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Summer holidays

Our scientific summer activities are bursting with fun—just the ticket for a big family day out.

Hop on the Miniature Railway, feel the thrill with the high-speed Mallard Experience and wonder at some of the greatest locomotives in the world. Come and join in the fun!

Pop-up Science 

Specially for our young visitors who ask ‘why?’. See how science and technology can make everyday things work on the railways through fun demonstrations and interactive activities.  

11.00–15.00 every day, free

Laddie and the Lost Teddy 

Come and join the museum’s very own station dog, Laddie, on this storytelling adventure as he uses his senses, investigation skills and the help of his friends to reunite a lost teddy with its owner. 

11.00 every day, free

Summer activity trail

Discover the story of the railways on a journey through our collection, examining how technology has changed and taking part in exciting challenges.

Every day, free

Talks: How a Steam Engine Works & Winding Engine

You are invited to find the wonder behind these industrious machines during our daily talks. Explainers will delve into the technology and innovation behind a powerful steam engine and the impressive Winding Engine.

11.00–15.00 every day, free

Build a Locomotive

Visitors will learn how mysterious steam engines work by building a LEGO locomotive in a session with an Explainer. Sessions last 20–30 minutes and visitors can take their locos with them to continue the fun at home. 

Daily, pre-booked tickets only, £5 per ticket. Find out more here.

Scheduled dates

Part of the Science Museum Group