Fabulous Fifties Summer Spectacular
Saturday 28th – Bank Holiday Monday 30th August
Can’t get to the Bahamas this year? Not to worry, at Nene Valley Railway we’re bringing Bahamas to you!
We’ll be in a jubilant mood with our special guest locomotive, LMS Jubilee class 45596 Bahamas hauling passenger services throughout the weekend. Along with live entertainment and family activities on the platform at Wansford each day, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
What’s On at Wansford
Welcome to our sizzling summer bank holiday weekend filled with nostalgia and celebration for all the family. Take a steam train ride behind our special guest locomotive LMS Jubilee class 45596 Bahamas that is visiting NVR for the first time since 1995. Throughout the weekend we are pleased to offer live entertainment at the station, so dig out your poodle skirts and bobby socks; leather jackets and bowling shirts then join in with a platform sock hop!
Singalong Saturday 28 August: Our event opens with the fabulous May Blossom performing a string of foot tapping lindy hop, boogie-woogie and jitterbug numbers – come down and join in the fun!
Swinging Sunday 29 August: We are delighted to welcome vintage performer Rachel Bea who will bringing you that classic sound of the era. Her range of songs including swing and jazz numbers and popular songs harking back to the forties are guaranteed to get you singing along!
Rock n’ Roll Monday 30 August: It’s rock n’ roll all the way on Monday as Boston Jive teach you some great moves in their fully interactive dance sessions. Once you’ve mastered the steps, Howlin’ Wolf Record Hop will be spinning the 50’s vinyl at Wansford station. Show off your new skills with a hand jive or mashed potato and don’t forget to dress to impress!
If you need to keep the young (and young-at-heart) family members occupied then pop down to Family Corner where there are activities to keep everyone busy. A vintage merry-go-round will provide fun for the little ones, while everyone can prove their worth on the ‘Test Your Strength’ striker, shooting gallery and Hook-a-Duck stall. Our new ride-on miniature railway will be offering trips behind steam and diesel locos, and if the kids just need to burn off steam themselves then just sit back while they explore the adventure playground.
The Turntable Café at Wansford will be open for drinks and snacks. Each train carries a licenced bar offering hot and cold drinks plus light refreshments to keep you going during your journey along the line.
For that quintessentially British tradition of afternoon tea, the beautifully restored Great Northern tea room at Overton station provides the perfect place for taking a break during the day. The Platform One café at Orton Mere will also be open throughout the weekend.
If the weather is kind, then our riverside viewing area opposite the station entrance at Wansford is the ideal place to watch trains and boats pass by whilst enjoying a traditional picnic.
Along The Line
Car parking is available at Wansford (free), Ferry Meadows (join at Overton), Orton Mere and Peterborough Nene Valley. Charges apply at these locations. Refreshments are available at Overton and Orton Mere.
Timetable & Travel Tickets
Bahamas will be operating four steam hauled passenger services each day throughout the weekend. Tickets for rides behind Bahamas are sold as an All Day Rover Ticket enabling you to hop on and off across all of our stations.
For passengers wishing to travel from Peterborough, Orton Mere, Overton and Yarwell a connecting shuttle service 'subject to availability' will be in operation using a Railcar
Tickets - 1 x Round Trip - Adult/Senior £22.50 Child (3-15) £15 Fmaily £70 Carer £5.00 Under 3 £0.00 Dogs £2.00
Travel tickets include a journey on your chosen service(s) inconnecting shuttle service plus access to all entertainment at Wansford on the day of your visit.
Platform Tickets offer entry to Wansford station with all entertainment included.
Bahamas Locomotive Society
NVR Wagon Group
Wansford Miniature Railway
NVR Charity Shop
Keith’s Railwayana Shop
Join us for a fantastic evening of steam and live entertainment with a fish and chip supper on Saturday evening. May Blossom will perform an exclusive set of toe-tapping numbers before Bahamas takes you on a round trip of the line with more entertainment along the way!
News and Updates
We are adding new attractions as this event builds up, so pop back regularly for updates. New developments will also be posted on our Facebook page over the next few weeks.
All exhibits, and attractions are subject to availability. Whilst the NVR will endeavour to provide all attractions, we cannot be held responsible for cancellation or curtailment of any part of this event due to unforeseen circumstances.