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October half term

Inspire the family this October half term at the National Railway Museum, with hands-on LEGO activities and engineering giants that changed the world.

Things to do this October half term

New for 2021 experience Move It! This October half term, join us and think like an engineer as we explore how the railways are designed to get things moving through a range of action-packed activities.

Build a Locomotive

See how a steam engine works in this fun making activity. Build your very own Lego steam locomotive that you can take home.

Build a Locomotive activity costs £5 per participant and will be taking place from 25 to 29 October. This activity has now SOLD OUT and will only be available for those with pre-booked tickets.

Make It! Lego Challenge

Get inventive with Lego in this design and building activity, and explore the challenges faced by engineers past, present and future. Free activity, no booking required.

Build a Bridge

Think like an engineer and use a range of different materials and experimental techniques to design and create your very own bridge​. Free activity, no booking required.

Let’s Move It!

LEGO® Technic™ and Volvo challenged groups of kids from around the world to move a 100-ton Volvo A60H articulated hauler 50 metres using only LEGO® Technic™ and Control+ technology. Join us to find out if they managed it and take the Let’s Move It! challenge yourself. Free activity, no booking required.

Object Hunts

Search all through the museum in these fun object hunts. Track down different objects and items in the collection—will you be able to find them all? Free activity, no booking required.

Please note activities may be subject to change, please check on arrival.


Delve deeper into the fascinating stories of the museum’s historic site with Sound Tracks, our new audio trail.

Hop aboard our Miniature Railway for a little taste of train travel—or for the full-size experience explore Station Hall and Great Hall which are packed with the giants of the railways including our superstars Mallard, Rocket and the Shinkansen.

Re-live Mallard’s record-breaking run on the Mallard Experience, before recharging with delicious treats, snacks and hot meals in our restaurant or café. Further treats and gifts for loved ones can be found in our shop.

Children with energy to burn will enjoy our under-5s play area and outdoor play area.

Scheduled dates

Part of the Science Museum Group