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October half term

There’s lots for Flying Scotsman fans and little engineers to enjoy this October half term.

Flying Scotsman

The world's most famous locomotive, Flying Scotsman will be back in the museum—this time on the turntable in Great Hall for a 360-degree view!

This is the final chance to see Flying Scotsman at the museum during its extra-special centenary year. Enjoy our 100 Years, 100 Voices exhibition which explores the human side of the locomotive’s legacy.

Flying Scotsman is free to view but admission ticket booking is recommended.

Book free admission tickets.

Wonderlab: The Bramall Gallery

A girl enjoys a fiery science show

Our new hands-on family gallery, with 18 interactive challenges and explosive live shows to explain the science behind the fun. Plus new live shows to see for autumn!

Summer was very popular so advance booking is recommended.

Book Wonderlab tickets.

Flying Scotsman VR Experience

A family wearing VR headsets

Looking for something a bit different? Flying Scotsman VR Experience takes you on a stunning journey through time and around the world. A must-do for any Flying Scotsman fans. Book the morning slots to guarantee your place.

Book Flying Scotsman VR Experience tickets.


Saturday 21 October – Sunday 5 November
11.00 daily

Two girls listening carefully

Come and join us in Search Engine, Great Hall for a free storytelling session for ages 3 and above.

Maggie the Mouse returns to take a special journey on Flying Scotsman in this interactive and sensory story experience.

Please note this session may be subject to change due to staffing capacities. For more information, please enquire at the Welcome Desk upon arrival.

Full STEM Ahead

Wednesday 25 October

Network Rail workers performing track repairs
Image credit: Network Rail

What do rail engineers do? Find out this and more in our engineering skills event in Great Hall.  

Join experts from across the railway sector who will help you explore the role of rail engineers and other crucial jobs in the industry. Drop by to find out about the innovative ideas and technologies shaping the future of the railways, and learn directly from people working in the industry. Take part in hands-on and take-home activities designed to ignite curiosity and activate engineering habits of mind. Supported by Network Rail. Suitable for families.

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