Rail Inspired Summer Festivals and Events

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24 Jun 20245 min read

Summer in the UK is a time of vibrant festivals and lively events, many of which are conveniently located near train stations, making them easily accessible for a delightful day out or a weekend getaway. Whether you're a fan of music, food, or history, there's something for everyone. Let's take a journey through some of the most exciting railway-inspired summer festivals and events.

1. The Great British Food Festival - Various Locations: 22nd June - 22nd September 2024

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The Great British Food Festival is a culinary delight that travels across the UK, often making stops near major train stations. This festival brings together local producers, celebrity chefs, and food enthusiasts for a delicious celebration. Visitors can enjoy cookery demonstrations, street food, artisan stalls, and a feast of flavours.

How to Get There: Check the festival's schedule to find the nearest train station to the event. Locations often include stately homes and parks accessible by train, such as Knebworth House near Stevenage station or Harewood House near Leeds station.

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2. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe - Edinburgh Waverley Station: 2nd -26th August 2024 Edinburgh Fringe

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The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world's largest arts festival, transforming Scotland's capital into a hub of creativity every August. With thousands of performances across the city, including theatre, comedy, dance, and music, there’s something to captivate every visitor.

How to Get There: Edinburgh Waverley station is right in the heart of the city, making it incredibly convenient to access the festival. From there, it's just a short walk to many of the main venues.


3. Scarborough Seafest Maritime Festival - Scarborough Station: 19th July - 21st July 2024

Scarborough Seafest is a maritime celebration that takes place each July along the town’s picturesque seafront. The festival features live music, seafood stalls, cooking demonstrations, and nautical-themed activities, all with a stunning coastal backdrop.

How to Get There: Scarborough station is just a short walk away from the festival site, making it easy to enjoy a day by the sea without the hassle of driving.


4. Shrewsbury Flower Show - Shrewsbury Station: 9th - 10th August 2024

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One of the country’s premier flower shows, the Shrewsbury Flower Show takes place in the heart of the beautiful Shropshire town. Featuring stunning floral displays, gardening workshops, live music, and a fireworks finale, it's a horticultural extravaganza not to be missed.

How to Get There: Shrewsbury station is just a short stroll from the Quarry Park, where the show is held, making it a breeze to enjoy a day surrounded by blooms.


5. Vintage by the Sea - Morecambe Station: 31st August - 1st September 2024

Step back in time with the Vintage by the Sea festival in Morecambe, a celebration of mid-20th-century glamour and style. The event features vintage fashion, classic cars, live music, and dance, all set against the stunning backdrop of Morecambe Bay.

How to Get There: Morecambe station is conveniently close to the festival location, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the vintage vibe with ease.


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6. Severn Valley Railway 1940s Weekend - Kidderminster Station: 29th, 30th June, 6th, 7th July 2024

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For history enthusiasts, the Severn Valley Railway's 1940s Weekend is a must-visit. This event transports visitors back to the wartime era with re-enactments, vintage vehicles, period music, and dance. The heritage train journey itself is an evocative experience of times gone by.

How to Get There: Kidderminster station is the starting point for the Severn Valley Railway. From there, you can hop on a steam train and travel through time to the 1940s.


Tips for a Smooth Journey

  • Book in Advance: Many festivals offer discounted advance tickets, and train fares are often cheaper when booked ahead.
  • Travel Light: For ease of travel, pack light and bring essentials in a comfortable backpack.
  • Check Schedules: Ensure you check train schedules and festival timings to make the most of your day.
  • Stay Informed: Follow event social media pages for the latest updates and any potential changes in schedule.

Accommodation Options

To make the most of your trip, consider extending your stay with local accommodations. Many of the festival locations offer a range of lodging options, from cosy bed and breakfasts to luxury hotels. Staying overnight allows you to fully immerse yourself in the festival atmosphere and explore the local area without rushing back.


From the rolling hills of Yorkshire to the coastal beauty of Scarborough, these railway-inspired summer festivals and events offer a fantastic way to explore the UK. So, grab your digital railcard, pack your bag, and embark on an unforgettable summer adventure by train!

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