Cotswolds Festival of Steam – Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

Saturday – Monday, 23 – 25 May

Expect at least eight locomotives in full steam at this annual highlight of the year on our local steam railway. At least three guest locomotives join the railway for the weekend – including, they hope, one or two that have never appeared here before.

The team of volunteers from the railway put together a carefully structured timetable of journeys to give visitors the optimum chance to experience as much steam as possible! Some trains double head and aficionados will see other intriguing combinations of locomotive power. There’s much to enjoy for the more casual visitor too, with find much else to enjoy, including at least eight locomotives in steam!

Special guests planned for another amazing Late May Bank Holiday weekend.
The small team behind the Cotswold Festival of Steam is planning yet another outstanding show with at least three visiting locomotives planned along with all of the ‘home fleet’. An intensive timetable will allow plenty of opportunity to ride behind all of the locomotives and some trains will feature double-heading and interesting combinations of motive power. Once again, engines that have never visited the railway are being invited.

Check the website nearer the date for precise details, but you can confidently expect an entertaining program, including the North Gloucestershire Narrow Gauge Railway – another volunteer-operated line, with a 2-foot gauge that uses diesel and steam locos from the UK – and Poland, Belgium and South Africa. Expect to see two to three engines from them. You’ll also see information stands, traction engines, access to the carriage and wagon workshops on behind the scenes tours and a beer tent.

The recently opened station at Broadway will, of course, be fully open to allow our guests to join in with this event, just a 20-minute walk from the hotel.

We’re thrilled to have the station open again – it reopened in 2018 after a 58-year break from operating! Light refreshments in the tea room. Please note that there is no general parking at the station itself, so our hotel guests ideally placed to walk down. There are a couple of Blue Badge parking spots at the station.

We’re often asked about accessibility on GWSR. The railway has made great advances in opening up the experience to as many people as possible. Four of the six stations have been equipped, with access for disabled passengers. The exceptions are the two ‘halts’ – Gotherington and Hayles Abbey Halt. Wheelchairs users at Cheltenham should note that although the platform is usually reached via a long gradient, there is flat access available from the car park, upon request.

Where ramps are used, please note the maximum width is 2ft 7in (79cm). Space in carriages is allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

TIP: As with all GWSR events and travel days, you can save a few pounds – and be sure of your ticket – by booking ahead online.

TIP: If you’re bringing the family ask for the free Children’s Quiz when you arrive.

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