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Abbey House Gardens

(Oxfordshire/Cotswolds Gardens)

      
Malmesbury Wiltshire England
Description : 

With 1300 years of history, the first King of England buried somewhere in the garden, two saints thrown down the well, and now one of the great gardens of the world. The spirit of the place shines through and could be the best garden visit you ever make.

Where the Cotswold meets the West Country, featured on many TV programmes, this truly spectacular 5 acre garden - which helps to maintain a safe and social distance - beside the 12th century Abbey Church in the centre of Medieval Malmesbury and straddling the River Avon has brought praise from around the world. 

www.abbeyhousegardens.co.uk

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 csa 2021


Abbey House Gardens

(Oxfordshire/Cotswolds Accommodation)

      
Malmesbury Wiltshire England
Description : 

With 1300 years of history, the first King of England buried somewhere in the garden, two saints thrown down the well, and now one of the great gardens of the world. The spirit of the place shines through and could be the best garden visit you ever make.

Where the Cotswold meets the West Country, featured on many TV programmes, this truly spectacular 5 acre garden - which helps to maintain a safe and social distance - beside the 12th century Abbey Church in the centre of Medieval Malmesbury and straddling the River Avon has brought praise from around the world. 

www.abbeyhousegardens.co.uk

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 csa 2021


Didcot Railway Centre

(Oxfordshire/Cotswolds Attractions)

         
Didcot Oxfordshire England
Description : 

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Major celebrations to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Great Western Society will get underway at Didcot Railway Centre with a gala weekend featuring six locomotives in action on Saturday 31 July and Sunday 1 August. Star attraction is likely to be a powerful American locomotive built in 1945 as part of the war effort and shipped across the Atlantic to Europe.

Locomotive No 6046 will be visiting from the Churnet Valley Railway and is a type known as an S160 and having her in action at Didcot will recall the days when six of the gargantuan American-built locos were based at Didcot in 1943-44. August marks the 60th Anniversary of four schoolboys launching an appeal to save a Great Western Railway engine from being scrapped – the success of that appeal led to the creation of the Great Western Society – the Charity that operates Didcot Railway Centre.

The gala line-up will also include Lambton Colliery No 29 visiting for the Summer from the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Fellow centenarian, recently-restored 1340 "Trojan" – the oldest, working, standard-gauge GWR locomotive – dating from 1897 will also be in action along with the award-winning Saint 2999 "Lady of Legend". Additionally, two of Centre's diesels will play their part in the celebrations with Class 14 D9516 and 08604 "Phantom" which is normally confined to shunting duties taking a turn on passenger workings.

Graham Hukins, Head of Visitor Experience & Marketing commented "We're keen to welcome 6046, as the S160 Class is one of the few types of engine that were based at Didcot in Great Western days that have not made an appearance here during the Society's 60-year history.

"It is three-quarters-of-a-century since American 2-8-0s were allocated to Didcot as part of the US lend-lease programme during the Second World War," he added.

In addition to passenger rides, the event will feature goods trains, demonstrations of the 70ft turntable in action, a chance to see locomotives taking coal from the Grade II Listed 1932 coal stage and dramatic action as a coal truck is propelled up the steep incline to the coal stage – all sights that were once commonplace at the Great Western steam depot.

Tickets are limited and must be booked in advance at DidcotRailwayCentre.org.uk where visitors can also find full details and updates on the event.

Following the gala, the Centre is open at weekends plus Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout August. Full details and bookings can be found at DidcotRailwayCentre.org.uk. On site, visitors can explore almost two centuries of railway heritage set across 21 acres. Steam trains will be running on the Centre's demonstration line offering unlimited rides aboard a train of beautifully restored vintage carriages with each group allocated an individual compartment for their trip.

 

 

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Didcot Railway Centre

(Oxfordshire/Cotswolds Museums and Arts)

         
Didcot Oxfordshire England
Description : 

S160-6040aJumbo American Loco Steams In for 60th Anniversary Party

Major celebrations to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Great Western Society will get underway at Didcot Railway Centre with a gala weekend featuring six locomotives in action on Saturday 31 July and Sunday 1 August. Star attraction is likely to be a powerful American locomotive built in 1945 as part of the war effort and shipped across the Atlantic to Europe.

Locomotive No 6046 will be visiting from the Churnet Valley Railway and is a type known as an S160 and having her in action at Didcot will recall the days when six of the gargantuan American-built locos were based at Didcot in 1943-44. August marks the 60th Anniversary of four schoolboys launching an appeal to save a Great Western Railway engine from being scrapped – the success of that appeal led to the creation of the Great Western Society – the Charity that operates Didcot Railway Centre.

The gala line-up will also include Lambton Colliery No 29 visiting for the Summer from the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Fellow centenarian, recently-restored 1340 "Trojan" – the oldest, working, standard-gauge GWR locomotive – dating from 1897 will also be in action along with the award-winning Saint 2999 "Lady of Legend". Additionally, two of Centre's diesels will play their part in the celebrations with Class 14 D9516 and 08604 "Phantom" which is normally confined to shunting duties taking a turn on passenger workings.

Graham Hukins, Head of Visitor Experience & Marketing commented "We're keen to welcome 6046, as the S160 Class is one of the few types of engine that were based at Didcot in Great Western days that have not made an appearance here during the Society's 60-year history.

"It is three-quarters-of-a-century since American 2-8-0s were allocated to Didcot as part of the US lend-lease programme during the Second World War," he added.

In addition to passenger rides, the event will feature goods trains, demonstrations of the 70ft turntable in action, a chance to see locomotives taking coal from the Grade II Listed 1932 coal stage and dramatic action as a coal truck is propelled up the steep incline to the coal stage – all sights that were once commonplace at the Great Western steam depot.

Tickets are limited and must be booked in advance at DidcotRailwayCentre.org.uk where visitors can also find full details and updates on the event.

Following the gala, the Centre is open at weekends plus Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout August. Full details and bookings can be found at DidcotRailwayCentre.org.uk. On site, visitors can explore almost two centuries of railway heritage set across 21 acres. Steam trains will be running on the Centre's demonstration line offering unlimited rides aboard a train of beautifully restored vintage carriages with each group allocated an individual compartment for their trip.

 

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180 years after it was incorporated by Act of Parliament in 1835, the Great Western remains Britain's best loved railway. It was built on a heroic scale by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, with a broad gauge, beautiful bridges and sumptuous stations. It served some of the most scenic areas of England and Wales and called itself The Holiday Line. It invented the Cornish Riviera as a tourist destination. In the 20th century the GWR's Cheltenham Flyer was the world's fastest train. Its locomotive policy in the first half of the 20th century was an object lesson in the benefits of standardisation and evolutionary design. With the end of steam on the horizon by the 1940s, the GWR had built a fleet of diesel railcars and experimented with gas turbine locomotives.

Today Didcot Railway Centre encapsulates the long history of the GWR. The replica of the 1840 broad gauge locomotive Fire Fly offers an experience of travel at the beginning of the railway era. The collection of more than 20 standard gauge locomotives from the 1890s to the 1940s include many of the standard classes typified by tapered boilers, copper-capped chimneys and Brunswick green paintwork. They are completed by Didcot's preserved fleet of chocolate and cream carriages. On a steamday you are guaranteed a ride in vintage carriages from the 1930s or 1940s.

But Didcot is much more than a train ride. The original engine shed, built 1932, is an exhibition hall which displays locomotives in their authentic surroundings. As the only complete GWR locomotive depot that has survived, Didcot also has a coal stage and turntable in working order. Within the railway centre, buildings have been brought from around the GWR system and re-erected. These included two signal boxes, one of which is regularly opened with staff to explain how semaphore signalling works. There is a picnic area where you can sit and watch the trains go past.

The railway centre also includes a comprehensive museum of small relics and artifacts from the GWR. These include the colourful posters which decorated stations, an amazing variety of silverware, glass and crockery used in restaurant cars in the age of elegant dining, and the everyday items crafted in brass or steel and marked with the magic initials GWR.

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The entrance to Didcot Railway Centre is at Didcot Parkway railway station on the London to Bristol main line. For information about events, please refer to our website, www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk 

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For further details, please refer to www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk 

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Upton House and Gardens

(Oxfordshire/Cotswolds Attractions)

      
Banbury Oxfordshire England
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