating and there's always the opportunity for a dance - hopefully out in the open air!
Freshly barbecued food and drinks add to the summery atmosphere. If you prefer a lighter option, a savoury cheese platter provides a tasty alternative.
'Jazz in the Park' trains leave Porthmadog at 19:15. Advanced booking is required for these evenings due to popular demand - and it is also advisable to pre-order your food. Phone our main Booking Office on 01766 516024 to make your reservation.
More information including menu choices here.
AN EVENING WITH THE DEL SHARRONS - One Night Only! - Tan Y Bwlch Station
Thursday, August 24th
Put your sneakers on and get set to enjoy tasty food and rock 'n' roll music, as 1950s style group 'The Del Sharrons' return to the railway by popular demand. Travel to picturesque Tan-y-Bwlch station, for an evening of lively music - including Doo Wop, Rockabilly, Rock 'n' Roll and Sixties pop - performed by this band of young musicians from Leicester, who have provided great entertainment on their previous visits to the railway.
More information including menu choices here.
VINTAGE 1940s DAY & CLASSIC CAR SHOW - Blaenau Ffestiniog
Sunday, July 30th - (10am - 4pm)
Following the town's successful inaugural event last year, you are once again invited to visit Blaenau Ffestiniog and experience the sights and sounds of the 1940s.
You'll see young evacuees arriving at Blaenau Ffestiniog station with their gas masks. You'll see cars and clothes of the period and even meet Land Army girls!
There's a chance to ride on the footplate of an historic steam locomotive, alongside the Ffestiniog Railway's station platform.
There's plenty going on around the town with fairground stalls, live music and dancing, plus much more - including a fantastic selection of vehicles in the Classic Car Show!
FAMILY FUN DAY & CLASSIC CAR SHOW - Dinas Station
Sunday, August 20th (10am - 5pm)
Join us at Dinas on the Welsh Highland Railway, for a celebration of classic cars, motorcycles and other historic vehicles.
This fun-packed day features a fantastic display of vintage vehicles, with a wide range of activities for all the family.
You can take a footplate ride on an historic Victorian steam locomotive, or sit back and enjoy a short ride in one of our vintage carriages.
Inside the station's restored goods shed there will be a selection of stalls - together with our event cafe selling a range of hot and cold refreshments, snacks and tasty treats!