“Severn Valley Railway Murder Mystery & Meal
We arrived just after 7ish, and we were suppose to be departing at 7.30pm. Then we found out that the reason they were running half an hour late was because there had ben a fatality earlier on and the Air Amblance was involved in picking the person up. It would have been nice if a member of staff had come out and informed everyone who was waiting for the dinning car.
We eventually departed just after 8pm. The dinning carriage was stunning, beautifully set. We had the Rustic Mushroom Pate with ale & Chutney dressed, the main was Minted lamb Sausages in a Yorkshire Pudding, with creamy buttered Mash, with veg and roast potatoes & dessert was Peacan Brownies. All the waiting staff, are mainly young people studying, they really should be commended for their professionalism first class great asset to the Severn Valley.
The evening was set in 1947 the play was Called "Murder with a Kiss" Performed by Murder by Appointment Theatre group. Absolutely first class performance enjoyed a great evening in the wonderful steam train. We would recommend this evening to Bridgenorth, great value for money, great staff, great eveing out for young (Not to young I may Add) and old any weather...
They have other great evening coming up .
- Food and Dining
- Family Travel
- School Holidays
“Memorable Nostalgic Steam Trains”
It`s Bank Holiday Monday and the sun is shining believe it or not.!! We decicded to take a trip to the Seven Valley Railway. From the minute you walk into the station concourse, it`s pure period style nostalgia, luggage carts stacked up with huge trunks, the station emporium, gift shop, cafe and museum full of fascinating railway memorabilla, theres also a minature railway for younger children.
The 16 mile trip to Bridgenorth on this wonderful steam powered train, corridor carriages that lead to our first class carriage, lamps on the table, curtains at the window, and pull down blinds at the door, very comfy seating.
There is a dining carriage for which you have to pre-book for your three course meal at very reasonable rates
We departed from Kiddiminster stopping at Bewdley, Arley, Highley, Hampton Loade, and finally Bridgenorth.
You can get off at anytime of the station to have a look around, then catch a later train to continue your journey at no extra cost
The cost was £15 per adult and £1 for children. Some may feel that is a little steep, but when you see how much hard work is entered into keeping these marvollous Loco`s in prestigious condition, and the Station itself is all maintained by a 200 strong enthusiatic and dedicated volunteers.
A must for all Railway enthusiast or just a wonderful day out..
- Museum Visits
- Historical Travel
Severn Valley Railway
Go and spend time on the 16 mile long Severn Valley Steam Railway. This is run and maintained by volunteers. This photo is of platform 1 at Bewdley Station with a train waiting to go north along the single track line to Bridgnorth, (it was taken on one of the special all night running day). I spend quite a lot of time here most Saturdays where I work maintaining the track as a volunteer foreman. Quite a change from my old office job. The gang I belong to looks after the southern 8 mile section of the line from Kiddermister to Arley.
Trains can be boarded at Kidderminster (the station to the south on the line) or at Arley which is the next station along the line going north.
Allow at least half a day if not the whole day if you are going on a train. If you do go on the train go towards Bridgnorth if you are starting from Bewdley.
- Family Travel
- Historical Travel
The Severn Valley Railway
Okay, I'm going to kind of cheat here. I already have a tip about the Severn Valley Railway on my Bridgnorth page but as the trains also run through here and it's a popular station then I'm going to repeat it. In fact people may look at Bewdley and never look at Bridgnorth so they'd never know.
People come from all over the country to visit the SVR - one of the longest steam railways in Britain. The platforms in Bridgnorth, Bewdley & Kiddermister are a hive of activity throughout the summer months. At certain times they also run "specials" like a Thomas the Tank Engine weekend and a Santa Special. The railway is run by enthusiastic volunteers and benefactors so all the revenue from tourism is greatly received.
Wyre Forest Centre
The Wyre Forest is a large dense mixed woodland covering 10's of square miles. About 2 miles out of Bewdley there is a visitor centre. From there, there are 3 or 4 different waymarked walks, all fairly easy. There are several marked off-road mountain-bike cycle trails and a number of horse treking routes.
- Horse Riding
- Hiking and Walking
West Midland Safari Park
The estate of a former country house (Spring Grove) is now a Safari Park. It consists of 2 parts. A magnificent parkland given over to wild animals in extremely large enclosures that you drive through. The other part consists of an amusement park area.
March 2003 A new wild wolf pack has been moved into the park.
April 2004 A Pride of White Lions is now out of quarantine and have settled into a three acre drive through area with a network of pools and a waterfall.
April 2005 The Safari Park has a herd of 7 White Rhinos and they are anticipating 2 new baby rhinos this year. The herd is the second biggest in the country and includes a mature male, two juvenile males and four breeding females.
25th May 2005 a baby Bactrian Camel was born at the Safari Park.
- Theme Park Trips
West Midland Safari Park - White Bengal Tigers
July 2004 Two White Bengal Tiger cubs have been born at the Safari Park. On 24 July they were released into their paddock and can now be seen by the public. I noticed that huge crowds were attracted to the Safari Park on the 24th and it looked as if driving through the Park on that day would take quite a time.
Jan 2005 Four cubs were born in 2004 - Scooby, Pluto, Dusty and Smudge.
March 2005 Four more cubs - 1 female and 3 males - have just made their debut according to a local newspaer making the total number of White Bengal Tigers to 10, the largest group in the UK. There are only 150 in the world and none in the wild.